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Cast Off 8’s Square Dance Club kicks-off season

The crew will perform at the Vermont State Fair, Sept. 4
PITTSFORD - When the air begins to cool and it becomes the season of technicolor leaves, country fairs, and ages old traditions in the Green Mountain State abound. One of those old traditions is the barn dance, where friends gathered on a Saturday night to enjoy music, each other's company, and the fun of dancing in the cool of the evening.
Since, most do not have barns anymore, the fun of barn dancing has morphed into square dancing; and this culture is still active in Vermont!
The Cast Off 8's and the Champlain Valley Squares Square Dance Clubs recently put on a demonstration of modern western square dancing at the Addison County Field Days and the Cast Off 8's from Rutland are planning a demonstration at the Vermont State Fair in Rutland on Sept. 4 at 7 p.m. on the Sugarhouse Stage.
CO8's begin classes in September at Lothrop School on Route 7 in Pittsford; the crew encourages anyone interested to join in on the fun.
"Square dancing is a fun cure for the cabin fever that sets in during a long Vermont winter, too," said David Moakley in a recent newsletter. "Modern Western Square Dancing is an active fun way to meet friendly people."  CO8's is holding two free dance nights, Wednesday, Sept. 11 and 18 to introduce new dancers to the fun of this activity. The club meets Wednesday nights at 7 p.m. from September to May.
Participants learn all the calls that you need to be able to dance all over the country, and even the world. Classes do not mean classroom time; rather everyone will be dancing and enjoying the fun from the first night.
The calls build on each other weekly; if you miss a class or two there are reviews and experienced dancers to help pull others through the steps.
"Square dancing is a good way to forget about the working world and move into fun mode for a night," said Moakley. "Carefree activity is becoming more rare in this world, so take advantage of this opportunity to have some fun."
Classes are $6 per person after the two free nights. This cost covers the fantastic CO8 caller/teacher, Ken Ritucci, who drives to Pittsford from Springfield, MA every Wednesday throughout the season.
For more information contact David Moakley 483-9938.