South Western Ontario Round Dancing
We are a not-for-profit association representing square and round dancing clubs across South Western Ontario. Round dancing is considered not only fun and good exercise but also a social event. We like to call it “friendship set to music.”
What is Round Dancing?
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 by a round dance cuer. This enables the couples on the floor to perform the same dance moves simultaneously.
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Round Dance Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I start round dancing?
First of all, the dancing aspect is great fun, no matter what your skill level. Unlike most athletic activities, there’s no pressure to win. There’s no points and you’re not judged. Meanwhile, studies have shown that round dancing allows you to become healthier while having fun. There’s also a great social aspect to round dancing since you’ll meet new people, and make new friends.
Do I have to memorize a long list of dance sequences?
Is Round Dancing only for Seniors?
Do I need to buy the fancy country and western clothes that is often associated with round dancing?
I don’t really like country music. Is that all I’ll hear?
What if I mess up?
How can I learn more about the History of Square and Round Dancing and SWOSDA
As part of a 45th Anniversary project, the history of SWOSDA, from 1959-2009, was published in eight separate parts in the Bugle, SWOSDA’s official newsletter. You can read our history below.
Part 1 - The Beginning of Square Dancing in North America
Part 2 - Time to Organize
Part 3 - The First Full Year of Operation
Part 4 -Milestones and Memories
Part 5 - More Milestones and Memories
Part 6 - Trillium Award Recipients
Part 7 - SWOSDA: Trillium Award Recipients 1996-2003
Part 8 - SWOSDA - Celebrating 45 Years 1959 - 2004
Five years later, the history was updated and can be read in one complete PDF here. We owe a debt of gratitude to Geoff and Rosemarie Edwards for their work on these histories. Our history continues to be written and we certainly accept articles, stories and photos of special events, for future generations to enjoy. Please send articles and photos to our current historians, Dorothy Dahm at the following address:
38 Kamps Cresc,
Tillsonburg, ON N4G 4Z3
How can I recognize someone who is making significant contributions to our club?
The Executive is pleased to announce the SWOSDA Recognition Merit Award, a new award dedicated to recognizing any deserving SWOSDA club member(s) who significantly contribute to their dance Club. The nominees’ contributions shall be reflective of a continuing dedication to the normal activities of the Club.
The participation in the Club shall be a minimum of 15 years and one or more periods of time may be added to meet the requirement for the Recognition Merit Award.
The Award is limited to one couple or one individual per club per year and is presented at the April Annual General Meeting of Square and Round Dancers of South Western Ontario.
The deadline for submitting an application to SWOSDA is March 15.
Are there any other awards for SWOSDA members?
The Ontario Square and Round Dance Federation also offers the Trillium Merit or Long Service Awards. You can read the guidelines and application form here.
Our club is looking to recruit new members. Do you have any tips or hints?
I’d love to become a cuer. Anything you can do to help?
You can take courses to become a round dance cuer. You can also apply for a bursary which will help offset the cost of attending a course. You can find out more about the bursaries, what is involved with applying and download the bursary application form here.
Where can I find out about other clubs in Ontario and Canada?
Use these helpful links:
- The Ontario Square and Round Dance Federation
- Eastern Ontario Square and Round Dance Association
- Toronto and District Association
- Lakehead & District Squares & RD Association
- Northern Ontario Clubs
Are there round dance conventions?
Absolutely! Upcoming National Conventions can be found on the Canadian Square & Round Dance Society Website.
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