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Who is Grand Square International?

Recently, GSI (Grand Square International) Leaders from Europe, Japan, the US and others formed a plan to get to know each other—and others we will meet in the future, much better. We started with a brief outline, hoping to tell you more about ourselves. We call the document “Who is GSI?”. With no small effort, we have exchanged the document with GSI Leaders in many countries, some of whom have personally translated this into an “official” version in their own native language.

                In addition, the technology wizards at Google seemed to be thinking exactly what we were thinking, and we now have added the amazing Google Translate button/function to many pages on this site. It is free to use, and easy as well. If our site is displayed in a language other than your own, simply click the button, select your preferred language from the drop down menu and—now, we are speaking your language!

As we travel around the world, meet new friends, shake hands, dance and connect our organization with yours we begin to broaden the horizons of square dancing as a whole. Sometimes our time together is brief and our languages spoken diverse, leaving much to be discovered about each other. Recent updates to this website, and social media are promising.

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Come to Little Rock!

- Monday, November 18, 2013

 

Wayne and Lura Wade, General Chairman for the 63rd National Square Dance Convention®

Rock-N-Little Rock”

 Welcome to Little Rock, Arkansas!

            We are so excited to be hosting the 63rd National Square Dance Convention® in Little Rock, Arkansas.  Our Committees are hard at work organizing activities and planning everything for your enjoyment while you visiting our wonderful state.  We are working with Little Rock Tours to have some wonderful tours for you to choose from:  The Little Rock Tour, Digging for Diamonds, Branson, Hot Springs, Garvan Gardens Tour, Ozark Folk Center, Graceland and Crystal Bridges.  Little Rock in right in the center of our state so it doesn’t take more than 3 hours in any direction to see something here.  You can even get to some pretty neat sites just over the border of any state surrounding us.  There are many places to visit within walking distance of the Convention Center.  Ride the Trolley and get a history of many places along the route.  See the Bill Clinton Library just down the street.  Check out the Heifer International located beside the Clinton Library.  It is free and there are so many  things interesting to learn.  Downtown Little Rock has many restaurants within walking distance along with the buffet and kiosks that you will find in the Convention Center. 

            We know we are small but we plan for your visit to really be a “Diamond”.  We are going to have some of the best callers, cuers and entertainment in the world.  We want everyone to go home saying, “The 63rd National Square Dance Convention® was the Best of the Best.  We will have Education opportunities with clinics and seminars, a keynote speaker.  A sew and save with chances for you to win all kinds of things.  There will be new ideas for that new dress or shirt that you have been wanting.  You will also want to check out our Ways and Means and see what Arkansas has that you just can’t live without.  Did I mention Dancing?  Dancing for everyone, mainstream dancing, plus dancing, round dancing, handicapable dancing, contra, clogging, line dancing, advanced dancing, challenge dancing.

Find us on our website, www.63nsdc.com you may also find us on Facebook under the 63rd National Square Dance Convention.

We look forward to seeing you in Little Rock, Arkansas June 25-28, 2014.

 

Wayne and Lura Wade
General Chairman
63rd National Square Dance Convention®

 

 

Thank you for your generous donation to the OK tornado victims!

- Wednesday, September 25, 2013

 

 
Square Dancing in the Great Smoky Mountains—NEW DATES JUST ANNOUNCED! Register today!

Square Dancing in the Great Smoky Mountains—NEW DATES JUST ANNOUNCED! Register today!

- Saturday, September 22, 2012

Make way for a full calendar of dancing in 2013 as Pride Resort in beautiful Maggie Valley, North Carolina, USA hosts some of the best dance callers in the world! We've put together a wonderful calendar of events—all in this neat little booklet—from April through October of next year. Make plans to join us often! You'll love dancing at The Pride Center at Pride Resort on the hardwood floors and you'll love the view as you step onto the patio and see the stars above—a 360 degree view of the Great Smoky Mountains! Let's dance!

CLICK TO READ Pride Resort MAGGIE VALLEY SQUARE DANCE VACATIONS Guide Booklet

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GSI 2012-2013 Dance Flyer Booklet

GSI 2012-2013 Dance Flyer Booklet

- Monday, September 17, 2012

 

Dance friends, don't miss out on a single dance event! Introducing the Grand Square International 2012-2013 Dance Flyer Booklet—complete with full page flyers, information and registration forms for all upcoming events in the US and around the World! You can read this booklet on your computer, tablet or smart phone and if you like, you can click to download the PDF. 
 
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Square Dance Callers turn a passion into profession

- Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Check out this article about our own Tony Oxendine and Jerry Jestin that ran in the MacLeod Gazette about square dance calling!

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Say Hello to GSI!

- Thursday, August 25, 2011

Click to read “Who is GSI?” with many languages to choose from.

Click to see photos, read the biographies and meet each GSI Leader.

 

Half a World Away in Tokyo: A Great Honor Among Our Friends

- Thursday, August 25, 2011

August 2011 couldn’t come soon enough for your friends at Grand Square. We have all become connected to our square dancing friends who are celebrating a true milestone: The 50th Annual National Square Dance Convention of the JSDA (Japan Square Dance Association.)

A series of visits by GSI to Tokyo for many successful events, the founding of GSI Japan, and close interaction between our US folks and the GSI Japan Leaders are perhaps a model of how our dance can—and should—bring folks together and perpetuate itself across all conceivable distances and boundaries. We treasure this intercontinental relationship.

This trip to Japan will be an exceptional one. The venerable JSDA has invited GSI to become a member of its organization, and this will transpire as we attend the 50th Annual JSDA convention.

Both the English and Japanese version of events can be viewed by clicking the link above.
 

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A Decade and More of GSI History!

- Thursday, August 25, 2011

We mention elsewhere on this website how proud we were when the Square Dance Foundation of New England asked us to contribute a volume describing our history and efforts to its archives. We'll be posting up a digital version of this historic document in the near future.  For now, we’ve just gathered our efforts from 2010-2011 in an annual addendum. This one we call Connecting Our Numbers: One World, One Dance. It is our Annual Archive, and we hope you will have a look at the digital edition of this volume by clicking the very colorful edition below.  Enjoy!

My experiences have a more remarkable aspect, so reviewed, than they had when they were in progress. I have come home from the Play now, and can recall the scenes of the Drama upon which the curtain has fallen, free from the glare, bewilderment, and bustle of the Theatre. —Charles Dickens

 

 

A New Initiative from GSI for 2011-2012 - ONLINE CALLER TRAINING

- Tuesday, August 23, 2011

As we build our digital library, with training documents developed by some of the world’s best callers, our goal is to extend this wealth of information into a solid and accessible digital environment. In the near future
training will be done on any device—PC, Mac, Tablet, Smart Phone or even...your TV.
 

 
  
 
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