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|History of IAGSDC and Gay Square Dance|
The original Association was formed in 1983 at the South Florida Fly-in. Members in attendance
at the Fly-in came from The South Florida Mustangs, Western Star Dancers of San Francisco,
Mile High Squares of Denver and Puddletown Squares from Seattle. Although not represented
at this meeting The New Years Resolutions are also considered founding members of the IAGSDC.
Unifying principles of the Association were adopted at this meeting.|
The first draft of proposed by-laws was presented to participating clubs at the Reno Rodeo later that year. Seattle Washington was selected to host the first Convention and Harlan Kerr of (at that time) Seattle was chosen as the Associationís interim Chair Person.
Charter members at that time were:
Since 1983 the IAGSDC has grown to about 60 full member clubs and half a dozen affiliate members in 4 countries. With the addition of Japan and Denmark we became not only more international but truly worldwide.The first Australian club joined us in 1994; though sadly there are currently no active member clubs in Australia.
The IAGSDC continues to grow. As an organization we attract a very diverse mix of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered and heterosexual dancers. Each year a host club holds our convention, usually in the U.S. or Canada. In recent years, conventions have attracted over 1,000 square dancers for a weekend celebration of dance and related activities. Throughout the year, regional events hosted by local clubs attract hundreds of attendees.
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