New beginner square dance class starts on Sept. 13.

CONWAY — The Mount Washington Valley Stompers Square Dance Club will be starting its 46th season in September with a new caller and on a new day! According to event organizers, if you can walk, you can dance, and the caller will walk you through every call. The dress code is casual and singles are welcome.

The club’s weekly instructional classes are held at the American Legion in Conway with caller/teacher Denise Carbonell.

Carbonell has been square dancing for more than 38 years and calling for about three years. She hails from Sanford, Maine, and is excited to introduce valley folks to the fun of modern western square dancing. The first introductory week is free on Wednesday, Sept. 13, at 6:45 p.m.

People from all walks of life and of all ages can enjoy and benefit from Modern Western Square Dancing. According to a Mayo Clinic Health Letter "dancing can burn as many calories as walking, swimming or riding a bicycle. During a half-hour of dancing, you can burn between 200 and 400 calories. The side-to-side movements of many dances strengthen your weight bearing bones (tibia, fibula and femur) and can help prevent or slow loss of bone mass (osteoporosis). If you’re recovering from heart or knee surgery, movement may be part of your rehabilitation. Dancing is a positive alternative to aerobic dancing or jogging. It keeps the mind sharp and contains a social component that solitary fitness endeavors don’t.

After opening night, classes will continue every Wednesday night at the American Legion on Tasker Hill Road in Conway, starting at 6:45 p.m. Seasoned dancers and new graduates are welcome and will have the opportunity to fine-tune their skills. For more information call (603) 694-2080 or go to MWVStompers.squaredanceme.us

square dancing new classThe Mt. Washington Valley Stompers Square Dance Club will be starting its 46th season in September with a new caller and on a new day! According to organizers of the event, if you can walk, you can dance and the caller will walk you through every call. The dress code is casual and singles are welcome. (COURTESY PHOTO)