Seven Hills Promenaders
Established June, 2007
ADA Compliant Hearing Assist System
Angell Brook Village
53 Angell Brook Drive
West Boylston, MA 01583
The Ducharme Center
10 Dupont Street
The current Seven Hills Promenaders program includes classes, workshops and dances for people who seek opportunities to continue learning more advanced choreography. Extended Applications are emphasized at all levels. The CALLERLAB Challenge program is currently being taught on Wednesday nights, and monthly dances are held on the fourth Saturday of each month. Saturday night dance programs vary, but are usually Challenge level. Check this web site for information about a dance program and guest caller for a particular month.
We meet on Wednesday evenings from 7:15 to 9:45. Currently, we have some dancers learning C3A calls and other dancers workshopping C3A calls.
Challenge level classes are also available at The Mill-A-Round Dance Center in Manchester, NH. A new approach is offered by meeting one Saturday per month for two sessions on the same day. A C1 class will start meeting on January 5, 2013. The class will normally meet on the first Saturday of the month. Please inquire if interested in starting either a C2 or C3A "Saturday" class.
Saturday Monthly Dances:
The schedule of the most recent monthly Saturday dances is listed for the year 2014, including callers and dates.Beginning on Friday, June 10th, 2016, we are now running Friday night dances for the Challenge community.
The dances will start at 7:00PM and end at 9:30PM. We now offer C1 and C2 on alternating Friday nights along with our once-a-month Sundays for C1 and C2 workshop classes, all in the Manchester NH area. See http://www.meetup.com/members/197282924 or contact Al Rouff for more information.
- May 15-25:
Squares with Bronc Wise.
Bronc Wise will be returning to call for us in this area from Friday, May 20 to Monday, May 30, 2016.
- July 07-18:
Squares with Kiyoshi Kikuchi.
International caller Kiyoshi Kikuchi from Japan will be returning for his third year calling in this area from Thursday, July 7, through Monday, July 18, 2016. A subset of his schedule consist of C1/C2 on July 7, C3A July 8-9, A2 July 11, C3A July 13, C3B July 14, A2 July 15, C2 July 16, C3B/C4 July 17. For details, see his schedule flyer. Don't miss his excellent unusual crafted calls, with understandable English to boot!
- August 15-22:
Squares with Mike Sikorsky.
Mike Sikorsky will be returning to call for us in this area from August 15 to August 22. You don't want to miss this square dancing entertainment!
Dress up if you want, but casual is fine, too.
Refreshments, 50/50 drawing.
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The Seven Hills Promenaders meet most Wednesdays at Angell Brook Village in West Boylston. See this Google map or the directions on the ABV web site. Right now, we are workshopping C2 and C3A. Check back at this web site for changes.
We will dance in the basement of Unit #53.
Take 290 East or West to 190 North
Take exit 2, Ararat Street off of 190
Go straight through the set of lights at the end of the ramp
Bear right onto West Mountain Street (Turns into East Mountain Street)
Continue through 4 sets of lights
After Worcester Country Club take first left onto Briar Lane,
Follow Briar Lane for 1.1 miles (Turns into Shrewsbury Street)
Take left onto Angell Brook Drive (200 Shrewsbury Street)
Our Saturday Dances meet at the Ducharme Center, 10 Dupont Street, in Worcester, MA, not far from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, the U Mass Medical School, and the College of the Holy Cross. For maps, try Mapquest or Google. (If you plan to use Route 290, Mapquest gives better directions than Google.)
From the North:
Route I-495 South to I-290 West toward Worcester. Take exit 14 (Posner Sq./Grafton) and take first right onto Water Street. Proceed to the traffic lights and take a right onto Grafton Street. Stay on Grafton Street for approx. 1 1/2 miles until you come to a rotary. Go half way around the rotary and pick up Hamilton Street (St. Stephens Church will be on your right and you'll see St. Joseph's Church on your left up ahead). Take your first left onto Dupont Street.
From the North (Leominster area):
Route 190 South to I-290 West and then follow directions above.
From the Mass Pike:
Take exit 10 (Worcester) and merge onto I-290 East after passing thru the tolls. Take exit 14 (Posner Sq./Grafton) exit. At end of ramp take a right onto Grafton Street. Stay on Grafton Street for approx. 1 1/2 miles until you come to a rotary. Go half way around the rotary and pick up Hamilton Street (St. Stephens Church will be on your right and you'll see St. Joseph's Church on your left up ahead). Take your first left onto Dupont Street.
From the Grafton, MA area:
Take Grafton Street west into Worcester. Stay on Grafton Street past the south Plaza Shopping Center on the right, past the Fire Station on the left, past the CVS Plaza on the left to a set of traffic lights at the intersection of Plantation and Grafton Streets (approx. 4 miles). Turn right onto Plantation St. and proceed to next traffic light. At the lights, take a left onto Hamilton St., drive past St. Joseph Church on the right and take your first right onto Dupont St.
Parking allowed on either side of Dupont St., in the parking lot that runs between the church and the Ducharme Center, or on Hamilton, Plantation and Orient Streets (all neighboring streets).
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We started as an APD/DBD Plus club in 2007. Back then, we believed that every club that dances or workshops Plus seemed to have at least a few dancers who were ready for more challenging and interesting choreography. These dancers seemed interested in knowing how to do the calls properly from as many starting formations as possible. Experienced and knowledgeable dancers often use the term All Position Dancing (APD) to describe this style of choreography. Another variation is to learn how to do certain calls according to the parts of their definition. An example would be "Do the first 3 parts of Load the Boat." In order to succeed, a dancer needs to have quick recall of the definition. This is often referred to as Dancing By Definition (DBD). According to CALLERLAB, the Advanced program should include these "extended applications" of the underlying dance programs.
The Seven Hills Promenaders set out to fill a niche in New England square dancing. We offered classes and workshops designed to bring more Plus dancers up to the APD/DBD skill level, and give them an opportunity to keep learning if they were interested. The dancers who were attracted to our Plus APD/DBD program didn't want to stop there. They learned Advanced with the same approach—learning the "Extended Applications" of APD and DBD. It was a natural progression for these same dancers to enter Challenge level dancing. And they did it the right way—first learning to dance the Extended Applications of the levels below Challenge. The starting point, if you're interested in becoming a Challenge dancer, is to become a strong APD/DBD dancer at the Plus level. That is the foundation and springboard that makes the rest of it relatively easy. It just takes time and a commitment to go out and dance wherever you can find this style of dancing.
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