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 2016

CallerClubLocationOpen house
D. Coy AleMo Squares Brooklyn, NY Classes start Sept. 7, 2016 7:00 Parlato
G. Patton Bee Sharps Branchburg, NJ Classes start Sept. 19, 2016 7:00 Gardner
F. Wadel Belles & Beaux Glen Rock, NJ Classes Start Sept. 15, 2016 7:30 Corpel
Joe Landi Busy Bees Sewell, NJ Class Starts Sept. 22, 2016 7:00 Bill
F. Wadell Circle Eights Paramus, NJ Open House Sept. 13 & 20, 2016
Classes Start Sept. 27, 2016
7:30 Weschler
Ed Kerns Hunterdon Flutterwheels Stanton Station
near Flemington, NJ
Sept 11, 2016, open house 1:30pm
Sept. 20, 2016, Classes Start
7:00pm Moody 908-231-1194
B. Gotta
Independence Squares Phila. PA Mainstream Workshop October 4, 2016 7:00 leave voice mail at
E. LaPlante Kittatinny Rangers Newton, NJ Classes start Sept. 14, 2016
First 2 classes Free
7:30 Kirby
F. Wadell Lakeland Towaco, NJ Free Open House Aug. 29, 2016, 6:30
Classes Start Sept. 12, 2016
Barn Dance Aug. 23, 2016
Barn Dance Oct. 24, 2016, 8:00
6:30 Kathy
L. Sherwood Middletown Ramblers Leonardo Barn Dance Sept. 23, 2016 7:00
Lincroft, NJ
Classes Start Sept. 27, 2016
7:30 Yackel
D. Tapper Reelers Randolph, NJ Intro dance Jan. 24, 2017
Classes start Jan 31, 2017
7:30 Fetch
F. Wadel Rockland Rockytops Nanuet, NY Intro. Dance, Sept. 23, 2016 - 7:30
Classes start Oct. 5, 2016
7:00 Ford
B. Gotta Rutgers Promenaders Somerset, NJ Open House Sept. 18, 2016
Classes start Oct. 2, 2016
1:30 Kimmel
H. Richman Times Squares NY, NY Sept. 13, 2015, 7:30 Open House
Sept. 20, 2015, 7:30 Open House
26 week Class starts Sept. 27, 2016
7:00 Classes
E. LaPlante Y Squares Clark, NJ Open House Sept. 13, 2016, 7:30
Classes start Sept. 20, 2016
7:15 Kordower

Beginning Square Dance Classes Map


PLUS Classes Fall 2016

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

W. Thielke Bee Sharps Bridgewater, NJ Plus Class Starts Sept 26, 2016 7:30 Lynn
D. Bragg Independence Squares Phila. PA Plus Workshop Starts Oct. 4, 2016 7:00 leave voice mail at
F. Wadel Hix and Chix/Western Wheelers Dumont, NJ Plus Classes start Oct 9, 2016 3:00 Bob
F. Wadel Lakeland Parsippany, NJ Class starts April, 2017 7:00-8:00 before Lakeland dance Keener
Dan Tapper Reelers Randolph Classes start Sept. 20, 2016 7:00 Fetch

Advanced Classes Fall 2015

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 October 4, 2016 7:00pm
leave voice mail at

Challenge Classes Fall 2016

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 Oct. 4, 2016 7:00pm email
leave voice mail at
Drew Allen Independence Squares Phila. PA C1 Workshop start Sept. 19, 2016 7:00pm email
leave voice mail at
D. Murphy Somerset Squares Bridgewater, NJ A2/C1 Classes continuous Mondays, 2016 7:30 Murphy

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