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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

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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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 2015

CallerClubLocationOpen house
Date
TimeContact
Gardner Patton Bee Sharps Bridgewater, NJ Jan. 5 and 12, 2015, Free open houses
Classes start Jan. 26, 2015
7:30pm Dave and Lynn
908-525-5864
Ed Kerns Hunterdon Flutterwheels Stanton Station
near Flemington, NJ
Feb. 8, 2015, open house 1:00pm
Feb. 15, 2015, Classes Start
1:30pm Moody
908-231-1194

Square Dancing for New Dancers in the Fall 2014

CallerClubLocationOpen house
Date
TimeContact
D. Coy AleMo Squares Brooklyn, NY First Class Sept. 10, 2014 7:00 Parlato
718-745-3793
B. Kanter AleMo Squares West Staten Island, NY Classes start: Sept. 8, 2014 8:00 Kanter
718-351-9150
F. Wadel Belles & Beaux Glen Rock, NJ First session starts Sept. 11, 2014 7:30 Corpel
201-745-5698
Glen Matthew Busy Bees Sewell, NJ Classes Start: Sept. 18, 2014
First night free.
7:00 McKenzie
856-881-6216

or DuBois
856-881-8383
P. Ingis Circle Eights Paramus, NJ Classes start: Sept. 15, 2014 7:30 Peters
201-438-3281
Stephen Ingis Cross Trail Squares Caldwell, NJ Class Start Sept. 9, 2014 7:30 Aharrah
973-228-8722
D. Bragg
J. Bradshaw.
Independence Squares Phila. PA Mainstream Workshop start October 7, 2014 7:00 leave voice mail at
267-270-5103
W. Applegate Kittatinny Rangers Newton, NJ Open House Sept. 16, 2014
Classes start Sept. 30, 2014
7:30 Pyne
908-343-5170
F. Wadell Lakeland Towaco, NJ Barn Dance August 26,
Open House September 22, 2014 7:30
Classes Start September 29, 2014
Barn Dance September 30, 2014
7:30 Geraghty
973-538-3134
L. Sherwood Middletown Ramblers Leonardo Classes start Sept. 30, 2014 7:30 Scharmann
732-291-1188
D. Koft MR Square Dance Club Mercerville Area Open House & 1st class Oct 8, 2014 7:30 Delgado
609-844-1140
D. Tapper Reelers Randolph, NJ Open House Oct. 7, free
Classes Start Oct. 14, 2014
7:30 Festa
848-219-4152
F. Wadel Rockland Rockytops Nanuet, NY Open House Sept. 19, 2014, 7:30
Classes Start Oct. 1, 2014
7:00 Blake
845-352-1634
B. Gotta
D. Koft
Rutgers Promenaders Somerset, NJ Open House Sept. 22, 2014, 1:30
Classes Start Oct. 5, 2014
1:30 Robinson
908-963-2447
N. Martellacci Times Squares NY, NY Aug. 5, 2014, 7:30-8:30 Intro.
Aug. 12, 2014, 7:30-8:30 Intro.
Aug. 23, 2014, 7:30-9:30 Barn Dance
Sept. 23, 2014, 7:30-9:30 Barn Dance
Sept. 30, 2014, 7:30-9:30 Barn Dance
Classes start October 7, 2014
7:30 Heikal
212-749-4291
D. Koft Y Squares Clark, NJ Open House Sept. 16, 2014, 7:30
Classes start Sept. 23, 2014
7:00 Kordower
732-499-7726

Beginning Square Dance Classes Map

 
 

PLUS Classes Fall 2014

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

CallerClubLocationDateTimeContact
G. Patton Bee Sharps Bridgewater, NJ Plus Class Sept 8, 2014 7:30 Freese
908-642-5816
F. Wadel Lakeland Mountain Lakes, NJ Class starts Sept. 9, 2014 7:00-8:00 before Lakeland dance Keener
973-366-8064
G. Matthew Rainbow Squares Milville, NJ Class starts August 25, 2014 7:00 Powell
609-399-4486
Dan Tapper Reelers Randolph Classes start Oct. 7 8:00 Festa
848-219-4152
F. Wadel Western Wheelers/Hix and Chix Dumont, NJ Plus Classes start Oct. 5, 2014 3:00 Bob
201-664-4348

Advanced Classes Fall 2014

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

CallerClubLocationDateTimeContact
Joe Bradshaw,
Dane Bragg
Independence Squares Phila. PA Classes start October 7, 2013 7:00pm leave voice mail at
267-324-9977

Challenge Classes Fall 2014

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

CallerClubLocationDateTimeContact
B. Gotta Independence Squares Phila. PA Classes start Oct. 7, 2014 7:00pm leave voice mail at
267-324-9977
D. Murphy Somerset Squares Bridgewater, NJ A2/C1 Classes continuous, 2014 7:30 Murphy
917-770-6754

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