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 2015

CallerClubLocationOpen house
Date
TimeContact
D. Coy AleMo Squares Brooklyn, NY First Class TBD 7:00 Parlato
718-745-3793
G. Patton Bee Sharps Bridgewater, NJ Open House Sept. 21, 2015,7:30
classes start Sept. 28, 2015
7:30 Mary Ellen
908-642-5816
F. Wadel Belles & Beaux Glen Rock, NJ First session starts TBD 7:30 Corpel
201-745-5698
Joe Landi Busy Bees Sewell, NJ Classes Start: September 2015
First night free.
7:00 McKenzie
856-881-6216
or DuBois
856-881-8383
P. Ingis Circle Eights Paramus, NJ Classes start: TBD 7:30 Peters
201-438-3281
Stephen Ingis Cross Trail Squares Caldwell, NJ Class Start TBD 7:30 Aharrah
973-228-8722
Paul Ingis FAD Squares Maywood, NJ Free Barn dance August 23, 2015
Free Barn dance Sept. 27, 2015
7:30 J. Van Rensalier
201-388-6314
D. Bragg
J. Bradshaw.
Independence Squares Phila. PA Mainstream Class starts June 16, 2015 7:00 leave voice mail at
267-270-5103
D. Bragg
Independence Squares Phila. PA Mainstream Workshop October 6, 2015 7:00 leave voice mail at
267-270-5103
W. Applegate Kittatinny Rangers Newton, NJ Open House Sept. 15, 2015
Classes start Sept. 30, 2014
7:30 Pyne
908-343-5170
F. Wadell Lakeland Towaco, NJ Barn Dance June 23, 2015
Barn Dance August 28, 2015
Free Lesson Sept. 21, 2015, 7:30
Classes Start Sept. 28, 2015
7:30 Kathy
973-538-3134
L. Sherwood Middletown Ramblers Leonardo Barn Dance Sept. 25, 2015 7:30 Scharmann
732-291-1188
D. Koft MR Square Dance Club Mercerville Area TBD 7:30 Delgado
609-844-1140
D. Tapper Reelers Randolph, NJ TBD 7:30 Festa
848-219-4152
F. Wadel Rockland Rockytops Nanuet, NY Intro. Dance, July 10, 2015 - 7:30-8:30
Intro. Dance, Aug. 14, 2015 - 7:30-8:30
Intro. Dance, Sept. 18, 2015 - 7:30-9:30
Classes start TDB
7:00 Blake
845-352-1634
B. Gotta
D. Koft
Rutgers Promenaders Somerset, NJ
Classes Start TBD 2015
1:30 Robinson
908-963-2447
Howard Richman
N. Martellacci
Times Squares NY, NY June 2, 2015, 7:30 Fun Dance
Jul. 7, 2015, 7:30 Fun Dance
12 week class starts Jul. 9, 2015
Aug. 22, 2015, 7:30 Barn Dance
Sept. 26, 2015, 7:30 Open House
Sept. 29, 2015, 7:30 Open House
26 week Class starts October 7, 2015
7:30 Classes
E. LaPlante Y Squares Clark, NJ Open House Sept. 15, 2015, 7:30
Classes start TBD
7:00 Kordower
732-499-7726

Beginning Square Dance Classes Map

 
 

PLUS Classes Fall 2015

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 28, 2015 7:00 Freese
908-642-5816
B. Gotta Independence Squares Phila. PA Mainstream Class starts Oct. 6, 2015 7:00 leave voice mail at
267-270-5103
F. Wadel Lakeland Parsippany, NJ Class starts Sept. 9, 2015 7:00-8:00 before Lakeland dance Keener
973-366-8064

Advanced Classes Fall 2015

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

CallerClubLocationDateTimeContact
Dane Bragg Independence Squares Phila. PA Classes start October 6, 2015 7:00pm
email
leave voice mail at
267-324-9977

Challenge Classes Fall 2015

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 C1 Classes start Oct. 6, 2015 7:00pm email
leave voice mail at
267-324-9977
Drew Allen Independence Squares Phila. PA C2 Classes start Oct. 7, 2015 7:00pm email
leave voice mail at
267-324-9977
D. Murphy Somerset Squares Bridgewater, NJ A2/C1 Classes continuous, 2015 7:30 Murphy
917-770-6754

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