Welcome to SWOSDA
We are the Square and Round Dancers of South Western Ontario. We are a non-profit organization dedicated to spreading the word about the fun and health benefits of square and round dancing. We like to describe dancing as “friendship set to music.” We have over 900 members in approximately 30 clubs across the region! Each of our members and clubs are welcome to new members.
Whether you are a novice or an expert, looking for a nearby club or an upcoming event, you have come to the right place, and we are happy to have you here.
Coming up the 2018 convention will take place on July 19-21 at the London Convention Centre. You can read more about it here.
Call us toll free 1-866-206-6696 for more information.
Brian Elmer of the Dance Connection (squaredance.bc.ca) refers to round dancing as “choreographed ballroom dancing for couples.” Dancers progress as couples counter-clockwise in large circles across the dance floor, with the dancers being directed a round dance cuer. This enables the couples on the floor to perform the same dance moves simultaneously.
Traditional contra dancing and modern western square dancing are both dynamite dance activities to get involved in. They each have their own flavor and cultural norms. Let’s look at similarities: Both dance forms have a caller who teaches and calls the dances. Both are community dances where you dance with many folks rather than with […]
Eight people interact through a series of movements as “called” by the caller. Unlike square dancing of old where dancers followed a set pattern, there is more variety in modern square dancing. There are still elements of older square dancing (as 8 people, paired up, form a square).