Square Dancers Take Over Des Moines

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DES MOINES, Iowa - It's an American tradition that's now spread across the world, and you can get a piece of the action at the Iowa Events Center this weekend.

The 65th annual National Square Dance Convention kicked off Wednesday evening at the Iowa Events Center, running through Saturday. Attendees represent all 50 states, as well as China, Japan, the Philippines, Australia, Great Britain, Denmark, Sweden, France, Germany, and Canada. This is the first time in more than 40 years since the convention has been hosted here in Des Moines.

“We look forward to introducing square dance and all of its benefits to the Greater Des Moines community,” said Jim Winslow, General Chair of the National Square Dance Convention. “We have strong registration numbers from across the globe and state, with more than 450 Iowans registered to attend.”

Starting Thursday, participants can participate in traditional square dance workshops, clogging, contra, line, and round dancing. There are 10 hours of dancing every day, with a live band performing at night. And you may catch square dancers across Des Moines this weekend, too - a select group of dancers plan to perform at surprise locations throughout the city.

Tickets are $75 to participate, or $5 just to watch. All ages and skill levels are welcome. You can find out more here.

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