Learn to Dance

If you’re new to square dancing and would like to learn, we host regular Monday evening classes (Basic/Mainstream – Level 1) that began January 13, 2020 (first class is free, $4.00 a person each evening).  Learn square dancing with professional square dance caller Abe Maier.  Join us at the Monticello Middle School (East Entrance, Door 20), 800 Broadway St E, Monticello, MN, (map) from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

We recommend attending all classes since calls are taught in sequence.  You do not need a partner, singles or couples are welcome as everyone dances in a square with seven other people.  All ages are welcome, we have dancers from 8 to 94 years old.  Often, angels (experienced dancers) will dance with new dancers to help them.  The dress for classes is casual.

Show up a few minutes early to get acquainted and not be rushed.  Wear comfortable clothing and shoes good for walking.  Light refreshments are provided.

Following links provide instructions on calls:

http://videosquaredancelessons.com/lessons/

http://www.tamtwirlers.org/tamination/info/index.html

Classes are ongoing.  New dancers started on January 13, 2020.  The calls taught/reviewed each week are listed below:

February 24, 2020 – Next Class

February 17, 2020 – No Class

February 10, 2020 – Six squares with 11 new dancers.  Calls were Circle Left, Circle Right, Forward and Back, Dosado, Swing, Couples Promenade, Single File Promenade, Allemande Left, Arm Turns, Right and Left Grand, Weave the Ring, Left Hand Star, Right Hand Star, Pass Thru, Ladies Rollaway – Half Sashay, U-Turn Back, Backtrack, Courtesy Turn, Two Ladies Chain, Four Ladies Chain, Chain Down the Line, Lead Right, Veer Left, Bend the Line, Right and Left Thru, Grand Square, Star Thru, California Twirl, Square Thru 4, Circle to a Line, Alamo Ring Formation, Swing Thru, and Left Swing Thru.

February 3, 2020 – Seven squares with 12 new dancers.  Calls were Circle Left, Circle Right, Forward and Back, Dosado, Couples Promenade, Single File Promenade, Allemande Left, Arm Turns, Right and Left Grand, Weave the Ring, Left Hand Star, Right Hand Star, Pass Thru, Ladies Rollaway – Half Sashay, Ladies In – Men Sashay, U-Turn Back, Backtrack, Separate Around 2 and Come Into the Middle, Split Two, Courtesy Turn, Two Ladies Chain, Four Ladies Chain, Chain Down the Line, Lead Right, Veer Right, Bend the Line, Named Dancers Circulate, Couples Circulate, Single File Circulate, Right and Left Thru, Grand Square, Swing Thru, and Left Swing Thru.

January 27, 2020 – Five squares with 14 new dancers.  Calls were Circle Left, Circle Right, Forward and Back, Dosado, Couples Promenade, Star Promenade, Allemande Left, Arm Turns, Right and Left Grand, Weave the Ring, Left Hand Star, Right Hand Star, Pass Thru, Ladies Rollaway – Half Sashay, Ladies In – Men Sashay, U-Turn Back, Separate Around 2 and Come Into the Middle, Split Two, Courtesy Turn, Two Ladies Chain, Four Ladies Chain, Right and Left Thru, and Grand Square.

January 20, 2020 – Six squares with 11 new dancers.  Calls were Circle Left, Circle Right, Forward and Back, Dosado, Couples Promenade, Star Promenade, Allemande Left, Arm Turns, Right and Left Grand, Weave the Ring, Left Hand Star, Right Hand Star, Pass Thru, Ladies Rollaway – Half Sashay, U-Turn Back, Separate Around 2 and Come Into the Middle, Split Two, Courtesy Turn, Two Ladies Chain, Four Ladies Chain, Right and Left Thru, and Grand Square.

January 13, 2020 – Five squares with 11 new dancers.  Calls were Circle Left, Circle Right, Forward and Back, Dosado, Couples Promenade, Star Promenade, Allemande Left, Arm Turns, Right and Left Grand, Weave the Ring, Left Hand Star, Right Hand Star, Ladies Rollaway – Half Sashay, Courtesy Turn, Two Ladies Chain, Four Ladies Chain, Right and Left Thru, and Grand Square.