The "Weekend" magazine for Dec. 24-30 carried an article on contra dancing which took a serious potshot at square dancing. The article stated that some square dance clubs are "very particular about making mistakes."
Contra dancers are “laughing and making mistakes, no big deal.”
I am very active in the square dance community and want to make it clear that we welcome beginners and enjoy helping them be successful. Both contra and square dancing involve large numbers of people on the floor, all interacting. Any large group of people will have a few who are grumpy, but most are warm and welcoming.
I have had contra dancers put me where they think I should be, not always with a smile.
This can happen at a square dance too. But I am here to correct the impression that square dancers may be stern and intimidating. Far from it.
They are the friendliest bunch of people I have ever known. Both activities are a barrel of fun, with opportunities for great friendship and exercise, the difference being square dancing has many moves and takes a certain amount of dedication to learn.
Once I learned to square dance, I found it far more fun because of the intellectual challenge it presents.
Why not try it yourself? Beginning square dance lessons begin this month. You will definitely have fun from the very start.