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 begin 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 98 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 September 9, 2019.  The calls taught/reviewed each week are listed below:

December 16, 2019 – Next class.

December 9, 2019 – Four squares with five new dancers.  Calls were Circle Left, Circle Right, Forward and Back, Dosado, Swing, Couples Promenade, Allemande Left, Arm Turns, Right and Left Grand, Weave the Ring, Left Hand Star, Right Hand Star, Pass Thru,  Rollaway Half Sashay, Ladies In – Men Sashay, Courtesy Turn, Two Ladies Chain, Four Ladies Chain, Four Ladies Chain 3/4, Lead Right, Bend the Line, Right and Left Thru, Grand Square, Star Thru, Square Thru 4, Circle to a Line, Partner Trade, Step to a Wave, Alamo Ring, Swing Thru, Run, Wheel and Deal, Double Pass Thru, First Couple Go Left, First Couple Go Right, Flutterwheel, Reverse Flutterwheel, Touch 1/4, Ferris Wheel, Turn Thru, Walk and Dodge, Slide Thru, and Scoot Back.

December 2, 2019 – Five squares with four new dancers.  Calls were Circle Left, Circle 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, Pass Thru,  Rollaway Half Sashay, Ladies In – Men Sashay, Courtesy Turn, Two Ladies Chain, Four Ladies Chain Half, Four Ladies Chain 3/4, Do Paso, Lead Right, Veer Left, Bend the Line, Named Dancer Circulate, All Eight Circulate, Single File Circulate, Right and Left Thru, Grand Square, Star Thru, Walk Around the Corner, See Saw, Square Thru 4, Slip the Clutch, Partner Trade, Step to a Wave, Alamo Ring, Swing Thru, Run, Cross Run, Wheel and Deal, Double Pass Thru, Zoom, Flutterwheel, Reverse Flutterwheel, Trade By, Touch 1/4, Turn Thru, Eight Chain Four, Pass to the Center, Centers In, Cast Off 3/4, Spin the Top, Walk and Dodge, Slide Thru, Dixie Style to an Ocean Wave, Spin Chain Thru, Scoot Back, and Recycle.

November 25, 2019 – Four squares with three new dancers.  Calls focused on Allemande Thar, Shoot the Star, Do Paso, Slip the Clutch, Couples Trade, Named Dancers Trade, Wrong Way Grand, Box the Gnat, and Spin the Top.

November 18, 2019 – Five squares with three new dancers.  Calls focused on Pass the Ocean, Circulate, Zoom, Tag the Line, Half Tag, Scoot Back, and Recycle.

November 11, 2019 – Five squares with three new dancers.  Calls were Circle Left, Circle Right, Forward and Back, Dosado, Couples Promenade, Single File Promenade, Wrong Way Promenade, Allemande Left, Arm Turns, Right and Left Grand, Weave the Ring, Left Hand Star, Right Hand Star, Rollaway Half Sashay, U-Turn Back, Courtesy Turn, Two Ladies Chain, Four Ladies Chain Half, Four Ladies Chain 3/4, Bend the Line, Named Dancer Circulate, All Eight Circulate, Single File Circulate, Right and Left Thru, Grand Square, Star Thru, California Twirl, Square Thru 4, Couples Trade, Partner Trade, Step to a Wave, Alamo Ring, Swing Thru, Run, Cross Run, Wheel and Deal, Double Pass Thru, Flutterwheel, Touch 1/4, Turn Thru, Eight Chain Four, Spin the Top, Walk and Dodge, Slide Thru, Fold, Cross Fold, Dixie Style to an Ocean Wave, and Spin Chain Thru.

November 4, 2019 – Five squares with five new dancers.  Calls focused on were Eight Chain Thru, Pass the Ocean, Zoom, Pass to the Center, Spin the Top, Walk and Dodge, and Slide Thru.

October 28, 2019 – Four squares with five new dancers.  Calls focused on were Pass the Ocean, Extend, Flutterwheel, Reverse Flutterwheel, Wheel and Deal, Double Pass Thru, and Zoom.

October 21, 2019 – Five squares with four new dancers.  Calls were Circle Left, Circle Right, Forward and Back, Dosado, Couples Promenade, Single File Promenade, Wrong Way Promenade, Star Promenade, Allemande Left, Arm Turns, Right and Left Grand, Weave the Ring, Left Hand Star, Right Hand Star, Rollaway Half Sashay, Ladies In – Men Sashay, Courtesy Turn, Two Ladies Chain, Four Ladies Chain Half, Four Ladies Chain 3/4, Lead Right, Lead Left, Veer Right, Veer Left, Bend the Line, Right and Left Thru, Grand Square, Star Thru, California Twirl, Walk Around the Corner, See Saw, Square Thru 4, Partner Trade, Step to a Wave, Alamo Ring, Swing Thru, Run, Wheel and Deal, Double Pass Thru, First Couple Go Right, Second Couple Go Right, Zoom, Flutterwheel, Reverse Flutterwheel, Ferris Wheel, and Slide Thru.

October 14, 2019 – Six squares with three new dancers.  Calls were Circle Left, Circle Right, Forward and Back, Dosado, Couples Promenade, Single File Promenade, Wrong Way Promenade, Star Promenade, Allemande Left, Arm Turns, Right and Left Grand, Weave the Ring, Left Hand Star, Right Hand Star, Rollaway Half Sashay, Ladies In – Men Sashay, Courtesy Turn, Two Ladies Chain, Four Ladies Chain Half, Four Ladies Chain 3/4, Do Paso, Lead Right, Lead Left, Veer Right, Veer Left, Bend the Line, Right and Left Thru, Grand Square, Star Thru, California Twirl, Square Thru 4, Wheel Around, Allemande Thar, Allemande Left to an Allemande Thar, Slip the Clutch, Shot the Star, Step to a Wave, Swing Thru, Pass the Ocean, Extend, Wheel and Deal, Double Pass Thru, Zoom, Flutterwheel, and Reverse Flutterwheel.

October 7, 2019 – Five squares with 11 new dancers.  Calls were Circle Left, Circle Right, Forward and Back, Dosado, Couples Promenade, Single File Promenade, Star Promenade, Allemande Left, Arm Turns, Right and Left Grand, Weave the Ring, Left Hand Star, Right Hand Star, Rollaway Half Sashay, Ladies In – Men Sashay, Courtesy Turn, Two Ladies Chain, Four Ladies Chain Half, Four Ladies Chain 3/4, Do Paso, Lead Right, Lead Left, Veer Right, Veer Left, Bend the Line, Right and Left Thru, Grand Square, Star Thru, California Twirl, Square Thru 4, Dive Thru, Wheel Around, Allemande Thar, Slip the Clutch, Step to a Wave, Alamo Ring Formation, Swing Thru, and Run.

September 30, 2019 – Five squares with six 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, Rollaway Half Sashay, Ladies In – Men Sashay, Courtesy Turn, Two Ladies Chain, Four Ladies Chain Half, Four Ladies Chain 3/4, Lead Right, Lead Left, Veer Right, Veer Left, Bend the Line, Right and Left Thru, Grand Square, Star Thru, California Twirl, Walk Around the Corner, See Saw, Square Thru 4, Circle to a Line, Dive Thru, Allemande Thar, and Partner Trade.

September 23, 2019 – Five squares with five new dancers.  Calls were Circle Left, Circle Right, Forward and Back, Dosado, Couples Promenade, Single File Promenade, Star Promenade, Allemande Left, Arm Turns, Right and Left Grand, Weave the Ring, Left Hand Star, Right Hand Star, Pass Thru, 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 Half, Four Ladies Chain 3/4, Do Paso, Lead Right, Lead Left, Veer Right, Veer Left, Bend the Line, Right and Left Thru, Grand Square, Star Thru, California Twirl, Alamo Ring Formation, and Swing Thru.

September 16, 2019 – Five squares with 11 new dancers.  Calls were Circle Left, Circle Right, Forward and Back, Dosado, Couples Promenade, Single File Promenade, Star Promenade, Allemande Left, Arm Turns, Right and Left Grand, Weave the Ring, Left Hand Star, Right Hand Star, Pass Thru, Rollaway Half Sashay, Courtesy Turn, Two Ladies Chain, Four Ladies Chain Half, Four Ladies Chain 3/4, Lead Right, Lead Left, Veer Right, Veer Left, Bend the Line, Right and Left Thru, Grand Square, Dive Thru, and Partner Trade.

September 9, 2019 – Six squares with 13 new dancers.  Calls were Circle Left, Circle Right, Forward and Back, Dosado, Couples Promenade, Single File Promenade, Star Promenade, Allemande Left, Arm Turns, Right and Left Grand, Weave the Ring, Left Hand Star, Right Hand Star, Pass Thru, Rollaway Half Sashay, Courtesy Turn, Two Ladies Chain, Four Ladies Chain Half, Four Ladies Chain 3/4, Lead Right, Lead Left, Veer Right, Veer Left, Bend the Line, Right and Left Thru, and Grand Square.