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September 12, 2013

Dancing is alive in Cooperstown


“Every dance, no matter how experienced you are, you do a walk through,” Duffy said. “You practice the move depending on if there are a lot of new people.”

“It’s not a formal instruction. You have to get up and make mistakes like the rest of us,” Duffy continued.

The Otsego Dance Society encourages anyone to come and dance.

“We are always really excited to have anyone come to dance,” Salo said. “We invite everyone and take new people under our wing.”

The Otsego Dance Society hosts contra dances  the first Friday of every month. For more information, call 965-8232 or visit

Another form of social dancing will start up this Friday when the Doubleday Dancers Western Square Dance Club of Cooperstown hosts its first dance of the season. Dancing will be held from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at the Cooperstown Elementary School on Walnut Street. Admission is $5 at the door. This event is only for experienced square dancers. There are a few introductory dances scheduled for later in the month.

There is an introductory phase of square dancing called mainstream, where people who are new to square dancing receive instruction. Ray Taylor calls mainstream for this group and his wife, Alma Taylor, cues.

The group of 30 to 35 members will host an introduction to square dancing at 7:30 p.m., Sept. 18 and 25 at the Cooperstown Elementary School. Admission is free and participants are encouraged to dress casually and wear comfortable shoes.

After the two free nights, those who want to join the club begin dancing with the Doubleday Dancers.

“We work on the steps with the new members that way they feel more comfortable to move along,” said Sandra Tabor-Hunkins, the social secretary of the club.

“It’s great exercise; it’s fun. We don’t take it too seriously. If people make a mistake we just laugh and go on because we all know what it’s like to start out,” Tabor-Hunkins continued.

For more information, call 264-8128 or 547-8665.




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