The Swinging Swallows Square Dance Club in the Ottawa Valley has been dancing since the fall of 1987. Others have been square dancing since the 1950’s, when microphones become popular. Callers could manage a whole dance hall with a microphone, instead of having a caller in each square, as with the traditional square dancing, and modern square dancing evolved.
The Swinging Swallows begin to gather on Thursday evenings at 6:30 pm (for the Plus level dancing). The Basics and Mainstream dancers come for 7:00 pm. We’ve been dancing at Wesley United Church Fellowship Hall at 275 Pembroke Street East in Pembroke since the club was formed. The Hall is an excellent facility that provides two floors for dancing, if needed, and the use of a kitchen for our party nights. There is ample parking in the rear of the Church. Our sessions accommodate new and veteran dancers, all of whom enjoy the physical and mental workout that comes with modern square dancing.
The Club has an annual membership drive every September (usually the second and third Thursdays after Labour Day). We invite people to come and see what modern square dancing is all about as it is quite different from traditional square dancing. (For more information on how the dancing is different, visit the “Modern Squares?” in the main menu.)
If you’re already a dancer and new to the area, or just returning to square dancing, email or call to ensure there will be someone to greet you, and come out on Thursday evening. Dance nights are comprised of lessons and dancing what has been taught, and then it’s practice, practice, practice! It's not long before the new dancer is feeling like an old pro! Our membership is quite varied in ages and abilities with everyone enjoying the fun and friendships that are offered.