Frontier Squares

Banner Raids

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.

July 2019 Report

There were 5 banner raids since our last meeting.

  • Saturday May 25 - Frontier Squares had 27 dancers at Skirts & Shirts' All That Jazz Dangle Dance where we retrieved our banner.
  • Thursday June 6 - Frontier Squares had 23 dancers at Venus & Mars' All That Jazz Dangle Dance where we stole their banner.
  • Friday June 14 - Frontier Squares had 12 dancers at River Squares' All That Jazz Dangle Dance where we retrieved our banner.
  • Monday July 1 - Frontier Squares had 16 dancers at Unicorners' Firecracker of a Dance where we stole their banner.
  • Wednesday July 17 - Frontier Squares had 13 dancers at Hexagon's All That Jazz Dangle Dance where there was no banner exchanged.

I have planned 1 more banner raid in July, 3 in August and 2 in September.

  • Thursday July 25 - Beechmont Squares' All That Jazz Dangle Dance with Gene Record calling where we will be retrieving our banner.
  • Friday August 9 - Wheeler Dealers' All That Jazz Dangle Dance with Gene Record calling where there will be no banner exchange since we already have one of theirs.
  • Saturday August 17 - Tandem Squares' All That Jazz Dangle Dance with Gene Record calling where there will be no banner exchange since their club doesn't have one.
  • Monday August 26 - Unicorners' All That Jazz Dangle Dance with Jack Pladdys calling where we will be stealing their banner. (We already have one of theirs at the moment, however.)
  • Saturday September 7 - Kentucky Kuzzins' All That Jazz Dangle Dance with Gene Record calling where we will be retrieving our banner.
  • Saturday September 28 - Vagabonds' All That Jazz Dangle Dance with Kenny Jarvis calling where we will be retrieving our banner.

There have been 9 banner raids in 2019 so far and our average is 20 dancers.

Clinton County Squares banner raided Frontier Squares' Picnic in the Park Dance on June 7 and stole our banner. Venus & Mars banner raided Frontier Squares' Picnic in the Park Dance on June 7 and retrieved their banner.

I have yet to hear from any clubs about banner raiding our All That Jazz Dangle Dance in September. I'm assuming that some clubs will be doing so with acknowledgement coming at a future time.

Sincerely;

Russ DeMaris
Banner Raid Chairman