After spending a few weeks in the company of Triangle Squares dancers in Toronto, I and my chick Loki (aka Snack) flew with club president Susan C to Vancouver on June 24 for the 29th annual IAGSDC convention, “Dance Up a Storm,” hosted by Squares Across the Border.
We got there a few days early because Susan was attending caller school. We dropped in on the school a few times ourselves, to help the new callers practise their routines.
It was thrilling to see all the new talent in the room. There were students from all across Canada and the US. Hats off to the organizers, and the fabulous coaches: Saundra Bryant (Chicago), Vic Ceder (Los Olivos, CA) and Anne Uebelacker (Vancouver)!
On Friday, June 29, things really got going with a bang. More than 800 dancers from around the world, including 40 from Triangle Squares, descended on the hotel. Some came from as far away as Japan and Germany.
The dancing was fast and furious, with rooms for Mainstream, Plus, Advanced, and Challenge up to C4. Wow! There were a few Hot Hash tips that had to be seen to be believed. I think it was more like square running than dancing! And everyone had a fabulous time.
At the end of it all, I asked Steve Huggins, president of San Francisco’s Foggy City Dancers, if he’d escort me and Loki (aka Snack) to his home club, and he graciously agreed. Yay!
Steve’s club and eight others on the West Coast are busy preparing to host the 30th convention, Weave Your Heart in San Francisco, in 2013, and they’re all working very hard to make it one heck of a party. So he’s given us tourist maps and a key to our new home, and we’re out and about, meeting and greeting.
We don’t know where we’ll end up next, but in the meantime, we’re certainly keeping ourselves busy, enjoying beautiful San Francisco as we prepare for our next adventure!