Freshmen square dance the semester away

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Freshmen square dance the semester away

Freshmen Connor Bruce, Paul Batt, Evan Bratt and Cade Mcilbaine square dance during freshman P.E. The freshman have been learning and practicing square dancing for the past two weeks. Photo by Javi Mercado

Freshmen Connor Bruce, Paul Batt, Evan Bratt and Cade Mcilbaine square dance during freshman P.E. The freshman have been learning and practicing square dancing for the past two weeks. Photo by Javi Mercado

Freshmen Connor Bruce, Paul Batt, Evan Bratt and Cade Mcilbaine square dance during freshman P.E. The freshman have been learning and practicing square dancing for the past two weeks. Photo by Javi Mercado

Freshmen Connor Bruce, Paul Batt, Evan Bratt and Cade Mcilbaine square dance during freshman P.E. The freshman have been learning and practicing square dancing for the past two weeks. Photo by Javi Mercado

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The final unit for the freshmen physical education class is square dancing. The unit has been going on for two weeks at this point and is quite different in contrast for previous units which include volleyball, pickleball, football and lacrosse.

“It’s a dance people would do with people that helped them harvest the season’s crop of build a barn,” Joshua Adenji, freshman, said.

Square dancing is a type of partner dance and has many variations. Every person has a partner and every dance has four pairs of two people for each group. The students have learned around six of these variations and the basic moves that go along with them. Types of music vary, but will often have an upbeat rhythm with no words.

“We learned, I think, six dances and we learned about the basic moves and about what the calls mean,” Rachel Corn, freshman, said.

Some people think that it is a little bit of a waste compared to other activities. Previously the units have been more athletic based and have been taught in shorter increments. Considering square dancing could be thought of as a barren, or pointless, art, one could see why others would believe it to be useless. However, many kids and teachers seem to like it. They believe that the change of pace can be fun and educational.

This unit has been very interesting to hear about and learn about as much as it contrasts others. The unit will be finished at the end of the semester and most likely not brought up to be taught again.

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Freshmen square dance the semester away