Dancing squares ‘fly in’ for weekend event

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Grab your partner and get ready for 18 hours of square dancing. Beginning Friday, Hotlanta Squares hosts “Promenade Down Peachtree VI,” its annual fly-in that’s expected to attract about 120 people from across the Southeast.

The event kicks off on Friday at Horizons School in Decatur and continues throughout the weekend. By Sunday, dedicated gay square dancers will have 18 hours of dancing to enjoy. Quite a bargain for the $95 registration fee.

Earlier this week, about 90 participants had registered, though organizers expect a healthy walk-up crowd once the event starts, according to Kent Tolleson, a Hotlanta Squares member who is organizing the event.

“It’s a big social event,” Tolleson says. “We don’t have competition like we would for bowling or softball. It is a sport, but it is a social kind of sport thing.”

The event leads into the group’s open house on Jan. 28 and the start of a 12-week training session for gay men and lesbians who want to learn square dancing. “Promenade” features three dance halls so dancers of all levels can mingle with others sharing similar experience.

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