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SOLANA BEACH — A free “Introduction to Modern American Square Dance” lesson is being offered on Sept. 9 by the Sandpipers Square Dance club, which serves the North Coast from Oceanside to Del Mar.

People interested to see if square dancing suits them are invited to try a class for free on their first visit. The classes will introduce participants to the modern version of the classic American Square Dance, which uses a wide variety of music styles. Dancers learn dance movements rather than memorize dance routines and follow the lead of the square dance “caller” as he or she creates the dance on the fly to fit the music.

The class is open to the public. Children age 10 and older are welcome to participate with their parents. Classes will be held Tuesday nights from 7 to 9 p.m. at La Colonia Community Center, 715 Valley Ave.  New members will be accepted up until Sept. 23.

“Square Dancing is a fun activity that provides excellent exercise while relieving stress,” said Terry Thompson, the club’s class manager.

For more information, call Terry at (858) 748-4219, or visit the Sandpipers’ Web page at HYPERLINK “”