Edmond square dancers love the exercise, friendship

The Teacup Chains Square Dance Club of Edmond will offer lessons beginning Jan. 24
BY HENRY DOLIVE Modified: January 11, 2013 at 10:38 pm •  Published: January 12, 2013

Holley, who operates a grocery story in Crescent, said he learned square dance calling from his father and has been at it for 29 years. He calls for several other clubs, and will teach the classes at the Edmond MAC.

He said he calls dances to a wide variety of music.

“I do gospel, country-western, easy listening, easy rock,” he said, “and I love to take requests.”

He said he especially enjoys teaching.

“It's great to see new dancers on the floor, and to put a smile on their face when they get it,” he said.

Teacup Chains has been holding its dances at Peace Lutheran Church for two years after meeting for many years in a dance studio in Edmond.

“We outgrew the other place,” Schaefer said.

The club has about 70 members.

The club — which took its name from an advanced-level square dance formation — was formed in 1991. Schaefer said membership is open to adult couples and singles. The club is one of 16 that belong to the Oklahoma Central District Square Dance Association.

Schaefer's sister is club member Renee Gruntmeir, who has been square dancing with her husband, Luis, for more than 25 years, liking it so much they went to a square dance before embarking on their honeymoon.

“We had the wedding, went to the reception, then went to our local club dance in Kingfisher,” Renee Gruntmeir said.

“You cannot meet nicer people,” she said. “If we mess up, it doesn't matter. You just laugh and go on. It's just fun.”

Robert and Kay Bost have been Teacup Chains members for about three years, but square danced in Dallas for more than 20 years before moving to Edmond.

“It's good exercise, and lots of fun and fellowship,” Robert Bost said.

“When you make a mistake, everyone laughs and starts over.”