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.
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.
Square dancing is a team activity. It involves establishing appropriate connections between dancers. No matter which hand or arm hold is being used, dancers should always be aware of the need to aim for comfort when interacting with other dancers. This idea has been developed in response to many complaints about handholds that squeeze painfully, […]
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).