Learn to Dance

If you would like to learn how to square dance, please contact us at SquareDanceMN@aol.com and we will help you find a class and locationThere are a couple of ways to learn how to square dance:

a. “Square Dance ABCs” for beginners or “Intro to Square Dancing” dances are where you learn about fifteen calls. The ABC dances usually lead to a BLAST class where the remainder of the mainstream calls are introduced. Then you need to go square dancing and use all the calls at dances.

b.  Another means is a more traditional 12-20 weeks of classes where the 68 Basic and Mainstream calls are taught and practiced during 40 hours of instruction.  These classes may run once a week from September through December or March or twice a week for 6-10 weeks at various times throughout the year.

After you become proficient at the “Basic and Mainstream” level, if you so desire, there are another 30 Plus calls to learn and if you want more, there are also “Advanced” and “Challenge” calls to learn.

The following links provide instructions on calls:

http://videosquaredancelessons.com/lessons/

Taminations (tamtwirlers.org)

Upcoming square dance ABCs include:

Monday, February 26, 2024 – “Intro to Square Dancing,” 6:00-7:45 pm, Ramsey County Library – White Bear Lake, 2150 2nd St, White Bear Lake, MN 55110. Ar-Dale Dancers Flyer

Monday, February 26, 2024 – “Intro to Square Dancing,” 6:15-7:45 pm, Wentworth Library, 199 Wentworth Ave E, West St Paul, MN 55118. Dakota Squares Flier

Monday, February 26, 2024 – “Intro to Square Dancing,” 7:00-8:15 pm, Gillespie Center, 2590 Commerce Blvd, Mound, MN 55364. Westonka Whirlers Flier

Monday, March 4, 2024 – “Intro to Square Dancing,” 6:15-7:45 pm, Wentworth Library, 199 Wentworth Ave E, West St Paul, MN 55118. Dakota Squares Flier

Thursday, March 7, 2024 – “Intro to Square Dancing,” 7:00-8:15 pm, Bloomington Center for the Arts, 1800 W Old Shakopee Rd, Bloomington, MN 55431. Spares & Pairs Flier

Monday, March 11, 2024 – “Intro to Square Dancing,” 6:15-7:45 pm, Wentworth Library, 199 Wentworth Ave E, West St Paul, MN 55118. Dakota Squares Flier

Monday, March 11, 2024 – “Intro to Square Dancing,” 7:00-8:15 pm, Gillespie Center, 2590 Commerce Blvd, Mound, MN 55364. Westonka Whirlers Flyer

Monday, March 18, 2024 – “Intro to Square Dancing,” 6:00-7:45 pm, Ramsey County Library – White Bear Lake, 2150 2nd St, White Bear Lake, MN 55110. Ar-Dale Dancers Flyer

Monday, March 18, 2024 – “Intro to Square Dancing,” 6:15-7:45 pm, Wentworth Library, 199 Wentworth Ave E, West St Paul, MN 55118. Dakota Squares Flier

Monday, March 18, 2024 – “Intro to Square Dancing,” 7:00-8:15 pm, Gillespie Center, 2590 Commerce Blvd, Mound, MN 55364. Westonka Whirlers Flyer

Thursday, March 21, 2024 – “Intro to Square Dancing,” 7:00-8:15 pm, Bloomington Center for the Arts, 1800 W Old Shakopee Rd, Bloomington, MN 55431. Spares & Pairs Flier

Monday, March 25, 2024 – “Intro to Square Dancing,” 6:15-7:45 pm, Wentworth Library, 199 Wentworth Ave E, West St Paul, MN 55118. Dakota Squares Flier

Monday, March 25, 2024 – “Intro to Square Dancing,” 7:00-8:15 pm, Gillespie Center, 2590 Commerce Blvd, Mound, MN 55364. Westonka Whirlers Flyer

Monday, April 1, 2024 – “Intro to Square Dancing,” 6:15-7:45 pm, Wentworth Library, 199 Wentworth Ave E, West St Paul, MN 55118. Dakota Squares Flier

Monday, April 8, 2024 – “Intro to Square Dancing,” 6:00-7:45 pm, Ramsey County Library – White Bear Lake, 2150 2nd St, White Bear Lake, MN 55110. Ar-Dale Dancers Flyer

Monday, April 15, 2024 – “Intro to Square Dancing,” 6:15-7:45 pm, Wentworth Library, 199 Wentworth Ave E, West St Paul, MN 55118. Dakota Squares Flier

Monday, April 22, 2024 – “Intro to Square Dancing,” 6:15-7:45 pm, Wentworth Library, 199 Wentworth Ave E, West St Paul, MN 55118. Dakota Squares Flier

Upcoming square dance classes include:

Thursday, February 22, 2024 – “Track 2” – Mainstream Square Dance Lessons 7:00-9:00 pm. Casual attire, free. People who want to learn (or remember) all the mainstream square dancing calls have not had very many local options. Our Track 2 program is designed to add to the calls you already know and get you ready for dancing anywhere in the world. If you’ve been dancing at Intros for several weeks and feel comfortable enough to move ahead to more complex calls, these sessions are for you. Otherwise, you’re welcome to keep dancing at Intros. Track 2 sessions will be held on the fourth and fifth Thursdays of each month. It should take 4-5 sessions to pick up the remaining calls. If you have to miss a session, no worries! Come back the next month (or the one after that) and pick up more calls; it’ll just take a little longer. You can dance Track 2 as many months as you like. We’ll let you know when you’ve picked up all the calls! Angels are needed and appreciated. Bloomington Center for the Arts, 1800 W Old Shakopee Rd, Bloomington, MN 55431. Spares and Pairs Flyer

Monday, February 26, 2024 – Triple T Squares “Beginner Square Dance classes” 6:30-8:15 pm. Weekly SSD beginner classes, beginning Monday, February 26th. Square Dance is for everyone: solos, couples, families and youth. No partner needed. Pre-registration not required. St Mark Evangelical Lutheran Church, 550 7th St W, St Paul, MN 55102

Thursday, February 29, 2024 – Additional session added: “Track 2” – Mainstream Square Dance Lessons 7:00-9:00 pm. Casual attire, free. People who want to learn (or remember) all the mainstream square dancing calls have not had very many local options. Our Track 2 program is designed to add to the calls you already know and get you ready for dancing anywhere in the world. If you’ve been dancing at Intros for several weeks and feel comfortable enough to move ahead to more complex calls, these sessions are for you. Otherwise, you’re welcome to keep dancing at Intros. Track 2 sessions will be held on the fourth and fifth Thursdays of each month. It should take 4-5 sessions to pick up the remaining calls. If you have to miss a session, no worries! Come back the next month (or the one after that) and pick up more calls; it’ll just take a little longer. You can dance Track 2 as many months as you like. We’ll let you know when you’ve picked up all the calls! Angels are needed and appreciated. Bloomington Center for the Arts, 1800 W Old Shakopee Rd, Bloomington, MN 55431. Spares and Pairs Flyer

Upcoming square dance Blasts include:

Saturdays, March 30 and April 6, 2024 – East Metro Mainstream Blast (Caller Ben Stokes – “Mainstream” instruction will include all calls 9:30 am-1:30 pm). Dakota Squares is sponsoring a two-part, mainstream BLAST dance Saturdays, March 30 and April 6. Two ABC sessions are a prerequisite for new dancers; casual attire; potluck treat table. St Mark Evangelical Lutheran Church, 550 7th St W, St Paul, MN 55102. East Metro Blast Flyer

Upcoming “New Dancer” square dances include:

Friday, March 8, 2024 – County Line Squares “Green” Square Dance (Caller Abe Maier – “Plus” 7:30-8:00 pm, “New Dancer Mainstream” 8:00-10:00 pm; Cuer Sarah Klaphake – “Rounds” between tips), potluck during dance. Pinewood Elementary School, 1010 Broadway W, Monticello, MN 55362.

Friday, April 12, 2024 – County Line Squares “Pie Night” Square Dance (Caller Abe Maier – “Plus” 7:30-8:00 pm, “New Dancer Mainstream” 8:00-10:00 pm; Cuer Sarah Klaphake – “Rounds” between tips), potluck during dance. Pinewood Elementary School, 1010 Broadway W, Monticello, MN 55362.

Upcoming round dance classes include:

Thursday, March 7, 2024 – Amour Rounds Round Dance Class (Cuer/Instructor Ken LaBau – “Beginning Round Dance Lessons” 6:30-8:00 pm; “Phase 3 Round Dance Lessons” 8:00-9:30 pm). A partner is preferred but not necessary. Two-Step Lessons started on January 4th. Wilson Elementary School, 1025 Sunny Ln, Anoka, MN 55303