A new community activity at the Wolf Memorial Good Samaritan Senior Center had more than 20 people learning how to do-sa-do and allemande left on Tuesday night.
From January throughout April, Dean Dederman, the “Taller Caller” from Norfolk, will be teaching square dance lessons in Albion.
“We try to meet a couple times of month once we get a group going to keep in practice, renew friendships, and enjoy the activity,” Dederman said.
Dederman started square dance calling in 1975, and turned it into a fulltime career, travelling throughout the United States in the 1990s.
Owen and Amanda Seamann of Spalding has been working with Dederman to start classes in Albion after commuting to Columbus in the fall for a 20-week class.
“We like to country dance. We used to country dance a lot. But then we couldn’t find dancing anywhere,” Amanda Seamann said. “We took classes in Columbus and loved it. And then we decided that we needed to get this going closer to home.”
Seamann said the Wolf Memorial Good Samaritan Senior Center is an ideal location for lessons as residents can enjoy being part of the activity as well.
“There used to be a square dancing club at the senior center met. It’s great entertainment for the residents,” Seamann said. “A lot of them used to dance back in the day so they enjoy watching us.”
Dederman explained why square dancing is an activity for any one to consider.
“Square dancing is offset by the fact that it is good, clean family fun. It is fairly inexpensive – usually $5 per person range per dance,” Dederman said.
Square dancers are finding fun, fitness and friendships with these Albion classes.
“It’s good exercise. It’s good for the mind. Good for the mental aspect as well as the physical,” Dederman said. “We review every lesson. And by the end of the lessons, we have reviewed enough to where you are considered a mainstream level square dancer.”
For $5 per lesson, classes will be held on selected Mondays and Tuesdays each week from 7:30 to 9:30. The public is invited out to watch and participate.
“This is our first shot at doing lessons down here at Albion,” Dederman said. Everyone is welcome. We’d love to have you come out.
For more information, call Dean Dederman at 402-992-1150.
Wolf Memorial Senior Center in Albion, Nebraska at 7:30-9:30 p.m.