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 17, 2022 ($4.00 a person each evening, first class is free).  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 96 years old.  Often, angels (experienced dancers) will dance with new dancers to help them.  The dress for classes is casual.  Graduation is scheduled for May 23, 2022.

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

Monday, May 16, 2022 – Class continues.

Monday, May 9, 2022 – Five squares.  Calls reviewed were Circle Left/Right, Forward and Back, Dosado, Swing, Couples Promenade, Allemande Left, Arm Turns, Right and Left Grand, Weave the Ring, Left/Right Hand Star, Pass Thru, Half Sashay, Rollaway, Ladies In – Men Sashay, U-Turn Back, Courtesy Turn, Two/Four Ladies Chain, Bend the Line, Right and Left Thru, Grand Square, Star Thru,  California Twirl, Walk Around the Corner, See Saw, Square Thru, Wheel and Deal, Flutterwheel, Reverse Flutterwheel, Touch 1/4, Turn Thru, Centers In, Walk and Dodge, Dixie Style to an Ocean Wave, and Scoot Back.

Monday, May 2, 2022 – Five squares.  Calls reviewed were Circle Left/Right, Forward and Back, Dosado, Swing, Couples Promenade, Single File Promenade, Star Promenade, Allemande Left, Arm Turns, Right and Left Grand, Weave the Ring, Left/Right Hand Star, Pass Thru, Half Sashay, Rollaway, Ladies In – Men Sashay, Around 1 or 2 to a Line, Split Two, Courtesy Turn, Two/Four Ladies Chain, Bend the Line, Right and Left Thru, Grand Square, Star Thru,  California Twirl, Square Thru, Dive Thru, Turn Thru, Step to a Wave, Swing Thru, Run, Pass the Ocean, Extend, Wheel and Deal, Flutterwheel, Reverse Flutterwheel, Touch 1/4, Ferris Wheel, Single Hinge, Dixie Style to an Ocean Wave, Scoot Back.

Monday, April 25, 2022 – Five squares.  Calls reviewed were Circle Left/Right, Forward and Back, Dosado, Swing, Couples Promenade,  Star Promenade, Allemande Left, Arm Turns, Right and Left Grand, Weave the Ring, Left/Right Hand Star, Ladies In – Men Sashay, Courtesy Turn, Two/Four Ladies Chain, Grand Square, Star Thru,  California Twirl, Partner Trade, Step to a Wave, Alamo Ring Formation, Swing Thru, Left Swing Thru, Run, Wheel and Deal.

Monday, April 18, 2022 – Three squares.  Calls reviewed were Circle Left/Right, Forward and Back, Dosado, Swing, Couples Promenade, Single File Promenade, Star Promenade, Allemande Left, Arm Turns, Right and Left Grand, Weave the Ring, Left/Right Hand Star, Pass Thru, Half Sashay, Rollaway, U-Turn Back, Backtrack, Courtesy Turn, Two/Four Ladies Chain, Chain Down the Line, Do Paso, Veer Left/Right, Bend the Line, Right and Left Thru, Grand Square, Star Thru,  California Twirl, Walk Around the Corner, Square Thru, Dive Thru, Named Dancer Trade, Partner Trade, Step to a Wave, Alamo Ring Formation, Swing Thru, Left Swing Thru, Run, Pass the Ocean, Extend, Wheel and Deal, Zoom, Flutterwheel, Reverse Flutterwheel, Sweep A Quarter, Touch 1/4, Ferris Wheel, Turn Thru, Eight Chain 4, Pass to the Center, Slip the Clutch, Walk and Dodge, Slide Thru, Dixie Style to an Ocean Wave, Tag the Line 1/4, Scoot Back, and Recyle.  New calls were Wheel Around, Shoot the Star, and Tag the Line Full.

Monday, April 11, 2022 – Four squares.  Calls reviewed were Circle Left/Right, Forward and Back, Dosado, Swing, Couples Promenade, Star Promenade, Allemande Left, Arm Turns, Right and Left Grand, Weave the Ring, Left/Right Hand Star, Pass Thru, Half Sashay, Rollaway, Courtesy Turn, Two/Four Ladies Chain, Do Paso, Veer Left/Right, Bend the Line, Right and Left Thru, Grand Square, Star Thru,  California Twirl, Square Thru, Dive Thru, Named Dancer Trade, Partner Trade, Step to a Wave, Alamo Ring Formation, Swing Thru, Left Swing Thru, Run, Wheel and Deal, Flutterwheel, Reverse Flutterwheel, Ferris Wheel, Pass to the Center, Slip the Clutch, Single Hinge, Walk and Dodge, and Scoot Back.  New calls were Sweep a Quarter, Fold, Cross Fold, and Recycle.

Monday, April 4, 2022 – Five squares.  Calls reviewed were Circle Left/Right, Forward and Back, Dosado, Swing, Couples Promenade, Wrong Way Promenade, Star Promenade, Allemande Left, Arm Turns, Right and Left Grand, Weave the Ring, Left/Right Hand Star, Pass Thru, Half Sashay, Rollaway, Courtesy Turn, Two/Four Ladies Chain, Lead Right/Left, Veer Left/Right, Bend the Line, Named Dancers Circulate, Right and Left Thru, Grand Square, Star Thru, Double Pass Thru, California Twirl, Square Thru, Circle to a Line, Dive Thru, Partner Trade, Step to a Wave, Alamo Ring Formation, Swing Thru, Left Swing Thru, Run, Pass the Ocean, Wheel and Deal, Zoom, Flutterwheel, Reverse Flutterwheel, Ferris Wheel, Cloverleaf, Turn Thru, Eight Chain 4, Pass to the Center, Centers In, Cast off 3/4, Spin the Top, Walk and Dodge, Slide Thru, Dixie Style to an Ocean Wave, and Scoot Back.  New calls were Extend, Single Hinge, Spin Chain Thru, Tag the Line 1/2.

Monday, March 28, 2022 – Four squares.  Calls reviewed were Circle Left/Right, Forward and Back, Dosado, Swing, Couples Promenade,  Star Promenade, Allemande Left, Arm Turns, Right and Left Grand, Weave the Ring, Left/Right Hand Star, Pass Thru, Half Sashay, Rollaway, Courtesy Turn, Two/Four Ladies Chain, Bend the Line, Right and Left Thru, Grand Square, Star Thru, Double Pass Thru, First Couple Go Left/Right, Next Couple Go Left/Right, California Twirl, Walk Around the Corner, Square Thru, Dive Thru, Step to a Wave, Alamo Ring Formation, Swing Thru, Left Swing Thru, Run, Pass the Ocean, Wheel and Deal, Zoom, Flutterwheel, Reverse Flutterwheel, Touch 1/4, Ferris Wheel, Turn Thru, Pass to the Center, Spin the Top, Walk and Dodge, and Slide Thru.  New calls were Named Dancers Circulate, Couples Circulate, All Eight Circulate, Single File Circulate, Split/Box Circulate, Cross Run, Cloverleaf, Centers In, Cast Off 3/4, and Dixie Style to an Ocean Wave.

Monday, March 21, 2022 – Four squares.  Calls reviewed were Circle Left/Right, Forward and Back, Dosado, Swing, Couples Promenade,  Star Promenade, Allemande Left, Arm Turns, Right and Left Grand, Weave the Ring, Left/Right Hand Star, Pass Thru, Half Sashay, Rollaway, Ladies In – Men Sashay, Courtesy Turn, Two/Four Ladies Chain, Right and Left Thru, Grand Square, Star Thru, California Twirl, Square Thru, Dive Thru, Partner Trade, Step to a Wave, Alamo Ring Formation, Swing Thru, Run, Wheel and Deal, Flutterwheel, Trade By, Touch 1/4, Pass to the Center, Walk and Dodge, and Slide Thru.  New call was Pass the Ocean.

Monday, March 14, 2022 – Four squares.  Calls reviewed were Circle Left/Right, Forward and Back, Dosado, Swing, Couples Promenade,  Star Promenade, Allemande Left, Arm Turns, Right and Left Grand, Weave the Ring, Left/Right Hand Star, Pass Thru, Half Sashay, Rollaway, Courtesy Turn, Two/Four Ladies Chain, Lead Right/Left, Veer Left/Right, Bend the Line, Right and Left Thru, Grand Square, Star Thru, Double Pass Thru, First Couple Go Left/Right, Next Couple Go Left/Right, California Twirl, Square Thru, Circle to a Line, Dive Thru, Named Dancers Trade, Partner Trade, Step to a Wave, Swing Thru, Run, Wheel and Deal, Flutterwheel, Reverse Flutterwheel, Touch 1/4, Turn Thru, Eight Chain Thru, Eight Chain Four, Pass to the Center, Walk and Dodge, and Slide Thru.  New calls were Trade By, Spin the Top, and Scoot Back.

Monday, March 7, 2022 – Four squares.  Calls reviewed were Circle Left/Right, Forward and Back, Dosado, Swing, Couples Promenade, Single File Promenade, Wrong Way Promenade, Star Promenade, Allemande Left, Arm Turns, Right and Left Grand, Weave the Ring, Left/Right Hand Star, Pass Thru, Half Sashay, Rollaway, Ladies In – Men Sashay, U-Turn Back, Backtrack, Courtesy Turn, Two/Four Ladies Chain, Chain Down the Line, Lead Right/Left, Bend the Line, Right and Left Thru, Grand Square, Star Thru, California Twirl, Square Thru, Circle to a Line, Dive Thru, Box the Gnat, Step to a Wave, Alamo Ring Formation, Swing Thru, Run, Wheel and Deal, Flutterwheel, Reverse Flutterwheel, Ferris Wheel, and Turn Thru.  New calls were Double Pass Thru, First Couple Go Left/Right, Next Couple Go Left/Right, Couples Trade, Partner Trade, Touch 1/4, Eight Chain Thru, Eight Chain Four, Pass to the Center, Walk and Dodge, Slide Thru.

Monday, February 28, 2022 – Three squares.  Calls reviewed were Circle Left/Right, Forward and Back, Dosado, Swing, Couples Promenade, Single File Promenade, Wrong Way Promenade, Star Promenade, Allemande Left, Arm Turns, Right and Left Grand, Weave the Ring, Wrong Way Grand, Left/Right Hand Star, Pass Thru, Rollaway, U-Turn Back, Backtrack, Courtesy Turn, Two/Four Ladies Chain, Chain Down the Line, Do Paso, Lead Right/Left, Veer Left/Right, Bend the Line, Right and Left Thru, Grand Square, Star Thru, California Twirl, Square Thru, Dive Thru, Box the Gnat, Step to a Wave, Alamo Ring Formation, Swing Thru, Run, Wheel and Deal, Turn Thru, and Slip the Clutch.  New calls were Circle to a Line, Flutterwheel, Reverse Flutterwheel, and Ferris Wheel.

Monday, February 21, 2022 – No class (Presidents Day holiday).

Monday, February 7, 2022 – Three squares.  Calls reviewed were Circle Left/Right, Forward and Back, Dosado, Swing, Couples Promenade, Single File Promenade, Wrong Way Promenade, Star Promenade, Allemande Left, Arm Turns, Right and Left Grand, Weave the Ring, Wrong Way Grand, Left/Right Hand Star, Pass Thru, Half Sashay, Rollaway, Ladies In – Men Sashay, U-Turn Back, Courtesy Turn, Two/Four Ladies Chain, Lead Right/Left, Veer Left/Right, Bend the Line, Right and Left Thru, Grand Square, Star Thru, Square Thru, Step to a Wave, Alamo Ring Formation, Swing Thru, Run, Wheel and Deal, and Turn Thru.  New calls were Backtrack, Chain Down the Line, Do Paso, California Twirl, Walk Around the Corner, Dive Thru, Box the Gnat, and Slip the Clutch.

Monday, February 7, 2022 – Four squares.  Calls reviewed were Circle Left/Right, Forward and Back, Dosado, Couples Promenade, Star Promenade, Allemande Left, Right and Left Grand, Weave the Ring, Left/Right Hand Star, Pass Thru, Half Sashay, Rollaway, U-Turn Back, Courtesy Turn, Two/Four Ladies Chain, Bend the Line, Right and Left Thru, and Grand Square.  New calls were Swing, Square Thru, Named Dancers Trade, Step to a Wave, Alamo Ring Formation, Swing Thru, Run, and Wheel and Deal.

Monday, January 31, 2022 – Four squares.  Calls reviewed were Circle Left/Right, Forward and Back, Dosado, Couples Promenade, Single File Promenade, Star Promenade, Allemande Left, Right and Left Grand, Weave the Ring, Left/Right Hand Star, Pass Thru, Half Sashay, Rollaway, Ladies In – Men Sashay, U-Turn Back, Separate Around 1 or 2 to a Line, Separate Around 1 or 2 and Come Into the Middle, Split Two, Courtesy Turn, and Two/Four Ladies Chain, Right and Left Thru, and Grand Square.  New call was Turn Thru.

Monday, January 24, 2022 – Three squares.  Calls reviewed were Circle Left/Right, Forward and Back, Dosado, Couples Promenade, Single File Promenade, Star Promenade, Allemande Left, Right and Left Grand, Weave the Ring, Left/Right Hand Star, Half Sashay, Rollaway, Courtesy Turn, and Two/Four Ladies Chain.  New calls were Arm Turns, Wrong Way Grand, Pass Thru, Ladies In – Men Sashay, U-turn Back, Separate Around 1 or 2 to a Line, Separate Around 1 or 2 and Come Into the Middle, Split Two, Lead Right, Veer Right, Bend the Line, Named Dancers Circulate, Couples Circulate, Right and Left Thru, Grand Square, and Star Thru.

Monday, January 17, 2022 – New class began with three squares.  New calls were Circle Left/Right, Forward and Back, Dosado, Swing, Single File Promenade, Wrong Way Promenade, Star Promenade, Allemande Left, Right and Left Grand, Weave the Ring, Left/Right Hand Star, Half Sashay, Rollaway, Courtesy Turn, and Two/Four Ladies Chain.