Ribbons & Souls

Square Dance Club

ALL IN PERSON CLASSES AND DANCES ARE SUSPENDED IMMEDIATELY!!

Due to the recommendations from the Governor and Mayor on March 12, 2020, our activity needs to be suspended.

Please check back to determine when activities have resumed. Please be safe everyone!

Classes Starting January, May & September!!

Live Lively, Square Dance!

Learn to Square Dance!


Learn to Square Dance!

Square dancing is done to the same calls in English throughout the world. Our members tell stories of dancing in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Europe, Japan, China and elsewhere.

In our Club, dancing is taught at two levels, each lasting about 17 weeks. Students must successfully complete Level 1 before proceeding to Level 2. All classes are conducted on Wednesday evenings as described below. The first Level 1 class is free. After that, a donation of $7 per person is requested. The donation covers both classes during the evening. Refreshments are served during the break between the two classes.

Level 1 - Basic/Mainstream
This class is conducted from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. Upon completion, students will be able to participate in Mainstream dances, held on the fourth Saturday of each month.

Level 2 - Plus
This class runs from 8:45 to 9:45. Members of this class will join in the Level 1 class as well. In the Plus class, students will learn the remaining calls necessary to participate in most Clubs’ dances. After mastering these calls, everybody will be ready to enjoy dancing throughout the square dance community.

Advanced
For those looking to really challenge themselves, there are additional and more complicated square dancing calls that are taught and danced in Southern California and elsewhere. We currently do sponsor an Advanced Level class that will teach the A1 and A2 programs for those who are interested. This class runs from 7:00 to 9:00 on Mondays. You must be proficient at Plus to join the class.

WHEN? 
Mainstream and Plus classes begin on the second Wednesday of every January, May, and September. During the first two weeks of the Mainstream class, the same material is taught. The start of Advanced classes will be announced.

WHERE?
Felicia Mahood Center, 11338 Santa Monica Blvd. in West Los Angeles.

Directions: 
Take the 405 to the Santa Monica Blvd. exit, travel to the 3rd stop light west of the 405 (short blocks), and we are at Corinth, on the SW corner. Make a left turn on Corinth and go about 200 feet south to the large parking lot, on the NW corner of Corinth and Ohio. It has free parking from 4:00pm on. The hall entrance is on Corinth in the middle of the building.

Please note:  Square dancing is fun, but does take some commitment. Those with competing events on Wednesday nights, should not join. Okay to miss one from time to time, but we learn new calls nearly every week.

MARCH 2020

Calendar and Newsletter DELAYED!!

ALL DANCES AND CLASSES ARE CURRENTLY SUSPENDED AS OF MARCH 12, 2020

RIBBONS & SOULS


RIBBONS & SOULS
The Ribbons & Souls Square Dance Club dances in West Los Angeles, just off of the 405 Freeway.  We are an active club with 2-3 monthly dances, at least one visitation a month, and regular classes throughout the year.  

We hold regular dances on the 2nd, 4th, and 5th Saturdays of the month and classes (Beginning and Plus) every Wednesday with new classes starting every January, May, and September. We also host Advanced Classes on Monday evenings rotating between A1 and A2 throughout the year as announced.

We are a member of Associated Square Dancers and schedule monthly visitations with preferences for clubs who have visited us, are also members of ASquareD, and those having anniversary dances.

Plus dances are on the 2nd and 5th Saturdays of the month and Mainstream dances on the 4th Saturday of the month. Pre-rounds are at 7pm, and squares and rounds are at 7:30-10:00pm. The donation is $10.

Classes begin with Pre-Class Reviews on Wednesday at 6:55 PM with Beginning/Mainstream classes 7:15 - 8:30 PM and Plus classes at 8:45 PM following a refreshment break. Donation is $ 7.00.

Our current dance hall is the Felicia Mahood Center, 11338 Santa Monica Blvd. in West Los Angeles.

Directions: 
Take the 405 to the Santa Monica Blvd. exit, travel to the 3rd stop light west of the 405 (short blocks), and we are at Corinth, on the SW corner. Make a left turn on Corinth and go about 200 feet south to the large parking lot, on the NW corner of Corinth and Ohio. It has free parking from 4:00pm on. The hall entrance is on Corinth in the middle of the building.

Dance Schedule


  • $12
  •  11/01/2020 07:00 PM
  •   Felicia Mahood Center, 11338 Santa Monica Blvd. in West Los Angeles

This is our Anniversary Dance - New Beginnings with Caller Mike Sikorsky and Cuer Zena Beaulieu!

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  • $8
  •  28/12/2019 07:00 PM
  •   Felicia Mahood Center, 11338 Santa Monica Blvd. in West Los Angeles

This is our New Year's Dance with Caller Jay Henderson and Cuer Judy Keller.

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  • $8
  •  14/12/2019 07:00 PM
  •   Felicia Mahood Center, 11338 Santa Monica Blvd. in West Los Angeles

This is our Happy Holidays Dance with Caller Steve Moore and Cuer Joe Scarlatella.

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  • $8
  •  30/11/2019 07:00 PM
  •   Felicia Mahood Center, 11338 Santa Monica Blvd. in West Los Angeles

This is our Fabulous 50's Dance with Caller Mike Haworth and Cuer Judy Keller.

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  • $8
  •  23/11/2019 07:00 PM
  •   Felicia Mahood Center, 11338 Santa Monica Blvd. in West Los Angeles

This is our Thanksgiving Dance with Caller Shauna Kaaria and Cuer David Moorhouse.

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  • $8
  •  09/11/2019 07:00 PM
  •   Felicia Mahood Center, 11338 Santa Monica Blvd. in West Los Angeles

This is our Veteran's Day Dance with Caller Arlen Miller and Cuer David Moorhouse.

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  • $8
  •  26/10/2019 07:00 PM
  •   Felicia Mahood Center, 11338 Santa Monica Blvd. in West Los Angeles

This is our Halloween Dance with Caller Jim Smith and Cuer Judy Keller.

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2020 RIBBONS & SOULS THEMES, CALLERS, AND CUERS


2020 RIBBONS & SOULS THEMES, CALLERS, AND CUERS 2020 RIBBONS & SOULS THEMES, CALLERS, AND CUERS
January 2020
1/11 - Anniversary Dance - Caller: Mike Sikorsky; Cuer:  Zena Beaulieu
1/25 - Sing-a-Long - Caller:  Paul Waters; Cuer: Jim Spence

February 2020
2/8 - Let Me Entertain You - Caller: Mike Sikorsky; Cuer: Joe Scarlatella
2/22 - Superheroes - Caller:  Darren Gallina; Cuer: Jim Spence
2/29 - Movie Themes - Caller:  Michael Kellogg; Cuer: Judy Keller-Smith

March 2020
3/14 - St. Pat's Day - Caller:  Dan Preedy; Cuer:  Judy Keller-Smith
3/28 - Beatles - Caller: Dale Hoppers; Cuer: David Moorhouse

April 2020
4/11 - Red/Black Taxes - Caller:  Rod Shuping; Cuer Joe Scarlatella
4/25 - Let a Smile Be Your Umbrella - Caller:  Dick Hodnefield; Cuer: Judy Keller-Smith

May 2020
5/9 - Mother's Day - Caller:  Romney Tannehill; Cuer: Judy Keller-Smith
5/23 - Circus Time - Caller: Bill Gipson; Cuer: David Moorhouse
5/30 - Tiki Dance - Caller: Mike Haworth; Cuer: Joe Scarlatella

June 2020
6/13 - Flag Day - Caller: David Mee; Cuer: Dawn Mee
6/27 - Father's Day - Caller: Steve Woodard; Cuer: David Moorhouse

July 2020
7/11 - Favorite Team - Caller: Eric Henerlau; Cuer: Joe Scarlatella
7/25 - Travel - Caller: Casey Parker; Cuer: Sharon Parker

August 2020
8/8 - Fabulous Sixties - Caller: Ken Bower; Cuer: Joe Scarlatella
8/22 - Denim, Diamonds & Flair - Caller: Darrell Newell; Cuer: Carolyn Cook
8/29 - Roaring 20's - Caller:  Jon Jones; Cuer: Joe Scarlatella

September 2020
9/12 - Animal Companion - Caller: Andy Allameo; Cuer: Judy Keller-Smith
9/26 - Western Wear - Caller: Jim Smith; Cuer: Judy Keller-Smith

October 2020
10/10 - Elvis - Caller: Mike Hogan; Cuer: Judy Keller-Smith
10/24 - Crazy Hats - Caller: Scot Byars; Cuer - Erin Byars
10/31 - Halloween - Caller: Johnny Preston; Cuer: Joe Scarlatella

November 2020
11/14 - Mickey Mouse - Caller: Arlen Miller; Cuer: David Moorhouse
11/28 - Big Band - Caller: Lawrence Johnstone; Cuer Joe Scarlatella

December 2020
12/12 - Home for the Holidays - Caller: Pat Carnathan; Cuer: Judy Keller-Smith
12/26 - DARK




Newsletters


Club Officers


Desiree Elliott

President

Square Dancing since 1991, Desiree took some time off and returned in 2019. She has extensive volunteer organization experience and assists with our pre-class reviews.

Babs Schwartz

Vice President

Jim Gilbreth

Co-Secretary

Judith Fisher

Treasurer

Judy became active in 2013, learning both parts (male and female) right away. As someone who loves this activity, she is not only active with the Ribbons & Souls, but ASqD as well serving as their Treasurer and Insurance Director.

Diane Isaacs

Newsletter Editor

Jan Bartholomew

Associated Square Dancers Delegate

Pamela Bailis & Fredi Levitt

Callers & Cuers

Shan Cretin

Class Coordinator

Nancy Lippey

Advertising Open Square & Blue Book

Diane Isaacs

Communications

Julie Davanzo & Amelia Kacena

Dance Kitchen Scheduling

Ruth Fisher

Dance Themes

Nancy Lippey

Flier Design

Alan Lubberts

Federation Representative

Judy Fisher

Parliamentarian

Linda Hoffman

Photographer

Alan Lubberts

Proof-Reader

Desiree Elliott

Publicity Chair

It is my privilege to coordinate the outstanding volunteers who specialize in the many different platforms we use for outreach.

Babs Schwartz

Special Events

Ilene Martin

Sunshine

Jan Bartholomew

Supplies

Linda Harris

Visitations

Desiree Elliott

Webmaster

This is definitely a new challenge for me - but please let me know if you spot anything!

Diane Isaacs

WheresTheDance

Pamela Bailis & Madeline Sprints

Anniversary Dance

Jan Bartholomew (Chair); Michaelyn Duboff & Jane Gold

Class Refreshments

Claire Tucker & Judy Fisher

Installation Dinner

Fredi Levitt, Shan Cretin, Ruth Fisher, Rick Marken

Membership

Madeline Sprints (Chair), Nancy Howell, Phyllis Bass, Michaelyn Duboff, Alternates: Annie Mimmo & Claire Tucker

Phone Coordinator

History


History
Merger Madness and How We Did It

The Heels & Souls (H&S) and Red Ribbons (RR) square dance clubs have merged into a stronger, better, and larger club. The merger was completed by December 31, 2018, and resulted in a new club named the Ribbons & Souls (R&S). Starting in January, 2019, the new club dances on the second and fourth Saturdays and the fifth Saturday on those months that have one. Our Mainstream and Plus classes are held on Wednesday and follow the 17-week program so that new students can join three times a year. There is an Advanced class on Mondays.

We are also considering a round dance class, if we can find a teacher.

Here is how we did it!! We have had a mutual support agreement for approximately 15 years and have been operating as sister clubs, supporting each others dances and activities including traveling and visitations. Independently, both clubs were discussing the benefits of a merger and when the subject came up between us, we were both already on board! And then the work began. Each club held detailed discussions with all members of their clubs for months before crucial general meeting votes. Discussions included financial issues, dance attendance, dance nights, class formats, hall locations, callers and cuers, badges and dangles, by-laws and taxes, kitchens, board meeting nights and venues, board and committee positions, cultures and modus operandi. We strived to keep every dancer informed, provide as much information as possible, and worked on the kinks (make lines!!). When the votes occurred at general meetings, both clubs voted unanimously for the merger. We are expecting one big happy square dance family. The hardest part was coming up with a name. There were loads of suggestions. In the final discussion, it seemed that for club recognition purposes it would be best to keep elements of both clubs names and from that came Ribbons & Souls.

We formed a merger committee made up of members of both clubs who worked on board and committee positions, bylaws, determining which hall to dance in among other issues.

On November 2, 2018, the Heels & Souls held their 59th and final anniversary dance with Mike Sikorsky calling and Zena Beaulieu cueing.  They continued to dance on the 1st Friday of and third Fridays, through December 21st. On January 12, 2019, the Red Ribbons completed  their reign as the oldest square dance club in California with a 68th and final anniversary dance with Mike Seastrom calling and Joe Scarlatella cueing. -- Fredi Levitt (slightly revised by Diane Isaacs)

Questions?


  • Felicia Mahood Center, 11338 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles CA
  • Free Parking after 4:00 PM available 200 ft away at NW corner of Corinth and Ohio