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Originally published Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 5:31 AM

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Think outside the fitness box and step into square dancing

The Samena Squares club offers square-dance lessons for beginners.

Seattle Times staff reporter

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Square dancers want to show you that it’s about a lot more than the do-si-do.

“Modern square dancing is a fun, healthy and highly entertaining activity done to all types of music and live singing,” says Barbara McDonald of the Samena Squares. “It promotes strong bones, helps memory, burns calories and develops strong social ties.”

The Squares have already begun their square-dance lessons, teaching beginners more than 50 square-dance moves, but latecomers are still welcome. The Squares charge $100 for 32 weeks of lessons and meet once a week (7 to 9 p.m. Thursdays, at the Juanita Community Club in Kirkland).

On Oct. 25, the club will be holding its Halloween Costume Dance, which will include beginning students.

Find more information at At the top of the homepage, “Useful Square Dance Links” tells of other places around the region and state where you can get in on the action.

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