Did you know that the Promenade Act is a bill introduced to the United States Congress in February 2003? If successful, it would make square dance the national folk dance of the United States. The bill was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and I do not know what has come of it since. (Ed.:Last Action: Mar 6, 2003.Referred to the Subcommittee on the Constitution.) Church committees seem to work faster still!
Meanwhile, we dancers at First Reformed Church broadened our outlook on March 10thÂ left our wooden clogs and Dutch costumes in the closet for a change, and came out for a night of fun square dancing. We were a mixed group, adults and children, long-time members, home comers and adherents, and even a couple from Second Reformed Church here in New Brunswick. Even our callers came to appreciate the eagerness of our children to be part of it all. Where else but in a church can one experience this kind of community with people dancing together who, otherwise, live very different lives?
The Dance was accompanied by a Silent Auction of the Womenâ€™s Guild and was a great success â€“ a big thank-you goes out to all the donors and those who helped organize the event! In the end we all agreed: this kind of dancing event needs to be repeated. May the terrific pictures that Gary Bernhofer took help you, dear reader, catch some of the spirit of that night.