The Modern Square, Internet Links, etc.

The Modern Square

This page was last updated on July 12, 2020. The Modern Square is the ASSDF's publication, containing reports from the various square and round dance clubs and organizations across well as information on upcoming special dances. The ASSDF, and your fellow square and round dancers THANK YOU in advance for your support, and subscription. You can also sign up or renew your print subscription at a Subscription Dance, noted elsewhere on this page.

Print Subscriptions to The Modern Square are $20 per year. It had originally been published monthly since its inception. However, due to a continuing decrease in the number of subscribers and ads each month...combined with the continuing increase in both postage and printing costs each issue, the frequency of publication had been reduced to quarterly. But, with going to a smaller size (6 to 7 pages), double sided, folded in half, printed in black and white, and the ASSDF pays the postage, it returned to monthly, in February, 2020.


The changes had to be made, as for awhile, no one taking out subscriptions or ads on a regular basis. Numerous other publications, newspapers, magazines, etc. have been forced to go to ONLINE ONLY, or shut down entirely...because of the rising cost of postage and printing, and the continued decline in subscribers and ads. On average, for every 10 Reminder Cards about subscriptions that are sent out, only 2 come back for renewal. Sooner or later, it won't be worth printing anymore. I know that those who don't have, can't get, or don't want, a computer or internet access, aren't happy...but this is the fact of the matter...especially considering that the number of those getting the free e-Edition is twice the number of print subscribers, who pay $20 a year for their print subscription.

Note that all items for publication (club reports, articles, ads, etc.). must be on the Editors Desk by the 10th of the month, preceding the month of issue. Letters To The Editor must be signed, but names will be withheld upon request. Club Reports are LIMITED to 250 words,  and the Editor may edit/condense, delete, or rewrite all items submitted. Club Reports that are late getting to the Editor, are places on the websites. Regardless, it will need to be readable (I nearly flunked handwriting in first grade due to poor penmanship).

Advertising rates for The Modern Square are as follows, per insertion. Prices are higher for non-ASSDF members. These are subject to change without notice. Advance Payment  Required.

Full Page Ad: $25 for ASSDF Member Clubs, $35 for non-ASSDF members.
Half Page Ad: $12.50 for ASSDF Member Clubs, $20 for non-ASSDF members.
Back Cover Ad: $35 for ASSDF Member Clubs , $50 for non-ASSDF members.
Two Center Pages: $70 for ASSDF Member Clubs, $85 for non-ASSDF members.
All Other Ads: $7 for ASSDF Member Clubs, $10 for non-ASSDF members.

Booster Ads (for non-square dance related announcements): $10 (ASSDF Member Clubs Only)

Spotlight Ads (spotlight a caller, cuer, line dance instructor, dancer, or club): $15 (ASSDF Member Clubs Only)

To purchase an ad, send a check/money order, payable to ASSDF to the Treasurer, then ad copy to the Editor.

The e-Edition is available FREE OF CHARGE, by providing ones name and email address to the Editor. The email is NOT given out, or used for any other purpose...but is required to prove that it is a valid Email address. Links to back issues of the e-Edition (along with other internet links) are elsewhere on this page. Using the November, 2019 issue, here is a comparison of the print edition versus the e-Edition

-- you will need an appropriate PDF viewer to view/print the file(s).

As noted, to keep the ASSDF from going bankrupt (as of July 12, 2020, only 57 print subscriptions exist), the publication changed format, shrinking to 6 to 8 pages, printed double sided, and the ASSDF will pay the First Class Postage, with the February, 2020 issue. Items that basically remain the same will be moved to the websites. Those that change will be in both the print edition and the e-Edition...although space may limit what can be put in the smaller size print edition.

Now, I can already hear the howls of protest from those who can't get, don't have, or don't want a computer or internet access...let alone a smartphone. That may be their choice, but you're lucky to get 1 meal out for 2 people for $20. However, if you don't get on the Technology Train at the depot, you're going to be left behind in the dust; not to mention "you can't get something for nothing".  As science fiction writer Robert Heinlein noted, TANSTAFFL -- there ain't no such thing as a free lunch. Many other publications, newspapers, etc. have had to go "online only", because of the same issues facing the ASSDF (the rising postage and printing costs, and the decline in subscribers and ads). The bottom line is, no one is taking out subscriptions or ads.


Work is in progress on the August, 2020 issue, but it won't go out until July 16, due to other issues. Last minute cancellations and changes will be noted in email blasts to e-Edition, they'll need to advise those in their club who don't have, can't get, or don't want, a computer or internet access, information on the last minute cancellations and changes. Even though clubs are still DARK due to COVID-19, I'll take any news items, including photos for the e-Edition. Note that some e-Edition subscribers have advised that they are not receiving their copies. Specifically, those with the or email addresses have been problematic...the latter ones have bounced back as undeliverable. If you don't get your copy, you can download back issues at the links below.

Subscription Dances

Subscription Dances are where one can sign up for, or renew, their print edition subscription to The Modern Square. These are held at regular club dances, with ASSDF Officers at a separate table. With yours truly as Editor, I will try to make each of these dances, weather and health I will have the subscriber databases for both the print edition and the e-Edition. So, if you have a question, you can ask me at these dances.

Date: Saturday, May 1, 2021

Club: ASSDF Delegates Meeting, plus and Modern Square Subscription Dance

Location: Doubletree By Hilton, 4813 Central Avenue, Hot Springs, AR

Callers: Phil Moorehouse, Gene Gancarczyk, and Charlie Robertson

Comments: For a flier in PDF format, with more info, click here .

Note: The dance was POSTPONED due to COVID-19 concerns.

E-Editions of The Modern Square

Note that you will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader to view or print the e-Edition. Note that if you are on dial-up internet instead of DSL or broadband (or in "a fringe internet coverage area"), it will take some time to download the file(s).

Former Editor Fred Fisher, started an e-Edition in April, 2015. Unfortunately, an e-Edition is NOT AVAILABLE before that time.


The advantage of getting an e-Edition are:

1) It is delivered via email at least 2 weeks prior to the print edition being delivered. If the print edition has to eventually be discontinued, the e-Edition will continue to be available.

2) All the pictures submitted are in color.

3) All of the links are clickable.

To obtain the e-Edition, the individual must send an email, with their name and email address to the Editor...that is the ONLY USE of that address -- it is NOT given out, or used for any other purpose...because the Editor needs that to know that it is A VALID EMAIL ADDRESS, and they need to know WHO it is. In some cases, there are several email, but have no idea who the individuals are. They are the ones that have the e-Edition Subscriber Database (growing by the month). 

   Back Issues From 2015

Other Internet Links

The internet has become a great resource for square dance clubs and individuals. This includes websites for clubs, organizations, festivals, dancers, callers, and cuers, as well as pages on Facebook. Some of these are listed below. If you see any errors, please contact me (see bottom of page).

Club And Organization Pages


Here are selected square and round dance club/organization websites, as well as for information on dancing in specific areas. Please let me know of any additions, deletions, or corrections.

Caller and Cuer Pages

Here are selected square and round dance caller/cuer websites. Please let me know of any additions, deletions, or corrections.

Festival Websites

Here are selected dance festival/convention websites. Please let me know of any additions, deletions, or corrections. 


Information Links

Here are selected square and round dance information websites. Please let me know of any additions, deletions, or corrections.


Facebook Links


Here are selected square and round dance group Facebook pages. You must be a user of Facebook to view and post on these pages, as many are ''closed groups'', to prevent spammers...and some may require you to apply to may require approval of all posts by a group administrator.

Contact Us

Daryl Stout, Webmaster
P.O. Box 55655
Little Rock, AR 72215
501-690-8325 (Voice Mail)

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