Tuesday, October 25, 2016


Good Tuesday morning to you, and if you attended Adams Aces last night I hope you had a great time. From my perch on the stage I thought the A1 dancing was very good, taking into consideration that it was the first night back, following about a three week lay off. Going over my check list of the 50 A1 Calls, I calculate that we covered 40 of them last night, that is excellent. 

My job now, is to build next weeks program to cover the 40 we covered last night and add the remaining 10 to complete the list. By building these programs like this, I find it only takes a few weeks until we can start working on the other slightly more complex positioning from where the Call can be started, similar to what we did with "Wheel Thru", "Cast a Shadow" and "Split Square Thru" last night. The end result is you will feel comfortable Dancing to any Caller, anywhere, at the A1 Program. So as I wrote yesterday don't get discouraged, frustrated or give up, because you will all get there. 

Remember the best method to gain success at any Square Dance Program is floor time, or the more you dance the more confident you become and I don't mean just at Advanced, I mean at all Programs. I have had many C1 and C2 dancers attend Mainstream, Plus & Advanced dances just to get more floor time, which keeps all the Calls fresh in your mind. Many times Dancers will only attend dances which are set to the Program they are currently dancing and I can assure you their Foundation Calls from the Basic/Mainstream & Plus Programs start to depreciate after a very short time. Therefore I say the key to becoming a competent, confident Dancer is get as much floor time as you can.

That's all for today so take care of yourself and each other and I'll see you on the Dance Floor

Monday, October 24, 2016


Good Monday morning October 24th. as I start thinking and preparing for Adams Aces tonight, following what I thought was a very well danced A2 program at the Cookie Club yesterday, given the fact that some haven't danced full Advanced since April and of course as in any lay off for a few weeks, will tend to delay our reaction time to the Calls, especially the more difficult or complex and the short rapid Calls such as Split Square Chain Thru, Motivate, In Roll, Out Roll, Quarter In, Quarter Out or Pass In, Pass Out. This also applies to Aces where some haven't danced since the workshop in May and June. 

Hopefully I can build a program for Adams Aces tonight, which will ensure dancer success and clear up some misunderstandings you maybe experiencing of the Call Definitions where difficulties can arise. Do not think that because the square which you are part of, experiences a train wreck, that you are the cause, in most cases it takes more than one dancers delayed reaction or slight misunderstanding to cause such a wreck. The experienced Dancers here at Adams Aces are on the same page as I, and want nothing more than to successfully complete each little routine, and therefore try to offer patience, a helping hand or gentle assistance to the less experienced dancer. As we are all aware, growth is one of our only means to maintaining successful Square Dance Clubs, so don't give up on us, don't get discouraged, nor frustrated, just keep trying and we will all get reach our goal to becoming a confident, competent dancer.

Tonight we will work through as many A1 Calls as possible from the standard application, and focusing on smooth, flowing, well timed choreography, allowing everyone the opportunity to gain confidence at the A1 Program. 

That's about all I have for now, as I must go get my sore foot attended to by the Doctors at the General Hospital, which should enable me to give you the best dance program I can put together. Take care of yourself and each other and I'll see you on the Dance Floor.

Sunday, October 23, 2016


Good Sunday morning, which is quite cool outside with a temperature of 2 C which feels like -2 C, the sun should shine a little later and driving should be good for a Cookie Club visit.

The Cookie Club will dance today, one week later than originally planed due to my foot issue. For today's program I hope to cover all the "A2 Calls" and most of the "A1 Calls" at least from the standard application, then expand from there, if everyone is feeling comfortable with that. Some All 4 Couple and All 8 Calls such as "All 4 Couples Square Chain Thru", "All 8 Pass & Roll", and "All 8 Crossfire", will likely stimulate our minds or at least the questionable mind of this Caller. I did not set any particular Calls to theme or workshop, as I thought I would see where or what issues arose during a Tips and go from there, (I think it's called flying by the seat of your pants). We will cover the "Motivate family" In Roll, Out Roll, Split, Crossover & From a Left Wave, some "Spin the Windmill". If you want to go over any Call please tell me and I do my best to accommodate your wishes.

Thank you all for your support and understanding over the past week, while I whined over my foot issue. Take care of yourself and each other and I'll see you on the Dance Floor from my new, slightly used, perch.

Thursday, October 20, 2016


Good afternoon and thank you all, for all the best wishes I have and continue to received. I am thinking, and according to my nurses at the CCAC clinic this morning, I am on the mend, and the being pampered, watched over, helped with everything and cared for in every way that has allowed me to enjoy poor health, will soon be coming to an end. What I have been dealing with is "CELLULITIS", a potentially serious bacterial skin infection. Cellulitis might affect only your skin's surface, or it might also affect tissues underlying your skin and can rapidly spread to your lymph nodes and bloodstream. Left untreated, the spreading infection can quickly turn life-threatening. Needless to say, I am very pleased with this mornings report.

THE COOKIE CLUB will dance this Sunday Oct. 23rd, and we are so looking forward to seeing everyone once again. I'm not sure just how much Advanced Dancing you all have been doing since September, but hopefully I will be able to figure it out quickly enough, when we get into some "All 4 Couples", "All 8s", "In Roll Circulates", "Left Split Square Chain Thru", "Spin The Windmill", "The Checkmates" and "The Motivates".

ADAMS ACES will also dance Monday evening so get yourself prepared.

That's about all I have to write about at this moment, so take care of yourself and each other and I'll see you on the Dance Floor.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016


Good Tuesday evening and thank you for all the greetings, well wishes, help & offers to help, as well as your concerns. 
Here my account of why things are the way they are with my well being. Following a round of golf on thanksgiving Monday I felt good except I thought I might have stressed my right foot and figured it was likely a little arthritic flare up. Tuesday was a good as was Wednesday and I Called for the Village Squares but found my foot was quite sore and therefore sat down to call. Thursday morning it was still quite sore so we stayed home from Rounds, on Thursday night when I took my sock off to get ready for bed and looked at my foot there wasn't any doubt that I was in some serious trouble.

We went to the Montfort Hospital about 1:00 am Friday and the Doctors and Nurses did all the correct things in caring for me, as far as I know and told me to return to the hospital Monday morning and we got back home around noon Friday, whence all that I had be told what would happen, fell into place.  

The effects of having two different antibiotics going into my system, accompanied by the soreness of my foot made me feel fairly groggy and by Saturday afternoon I knew I would not be capable to Call, so elected to cancel the Cookie Club, Adams Aces and today, The Village Squares.

I am still on one antibiotic and my foot is feeling some better but far from healed, therefore the plan is to rest until Sunday Oct. 23 and Call the Cookie Club, that is the plan and hopefully it will work out. 

Once again thank you for your well-wishes, offers to help, and your concerns, I greatly appreciate everything. 
Take care of yourself and each other and we'll try to do the same and see you on the Dance Floor.  

Sunday, October 16, 2016


Good Sunday afternoon, I'm just putting the Blog up now at 2:30 PM. to inform you all that we have decided to cancel Adams Aces tomorrow evening Monday Oct.17. I sure hope this gets better soon but it's hard to say. I'm off to the General Infectious Diseases department tomorrow morning at 8:30 am   

Saturday, October 15, 2016


Good Saturday afternoon Oct. 15th. I hope this finds everyone well, unfortunately, I can't say the same for yours truly, as I sit on my couch hooked up to an I.V. Pump delivering antibiotics to my veins which is to kill a serious infection in my foot. Therefore we are very sorry to inform you that we have no choice but to cancel The Cookie Club for tomorrow afternoon. 

No Cookie Club 
Tomorrow Oct. 16 2016