Friday, September 4, 2015

The Darke County Swinging 8’s hosted its nineteenth year of square dancing at the 2015 Great Darke County Fair.

Mark Libert (caller) and Elaine Wintrow (cuer) directed dancers while playing recorded music. Over sixty dancers learned how to promenade, swing, allemande, dosado, and star right with the assistance of square dance club members from Darke and neighboring counties.

The Darke County Swinging 8’s are gearing up for the new instructional season beginning Monday, September 14 in the basement of the Second National Bank, across from McDonalds on Wagner Street in Greenville.

Each Monday evening at 7:00 PM from September until April, participants will learn Mainstream and Plus calls as taught by caller Mark Libert, a member of the Darke County Swinging 8’s. Club members will be on hand as instructional aides. Classes are open to singles, as well as couples.

In addition to providing square dance lessons, the Darke County Swinging 8’s host a monthly dance on the fourth Saturday of September through June at the First Congregational Christian Fellowship Hall on the corner of Devor and Washington. The dance is open to the public. It is attended by dancers from counties in Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky.

The Darke County Swinging 8’s was chartered in 1966 and is part of the Miami Valley Council. The current officers are:

Presidents: Phyllis and Harvey Crick
Vice Presidents: Richard and Linda Tamplin
Secretaries: Mike and Cheryl Clark
Treasurer: Cathy Miltenberger
Raid and Retrievers: Mike and Edna Carrico

Square dancing is a way to meet people. It is a low impact exercise…one way to stay in shape. It is also low-cost entertainment.

There is no cost for the first lesson. All other lessons are $2.50 per person each week.

Those interested in additional information are welcome to call Mike or Edna Carrico at 937.338.4311.

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