Learn to Square Dance
   

Modern Square Dancing is not like the square dancing you experienced in school! Today's callers use modern, upbeat music of all kinds (as well as traditional country) and vary the calls so there is little repetition. The callers also keep everybody moving so the dancing becomes great exercise. In New Jersey and surrounding states there are dances almost every evening within driving distance, and the cost is usually $4 to $6 per person, allowing square dancing to fit into any budget.

Reasons to square dance

bulletIt's great physical exercise. At a single dance you can WALK aerobically up to 3 miles, rain or shine. 
It's great mental exercise. In Modern Square Dancing you never know what the caller will call next and you have to be alert and able to react quickly. 
It's social. During a dance you're randomly mixed in squares with 3 other couples of all ages and backgrounds so you meet many friends very quickly. 
You forget troubles. The upbeat music and the constant action of dancing push everything else out of your mind. And you can whoop and holler! 
It's relatively inexpensive. For the cost of a single movie ticket, two can usually dance any day of the week.
 

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New dancer dance

Where to Square Dance

Whether you are new to square dancing or whether you want to add to your skills there are dances for you. If you are new, look in the list below for ABC or Open House dances or Barn dances in your area. You are always welcome at these dances and all the dances will be taught. Then if you would like to continue dancing ask the people at these dances where there will be other dances you can go to to increase your knowledge.

If you already dance the Basic or Mainstream square dance programs but have been out of square dancing for a few years you might also look at the programs below to determine where you can brush up your skills. If you already dance the Mainstream program and wish to move into the Plus program there are also opportunities listed.

Square Dancing for New Dancers in 2019

Caller Club Location  Date Time Contact
Wes Thielke Bee Sharps Bridgewater, NJ Jan. 28, 2019, Free open house
Classes start Feb. 4, 2019
7:00 pm Dave and Lynn
908-525-5864
E. Crowley Reelers Randolph, NJ Intro dance Jan. 8, 2019
Classes start Jan 15, 2019
7:00 Solecki
973-647-7254

Plus Classes Spring 2019

For those who already know the Mainstream Program there are Plus Program classes in the Spring of 2019

Caller Club Location Date Time Contact
M. Moody Hunterdon Flutterwheels Stanton Station
near Flemington, NJ
Classes start February 13, 2019 7:00pm Lieuallen
(908) 458-6387
F. Wadell Lakeland Towaco, NJ Classes Start March 21, 2019 6:30 Kathy
973-366-8064
L. Sherwood Middletown Ramblers Leonardo, NJ Classes Start April, 2019 7:15 Yackel
732-747-8505

Square Dancing for New Dancers in the Fall 2018

Caller Club Location
Open house
Date
Time Contact
D. Coy AleMo Squares Brooklyn, NY Intro. dance Sept. 26, 2018
Classes start Sept. 26
7:00 Cangiano
646-641-7145
F. Wadel Belles & Beaux Glen Rock, NJ Intro Dance Aug. 29, 2018 Elmwood Park
Intro Dance Sept. 13, 2018 Glen Rock
Classes Start Sept. 20, 2018
7:30 Corpel
201-745-5698
Joe Bradshaw Busy B's Sewell, NJ Classes start Sept. 20, 2018 7:00 Bill
856-769-1322
P. Ingis Circle Eights Paramus, NJ Classes start Sept. 18, 2018
First two dances free
7:30 Pearson
201-804-0224
Mary Moody Hunterdon Flutterwheels Stanton Station
near Flemington, NJ
Intro. Dance Sept. 9, 2018 1:30pm
Classes Start Sept. 18, 2018
7:00pm Lieuallen
908-458-6387
J. Bradshaw
Independence Squares Phila. PA Classes start October 2, 2018 7:00 leave voice mail at
267-270-5103
S. Trimble Kittatinny Rangers Newton, NJ Classes start Sept. 17, 2018
First 2 classes Free
7:00 Sheppard
908-852-6892
F. Wadell Lakeland Towaco, NJ Intro Dance August 27, 2018
Classes Start Sept. 10, 2018
6:30 Kathy
973-229-0698
L. Sherwood Middletown Ramblers Atlantic Highlands Classes Start Oct. 2, 2018 7:15 Yackel
732-747-8505
Rich Delgado MR Square Dance Club Mercerville Area Free Beginning Dance Sept. 22, 2018 2:30pm
Progressive Dances Start Oct. 9, 2018
7:30 Delgado
609-844-1140
E. Crowley Reelers Randolph, NJ Classes start Jan. 2019 7:30 Solecki
973-647-7254
F. Wadel Rockland Rockytops Nanuet, NY Intro. Dance Sept. 28, 2018, 7:30
Classes start Oct. 2, 2018
7:00 Ford
845-620-7519
B. Gotta, D. Koft Rutgers Promenaders North Brunswick, NJ Intro. Dance Sept. 16, 2018
Classes start Oct. 7, 2018
1:30 Bergman
732-322-1506
H. Richman Times Squares NY, NY Intro. Dance Sept. 11, 2018
Class starts Sept. 25, 2018
7:00 Norland
347-581-3228
D. Murphy Y Squares Clark, NJ Intro. Dance Sept. 25, 2018
Classes start Oct. 2, 2018
7:30 Short
732-499-7726

Beginning Square Dance Classes Map

PLUS Classes Fall 2018

For those who already know the Basic and Mainstream programs there are sessions to learn the "PLUS" program.

Caller Club Location Date Time Contact
D. Coy AleMo Squares Brooklyn, NY classes start Sept. 26, 2018 8:30 nodyoc@aol.com Cangiano
646-641-7145
W. Thielke Bee Sharps Bridgewater, NJ Plus Class Starts Sept 17, 2018 7:00 Lynn
908-526-5864
TBD Independence Squares Phila. PA Plus Workshop Starts Oct. 2, 2018 7:00 leave voice mail at
267-270-5103
F. Wadel Hix and Chix/Western Wheelers Dumont, NJ Plus Classes start Oct 7, 2018 3:00 Flandera

973-427-2889 powerseat@msn.com
Moody Hunterdon Flutterwheels Stanton Station
near Flemington, NJ
Classes start Feb. 13, 2019 7:00pm Lieuallen
908-458-6387
F. Wadel Lakeland Towaco Class starts April, 2019 7:00-8:00 before Lakeland dance Keener
973-366-8064
L. Sherwood Middletown Ramblers Atlantic Highlands Classes Start April 2019 7:15 Yackel
732-747-8505
E. Crowley, K. Wilson Reelers Randolph Classes start Sept. 11, 2018 7:00 Solecki
973-647-7254

Advanced Classes Fall 2018

For those who already know the Plus program there are sessions to learn the A1-A2 program.

Caller Club Location Date Time Contact
J. Bradshaw Independence Squares Phila. PA Classes start Oct 2, 2018 7:00pm
email
leave voice mail at
267-324-9977
D. Murphy Somerset Squares Bridgewater, NJ A2/C1 Classes continuous Mondays, 2018 7:30 Murphy
917-770-6754

Challenge Classes Fall 2018

For those who already know the Advanced programs there are sessions to learn the C1 and C2 programs.

Caller Club Location Date Time Contact
TBD Independence Squares Phila. PA C1 Classes start Oct. 2, 2018 7:00pm email
leave voice mail at
267-324-9977
D. Murphy Somerset Squares Bridgewater, NJ A2/C1 Classes continuous Mondays, 2018 7:30 Murphy
917-770-6754

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