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Lufkin residents say square dancing is for everyone


Texans love to dance, and for many outsiders, square dancing is a stereotypical dance all Texans do.

One group is trying to make that stereotype a fun experience for all.

Tidal wave and pass the ocean may be strange code to any outsider but to members of the Pinesquares they all makes sense.

The Pinesqaures have been mastering the square dance in Lufkin for well over 30 years.

"It sounds old fashioned but it's not, and it's a worldwide thing," said Pinesquares president Deanna Lee. It's not just Texas."

The Pinesqaures meet twice a month, developing friendships and dance moves.

The group varies in age, trying to break the stereotype that square dancing is for older people.

"I've done a lot of dancing before; country western and stuff like that," said 18 year old Joshua Lee. "I heard about square dancing and wanted to try it. I got out there and just had a blast."

 "I really didn't want to start," said 21 year old Caleb Phillips.  "I had some friends that were doing it, so I came out and danced once and it was so much fun that I have stuck with it."

They are even confident they can teach anyone.

"If you can walk, you can square dance," said Lee. "It's friendship set to music, as long as you can move your feet and walk. You don't even have to have rhythm."

"We teach them the lessons, we teach them the definition's and we teach them the moves, and we take it one step at a time," said Caller and square dance teacher Mike Mayeux.

The group is planning on starting beginner lessons in September. To learn more about the group and their schedule of events, you can visit their website.

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