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Be there to be square as national square dance convention comes to Oklahoma City

The 62nd National Square Dance Convention opens June 26 and will bring more than 4,000 dancers to Oklahoma City.
BY HENRY DOLIVE Modified: June 18, 2013 at 9:26 pm •  Published: June 19, 2013

In addition to the dancing, education for square dancers is planned, including panels, seminars and clinics, a fashion show and shopping in the vendor area. A youth hall for young square dancers is planned.

Baker said the sewing clinics are popular with women who like to sew their own dance dresses, but also are attended by male dancers who have the skills to sew square dance shirts.

In addition to traditional square dancing, dance floors will be dedicated to round dancing, Contra dancing, clogging, folk and country and western dancing. More than 150 square dance callers and round dance “cuers” are registered.

Sixteen square dance clubs are active in central Oklahoma. Oklahoma has about 40 clubs statewide, according to the Oklahoma Square Dance Federation, which is hosting the convention.

Michelle Schaefer, president of the 70-member Teacup Chains club of Edmond, said several members of that club are planning to attend.

Carrier said Oklahoma City has attracted larger conventions, but this will be one of the more noticeable because of the dancers' costumes.

“It's easy to tell they're square dancers. These folks stand out because of their colorful attire,” Carrier said.

The convention is open to spectators. Visitor ribbons can be purchased for $5, good for the entire convention, entitling the bearer to go anyplace except the youth hall.

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