Last night, my wife Mary Ann and I were guests at the Square Dancers Club’s party in the clubhouse here at The Village at Deaton Creek, a Del Webb community. Our neighbors, who are avid square dancers and members of this club, invited us.
Smiling faces and cowboy boots filled the dance floor. The people genuinely looked like they were having a good time as they moved around the room. For anyone who is unfamiliar with square dancing like I was before last night, a square consists of four couples. You dance with multiple partners, so it’s also a social event.
The caller (the person who announces the dance figures) actually sang some of the calls. The music was enjoyable in and of itself. The calls brought smiles to the dancer’s faces. While people made mistakes, there was no judgment—only laughter.
This dance club meets every Tuesday evening. While their dedication impresses me, I can understand why so many of the members are loyal. After all, what’s more fun than enjoying good music, good refreshment, and the company of good friends?
Del Webb communities have a variety of dance clubs and all are open to anyone living in the community. Mary Ann and I were members for over a year and loved the lessons. It was a challenge and a fun workout, all in one. Plus, my wife and I made some nice memories.
Of course, line dancing is extremely popular also in Del Webb communities. Classes range from beginner to advanced. You’d be shocked at how well some of the expert dancers move. Most senior dances have a line dance or two thrown it. In fact, it’s also popular on cruises, and it’s no wonder. All you really need is some space and a partner.
Yes, dancing is one of the most popular activities at Del Webb and other active adult communities. After trying it out for myself, it’s not hard to see why!
Originally published August 14, 2023