We participate in the Greater Cincinnati Dance Federation Banner Raid program. The clubs that participate have a banner with their name and small replica of their club logo on it. We schedule a date to go to a club and take their banner (a “Raid”), then that club comes to one of our dances to “Retrieve” their banner. This program encourages groups of dancers from area clubs to visit each other. The benefits are many – getting to know other dancers, enjoying a variety of callers, increasing dance attendance….but mainly having fun. We keep track every time you attend a Banner Raid or Retrieval and you receive a dangle for every five you attend. You’ll have a dangle with “10” on it before you know it. Every time you get a new one you can return the old one and it gets passed on to someone else.
If your club would like to banner raid Frontier Squares, please contact Russ Demaris at 513-686-9214!
There was one banner raid in February.
- February 8th – Frontier Squares had 37 dancers at River Squares’ Chocolate Dance where we retrieved our banner.
I have planned 3 banner raids in March and April.
- Thursday March 21 – Venus & Mars’ Wearing of the Green Dance where we will retrieve our banner. Jack Pladdys & Ted Lizotte (from New England) will be doing the calling.
- Sunday April 14 – Gem City’s Hallelujah Jubilee Dance where we will retrieve our banner. Pam Courts & Ken Roberts will be doing the calling.
- Saturday April 27 – Clinton County’s Roaring 20s Dance where we will steal their banner. Ed Pabst will be doing the calling.
These last 2 dances are both at the Michael Solomon Pavilion in Kettering.
The only dance that was raided was our trial dance at Prince of Peace Lutheran church.Venus & Mars raided with about 12-14 members and they stole our banner. Shirts & Shirts raided with about 8-10 members and they also stole our banner.
It was difficult to get an exact count for either club since many of their new members belong to both clubs, There were also a few members at the dance who are also members of our club s well.
Since there has been only one banner raid in 2019, so far our average is 37. Hopefully, we can see a strong turn out to all of these raids.