Portage Pairs and Squares to celebrate 60th anniversary 0
Staff photo by Jordan Maxwell... Left to right: Cornie Furdievich, Edith Furdievich, Jack Charles, Joanne Tait and Ray Ommerli pose for a photo in authentic square dancing gear ahead of the Portage Pairs and Squares' 60th anniversary.
The Portage Pairs and Squares are getting ready to host their 60th anniversary dance at the Herman Prior Centre on Saturday.
Ray Ommerli and four others dancers partaking in the event said that they expect over 150 people to attend what has been a long standing tradition for the group and its members.
The Portage Pairs and Squares started out in 1952 back the days of The Royal Purple, a square dancing duo who'd come from Brandon to give lessons.
Square dancing correlates with Portage roots as well with former mayors like Elmer Greenslade participating as a caller in 1956. He continued that until the mids 80.
But since then, the club admits it's been hard to recruit young people to the group because of its stereotypes and the amount of technology of which to concern yourself.
Still, the group is optimistic that there will be a few young people there.
"Our club is small in numbers but just as enthusiastic in dancing as the club was beginning," said the members of the group.
See more in Tues. Apr. 24 issue of the Portage Daily Graphic