Wranglers Square Dance Club Celebrates Student Graduation & New Class

 

The Wranglers Square Dance Club announced its 40th anniversary student graduation in June, with 18 students now able to square dance at a “Plus” level. The club began on April 9, 1973 when nine couples finished square dance instruction taught by Sherm Barth. Those couples quickly recruited others and graduated the club’s first “class” of dancers in September of 1974. There has been a new Wrangler class taught every year since, and this year’s class enjoyed their new dancing skills at a graduation dance at the Rancho Bernardo Community Center Gazebo in late June.

Class members learn roughly 115 “calls” over a nine-month period, which qualifies them to dance at the Club’s “Plus” level. Club members serve as “angels” (dancing helpers) for the students during the Wednesday night classes. A new Wrangler class begins Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. at Rolling Hills Elementary in Rancho Peñasquitos.

Currently the Club holds its dances at Rolling Hills Elementary School during the school year and at the Gazebo in the Rancho Bernardo Community Park from June through August. The club’s annual “Hustler Rustler” western-themed dance is held in November at the Poway Community Center. Dances are attended by people from all over San Diego County. Wrangler Club membership has varied from the original 18 to over 130 regular club members in the mid-1980s. The club, currently 62 strong, has members from Poway, Rancho Bernardo, Rancho Peñasquitos, 4S Ranch and surrounding areas.

In addition to teaching classes and holding monthly dances, the Wranglers also participate in community events, and do demonstrations to bring others into the activity. There have been Wranglers in Rancho Bernardo’s Spirit of the Fourth parade, Grape Days, RB Alive, the Escondido Street Fair, the San Diego County Fair and Poway’s Spring Fest Street Fair. The Wranglers also participated in a square dancing “flash mob” last November in Balboa Park. Recently a square dance “demo” was done at the 7th Annual PQ-NE Action Group Neighborhood BBQ/Picnic, and members of the club helped Del Norte High School students complete a “final exam” for their physical education course.

The club is run by a volunteer board of officers led by current presidents, Mary Sundberg Whealdon and John Coffin. The Wranglers are an affiliate of the Palomar Square Dance Association. Visit www.TheWranglers.org and

www.Facebook.com/WranglersSquareDanceClub for more information.