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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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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 2014

CallerClubLocationOpen house
Date
TimeContact
B. Kanter AleMo Staten Island Classes start Jan. 4, 2014 7:00pm Kanter
718-351-9150
Gardner Patton Bee Sharps Bridgewater, NJ Jan. 6 and 13, 2014, Free open houses
Classes start Jan. 27, 2014
7:30pm Mellen
732-356-7164
Ron Kapnick Cross Trail Squares Caldwell, NJ Jan. 7 & 14, 2014, free open house
Classes start Jan. 21, 2014
7:30pm Joe
908-669-1260
Ed Kerns Hunterdon Flutterwheels Stanton Station
near Flemington, NJ
Oct. 13, 2013, Barn Dance
Feb. 9, 2014, open house
Feb. 19, 2014, Classes Start
1:30pm Ralph
908-236-7270
Ralph Trout Rainbow Squares Milmay, NJ Classes Start April 15, 2014 7:00pm Powell
609-399-4486
D. Tapper Reelers Randolph, NJ Free Open House Jan. 14, 2014
Classes start Jan. 21, 2014
7:30-9:30 Olson,
973-713-8402

PLUS Classes in 2014

For those who already know the Basic and Mainstream programs there are sessions to learn and explore the "PLUS" program in 2014.

CallerClubLocationDateTimeContact
J. Bradshaw
Dane Bragg
Independence Squares Phila. PA Plus classes start March 18, 2014 7:00 leave voice mail at
267-270-5103

Square Dancing for New Dancers in the Fall 2013

CallerClubLocationOpen house
Date
TimeContact
D. Coy AleMo Squares Brooklyn, NY First Class Oct. 2, 2013 7:00 Parlato
718-745-3793
F. Wadel Belles & Beaux Glen Rock, NJ Free Beginner Dance August 28, 2013
Free Open House Sept. 12, 2013
First session starts Sept. 19, 2013
7:30 Corpel
201-745-5698
Glen Matthew Busy Bees Sewell, NJ Classes Start: Sept. 19, 2013
First night free.
7:00-9 McKenzie
856-881-6216

or DuBois
856-881-8383
P. Ingis Circle Eights Paramus, NJ Open House Sept. 9,
Classes start: Sept. 16, 2013
7:30 Paulsen
201-440-8031
W. Applegate Cross Trail Squares Caldwell, NJ Class Start Sept. 12, 2013 7:30 Gerish
908-669-1260
D. Kauffman D&R Squares Farmingdale, NJ Open house October 6, 2013 7:30 Kincaid
732-539-9594
Paul Ingis FAD Squares Maywood, NJ Intro. free dance Oct. 27, 2013 7:30 J. VanRensalier
D. Bragg
J. Bradshaw.
Independence Squares Phila. PA Mainstreamclass start October 1, 2013 7:00 leave voice mail at
267-270-5103
W. Applegate Kittatinny Rangers Newton, NJ Classes start Sept. 17, 2013 7:30 Kenny
908-343-5170
F. Wadell Lakeland Towaco, NJ Barn Dance Friday August 16, 2013 8:15
Free First class September 23, 2013 7:30
Free Second class September 30, 2013 7:30
Paid classes start Oct. 7, 2013
Barn Dance Tuesday October 29, 2013 8:15
7:30 Geraghty
973-538-3134
L. Sherwood Middletown Ramblers Atlantic Highlands Barn Dance August 23, 2013 7:30
Open House Fri. Sept. 27, 2013 7:30
Classes start Oct 1, 2013
7:30 Scharmann
732-291-1188
D. Koft M R Square Dance Club Hamilton Township(Mercerville Area) Open House Oct. 16, 2013 7:30
Progressive dance series begins Oct. 23, 2013
7:30pm Delgado
609-844-1140
D. Tapper Reelers Randolph, NJ Open House Oct. 1, free
Classes Start Oct. 8, 2013
7:30 Olson
973-713-8402
F. Wadel Rockland Rockytops Nanuet, NY Classes Start Oct. 2, 2013 7:00 Vicky
845-358-6443
B. Gotta
D. Koft
Rutgers Promenaders Somerset, NJ Open House Sept. 29, 2013
Classes Start Oct. 6, 2013
1:30 Robinson
908-963-2447
N. Martellacci Times Squares NY, NY Free Barn Dance Aug. 24, 2013
Free Open House Sept. 17, 24, 2013
Classes start October 1, 2013
7:30 Heikal
212-749-4291
D. Koft Y Squares Clark, NJ Classes start Sept. 10, 2013 7:00 Kordower
732-499-7726

Beginning Square Dance Classes Map


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PLUS Classes Fall 2013

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 7, 2013 7:30 Freese
908-642-5816
D. Koft Y Squares Clark, NJ Classes start Sept. 10, 2013 8:30 Ed
908-359-8722
F. Wadel Hix and Chix/Western Wheelers Dumont, NJ Plus Classes start Sept. 22, 2013 3:00 Bob
201-664-4348
F. Wadel Lakeland Mountain Lakes, NJ Class starts Sept. 10, 2013 7:00-8:00 before Lakeland dance Keener
973-366-8064
D. Koft M R Square Dance Club Hamilton Township(Mercerville Area) 4 Plus Workshops start Sept. 18, 2013
You must already know Plus
7:30pm Delgado
609-844-1140
F. Wadel Western Wheelers/Hix and Chix Dumont, NJ Plus Classes start Sept. 22, 2013 3:00 Bob
201-664-4348

Advanced Classes Fall 2012

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

CallerClubLocationDateTimeContact
R. Delgado Caller Sponsored Somerset, NJ Class starts Sept. 30, 2013 Call Rich 609-844-1140
B. Gotta Independence Squares Phila. PA Classes start October 1, 2013 7:00pm leave voice mail at
267-324-9977

Challenge Classes Fall 2013

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. 1, 2013 7:00pm leave voice mail at
267-324-9977
B. Gotta Times Squares NY, NY C1 Classes start October 3, 2013 7:30 Heikal
212-749-4291

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