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Denim Dusters celebrate 30 years

Posted on Monday, April 1, 2013 at 1:12 pm

The western square dance club, Denim Dusters, is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.

Western square dance has been popular in the United States for nearly 75 years. Western square dancing is a family-oriented activity that takes place in civic and church auditoriums, parks, recreation buildings and private halls across the nation. In addition to weekly dances, western square dance clubs hold special dances and have state and national conventions each year.

In 1983, President Ronald Reagan made square dancing the National Folk Dance, and it is the official state folk dance in 22 states.

A group formed a western square dance club in Lincoln County in 1983 and called the club, “Denim Dusters.” They are still dancing every Thursday night at the Fayetteville Recreation Center at 6:45 p.m. with James Carrington of Columbia calling. His wife, Robbie, instructs the line dances.

John Reed is the current president of the club.

New classes for western square and line dance will begin Thursday, April 11, at the Fayetteville Recreation Center at 6:45 p.m. The classes are offered free during the month of April. For more information, call 993-0236 or 256-828-7622.