After the line dancing, I stayed for the beginning Square Dancing. This part had me very nervous. I didn't have a partner (more on my reluctant husband another time), I didn't have a clue about square dancing beyond "Do Si Doh". Sure enough, a Bootjack Stomper member took me under their wing, listened to my nervous babble and assured me everything would be OK. The Stompers ensures all new dancers have a partner ("Angels" help new dancers learn). I sure wish I could remember who my first "Angel" was, because he deserves a gold medal. I'm sure I stepped on his toes more than once, crashed into him a time or two and the caller had to tell me often "Your other left". Before I knew it, I had learned the first basic calls and had danced for an hour. And, I hadn't laughed that hard in a long while. I knew I wanted to come back and learn more.
Another outstanding memory of Day One: Square Dancing and Line Dancing is Great Exercise! I was pretty tired! My whole body had definitely had a workout. However, we can easily show anyone how to adapt the either type of dancing to accommodate sore joints or legs/arms. Square Dancing wins hands down for the most overall body exercise and scores extra points for the type of activity that helps keep bones strong and the mind sharp. Oh, and don't forget the laughing!