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Cottonwood Roadrunners

Cottonwood Roadrunners Square and Round Dance Club Inc., A 501(c)3 Public Charity

P.O. Box  764 ● Cottonwood, Arizona 86326-0764


Last Updated Tuesday, April 02, 2019


Exercise For Your Body and Mind (Helps Memory)

According to Mayo Clinic and Scan Health, modern square dancing health benefits include improving cardiovascular health, help to prevent osteoporosis, lower blood pressure, prevents depression, helps concentration, increases stamina and flexibility and reduces stress and tension.


Cottonwood Roadrunners Square and Round Dance Club Inc. is a 501(c)3 Public Charity; and can securely accept your tax deductible donations.

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We Dance September - May

(Dark June, July & August)


Dances on the 2nd Saturday of each month

Pre-rounds starts at 7:00 P.M. with Square Dancing starting at 7:30 thru 9:30 P.M.

with alternating tips of Mainstream and Plus with rounds interspersed.

$10.00 per person


We Don’t Learn to Dance (Who likes lessons?)

We Dance to Learn!

Classes are on Wednesdays

Class:  6:30 P.M. - 9:00 P.M.

$8.00 per person


Dance Schedule

 (Click on Date for Flyer)

03/09/2019 Dennis Farrar Doug Dodge March Madness Dance American Heritage Academy
03/20/2019 Jack Peterson   Mainstream/Plus Workshop Begins American Heritage Academy
04/13/2019 Larry Pfennig Ronnie Fontaine Easter Dance American Heritage Academy
05/09/2019 Jack Peterson   Last Mainstream/Plus Workshop American Heritage Academy
05/11/2019 Dick Rueter Barbara Lopez Last Dance Before Summer Break American Heritage Academy
05-12-2019-09/03/2019     SUMMER BREAK  
09-04-2019 Jack Peterson   New Mainstream Class Begins American Heritage Academy
09/14/2019 John Sloper Ronnie Fontaine Fall Kick-Off American Heritage Academy
10/11-10/12/2019 Mike Sikorsky Ronnie Fontaine Fall Festival American Heritage Academy
11/09/2019 Dick Rueter Doug Dodge Honor our Veterans American Heritage Academy
12/14/2019 Richard Gittleman Ronnie Fontaine Christmas Dance American Heritage Academy


American Heritage Academy

2030 East Cherry Street
Cottonwood, Arizona 86326
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For further information:

Call Robert at (928) 821-1400

or send an email to







Renee Lorette (928) 634-7376
1st Vice President (Callers/Cuers/Festival) Vacant (928) 451-4251

2nd Vice President (Students/Publicity)

Vacant (928) 203-0093


Babette Tinnin (928) 300-4044
Treasurer/Facilities Robert Efros (928) 821-1400
Webmaster/Email Administrator Robert Efros (928) 821-1400

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Our Sponsors

We are extremely grateful for the many local businesses who have supported our Club

and hope that you will be able to return that support by doing business with them.

Please let let them know that you are a Square Dancer and thank them for their Support.

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Club History

The Cottonwood Roadrunners Square & Round Dance Club has roots that trace back to the 1950's in the Verde Valley.  The dancing began at the Methodist Church in Clarkdale.  The club was called the Mistletoe Tappers back then and the caller was also the pastor of the church.  During the 1950's, there were many square dance clubs in operation and many couples danced in Prescott, Flagstaff, Page, Camp Verde, Sedona and Phoenix.  During this era, it was, also, common for people to attend dances in people's homes.  Long-time square dancers may recall attending dances in people's kitchens and even bathrooms.  Square Dancing was always a family affair and children attended dances with their parents.  In 1960, the Mistletoe Tappers poured the slab by the gazebo at the Clarkdale Park. One of the club members who helped pour the slab noticed that the slab was sloped, so many times dancers would gravitate to the low end of the slab. In 1979, the name was changed to the Cottonwood Roadrunners.  No matter what the name, we always welcome new and experienced dancers.

Square Dance History

Square dance is an American institution.  It has been our "official national folk dance" since President Reagan signed an act of Congress in 1982.  Square dance is a folk dance with four couples (eight dancers) arranged in a square and initially done to live music.  The square dance movements are based on the steps and figures used in traditional folk dances and social dances of the various people who migrated to the USA The dances done in early America did not have a “caller,” or someone who yells out the moves to dancers, like square dancing today.  Without the announcing systems of today, in each group, there would be at least one extrovert, the hail-fellow-well-met, the life-of-the-party type, with a knack for remembering the dance figures. With typical Yankee ingenuity, the settlers let this person cue or prompted dancers in case they happened to forget what came next.  Late in the 19th century square dancing was replaced by couple’s dances like waltzes and polkas in city ballrooms. But square dancing still thrived in rural areas.  In the early 1920’s, Henry Ford became interested in the revival of square dancing as a part of his early New England restoration project.  He promoted it among his factory workers and their families. Mr. Ford sponsored square dance programs in many schools. Square dancing was also brought to numerous college and university campuses at Mr. Ford's expense. He thought having square dancing in schools helped children learn manners, exercise, values and grace. Ford sponsored a Sunday radio program that was broadcast nationwide.  Square dance especially expanded in the decade following W.W.II. Many American GIs had been introduced to square dancing at USO cantinas. After the war ended, large numbers of them turned to square dancing in pursuit of wholesome recreational activity.  Around the 1950s modern square dancing was standardized. Lessons, which are still taught today, comprise of 69 standard moves. When the Western attire of slacks and petticoats became the norm, it was considered casual compared to the formal tuxedoes and ballroom gowns of the time.  Today dancing attire is even more casual with men often wearing jeans and women prairie skirts.  Today, there are thousands of square dance clubs located in nearly every community of America. Visiting other clubs has become a major aspect. Square dancing is an excellent example of an authentic American folk custom. Its rural origins are vague, and its development and diffusion are difficult to trace.  Square dancing remains a solid and enduring piece of American folk tradition. As dancers themselves are fond of saying, "Square dancing is friendship set to music."   Square dancing is done in many countries around the world, but where ever it is held, the calls are always in English!

Member Information

Club Dues are $12.00 per person annually due on September 1st of each year.  Please make your check payable to 'Cottonwood Roadrunners' and send it along with a fully completed Contact Information Form to Cottonwood Roadrunners,  P.O. Box 764 ● Cottonwood, Arizona 86326 or bring it to the next dance or class. In order that we may keep your contact information in our database current and complete, whenever anything changes, please fully complete a Contact Information Form and send it to Cottonwood Roadrunners,  P.O. Box 764 ● Cottonwood, Arizona 86326 or bring it to the next dance or class.

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