The Surrey Square Wheelers invites newcomers to check out the fun hobby.

Invitation to square dance

The Surrey Square Wheelers, which boasts members from White Rock to Mission, is inviting anyone who is interested in learning to square dance to come out this fall and give it a whirl.

“We do not grow too old to dance. We grow old because we do not dance.”

This sentiment, spoken by Herb Greggereson, a square dance caller, back in 1953, is something the Surrey Square Wheelers know well.

The club, which boasts members from White Rock to Mission, is inviting anyone who is interested in learning to square dance to come out this fall and give it a whirl.

Square dancing is a low-impact activity that combines a social outing with physical and mental activity — all of it set to music and accompanied by wide smiles and laughter.

The benefits are many, said Bryan Jensen, a White Rock resident who took up the activity about 15 years ago and now is a representative for the Fraser Valley Square and Round Dance Association.

They include physical activity combined with mental concentration, smiles and laughter, making friends and having fun. Square dancing is also known to increase blood flow, and lung capacity, improve balance and co-ordination, develop mental agility and reduce depression and memory loss.

Jensen said he was hooked on square dancing from the moment he stepped on the floor with his wife at the Kent Street Activity Centre.

“Never done it before and haven’t stopped doing it since,” he said. “It was fun, it was laughter, it was feel good… three hours of just plain fun.”

And, he added, it can be done anywhere in the world – the calls are always done in English and the steps are internationally known.

“You can go anywhere – anywhere in the world there’s square dancing going on, and be able to participate,” Jensen said. “Last year, we had a couple couples from Germany stop in to dance with us one evening.”

Now is the ideal time for those wanting to get involved, Jensen said. New dancer lessons began Sept. 7 at the Port Kells Hall, at 88 Avenue and Harvie Road in Surrey.

In addition, in conjunction with Surrey Leisure Services, an introductory program will be starting Oct. 6 at the Cloverdale Recreation Centre, 6188 176 St. To start square dancing with the Surrey Square Wheelers, call 604-809-1703; for information on the course, visit www.surrey.ca

Surrey North Delta Leader

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Tree falls across road in Surrey

Crews on scene to clear the debris

Cloverdale store owner giving away free face shields

Tricia Ellingsen offering more than 200 free protective shields

B.C. announces regional cancer treatment centre to be included in new Surrey hospital

Services expected to include treatment, supportive care, research, education, innovative technologies

Fraser Health warns of possible COVID-19 exposure at Surrey hookah lounge

Health authority says exposure dates are July 31 to Aug. 2

Politicians want Surrey’s Civic Distinction Awards done ‘virtually,’ not postponed

City staff recommended they be put off to the fall of 2021 because of the pandemic

B.C. would not send students back to school if there was ‘overwhelming risk’: Horgan

Plan has left many parents across the province worried about their children’s safety

North Okanagan man chains himself to tree in protest of construction

Crews began work clearing space for a new facility Thursday, Aug. 6

VIDEO: A B.C business used robots to bring down concrete walls

Walco Industries is the only firm on Vancouver Island to use specialized robots for hydro-demolition

As CERB winds down, labour group asks Liberals to rethink EI

The government estimates four million people will be moved onto EI after CERB ends

‘Tiny home’ being built for Abbotsford woman with severe allergies

Online campaign raises $59,000 for custom cargo trailer for Katie Hobson

Walmart to make face masks mandatory for customers across Canada

Requirement goes into effect on Wednesday, Aug. 12 across Canada

2016 kidnapping, extortion by Hells Angels member related to Hope cannabis grow ops

Various Hope area grow ops connected to distribution network in Edmonton, court documents detail

Masks to be mandatory on BC Transit, TransLink starting Aug. 24

Both BC Transit and TransLink made the announcement in separate press releases on Thursday

Most Read