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Square dancing offers low-impact activity

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Despite constant movement, square dancing is low-impact on the body.

The "Friendship Squares" invited Reporter Dawndy Mercer-Plank to "do-si-do," "promenade" and "swing" with them, which offered a few laughs.

Ron Rutz is the caller, a job he felt called to quite a while back.

"That's embarrassing," said Rutz. "I started square dancing back in 1964."

Over the years, the outfits in square dancing have remained colorful and fun. Something former WIS Chief Engineer John Augustine proudly sported in his hot pink shirt.

"Everybody accuses me of that, but I keep saying it's red," he said.

John and his wife, Lalone, find the social aspect as beneficial as the physical.

The quick directional changes keep the body in shape - and the mind.

"Square dancing is like just walking along but at the same time you're exercising," said Rutz. "And also at the same time we exercise the gray matter."

Every evening of dancing is dedicated in prayer. And the Pledge of Allegiance is proudly said with special recognition for the military.

As the movements increase the heart rates, the hand-clapping and toe-tapping contribute to the euphoria, which helps negotiate a power struggle.

"There are times when the woman is the leader and takes over," said Lalone Augustine. "Because that's the way the way the move is."

The get-togethers attract all athletic abilities and all ages.

"We have some young girls here about nine or 10 years old," said Rutz. "And our oldest person that we're aware of is 83 years old."

Family. Friendships. Faith. Fellowship. And fitness that is fun!

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