2016 Tsukuba Square Dance Club Annual Schedule

Here is the schedule for this year’s Tsukuba Square Dance Club events.

January 9: Classes Resume
February 6: Annual General Meeting
February 20-21: Square Dance Clinic
March 26: Square Dance Trial Lesson
April 2: Beginners’ Classes Start
April 6: Square Dance Event at Tsukuba Gakuin University
April 30: No Class (Golden Week)
May 7: Beginners’ Round Dance Classes Start
July 25: Graduation Ceremony for Beginners’ Class
July 30: Square Dance Party with Walt Burr
August 20 or 27 (TBA): Beat the Heat Party
August 6, 13: No Classes (Summer Break)
November 5: Ibaraki Dosado Party (Debut Party for Beginners)
December 17: Christmas Party
December 24, 31: No Classes (Winter Break)

Classes will resume again on January 7, 2017.

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June 2015 Events

6 (Saturday)
5:30pm to 7pm: Plus and Round Dance Class
7pm to 9pm: 2015 Beginner Class Day 9, Mainstream and Round Dance Class
Location: Takezono Community Center (beside Takezono Shopping Center)

14 (Saturday)
5:30pm to 7pm: Plus and Round Dance Class
7pm to 9pm: 2015 Beginner Class Day 10, Mainstream and Round Dance Class
Location: Takezono Community Center (beside Takezono Shopping Center)

20 (Saturday)
5:30pm to 7pm: Plus and Round Dance Class
7pm to 9pm: 2015 Beginner Class Day 11, Mainstream and Round Dance Class
Location: Takezono Community Center (beside Takezono Shopping Center)

27 (Saturday)
5:30pm to 7pm: Plus and Round Dance Class
7pm to 9pm: 2015 Beginner Class Day 12, Mainstream and Round Dance Class
Location: Takezono Community Center (beside Takezono Shopping Center)

2015 Tsukuba Square Dance Club Annual Schedule

Here is the schedule for this year’s Tsukuba Square Dance Club events.

January 10: Classes Resume
February 14: Annual General Meeting
February 28, March 1: Square Dance Clinic
March 28: Square Dance Trial Lesson
April 4: Beginners’ Classes Start
May 2: No Class (Golden Week)
May 9: Beginners’ Round Dance Classes Start
July 25: Graduation Ceremony for Beginners’ Class
August 1: Beat the Heat Party
August 8, 15, 22: No Classes (Summer Break)
August 29: Classes Resume
November 8: Ibaraki Dosado Party (Debut Party for Beginners)
December 19: Christmas Party
December 26: No Classes (Winter Break)

Classes will resume again on January 9, 2016.

Explanation: If I Could Bottle This Up

One of our cuers played the song If I Could Bottle This Up by George Jones & Shelby Lynn for a round dance a couple of weeks ago.

When I first heard the title of the song, I wasn’t really sure what the meaning was. “Bottle this up” has (at least) two meanings. If you bottle something up inside you, it means that you keep it to yourself and don’t tell anyone. But the nuance of this meaning is not positive. If you bottle things up inside you, it is likely to make you unhappy. You should share your problems with your friends — not bottle them up inside you — so you can find solutions.

The second meaning is more literal: to put something in a bottle. This is the meaning that is used in this song. The song is about the idea that the two singers (this is a duet) love each other so much that they want to put their love for each other in a bottle and try to sell it. If they could do that, they could make a million dollars, because everyone would want to buy a bottle of such pure love. If you bought some of their bottled-up love and drank it, it would “put a smile on your face” and put “a song in your heart after one little taste”. Everybody would buy this bottle of love and the singers would become millionaires.

Lyrics: If I Could Bottle This Up

If I Could Bottle This Up
by George Jones & Shelby Lynn

See: explanation

If I could bottle this up I’d make a million
If I could tell everybody in town what I’ve been feelin’
It’s guaranteed to put a smile on your face
A song in your heart after one little taste
A man could make a million bucks if I could bottle this up.

Oh, if I could take a fist and twist it into liquid form
And mix it with the way I melt there in your arms
Sprinkle and a twinkle or two from your eyes
And a dab of this feeling inside
Folks would just eat it up if I could bottle this up.

Oh, If I could bottle this up I’d make a million
If I could tell everybody around what I’ve been feelin’
It’s guaranteed to put a smile on you face
A song in your heart after one little taste
Well, I could make a milloin bucks if I could bottle this up.

I can see me now, people knocking down my door
Till I could get it on the shelf of the local department store
And I can see it now going right to the top
I’ll bet it would sell to the very last drop
Folks couldn’t get enough if I could bottle this up.

If we could bottle this up we’d make a million
If we could tell everybody in town what we’ve been feelin’
It’s guaranteed to put a smile on you face
A song in your heart after one little taste
The world couldn’t get enough, you know they’d just eat it up
And we could make a milloin bucks if we could bottle this up…

Lyrics: American Pie

The song “American Pie” was used in a “singing” call at our class tonight. This song is very famous and also VERY, VERY long, so I won’t try to explain all of it (especially because I don’t understand all of it myself), but I thought that I would give our members a quick summary of the song so that they can think about it the next time they dance to it.


American Pie by Don McLean

Summary: This song is about how much the world changed between the 1950s and the late 1960s, especially in the United States. The songwriter, Don McLean grew up during that time (he was born in 1945), so the song follows his path from youth to adulthood — going from the bright innocence of the 1950s to the darker disillusionment of the late 1960s. The song includes many references to people/bands that were famous during those years, including Bob Dylan, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Janis Joplin, and the Byrds — and these bands are used to help McLean tell the story of what it was like to grow up during that time. The song is like a musical history of the era.

The day the music died” refers to February 3, 1959. On this day, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and The Big Bopper all died in a plane crash.

Miss American Pie” can either mean Marilyn Monroe (and he is saying “bye bye” to her because she died on August 5, 1962) or it can mean “the girl next door”, which is an expression that usually refers to a young girl who lived in your neighbourhood while you were growing up.

This’ll be the day that I die” is probably referring to the song “That’ll be the day” by Buddy Holly.

If you want to know more, please read the detailed analysis of this song’s lyrics by Bob Dearborn, who was a DJ in Chicago when the song was released (1971).


Watch Don McLean perform “American Pie” on October 31, 1991: