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By Daria Anderson-Faden
The Observer 

HIP TO BE SQUARE

Thrilled Square Dancers Reunite In Kimball After Pandemic Interruption

 

July 1, 2021

Daria Anderson-Faden

Jim and Charlotta Young of Kimball, center, were finally able to get back on the dance floor at the North 4-H building in Kimball after an 18-month pandemic break. They are surrounded by other members of the Oregon Trail Dance Club.

What activity promotes good mental health, coordination, cross-body motion, listening skills, being present in the moment, logging 3.2 miles an evening, and all the while smiling and have a great time?

Cross Fit, jogging, swimming, Nordic Track, Bowflex ... how about square dancing?

Kimball square dancer Jim Young provides a perfect explanation of the activity.

"Square dancing is a bit of a misnomer," he said. "You don't really dance. You walk or march to the music and execute moves given to you by the square dance caller. There is no fancy footwork involved like there is in other types o...



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