Keeping the tradition of square dancing alive

Ancelene MacKinnon
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MONT-CARMEL – Erdeen Martin started square dancing when she was a teenager. Now, as an adult, she would like to keep the tradition going.

People young and old at the Mont-Carmel Hall show their best dance moves at the family square dancing event, which was part of the 27th annual Atlantic Fiddlers’ Jamboree that took place from over the weekend. 

The Mont-Carmel Parish Hall was lively Saturday night with the sounds of clapping and square dance music.

The family square dancing event was part of the 27th annual Atlantic Fiddlers’ Jamboree that took place over the weekend.

Martin goes square dancing each week at the Murphy’s Centre in Charlottetown.

“Anyone can come. It’s a great time for fellowship.”

She said they’re always trying to get new people to join because it’s a worthwhile tradition, and Saturday’s event was an excellent way to do so.

“It seemed like it was going to die out a few years ago, but square dancing has been revived.”

It’s something for all ages, she added.

“It’s enjoyable because of the interaction with other people and our bodies just enjoy the music and dancing.”

Martin and her friend, Paul Dumas, take in as much square dancing as they can.

Dumas said Saturday’s event was a lot of fun because there isn’t always a band.

“It’s great because it’s more lively.”

It’s good to get people interested in square dancing at a young age, he said.

“That’s how you get the next generation involved.”



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