Canadians love to dance.
According to the Canadian Fitness and Lifestyles Research Institute, dancing is among our top 10 favourite recreational activities.
Traditional or old-time set dancing was popular throughout Canada in the early part of this century, and remains a feature of community dances in rural areas of the western provinces and in parts of Atlantic Canada.
Based on the success of the recent “Country Jam” sessions at the Emo Legion, a group of interested individuals have formed a committee to bring “Family Dance Night” back to Rainy River District.
The committee’s goal is “to increase the number of formal opportunities for intergenerational socializing to take place, so that people of all ages can come together and interact and share their skills with one another.”
The Family Dance Night committee hopes to hold monthly family dances on a rotating basis between the communities of Emo, Devlin, and Barwick. Each event will begin promptly at 6 p.m. with a one-hour dance class, during which participants will be given the opportunity to learn a new dance.
The official dance will follow at 7 p.m. and run until 10:30.
Admission will be free for children aged five and under, $5 for those aged six and up, and $15 for a family pass, which can include two adults and children aged 16 and under.
The “adults” can be family members such as parents, guardians, grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc.
In keeping with their theme of hosting Family Dance Nights, the committee would like to stress that all dances will be alcohol- and drug-free.
In addition, the dances will be carried out in a non-profit manner as all admission fees will be put towards the costs associated with holding these events.
The first dance is scheduled to take place Friday, July 10 upstairs at the Barwick Hall featuring music by the Clover Valley Echo Band, which consists of members who regularly appear at the “Country Jams” in Emo.
The committee is looking for traditional dance bands and individuals who just would like participate in the upcoming dances, which will be held over the next few months.
If you would like to take part or know of interested individuals, or would like to volunteer as a member of the committee, give the organizers a call at the Northwestern Health Unit office in Emo (482-2211).
The old upper hall in Barwick has a great dance floor, is wheelchair accessible, and has washrooms available, so come out on July 10 and enjoy the start of what should be a fantastic summer of “Family Dance Nights” across the district.