Jump down to the definition of Round Dancing
"Round Dancing is a form of social ballroom dancing in which the music is pre-choreographed, and the steps are announced by a "cuer," as you dance. The presence of the cuer makes a round dance look a bit different from the usual ballroom dance—all couples are dancing in unison, the choreography can be relatively complex and interesting (since the man doesn't have to think it up as he goes)—but otherwise, round dancers are ballroom dancing. We hold our partners in the normal way. We take the same kinds of steps and dance the same kinds of figures."
"The exciting difference between round dancing and free-style ballroom dancing is that each round dance has been fully choreographed ahead of time. A beautiful piece of music is selected, and the different steps or figures are chosen to fit the music exactly. ..... Secondly, there is a cuer or leader at the front of the ballroom who tells the dancers what steps to do. As the music plays, and just ahead of the beat, so the dancers have time to respond, the cuer names each dance figure in the choreography. The cueing lets us dance lots and lots of dances without having to memorize the choreography. You may recognize that this is the way square dancing is done, with a caller telling the couples what to do: “swing your partner, do-si-do.” In round dancing, the cuer might say: "open telemark, pick up, and diamond turn."
Round Dancing Gets The Spotlight
As mentioned on another page, our Round Dance Representatives on the Board, Pat and Larry Heit, are bringing a new emphasis to Round Dancing at Frontier Squares. We want to showcase the new program here on this page, as well as post more pictures of our Round Dancers in action.
As we find more resources devoted to Round Dancing, we will post those here and on our Resources Page.
Meanwhile, here are Pat and Larry, doing what they love best -- some elegant Round Dancing.
New Round Dancing "Teach"
Starting April 3, 2009. join us at Frontier Squares to brush up on your phase II & III dance steps & learn a new dance. On the first Friday of each month, Cuer, Stuart Lewis, will begin this level of teaching promptly at 7 p.m. (prior to Frontier Squares' regular dance). This is not a beginner's class. This format will be done on a trial basis, to see how many will support this activity. We encourage "Rusty" round dancers, and those not involved in a round dance club, to join us to continue forward in their learning process of this wonderful and fun activity.
Phase IV teaches will continue on the 3rd. & 4th. Fridays of the month to maintain the high level of dancing Frontier Squares is known for.
As you probably know, we alternate between Square Dancing, Round Dancing, and Line Dancing. Here is a description of Round Dancing, quoted from a Round Dancing site (link below):