Square dancers roll through some moves at the Colwood Community Hall on Sooke Road.

Square dancers roll through some moves at the Colwood Community Hall on Sooke Road.

Square dancing key to a fun, healthy lifestyle

Colwood-based club holding regular sessions and birthday dance

Did you know that the exercise level of your average square dance is the equivalent of a five-mile walk?

That’s just one of the benefits to the activity, as passed along by Bruce Roger, president of the Frontier Twirlers Square Dance Club.

“It’s also a lot of fun and a great way to meet other couples,” he said. “It’s often described as friendship set to music, and a healthy way to have fun without alcohol.”

The Colwood-based club is hosting a series of 10 classes that began last week. They run every Thursday from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. until the end of March, in the old firehall building next to the Colwood Community Hall on Sooke Road. The $70 total cost will be prorated for those who miss the first couple of classes.

The sessions are aimed at people who have already gained some skill at mainstream square dancing and want to refresh their skills or take it to the next level.

“Square dancing takes place in most countries in the world and is always conducted in English,” said Roger, who has been with the club since 1978. “Usually the wife drags the husband to the first session and by the second one, he’s waiting by the door.”

The Frontier Twirlers were founded in 1959 by members of the Independent Order of Foresters. The club is hosting its 58th Birthday Dance on Saturday, March 4 at 8 p.m. at the community hall at 2219 Sooke Rd. It’s open to any level of square dancer and will feature an evening of mainstream square dancing, cake and a “whole lot of fun,” Roger said.

For more information, call him at 250-385-7846.