There’s nothing like having a good square-dancing time, at least
for the members of Dons ‘N Donettes. The La Crescenta-based club has
spent its 39 years responding to callers’ directions at dances,
various events and classes, ‘do-si-do'-ing as part of what one of the
club’s vice presidents calls a “huge subculture.”
“Until you get into it, you don’t realize how big it is,” said
Diane Redfern, a 10-year member of the club. “We went to an
international event and danced with some couples from Japan, and they
spoke no English except for the calls.”
The club began May 5, 1963, and was christended “Dons ‘N Donettes”
to reflect the Spanish heritage in the Verdugo area. The current 50
members have performed at the Montrose Harvest Market, the Gene Autry
Museum and at Western jamboree-type events.
Square dancing is a combination of various traditional dances
settlers brought to America. It requires four couples in a square
formation. Dance moves are dictated by a caller, who calls out names
of moves like “alamande left” to a variety of music.
The dance form meshes physical exercise, mental stimulation and
social interaction all into one activity, club President Bob Brown
“It’s been said that if you go to a dance and dance every dance,
it’s the equivalent to walking five miles,” he said.
Square dancing is also a natural stress reliever, Brown said.
“You can have a totally hectic day, where hardly anything went
right, but when you go to a dance you forget about the rest of the
world,” he said. “You have to concentrate on square dancing and what
the caller is calling. If you’re thinking ‘Tomorrow I’ve got a
meeting,’ you’ve just lost it.”
The club holds periodic instructional classes and monthly dances.
For more information, call 248-1772.