It's time again for a new beginners group at the Tsukuba Square Dance Club. Starting in March, people who have never square danced before can learn. The club meets each Saturday evening, 7-9 pm at the Takezono Kominkan, just behind (to the east of) the Takezono Shopping Center.
Square dancing is a lot of fun, involving both rhythmic movement and a bit of puzzle-like brain work. It was originally an American folk dance, but in the last 30 years has been considerably altered to its modern form, which is now quite popular all over Japan, as well as in the US, Canada, and Europe.
The TSDC is about 70 members, men and women of all ages and various backgrounds, mostly Japanese (Currently we have two foreign members). Some of the Japanese speak English, but it's a great way to make Japanese friends and practice your Japanese (One of our foreign members speaks Japanese and one doesn't). The group is very friendly, and welcomes foreigners warmly.
If you can't dance, don't worry. If you can walk, you can probably square dance well enough for all practical purposes. A sense of rhythm helps, but isn't absolutely necessary.
If you think you might be interested, or are just curious, drop by one of the Saturday evening meetings in January or February. No appointment is necessary.
For more information, call me at the number below, or email. You can also speak directly to the club leader, Handa-san, in either Japanese or English: 0298-52-1415, hank[at]olive.ocn.ne.jp
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