Square dancing is a form of American folk dance. The traditional square is formed by 8 people (4 couples facing in) and calls are made to music as dancers move in sync to the calls.
Round dancing is a form of ballroom dance with couples moving to calls with music.
Meet our board members.
Virgil Kaiser reluctantly began square dance lessons in 2015 at the coaxing and pleading of his wife. His excuse prior to that was that lessons started in the fall, and it interfered with hunting season. In 2015 he started a new job and didn't have the leave to take off, so his excuse was not valid that year, so he agreed to do lessons to stop his wife from pestering him. Now Virgil has the leave to use for hunting, but he almost always works his hunting time around square dancing because he enjoys it so much! Virgil has been the Last Chance Square Dance President since 2017.
Bonnie enthusiastically added square dancing into her college lifestyle in 1977. She and her husband danced through the next decade. After raising their family and navigating through life’s challenges, what would draw Bonnie back? Of course a square dance exhibition at the county fair! Dancing brings life, excitement, friends, and good times to Bonnie.
I started Square Dancing at the age of 45 by taking lessons in Helena, Montana. After completing the lessons and enjoying the excitement of my first State Convention I was unable to continue for the lack of childcare. When my daughter was grown my interest in Square Dancing was renewed and after not dancing for over 20 years, I once again took lessons. Remarkably it was like riding a bicycle and I soon felt very comfortable and confident. Square Dancing is easy to learn, fun to do, provides good exercise, and builds lasting friendships. I’ve been dancing now again for 3 years as a single woman and enjoy the club dances and being at the lessons to help new dancers.
Butch was born in Butte, MT Oct 20, 1960. He started dancing in 1983 in Lolo, MT from Ray Granger. Butch enjoyed the fellowship and dancing so much that he asked Ray what he could do to help Square Dancing keep this great activity going. Ray replied,” Become a Caller”. When Butch returned to Butte,
he was mentored by Roy Johnson and Bill Pasco; two local callers. After calling Guest Tips for numerous clubs in the area, he enrolled in a Caller’s School in Missoula Montana with Dayrl Clendenin and Ray Granger. After calling and teaching for many clubs, Butch took a 10-year break from calling. He returned to calling in 2006 calling full time for clubs in Idaho and Washington. He returned to Butte in 2019 hoping to continue Square Dancing and calling throughout Montana While living in Idaho he met his wife, Faye, at a Square Dance in Clarkston, WA. Together they continue to dance and call in Washington and Idaho until returning to his home state of Montana to be closer to his family.
I, along with my husband Bill, started Square Dancing about 1966/67, when our O-Mok-See friends invited us to take lessons (all of them are no longer dancing). Mom and Dad gave us the cost of lessons as a Christmas present and I have been dancing since.
We attended our 1st State Festival at the Civic Center in Helena, that was 1974, We had lots of fun stealing banners, taking callers shirts and pulling lots of pranks on any of the callers we danced to. Why you wonder? Well, we discovered we could receive badges or dangles for all kinds of fun things like Nite Owl, Pickle Eater, Banner Thief, Kissin’ Kousin, Stork, Squirrel and the list goes on and it was all in fun. We collected lots of Badges/ Dangles. I have a whole bracelet full of dangles and a few badges also.
Bill died in Oct of 1989 and I did not dance the rest of that year, but started again in the fall of 1999. I missed the dancing and friends we had made. I met Dwain that fall and we danced at the State Festival in May and started traveling. Five years later we were married and are still Square and Round Dancing. We are now the Chairpersons for the Knothead Jamboree and still enjoy the dancing weather it be country, squares or rounds. I am the Secretary for Last Chances Square and the State Square & Round Dance Secretary. I have held all offices of both organizations, except for treasurer. I have also been a Co-Chair for Helena State Festival and was Entertainment Chair for USA West 2015, held in Helena.
In the midst of all our dancing, having a baby, being a widow, my endurance rides, starting a business, getting married again, trips, 4-H, knee surgery, and working I have managed to continue to dance. Sometimes you just can’t keep a dancer down.
Glen Tusler (Square Dance Caller/Teacher and / Round Dance Cuer/Teacher)
And Wife, Leola has been actively dancing with Helena Square Dance clubs
since 1966. Glen began calling/teaching square dance in 1984 continuing to the present time and started cueing & teaching round dancing in 1996. Glen has been calling for the Last Chance Squares club since its initial organization. Glen is a member of
the Callerlab square dance organization. Glen and Leola have been members of
Roundalab (certified to cue/teach round dancing) for 25 years.