Angi enrolled in the FCD Plus course and was impressed enough by the group to apply for Foggy Citizenship.

“My friend, Duane Flohra, introduced me to square dancing; and I’m glad he did,” she explained. “Dancing gives us a chance to visit during the week—which is nice.

“I didn’t attend the convention. Maybe next year! I did go to a fly-in in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware in May 2007. My family lives close by, and I was visiting the area to attend a cousin’s wedding. It was the first time that my family has seen me dance. It was a lot of fun, and I plan to do it again next year.

“I attended The Stumptown Stomp the last two years, and have had a blast. In fact, last year at Stumptown was when the calls jelled for me with Mainstream. I try to go to as many dances as possible in order to strengthen my dancing skills.

“I really enjoy dancing with Foggy City. You guys are the greatest!”

Recorded by
Michael Golden,
Secretary

The FCD Board has been busy carrying out the club’s mission of ensuring financial security and membership strength. In that vein, ongoing communication of The Board’s activities is presented to our membership.

The Board has agreed to:

  • Authorize the digitizing of the FCD logo;
  • Adopt a fresh design for club polo and t-shirts;
  • Invite Duane Flohra to join the FCD Board as an at-large member;
  • Compress the Mainstream course to 11 sessions commencing on August 21, 2007;
  • Request Harlan Kerr to teach the Semester 1 Mainstream class for 2007/2008;
  • Request Neil Heather to teach the Plus class for the 2007/2008 year;
  • Schedule a beer and soda fund raising social at the Pilzner Inn.

Greetings Foggy Citizens!
And a special welcome to the students in our exciting new, fast-paced Mainstream Class!

Also, we all want to welcome Duane Flohra (pictured below) onto the Board of Directors. It is volunteers like Duane who help to make things happen—And who can model the new Foggy City polo shirts!

In just a few weeks, during our September Harvest Dance, we will need volunteers to help with set-up, 50/50 Raffle Ticket Sales, clean up and to bring some yummy food items!.

I hope that I see you all soon. Help us spread the word on the joys of square dancing.

Hugs,
Richard

by Steve Huggins
The end of May saw me traveling to Denver, CO, for the 24th annual International Association of Gay Square Dance Clubs (IAGSDC) convention. I thought, “I might be able to afford this…. and it does sound like fun!” So I signed up for my first gay square dancing convention at the last minute—and even got a discount for being a “Greenhorn,” AKA “Convention Virgin.”Then, without really knowing what to expect of convention other than a lot of square dancing, I started to get really excited.

Thursday evening was the first official event I attended, and the first chance to get on the floor: the Trail-In dance. My dancing skills felt unusually rusty as I danced with strangers for the first time and got used to new callers and a different type of floor. I left the dance feeling both elated over being there and worried about my skills. The elation lasted the entire convention; the worry was needless.

The next day, dancing started in earnest and I started to feel a lot more comfortable. Each level had its own room, so it was easy to either challenge myself, or hang back a bit in the Mainstream room. After a good amount of foot stomping, meeting all kinds of new people, and having great fun trying the different levels, it was time to get ready for the Grand March. Wow! It was really inspiring to see all the clubs with their uniforms marching to line up for the group picture, and I was starting to understand why it is so important to attend convention!

Then, there were the specialty tips. I attended the Bear Tip, which is traditionally shirtless. What fun seeing all that fur dancing! The first full day ended with the hilarious Honky Tonk Queen contest—seeing our own Harlan in drag was a pleasure I did not expect! The creativity of the costumes, with light-up boobs, roller skates and twirly tassels was amazing!

The next day’s danc-ing was interrupted only by the dinner Banquet. There were a lot of announcements as we ate, and presentation of some awards. I had no idea there are people who have been to every convention since the first one back in 1983, but now I understood how this community is about so much more than a recreational pursuit.

Later I attended the Leather Tip, showing off my new leather shorts and dancing in my harness. Ouch! Talk about pinched skin…. I might leave the harness behind next year!

Later in the night was the secretive Moonshine Tip, done in the nude. Everyone was asked to leave the room while it was prepared: tape was put over all openings (door cracks, etc) so the hotel staff and curious non-participants couldn’t see in. We filed into the room, being patted down or cameras or other recording devices. Everyone squared up like normal, then came the command from the caller, once the doors were locked: “Strip!”

It happened so fast it was comical! Everyone’s clothes just flew off and we were back squared up like normal. This was the hardest (no, not that kind of “hard”) tip for me to dance because it was so difficult to concentrate with several very well endowed guys in other squares. I wanted to watch, but had to dance… argh! Then, like a mirage, and almost as quickly as it appeared, the room full of naked dancers was dressed and filing out of the room, leaving only the memory of bouncing mammaries and swinging testes.

The next day brought more dancing followed by the closing ceremony. It was great to see everybody in one huge room again, this time saying “Goodbye” to new friends and making plans to meet up again at the next convention.

by Lee Griffiths

In recent years, FCD’s teaching has been traditional: a Mainstream class (26 weeks at 1.5 hours/week or 39 hours of teaching) and a subsequent Plus class (12 weeks at 2 hours/week or 24 hours teaching), taking a total of 63 hours of teaching time to advance students from beginner level through Plus between August and May.

Students have complained that classes go too slow and are too repetitive and thus boring. Existing members are less keen to angel for similar reasons. Potential students seem also to be put off by the need to initially commit to 26 weeks of lessons without knowing if they will actually enjoy square dancing.

These issues have now been addressed with a fresh teaching schedule.

  • Total teaching time is now a faster-paced 44 hours.
  • An 11 week (22 hour) Mainstream class began with the first Intro on August 21, then another Intro on August 28. There will be 9 more weeks to graduation.
  • Classes are held from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Tuesdays at Studio 204.
  • The cost for students is $75. Angels are welcome (and needed).
  • Plus class will be offered to these students starting on November 27.