River Reelers’ History

During the 1950’s there was a square dance club called the “Country Squares” in the Burley-Rupert area.  The caller was Aubert Craven.

In 1957, Gerald Hurst started square dance lessons in the old Rosston Schoolhouse east of Rupert.  In 1958, the River Reelers Square Dance Club was formed with six squares.  Gerald was the caller of the newly formed club.  The dancers wanted a name affilated with dancing and one noting the area, so they came up with “River Reelers.”  Gerald called for 26 years and retired in the fall of 1984.

Cloyd Murdock from Pocatello called for the club until May 1985, when Mike Krehbiel from Aberdeen became the caller.  Mike faithful made the trip every two week to call for us until 1988 when Ardean Lang from Filer joined us as a caller.  Mike and Ardean called alternate dances until 1995, when Mike retires from the club.  Ardean became the full-time caller and called from 1995 to 2001. Ardean still continues to call for the club from time to time.

Steve Hadley from Hazelton  taught the lessons for us starting about 1999.  Steve became the full time caller in 2002 and called until the fall of 2011, when Steve moved to the Arco area.  Even now he will trek down to call a dance for us.  Ralph Walquist became the caller in 2012 and is the current caller.

Dick Fugua taught and cued round for several year.  Gerald also cued rounds untill Clare Gill started teaching and cueing in 1984.  Clare continues to teach and cue rounds for us today.

Until we moved in the Round-A-Square Dance Center in 1983, we have danced in various locations including Rosston School, Pershing School, Pioneer School, Rupert Moose Hall, the IOOF Hall in Rupert, and the current Round-A-Square Dance Center west of Rupert.

Currently the River Reelers dance the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month, except for summer months.

 The club was started in the 1950’s.  A square dance club has been around the area for about 60 years.  Every spring we have a Spring Fling Anniversary Dance, usually in April or May

Years ago there was a wooden one lane bridge over the Snake River in the Jackson area of Minidoka County, the club was able to close the bridge one night and had a square dance on the bridge …with a special dangle.

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The River Reelers Square Dance Club

Dances on the First and Third Saturday each month from September to June.

Our location:  Round-A-Square Dance Center

215 W 100 S  (100 S is ID Hwy 25)

Rupert, Idaho

(Just across the Highway from the Rupert Golf Course in a green building)

Round A Square

 Use Google Maps to get directions to the Round-A-Square Dance Center.

Either enter the address or enter Round-A-Square Dance Center as the destination

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