Callers Council of New Jersey
Learn to Square Dance   Live Lively - 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

bullet It's great physical exercise. At a single dance you can WALK aerobically up to 3 miles, rain or shine.
bullet 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.
bullet 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.
bullet 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!
bullet 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 the Fall 2017

CallerClubLocationOpen house
D. Coy AleMo Squares Brooklyn, NY Intro. dance Sept. 13
Intro. dance Sept. 20
Classes start Sept. 27
7:00 Parlato
W. Thielke Bee Sharps Bridgewater, NJ Free Open House Sept. 18, 2017 8:00
Classes start Sept. 25, 2017
7:00 Gardner
G. Patton Bee Sharps Bridgewater, NJ Mainstream Completion
Classes start Sept. 25, 2017
8:15 Gardner
F. Wadel Belles & Beaux Glen Rock, NJ Beginner Dance August 30, Fairlawn
Open House Sept. 7, 2017
Classes Start Sept. 28, 2017
7:30 Corpel
Joe Landi Busy B's Sewell, NJ Free Open House Sept. 21, 2017
Free Open House Sept. 28, 2017
Classes start October 5, 2017
7:00 Bill
P. Ingis Circle Eights Paramus, NJ Classes Start Oct. 3, 2017
Dance is FREE Oct. 3 and 10th
7:30 Weschler
Don & Dot Coy
Fran Wadel
Paul Ingis
FAD Squares Maywood, NJ Free Intro dance July 23, 2017
Free Intro dance Aug. 27, 2017
Free Intro dance Oct. 22, 2017
7:30 J. Van Rensalier
Ed Kerns Hunterdon Flutterwheels Stanton Station
near Flemington, NJ
Intro. Dance Sept. 10, 1:30pm
Classes Start Sept. 19
7:00pm Moody 908-231-1194
J. Bradshaw
Independence Squares Phila. PA Open house June 6, 2017
Classes start June 13, 2017
7:00 leave voice mail at
S. Trimble Kittatinny Rangers Newton, NJ Classes start Sept. 18, 2017
First 2 classes Free
7:30 Szekula
F. Wadell Lakeland Towaco, NJ Barn Dance July 31, 2017
Barn Dance August 21, 2017
Free Square Dance Lesson Aug. 28, 2017, 7:30
Classes Start Sept. 11, 2017
Barn Dance Oct. 30, 2017
6:30 Kathy
L. Sherwood Middletown Ramblers Leonardo Classes Start Sept. 26, 2017 7:30 Yackel
Rich Delgado MR Square Dance Club Mercerville Area Free Beginning Dance Sept. 30, 2017 2:30pm
Progressive Dances Start Oct. 10, 2017
7:30 Delgado
F. Wadel Rockland Rockytops Nanuet, NY Intro. Dance Sept. 22
Classes start Oct. 4, 2017
7:00 Schwalbe
B. Gotta Rutgers Promenaders North Brunswick, NJ Intro. Dance Sept. 17, 2017
Classes start Oct. 1, 2017
1:30 Bergman
H. Richman Times Squares NY, NY Intro. Dance Aug. 9, 2017
Intro. Dance Sept. 12, 2017
Class starts Sept. 19, 2017
7:00 Norland
D. Murphy Y Squares Clark, NJ Intro. Dance Sept. 19, 2017
Intro. Dance Sept. 26, 2017
Classes start Oct. 3, 2017
7:15 Kendziora

Beginning Square Dance Classes Map


PLUS Classes Fall 2017

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

D. Coy AleMo Squares Brooklyn, NY classes start Sept. 27, 2017 8:30 Parlato
Ed Crowley Reelers Randolph Classes start Sept. 12, 2017 7:00 Bob

Advanced Classes Fall 2017

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

J. Bradshaw Independence Squares Phila. PA Classes start TBD 7:00pm
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Challenge Classes Fall 2017

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

B. Gotta Independence Squares Phila. PA C1 Classes start TBD, 2017 7:00pm email
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Drew Allen Independence Squares Phila. PA C1 Workshop start TBD, 2017 7:00pm email
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D. Murphy Somerset Squares Bridgewater, NJ A2/C1 Classes continuous Mondays, 2017 7:30 Murphy

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