Border City Square Dance Club through the Ages
Border City Square Dance Club of Nashua, New Hampshire was founded in 1958. The founding members joined together to have fun and make friends. This principal holds true today where the present members dance not only for the physical exercise, but for the mental exercise, the friendship and, of course, the fun. The clubs present members are teens, singles, couples, and families.
Jim Mayo became interested in starting a square dance club in Nashua after seeing the founding of the Allemande 8s Club in Manchester, NH. The first organizational meeting was held in March 1958. Shortly after that the name Border City Squares was adopted. In August of that year Jim and Kenneth Mayo attended a Square Dance Workshop in West Point, NY in preparation for forming a club and holding dance lessons. In September 1958 the first class lessons were held with Jim Mayo as the caller. The lessons at this time were only for ten weeks and consisted of twelve lessons. The first class of six couples graduated in January 1959. The clubs membership grew and through the 1960s nearly everyone who came to take lessons stayed to complete the course. In September 1968 the official emblem for the Border City Squares was adopted.
Ed Ross Smith became the club caller in 1961, and he was soon followed by Mal "Yikes" Cameron. As the club grew it also expanded to include round dancing. In March/April of 1967 the Smoothies Round Dance Club was sponsored. Also in this year round dancing was included at club dances. In time the club also expanded to include the younger generation. In 1974 32 teens who recently graduated started their own club, The Fun Luvin Teens. In September 1974 this new teen club, sponsored by Border City Squares, started lessons with Walter Shumway as their club caller.
The club continued to grow during the 1970s. In April 1976 the club dress of blue and white gingham was adopted. In July of 1976 the club participated in the Nashua Bicentennial Parade. On May 13, 1978 the club celebrated its Twentieth Anniversary! The club also very active in supporting the Twentieth New England Square Dance Convention in Manchester, NH in 1979.
In the 1980s the club changed with the times and more actively encouraged singles to join. In June 1980 Eddie Mayall, the club caller, celebrated calling for the Border City Squares for fifteen years. In 1982 the club dress was redesigned with a more modern look but still retained the blue and white colors. On May 14, 1983 the club celebrated its Thirtieth Anniversary.
In 1991 Ray Aubut became the club caller, and remained with the club until 1995 when Ed Renauld became the club caller. Eds wife Corinne became the club cuer, and round dance lessons became a regular part of the Monday night lessons. Since none of the teen clubs that were founded when dancing was more popular were still active, the Border City bylaws were revised to encourage teens to rejoin the club, and an effort was made to bring families into the club.
In the spring of 2000, Ed and Corinne decided to take a year off from giving lessons, and Jerry Maurice filled in as the club caller. Ed and Corinne rejoined as club caller and cuer in the spring of 2001. In the fall of 2000 the club also began experimenting with a multi cycle lesson program with lessons starting in September and again in January 2001. The club was active in support of the New England Square and Round Dance Associations convention in Manchester, NH in both 2000 and 2001. As of the 2003-2004 dance season, the club is completing its 46th year, and looks forward to many more years of friendship and fun.
|2006 March||Jay Silva becomes our new caller. Patty and Steve Greene move to North Carolina|
|2004 August||Monthly dances will no longer be held at the Infant Jesus Church. New Dance Location: TBA|
|2004 February||Weekly lessons/workshops/dances moved from Horse Pond Fish & Game Club to Church of the Good Shepherd (except the 2nd Monday of each month) and the United Methodist Church (2nd Monday of each month)|
|2004 February||Club Dance Donation raised to $6 per person|
|2004 February||Phil and Sandie Gatchell become Club Round Dance Cuer/Teacher couple|
|2003 April||Ed and Corinne Renauld leave the club|
|2003 May 10||45th Anniversary Dance/Celebration|
|2003 January||Patty and Steve Greene become the club's Square Dance Caller/Teacher couple for the January Multi-Cycle Dancers|
|2001 August||Graduation of first January-start multi-cycle class|
|2001 April||Support of 43rd NESRD Convention in Manchester NH|
|2001 April||Graduation of first September-start multi-cycle class|
|2001 January||Ed and Corinne Renauld rejoin club as caller and cuer|
|2000 April||Support of42nd NESRD Convention in Manchester NH|
|2001 January||Jerry Maurice takes over as interim club caller|
|1998 May 9||40th Anniversary Celebration|
|1996 September||BCS starts its first web site on MV.com|
|1996 September||Monthly dances moved from Pilgrim Church to Infant Jesus Parish Hall|
|1996 September||Ed and Corinne Renauld become club caller and cuer|
|1993 May 8||35th Anniversary Celebration|
|1991 September||Ray Aubut becomes club caller.|
|1988 May 14||30th Anniversary Celebration|
|1983 May 14||25th Anniversary Celebration|
|1982 May||New club dress adopted|
|1982 May||Fun Luvin Teen club moves to Horse Pond Fish and Game Club in Nashua|
|1982 April||Dave Runyon becomes new club caller for Fun Luvin Teens|
|1980 June||Eddie Mayall celebrates 15 years as BCS club caller|
|1979 April||Support of 20th NESRD Convention in Manchester|
|1978 May 13||20th Anniversary Celebration|
|1977 May||Walter Shumway, the Fun Luvin Teens first caller moves on|
|1976 July||Participation in the Nashua Bicentennial Parade|
|1976 April||Blue and white gingham club dress adopted|
|1974 September||Lessons/workshops moved to Arts and Science Center on Court Street in Nashua, NH|
|1974 April||Fun Luvin Teens Club sponsored by BCS founded with 32 members. Lessons started in September at the Fist Baptist Church in Nashua. Caller: Walter Shumway|
|1973 May 12||15th Anniversary Celebration|
|1968 September||Official club emblem for Border City Squares was adopted|
|1968 May 12||10th Anniversary Celebration|
|1967||Round dancing included at club dances|
Round Dance Club sponsored by BCS
with instructors Mr. & Mrs. James Floyd.
Eighteen couples graduated from the first class.
|1965||Eddie Mayall becomes club caller|
|1961||Ed Ross Smith becomes club caller and is soon replaced by Mal "Yikes" Cameron|
|1959 January||First Border City Squares class graduation|
|1958 September||First class lessons held at Charlotte Avenue School in Nashua, NH. Jim Mayo calling|
|1958 August||Jim and Kenneth Mayo attended a Square Dance Workshop in West Point NY in preparation for founding a club.|
|1958 July||The club name "Border City Squares" was adopted|
|1958 March||First organizational meeting held|