Club Histories: Skirts 'n' Flirts

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The Skirts ‘n’ Flirts modern western square dancing club of Canton, celebrated its 35th anniversary on 31 October 2008 with a special dance. President Charlotte Wallace of Heuvelton invited former members to come to dance, or just socialize. Quite a few accepted the invitation and enjoyed the evening.

Club member Mrs. Alan (Sandra) Brown, made a beautiful cake topped by an edible picture of the square dance group.

Also in attendance to help celebrate were more than two squares from various square dance clubs in Canada. Shirley Hull, representing the Seaway Valley Square & Round Dance Association presented President Charlotte Wallace with a plaque commemorating the occasion.

All age groups were represented from a nine-year-old boy costumed as Indiana Jones to Life Member Rev. Emile LaLonde, age 94.

The Skirts ‘n’ Flirts club was formed in the Fall of 1973 through the efforts of Maurice and Bernita Spicer with the help of others interested in modern western square dancing. Modern western square dancing is learned through a series of lessons lasting usually from September to the following May with a graduation held for the successful candidates.

The first caller / teacher for this new club was Keith Hubbard who came to Canton each Friday evening from Mallorytown, Canada with his wife, Joan. A recordbreaking number of participants filled the cafeteria of Banford Elementary School, where he successfully conducted them through the lessons.

At one point, Blanche Rheome cued round dances between square dance sets. These were enjoyed by those who took the special lessons for the round dances.

Over the years the club has danced to a number of square dance callers trained in modern western dancing. In 1988 Robert “Bob” Brown, with the help of his wife Linda, began teaching classes, and in 1995 took over as club caller/teacher.

Skirts ‘n’ Flirts always welcomes new dancers.
Anyone interested in joining the group is invited to call for more information:

John & Linda Carr
Alan & Sandra Brown
Norman & Linda Dibble

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