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9-29-2019 Trimble Youth Fund Dance

All dancers are invited to the annual Kenn Trimble Youth Fund Dance on Sunday afternoon, September 29, 2019, at Collins Grange. Enjoy a hot dog lunch at 2:30 pm and Mainstream Squares from 3:00 to 5:30 pm. Caller is Andy Garboden; cuer is Stephanie Speelman.

Rainier Council annually sponsors this dance, hosted this year by the Young Bunch club, to raise funds to assist the kids in that club to participate and compete in the annual Pacific Northwest Teen Square Dance Festival. That early-May festival includes scores young square and round dancers from Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia.

This fundraiser dance will include raffles and split-the-pot. Admission is my donation--donate what you can.

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2019 State Square Dance Festival

The 2019 annual Washington State Square Dance Festival--named Rainier Rendezvous--is being hosted by Rainier Council at the Washington State Fair grounds in Puyallup, Washington, from Thursday through Saturday, June 20 - 22, 2019. The festival includes workshops and dances all day and evening on Friday and Saturday, and includes a trails end dance on Thursday evening.  The featured group is the Ghost Riders Band, plus various national callers. These statewide festivals are a lot of fun!

The website for Rainier Rendezvous is: https://washingtondancefestival2019.com/




Council-Sponsored Dances Format

Following the 2016 Spring Festival dance, a committee met to consider how best to host a Council-sponsored dance to maximize dancing by attendees, rather than sitting through announcements, etc.  After committee meetings and discussions by the board of Rainier Council, the following format was adopted, to begin in 2017:
1. Continuous dancing, no breaks by the Caller, would need both Caller and Cuer to give each other breaks.
2. Council to pay for one Caller and one Cuer. If a club wanted more would need to be approved by the Council or paid for by the hosting club.
3. Ask Caller to keep the tip to 10 minutes.
4. Pre‐sale tickets have a master list to check off names, so if a ticket is forgotten, we'd and not ask them to pay again.
5. Have pre‐rounds a half hour before the dance starts, then have mainstream tips with one round in between. Plus tip at the very end of the dance after the big "thank-you" circle.
6. Keep introduction of VIPs and awards short.
7. Door prizes: draw all tickets, ask winners to raise their hands, direct them to an area for picking up their prizes.
8. Have food available all during the dance, and configure serving surfaces for continuous flow.
9. Have a table for advertisements/dance club schedules and have no announcements.


'Twas the Night Before New Years Eve Dance (12-30-17)

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(Many more photos are at https://www.smugmug.com/gallery/n-fpf32p/)

Rainier Council sponsored a pre-New Year’s Eve Dance, on Saturday, December 30, 2017, at Collins Grange.  We had 202 dancers come through the door or 25.25 squares with 20 pre-sold ticket holders not showing. Peninsula Council bringing seven of those squares. Even with this crowd we didn’t exceed the building capacity code limit, although it may have seemed so.  We had dancers from all over the state and several VIPs which included the State Federation’s past president and his wife, Gene and Tanya Currier. Ways and Means 2018 State Festival chair, Kay and Roger Mahan from Yakima, who set up a merchandise and registration table. Numerous award winning Callers, Cuers and dancers, the president of Rainier Council, Lane Johnston and president of Peninsula Council, Sheila Blackburn.

Our Callers, The Hatch Brothers, Caleb, Christian and Joshua, are so talented, a delight to dance and work with. I consider myself a fan. Hard to believe five years ago I took Mainstream lessons with them. McNutt Award winning Cuer, Sue Weber was our Cuer.  Dancers were very pleased with the level she chose, and she received many favorable comments afterwards. There were so many round dancers on the floor that at one time they had to form three rings.

The newly adopted Rainier Council’s guidelines for council dances was used, continuous dancing, no breaks, grazing during the night on finger food and reduced announcements from the stage.

Our Country Raffle Store had a variety of items to win, which included $300 worth of gift cards to several  restaurants and coffee stands, a basket from our local author, Debbie Macomber, with two signed hard back editions of her new books. We had some beautiful baskets donated, square dance jewelry, along with other miscellaneous items, something for everyone. Our 50/50 winner, Jackie Myers was thrilled with the $100 pot. Dan Paulson won the 2019, State Dance Festival Certificate and was thankful that we pried the single dollar out of his wallet for one ticket.

Our frazzled parking attendants, Steve MacKay and Doug Schafer took a small area and crammed in 97 cars without getting a single scratch. Greg Weber made all the signs we needed to highlight the different dance station areas, our dance committee, Lu Simmons, Chryll Coscorosa, Gail Johnston, Heidi Lusk and Sandy Anderson put in a lot of time and outstanding effort to put this dance together. They did an amazing job. It truly was an effort of many people to make this dance so successful.

How successful is in the happy faces of our dancers, the ones who lingered after the dance finished, the favorable comments later from many sources and our profit after all the bills were paid. We put $1403, into our dwindling RC bank account.

Laura Seger

Rainier Council Dance Committee Chair   (below are the dance committee members, Lu, Laura, Chryll, Gail, and Sandy)

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2016 WA State Fair Mob Squad

Message from Lane Johnston  ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) Organizer of our State Fair Mob Squad.

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First, I'd like to thank each and every one of you for making the effort to sign-up, to plan, to practice, and (most-important) to actually show-up and participate in what I believe is the largest square-dance-themed flash-mob ever assembled! 

Well over 500 participants were there. Over 60 clubs from all across WA (and even northern OR) were represented in the total. There's NO DOUBT we've set the standard by which other square dance flash mobs will, initially at least, be measured.

There's were lots of cell-phone videos taken from a variety of sources, and it will take a while to come up with a compilation that best represents the many sites and scenes we'd like to share.  I'm attaching a link of the best one I've seen so-far (I believe Letrisha Hatch captured it) to give you glimpse of what it looked like from a "spectator" point of view. I posted it up on the Swingnuts YouTube channel (because I can), but there will be plenty more I'm sure before we're all done.


There are number Facebook posts as well. I'd like to request of anyone who took video (or even still photos), to please upload it to a "gallery" I've created to collect all the snips and snaps I can get. Here's a Guest Upload link (works with desktops, tablets, cell phones...just drag/drop any of your video or pictures directly on the linked page):


Here's the gallery as it currently exists (no sorting, captioning, formatting, etc, "photo credits"). Ifyou DO upload videos or still photos, please shoot me an email to let me know that you have uploaded "content" to the gallery so I know to whom to attribute it.


"Cheers" (3 Cheers....it's Over!) Everybody, Lane.

Other videos (links added by the webmaster):




Last Updated on Monday, 12 September 2016 20:34

Annual Daffodil Parade Float

Written by Steve and JoAnn MacKay   

Rainier Council's parade float (pulled by truck)Each year, the Rainier Council enters our square dancing float in the Daffodil Parade, and it provides wonderful public exposure and promotion of our fun activity.

Photos of the 2014 Daffodil Parade's square dancers are posted at the following site:


Photos of the 2012 Daffodil Parade's square dancers are posted at the following site:


Here's a Report on the 2010 Parade

April 10, 2010 started out cold and windy, but spirits were high and smiles were warm as dancers waited for the Daffodil Parade to begin. It was the coldest start in memory, but as the day progressed it warmed up and we were grateful that it didn’t rain. This was the 11th year for the Rainier Council Parade Float to participate in the Daffodil, and the 32nd parade that the float has been in since the Council took ownership in 2000. This year, the float received first place in its category. “Thank you!” to all who arrived early in the morning to dance onboard during judging. As the Float Manager, Steve MacKay often says, “The float is nothing without the people that are willing to help promote dancing.”

The day starts in Tacoma, continues in Puyallup, races onward to Sumner and then finally ends in Orting.

This year, callers Kenny Freeman and Leo Catt warmed up the dancers in Tacoma, Greg Weber kept them moving through Puyallup, Andy Garboden called in Sumner, and energetic Brett Kappenman livened up the last leg of the parade in Orting. The crowds gave the float and dancers a warm reception, lots of smiles and friendly applause. Thank you, Rainier Council Dancers and the greater Tacoma community for your support!

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