Music and Dance
Capital Twirlers: Fun, Friendship and Fantastic Petticoats
By: Ellen Gutherie
Capital Twirlers Square Dance Club of Tallahassee has been working its members hard this summer! With only a few months left before the group's first Open House and the start of a new beginners' class, the club has focused on learning Modern Western Square Dance calls. As a result, Monday evenings at the Tallahassee Senior Center have been filled with the melodic calls of Elmer Sheffield, the hoots and hollers of dancers from all over North Florida, and the swishing sounds of plentiful petticoats.
In the last year, Capital Twirlers accommodated the addition of a large class of new dancers. Existing members helped a class of over 30 new dancers learn and practice calls. Their commitment to the new recruits improved everyone's dancing skills at the weekly dances which are vigorously active, even challenging, but always fun. It is rare to see anything but smiles on dancers as they do-si-do and allemande-left through the evening. New members have learned over 60 calls, made many new friends, and put their dancing skills to the test.
Capital Twirlers will host two open houses: January 6 and 13 starting at 7 p.m. at the Senior Center. Those interested in square dancing are encouraged to come to one of these events to see a demonstration, and participate in some basic calls. Following the open houses, a new beginner's class will start on January 27, 7 p.m. Anyone interested in joining Capital Twirlers should make plans to attend these events. Singles are welcome, but are encouraged to bring a partner. Cost is $2 each dance.
From those who remember the barn dances of their childhood, to those who came of age with the rhythms of disco and rockabilly, members of Capital Twirlers benefit from all that square dancing offers. The mental challenge of learning and remembering calls keeps everyone engaged and focused. In addition, the dancing keeps members healthy and active. Make plans to "Take Capital Twirlers for a spin" in January.
For more information contact Libby at 385-0608 or Ellen 386-1440.
Tallahassee Community College's Community Bands Holiday Concert
December 9, 7:00 - 8:30pm
Two of TCC's most talented bands join for a delightful evening of holiday songs. Tickets at the door are only $5, with all proceeds benefitting TSC.
Capital Chordsmen Holiday Concert
December 12, 7:00 - 8:30pm
Join us for this Sixth Annual event! Harmony at its finest! $12.50 for adults, $10.00 for seniors 65+ and $5.00 for students. To purchase tickets, call 224-7729.
Music Classes, Groups and Lessons
Fridays, 10:30 - 11:00am
Fridays, 11:00am - 12:00n
Drumming: You've Got the Rhythm
December 5 & 12, 10:30 - 11:30am
Tuesdays, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Thursdays, 7:00 - 9:30pm
Men's barbershop harmony chorus rehearsals. New members welcome!
Senior Singers - A partnership with Florida State University School of Music
Tuesdays, 1:00 - 2:00pm | September - April
The choir warmly encourages anyone who wants to sing to join. Requirements include a desire to have fun; no prior musical training or experience is necessary. No auditions. Suggested donation: $2.
Dances and Balls
Contra Dance (Tallahassee Community Friends of Old Time Dance)
Jigs and reels and all kinds of fun. Moves similar to square dance with caller instructing each dance before the music begins. $8/adults, $7/seniors, $5/students, $3/dancing kids. Newcomers arrive by 7:30, wear comfortable shoes and clothes. No partner necessary. Upcoming dances:
Dance lessons provided at no charge (with paid admission to dance) at 6:30pm on dance night. All events are smoke and alcohol free. DJ dances: $8/USA Dance members and $14/non-members; $5/students with valid ID. Upcoming dances:
Dance Classes, Groups and Lessons
Fees are per class or meeting, unless otherwise noted.
Line Dance Classes
Mondays, 5:15 - 6:15pm (Beginner) and Thursdays, 12:30 - 1:30pm
No partner needed. New participants always welcome. $2 for 55+; $3 others.
Capital Twirlers Square Dance
Mondays, 7:30 - 9:30pm
Mainstream and Plus Level Square Dancing. Monthly dues $12.50 per person. Visitors always welcome. Visitors: $5. Level adjusted to fit dancers' skills. Visit their site for more details.
Capital Round Dance
Tuesdays, 5:30 - 7:30pm
This workshop teaches experienced dancers Phases III - V as well as foxtrot, waltz, rumba, cha cha, jive and more. $4 per couple.
Dancing for Fun Group
Fridays, 2:00 - 4:00pm
Informal social dancing to all forms of couple dances. New dancers always welcome, no partner needed. $2.
Beginning Ballroom-Swing Dance Lessons
Fridays, 5:30 - 7:00pm
Learn the fox trot, swing, tango, waltz and cha cha. No partners needed. Come, meet people, and have fun! Dick Hagan and John Philpott are the instructors. $5.