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SCV Senior Center hosts summer square dance

Posted: August 5, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: August 5, 2013 2:00 a.m.

Palmdale's Aces & Deuces square dancers Mike Woods (left) with his wife and dance partner Janet Woods do some synchronized spinning with fellow members Roberta Searcy and Denny Sellers at a summer celebration sponsored by the Sierra Hillbillies Square Dance Club Sunday at the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center in Newhall. Photo By Jim Holt.

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They came ready for the beach in their “surf theme” T-shirts and short pants, ready to pursue a longer-lived American cultural event than surfing - square dancing.

At least 56 people showed up Sunday afternoon to help celebrate summer at the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center in Newhall for the monthly Sierra Hillbillies square dance featuring a “Surf’s up!” theme.

That’s just enough people for seven eight-dancer squares. But not everybody joined inthe surfing theme — some wore more traditional attire.

One half-square — that’s four people — made the journey from Palmdale to participate in the event sponsored by the Sierra Hillbillies Square Dance Club.

“We’ll go as far as Simi Valley and Northridge,” said Roberta Searcy, the woman in the pink hoop skirt and cowboy boots, when she finally got a chance to sit down.

Her dance partner, Denny Sellers, was asked how he’s able to listen and respond to so many different dance calls every two seconds as he’s spinning around on the dance floor.

“It’s called practice, practice, practice,” he said.

After having just enough time to catch their breath, Searcy and Sellers were called back to the dance floor by square dance caller Ed Foote.

“There’s plenty of opportunity to square dance,” said Janet Woods, attired in a blue hoop skirt.

As she and her dancer partner, husband Mike, jumped up and held hands with Searcy and Sellers — all of whom belong to Palmdale’s Aces & Deuces square dance club — they joined another two couples to complete their square.

That was the cue for several couples who had been round dancing to take a break of their own.

Several dancers had come from Bakersfield for a chance to take part in some round dancing Sunday called by David Moorehouse.

“It’s a good turnout,” said Angie Messina, president of the Sierra Hillbillies.

“We’re missing a few of members because they’re on vacation,” she said.

Messina noted that square dancing classes are about to resume next month.

The Sierra Hillbillies sponsor square dancing classes in conjunction with the city of Santa Clarita Parks & Recreation Department. New Beginning 1 classes start Sept. 10 with enrollment under way this month.

Anyone interested in signing up should visit the Sierra Hillbillies website at, Messina said.


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