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Longtime D.C. Area Square Dance Caller Brings Do-Si-Do's to Greenspring Retirement Community

June 25, 2012

(SPRINGFIELD, VIRGINIA)  -  Butch Adams started square dancing and calling in 1960 while he was serving in the U.S. Navy.  Square dance callers are often tasked with choreographing dance sequences, calling out instructions to dancers, and pairing couples.  Adams, who is a member of several associations including the Virginia Square Dance Callers Association and The Senior Council on Aging in Virginia, started calling for the square dance club at Greenspring retirement community in 2012.  "I've known some of the folks for over 20 years," Adams said of many of the Greenspring club members.
The nearly two dozen residents who participate in the square dance club at Greenspring are a blend of past dancers and newcomers.  Greenspring resident Fred Griffin, who has been square dancing since high school, met Adams while he was volunteering for a square dancing group at a nearby senior center.  "At this time in my life, square dancing is the most enjoyable exercise activity as well as the most consuming mind and body activity that I participate in," said Griffin.
Since moving to Virginia in the mid-1960s, Adams has been a member of the National Capital Area Square Dance Leaders Association and today calls and choreographs for a variety of organizations.  His expertise includes conducting classes and seminars in choreography, digital music applications, square dancing for seniors, and youth programs for schools.  "My favorite part of calling is the challenge of teaching and watching the smiles on people's faces when they accomplish something new," said Adams.
Adams now visits Greenspring weekly to work with the square dance club.  To see a video of Butch Adams calling at Greenspring, click here.
About Greenspring:  Greenspring, one of 16 Erickson Living full-service retirement communities, is situated on a scenic 108-acre campus in Springfield, Virginia.  The community is home to nearly 2000 residents, many of which reside in the 1405 independent living apartment-style homes.  At Greenspring, over 200 resident-driven clubs and programs promote an engaged, fulfilling lifestyle that is reflected in resident satisfaction levels that exceed the industry average.  Life at Greenspring offers a true sense of community and is an exciting alternative to the typical retirement community.  Additional information about Greenspring can be found