Eight couples and a caller and his partner who lived in the Higginsville area
met at a home and decided to form a square dance club in late summer of 1971.
All had danced previously with an out of town club. Their first dance was on
October 16, 1971 at the Grandview Elementary School in Higginsville, Missouri
and that is where they are still dancing. At this dance the name "Spinnin'
Wheels" was selected and it was decided to change our dance night to the 2nd and
4th Saturdays of each month. We had a large crowd for our first dance. We had
lessons that winter and we then had 17 couples and could be federated with the
Heart of America Square Dance Clubs. We became federated on May 7,1972. That
fall the dance night was changed to the 1st and 3rd Saturdays. Our first outfit,
a purple dress with white trim with the men in their lavender shirts looked real
Throughout the years the club has done many things to promote square dancing.
They have danced for many years at the nursing home in Higginsville, Lexington,
Concordia, Sweet Springs, Odessa and Waverly. Also at the Wal-Mart store and
parking lots in Higginsville. They have danced on the street before the parade
at the Corder Picnic and the Concordia Fall Festival every summer since the club
was formed. Other street dances done for entertainment have been in Waverly,
Carrollton, Norborne and Lexington.
In 1973 a youth club was formed and was known as the "Yackin Teens". They
joined our group and danced with us. They had four squares and danced with us
for 4 or 5 years.
One of our outstanding dances was a live music dance in 1974 with 120 visiting
couples and in 1975 we even had a bigger live music dance with 130 visiting
In 1974 we had our first Luau and it was held in a members pasture and the hog
was cooked in a pit. We liked it so well that it became an annual club event and
was moved to the school gym the next year. We have had our annual Luau in March
every year. Our Luau events grew and finally we cooked three hogs and attendance
would be up to nearly 400.
The club members attended the National Square Dance Convention in Kansas City in
1975. Another big event was dancing for the Air Stream campers from a 4 state
area in 1977 and we took a bus trip to Columbia to visit a club that was having
a Luau and we once took a bus to Jefferson City and danced in the Rotunda for a
big celebration. We entertained the area AFS students for a number of year at a
regular club dance. We entertained Lions International while they were meeting
in Higginsville. This is only a few of the many things that the Spinnin' Wheels
have done throughout the years. The club had an outing at a cabin at the Lake of
the Ozarks every summer for a number of years. We had lessons every year and by
1976 we had 50 couples in the club.
For many years the club had a fish fry or hamburger cookout at the park every
summer and also a watermelon splash. Then danced the rest of the evening away on
the concrete dance floor.
In February 2001 the Spinnin* Wheels along with the other clubs that Gary called
for helped him celebrate his 35th year of square dance calling at the Sermon
Center in Independence. There were over 400 in attendance, many from other areas
in the State.
The Spinnin' Wheels have received the Vigorous Visitors award every year since
it was started. They received the Federation banner in 1996 and the next two
years for having the highest percentage of members at the Heart of America
Federation Dance. They have always attended the Federation dances and some of
our members have taken part in the Fashion Show over the years. In 1998 the
Spinnin' Wheels helped with the State Festival and will be doing the decorating
for the 2006 State Festival in Sedalia.
Some of the Spinnin' Wheels dancers helped some of the 3rd grade students with
square dancing and line dancing for an afternoon toward the end of the school
year for a few years recently. For many years the first dance in December we
bring mittens and stocking caps for the elementary students in the school where
we use their gym. We hope to continue dancing and having fun.