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2017 State Square Dance Festival

2017 Festival BalloonThe 2017 annual Washington State Square Dance Festival is being hosted in Spokane from June 16-17. The Trail End Dance is the evening of Thursday, June 15, with the festival including workshops and dances all day and evening on Friday and Saturday.  These statewide festivals are a lot of fun!

The host committee has a website at www.2017wa-statefestival.com that includes registration and lodging information.

The host council is Spokane Council that includes many dance clubs. It's website is at www.squaredancespokane.org.


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

171230 pre NYE 345pxOn Saturday, December 30, 2017, Rainier Council's 'Twas the Night Before New Years Eve dance fills the void of an otherwise dark Saturday night with what will be a very fun square dance at Collins Grange, 3404 120th St. E., Tacoma 98446.

We'll have a great time dancing to the Hatch Brothers calling and Sue Weber cueing.  It will be at regular dance times of 7:30 pm pre-rounds, and 8:00 to 10:00 pm mainstream dancing.

Tickets are $8 pre-sale, $10 at the door; youth $4/$8. We'll have a raffle and a special drawing for one free pre-registration for the 2019 state festival.

Click on the flyer to download a PDF of it.








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.

All Mob Squad 2016 Participants:bbb

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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