White Rose Squares Graduation 2016


White Rose Squares Graduation 2016


White Rose Squares Graduation 2016


White Rose Squares Graduation 2016


White Rose Squares Graduation 2016


White Rose Squares Graduation 2016


White Rose Squares Graduation 2016


White Rose Squares Graduation 2016


White Rose Squares Graduation 2016

Club Night on April 10th was a special one. Our Beginners knew something was afoot. There were banners and streamers, and rumors of a special cake - and the 'Candle Ceremony' - whatever that was.

Put at ease by 'Meeter and Greeter' Peter Threadgold,it was the start of an evening of merriment that marked the Graduation of 8 people from our January 2015 Beginners' Class, and revealed the hard work and tenacity of not only this group of learners who have quickly become a valued part of White Rose Squares, but also the team effort that involves all Club Members behind the scenes.

For just over a year they have been coached and encouraged by our dedicated Callers, Cliff Anderton and John Mee, who had balanced the need to learn the detail with making learning fun. White Rose Squares is very fortunate to have Callers of such calibre, who can not only call at a club night, but also teach to both mainstream and plus levels. Tonight they called with dancing for everybody, at the start and end of the evening.

Six ladies and two gentlemen, ably supported by Angels, were put through their paces to show they had learned all 68 moves in the Basic and Mainstream programs, and they truly earned their badges, so will feel confident attending Saturday dances, ensured of having a good time.

Early nerves were very soon quelled by the hilarious arrival of Judge M Arshley - (aka Jack Gooch from Wolds Weavers) who, during the Graduation dancing, peered with intent over his glasses at the trembling dancers, identified by their L Plates, until ultimately delivering a speech of great import!!! - before declaring all present 'Fit to be Square Dancers!'
(Much relief all-round, - resounding applause throughout the hall!!!)

But everybody knows a Graduation cannot happen without a special Graduation Caller. Due to the ill-health of our planned caller, Gene Turner of Harmony Squares had stepped in at the last minute and guided everybody skilfully through the calls required to show they had learned their moves well. A final dance with the Angels blindfolded provided great hilarity (for the onlookers at least), as these experienced dancers clutched out for their partners and wandered off occasionally in odd directions. At least - the Beginners knew they were in control!

Photographs throughout the night were taken by Duncan White, and a selection accompany this review of the evening.

We had a Celebration cake and supper, arranged by Committee Member Irene Brockie, followed by the traditional Candle Ceremony, where Allison, Cynthia, Gaye, Graham, Helen, Josephine, Stephen and Sue were welcomed by different Club Members into the world-wide pastime of American Square Dancing and reminded of its value of accomplishment, patience and understanding, friendship and joy.

Tom Brockie, Chair of White Rose Squares presented small gifts to the Callers and Judge, and our new Graduates received their Club Badges, a Welcome letter from BAASDC and a complimentary copy of Let's Square Dance.

(Note: White Rose Squares received grants from both BAADSC and the Yorkshire Federation to promote this Beginners' Class and is grateful to both)