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Charlie and Juanita Bair pose in front of a large bear during one of their recent pilgrimages to the national square dance convention. They, along with several other Tullahoma residents, are members of the Estill Springs Western Square Dancing Club that meets most Thursday nights.

Square dancing is a universal language, according to Charlie and Juanita Bair who are members of the Estill Springs Western Square Dance Club.

“You can square dance around the world in English,” said Juanita who, along with her husband, Charlie, have been square dancing over three decades. “We’ve been on cruises and have danced with people from Germany and Japan, with who we can’t communicate. However, once the square dancing starts, we all understand one another.”

The Bairs learned their craft in Ohio and have since brought it to Tullahoma where they are members of the Estill Springs Club. “We have several members from here in Tullahoma,” Charlie said. “We get together with those from Manchester and Winchester over in Estill Springs most Thursday nights to square dance.”

The club presently has 32 members and the Bair’s hope to increase that number by getting word out about their regular gatherings.

“We will be having an open house January 9 and January 16 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Estill Springs Community Center where we have our regular meetings most Thursday evenings,” Juanita said, noting the building is located at 202 Eastbrook Road in Estill Springs. “If you cannot make those dates, you are welcome to visit another Thursday.”

The club meets most Thursday although they sometimes cancel for bad weather.

“Square dancing is a great exercise, physically, mentally and socially and an opportunity to meet new friends nut, most of all, it’s fun,” Juanita said.

Square dancing is done with four couples in a square. During the dance, those involved interact with all members of their square as they follow the caller’s instructions.

“It’s fun for persons eight to 90,” Juanita said of those who can participate, noting she encourages guests to come out and see for themselves during open house. “Just come check it out. If you like it, we can teach you.”

The Bairs noted square dancing is an inexpensive say to have fun and that square dance lessons are just $3 a person for an hour of instruction. “You can’t beat that,” Charlie noted.

The Bairs may be reached for information on the club at 931-454-0834.

Duane Sherrill may be reached at dsherrill@tullahomanews.com.

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