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Northwoods Spotlight - Antigo square dancing April 2Submitted: 04/02/2014
Story By Marisa Silvas


ANTIGO - The rhythm of the music and dancers weaving and gliding across the floor. Square dancing is alive and well in the Northwoods.

"We call it friendship set to music," Stacie Lauscher - secretary for the Antigo Gateway Squares explains.

Pat and Bob Kelm have been square dancing since 1972.

"We got into the square dancing when we needed a night out together because we had six children at home," the Kelms add. "It saved our marriage!"


The Antigo Gateway Squares meet twice a month. The club has about 25 members of all ages.

"You start very simple," Pat Kelm said. "Circle left, circle right."

"You don't have to have a partner to come and square dance," Sharon Albright - general chairman for the Wisconsin State Square Convention explained.

Square Dancing is good exercise and it promotes a healthy heart. In one evening of dancing, they can walk from three to five miles.

Ray and Rosie Galuska met while square dancing.

"I"m up to 84 years old now and still going strong," Ray Galuska adds. "So it helps out a little bit to keep you in shape and going."

It also keeps your mind sharp.

"You need to keep thinking all the time to keep your brain from slowing down," Rosie Galuska admits.

This year, the state convention will be held in Rothschild in August.

"Our theme for this year's convention is 'Let the Magic Happen,'" Albright said. "And it's a lot of magic when we're on the floor and having a good time."


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