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The beauty of Nelson County's rural landscape, music, and dance heritage roots deep in Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountain soil making this a special place to embrace America's favorite native folk dance.  Since 1984, the Grand Squares of Nelson continues to be Nelson County's premier club where great people gather to enjoy square dancing fun, friendship, and learn-by-doing square dance instruction.  We love to SQUARE DANCE by the light of the moon on the sunny side of the Blue Ridge whenever and wherever we can.  Come join us to find out for yourself how special life can be with a Grand Square spring in your step. 

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     NEXT DANCE       

     May 18th       
    Cookie Night    
Alternate Plus/Mainstream 7:30-10:00 PM 

Crunchy CallerTerry Wakeman

Special Call for all square dancers who are NOT planning to go to the Virginia Convention...  Come Dance Local in Afton, Va. with the Grand Squares of Nelson this Friday May 18th Dance.  Nelson got tied up in Florida, but no worries cause we still got us a Wakeman caller for our dance.  Terry Wakeman will be calling for us.  As the old saying goes..."Like Father .. Like Son...  so count on hearing some of Nelson's favorite moves bumped up a generation from Terry.  We all know there's no substitute for a Wakeman but another Wakeman. 

Our theme is “Cookie Night” so be sure to come ready to GOBBLE some Good Old-Fashioned Home-Made cookies (along with some store-bought ones for those of us who don't bake) !!    We're dancing at the Rockfish River Elementary School beginning at 7:30 PM.  See attached flyer for directions.  The Cookie Monster may make an appearance !! 

 P.S. Let's keep Nelson in our prayers for a speedy recovery and a safe trip home when he's ready to travel.

Dance Location:

      Rockfish River Elementary School
    200 Chapel Hollow Road, Afton VA 22920.
 See GSN flier for directions n details <go>

  Learn to Square Dance  

Mastering the skill of square dancing is easy to do with our Learn-by-Doing Group Instruction.  It’s a fun, no stress way to enjoy great music, develop lasting friendships, and get in shape without having to work at it. 

Sorry, the Fall Class has already started.  Give us a call or e-mail and we'll be sure to put you on our contact list of upcoming classes.

       Learn More About Square Dancing   < go >

        Answers to Your Frequently Asked Questions

      A Look @ Recent Dances      
The Club News Tab has been hard to maintain. So... We're moving forward with a new Website feature... The one page photo summary. This will be an opportunity to share memorable highlights and lots more candid photos of square dancers having fun.  Tell us what you think by sending your email to (GrandSquaresofNelson@gmail.com). Click away and enjoy.
March 20 Spring is in the Air (Patty Greene)  < go >
January 20 Winter Wonderland (Winegard)     <  go  >
October 17  30th Anniversary Celebration       <  go  >

Grand Squares of Nelson 
In the NEWS !

 The Rockfish Reader -  October 2014, Grand Squares of Nelson holds 30th Anniversary Celebration Dance at the Rockfish Valley Community Center.   < go >

Drumheller's Orchard -  October 28, 2014 Grand Squares of Nelson provides a demonstration at the Drumbeller's Orchard "Festive Fall Weekend".    < go >

Crozet Gazette - September 2012  VOL.7, NO.4  Announcement describes the Grand Squares of Nelson September 20th Open House square dance event at the Rockfish River Elementary School.  < go >

 Nelson County Times - September 5, 2012 For Nellysford man square dancing is "friendship set to music"  Written by Katrina Koerting.  Article describes how square dance caller Chuck Chesteen is revered by area square dance clubs (Grand Squares of Nelson and Blue Ridge Stars).    <go>

Nelson County Times - August 2012. This Week Community Calendar.  What: Introduction to Basic Square Dance. < go >
Nelson County Life - November 2010 Night Out section.  "Grab your partners, Dosado." Story by Jennie Tal Williams.  Photography by Hayley Osborne. - Reports on an evening session of learn-by-doing instruction with a group of 15 new dancers. <go>

 Nelson County Life - June 11, 2010 Event announcement submitted by Peter Agelasto.  Describes square dance benefit for the Nelson Community Fund where the Grand Squares of Nelson and the Blue Ridge Stars assist Chuck Chesteen with square dance instruction.  <go> 

 Nelson  Scenic Loop - June  2010  Invitation posted from Peter Agelasto.  Grand Squares of Nelson assists at Square Dance to Benefit the Nelson County Community Fund.  <go>


 So You Missed Our September Mainstream Class <go>

Note from the Pres   Welcome to the Grand Squares of Nelson homepage.... www. sites.google.com / site / grandsqsofnelson / home  We're making a presence as an active square dance club in Nelson County, the greater Virginia Square Dance Community and maybe even the World.  Well that remains to be seen.  At least we can say we've got visibility... but we're still uncertain about being heard.

This is a work in progress so pardon our dust for the next month or so.  We'll be updating this site to provide the sense of community that the Grand Squares of Nelson deserves.  We're looking to the club membership to make this website informative to club members, new students, and the general public.  If you have comments or suggestions please send them to us at: GrandSquaresofNelson @ gmail.com





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 President Mike Neal Passes Club Banner along to Rich Leukroth
Click photo: See Past Presidents Liz & Rich Leukroth Pass Club Banner to Barry Shawley
See our 2017-2018 Dance Schedule   < go >
10 Reasons Why Square Dancers 
Grand Squares of Nelson Dances

Upcoming GSN Dance Events

May 18
Nelson Wakeman

  Cookie Night  


June 15

Virgil Fox

Butterfly Ball


July 20

Ben Brown

COOL Community Benefit


August 17

Dave Terrell
Linda Terrell

Vegetable Festival


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Note:  EVERY 3rd Friday of the Month 7:30-10:00 PM
          RRES     Rockfish River Elementary School
        RVFD     Rockfish Valley Fire Department
        RVCC     Rockfish Valley Community Center
             Directions to Club Events  < go >

      SPECIAL REPORT       
Community Benefit for Dental Center at BRMC
At the July 21st, 2017 GSN "Cool Community Benefit dance, Steve DuVal and Dawn Hallock lead the way for area square dancers who donated $530 to benefit the Dental Center at Blue Ridge Medical Center in Arrington, VA.   < click for Story & Photos >
       Thank you note from BRMC   < go >
       Thank you from DDS. Robertson  < go >

   A Square Dance for Mrs. Rose Roberts   <  go  >

   C'ville Flash Mob Square Dance Demo  < go >

   Community Benefit for Rockfish Valley Community Center <go>

   Lodge at Old Trail Visit @ Nov Dance  < go > 

    Nelson Chamber - Favorite Business Finalist  < go >
   Firefighters Appreciation Community Dance  <go>
   Nelson Community Day / Giving Hope Foundation   <go>
   Nelson County Seniors Group Demonstration  < go >
   17th Annual Nelson County Health Fair  < go >
       CLUB NEWS / EVENTS      
    Accelerated Plus Class Graduation  < go >
   Mainstream Class Graduation  < go > 
   RRES Custodian Square Dance Supporter Retires < go>
   GSN Serves Up at Faber Wedding & Love Poems  <go>
   Eye Catching GSN Road Signs  < go >

    Coming Soon...Visiting Nelson County
     and our Club 30th Anniversary Supporters
Check back often for updates and details
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