Remember the first time you heard the words, “Grab your partner, dosey do,” and learned how to square dance? You may have thought it was just a dance with a funny name but you soon realized just how much fun it could be; realize that enjoyment once again at this year’s convention for the “Discover Tennessee Square Dancing and Round Dancing” organization. Held from August 5th to 7th at the W.L. Mills Convention Center near downtown Gatlinburg, you won’t want to miss out on the fun! And it’s just minutes from one of your Gatlinburg Cabins.
Whether you are a beginning square dancer or an experienced caller, you don’t need to be a member of the organization to join in on the fun. Each day is jam-packed with activities, lectures, and skills seminars to improve your dancing and teaching skills. This includes not only square dancing but line dancing and round dancing as well, so be sure to bring along your best outfits and slick leather soled shoes to make the most out of this annual event.
If you want to get straight to tapping your heels and twirling your skirt, choose between five dancing rooms that each offer their own style: Mainstream, Plus, Advanced, Rounds, Lines and Contra. Or you can join in on the other activities offered, like the enormous yard sale, Saturday night fashion show, sewing clinic, clothing re-sale shop, and Hot Hash. Of course, you will want to bring your sweetie along or a gaggle of friends to have a rip-roaring good time cutting a rug.
Buy your tickets in advance or pay at the door: purchase a weekend-long ticket for $25 in advance, $30 at the door; or just come for Friday ($15) or Saturday ($20) if that is more suitable for your vacationing plans. Not sure which day to go? Check their website to learn more about what workshops and activities are planned for each one. And if you should need directions from your luxury cabin rental to the convention center, give us a holler at the main office.