Director of Field Education Graduates Mainstream Square Dance Class

In addition to the passion for and serious work of social work education, GSSW’s staff and faculty are also engaged members of the Denver community in many different ways. Associate Clinical Faculty and Director of Field Education, Ann Petrila, recently graduated from the mainstream level of square dancing1 with the Rocky Mountain Rainbeaus (www.rainbeaus.org) – a local Denver-area LGBTQA high energy square dance club that is inclusive of straight dancers as well. Here she is shown with friend and fellow Rainbeau, Leo Gross, being silly at her graduation. Congratulations, Ann!

1Modern square dancing is much more than your 8th grade physical education classes’ allemande left and do-si-do. There are numerous levels (mainstream, plus, advanced, and challenge), with hundreds of calls that must be learned. For example, the mainstream level of square dancing alone has 69 different calls with some calls having three and four different variations for a total of 92 different permutations on those calls.

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2 thoughts on “Director of Field Education Graduates Mainstream Square Dance Class

  1. Kudos Ann; I read recently that further, cutting edge research into the aging process and its effects on cognitive function/health shows that in addition to staying active cerebral-ly, adequate exercise, good nutrition and meaningful relationships—DANCING–appears as a very strong leader into brain health….go figure–having fun is healthier for our minds than even crossword puzzles!

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