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We would like to thank you, the dancers and clubs of NORTEX for the confidence you have shown in us by electing us your president again. We have danced many places and know from experience that you are the greatest group of dancers anywhere! We are looking forward to working with you and your clubs to restore our favorite past time after this dreadful year.
Between the two of us we have had the privilege of serving with some of the best presidents in NORTEX history. However, the past 18 months have been a major trial. We owe Debbie a debt of gratitude for all she did to maintain the communication and keep a “spark” of our activity alive. Now is the time to restore and rebuild. It will not be easy, and the result will not look like what we were doing before the pandemic.
We first need to focus on getting our club members back on the floor. In doing so, we need to remember, we are ALL going to have to re-learn. Squares are going to breakdown, so what! Make lines and dance on! Some of the most enjoyable tips have been those where the square broke down. Especially if the break down was due to something simple. Let’s just have fun and make it fun.
We, as your new officers, have dedicated ourselves to this organization’s growth. We know the only way to grow is to involve new people. The only way to involve new people is through lessons. We must encourage and assist clubs with lessons and with the critical work of getting the new dancers out to dance. We will be all ears to those with constructive feasible ideas to promote square and round dancing. While we would truly enjoy meeting with every dancer or club officer who had an idea, it is simply not feasible. We have asked the Area Vice Presidents to serve as our ambassadors to you so we can get the most information possible in the shortest amount of time.
We need to do whatever it takes to grow. We need to remember our goal is to have fun. So, if you have fun at a dance where only basic calls are used, what does it matter, you had fun. One of my most memorable tips was composed of only circulates. Think about it, an entire tip with only variations of circulate and of course a left allemande or two. And, after 25+ years I still remember it and smile.
We have some of the best callers in the world. And, you can be assured, they can call a tip at any level that will challenge you. Yes, ANY LEVEL. And, you will have a great time. But most importantly, new dancers, experienced dancers, rusty dancers, young dancers, old dancers, etc. can all have a great time together. And, isn’t that our goal, to socialize. Square dancing is just our mechanism to do it.
We want to encourage you to HAVE FUN and SHOW IT. Fun is contagious; let it infect your dances. Encourage timid dancers to dance with you, look for dancers who need encouragement; if you act enthusiastic, you will be enthusiastic. In addition, others are drawn to enthusiastic people and the activities they take part in. So, let’s do whatever we need to do to get new and old dancers on the floor having FUN as quickly as we can. Don’t think about the level you danced before the pandemic. Think about having fun now and showing it. Don’t push new dancers to level up. Push them to have fun where they are.
FUN and GROWTH, our two priorities for 2021–2022 and please make them your priority also. We are encouraged by the quality and experience of our officer corps, the dancers of North Texas. We look forward to working with each club to help make this one of the most exciting years in NORTEX history. Please join with us and your new officers to make 2021-2022 a growth year. If we all, NORTEX officers, club officers and dancers join together to have FUN and work toward Growth, this will be one of the greatest years of square dancing in North Texas.