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) beginning September 18, 2017 with graduation scheduled for March, 2018 ($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 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.  Graduation scheduled for March 2018.

Following links provide instructions on calls:

http://videosquaredancelessons.com/lessons/

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

 

Next Basic/Mainstream class starts September 18, 2017.

 

March 20, 2017 – Sixty-three dancers and guests were present for graduation.  Congratulations – graduates!

March 13, 2017 – Six squares with 13 new dancers.  Calls reviewed were Circle Left/Circle Right, Forward and Back, Dosado, Couples Promenade, Star Promenade, Allemande Left, Arms Turns, Right and Left Grand, Weave the Ring, Left Hand Star/Right Hand Star, Pass Thru, Rollaway Half Sashay, Courtesy Turn, Lead Right, Veer Left/Veer Right, Bend the Line, Right and Left Thru, Two Ladies Chain, Four Ladies Chain, Grand Square, Swing, Ladies in Men Sashay, Square Thru 4, Star Thru, California Twirl, Alamo Ring Formation, Wheel and Deal, Double Pass Thru, Trade By, Scoot Back, Pass to the Center, Touch 1/4, Dive Thru, Spin the Top, Circulate and Dixie Style to a Wave.  New calls were Tag the Line and Half Tag.

March 6, 2017 – Four squares with 12 new dancers.  Calls reviewed were Circle Left/Circle Right, Forward and Back, Dosado, Couples Promenade, Star Promenade, Allemande Left, Arms Turns, Right and Left Grand, Weave the Ring, Left Hand Star/Right Hand Star, Pass Thru, Rollaway Half Sashay, Courtesy Turn, Lead Right, Veer Left/Veer Right, Bend the Line, Right and Left Thru, Two Ladies Chain, Four Ladies Chain, Grand Square, Swing, Ladies in Men Sashay, Square Thru 4, Star Thru, California Twirl, Alamo Ring Formation, Wheel and Deal, Double Pass Thru, Trade By, Scoot Back, Pass to the Center, Touch 1/4, Dive Thru, and Circulate.  New calls were Split Circulate, Cross Run, and Dixie Style to a Wave.

February 27, 2017 – Five squares with 13 new dancers.  Calls reviewed were Circle Left/Circle Right, Forward and Back, Dosado, Couples Promenade, Star Promenade, Allemande Left, Arms Turns, Right and Left Grand, Weave the Ring, Left Hand Star/Right Hand Star, Pass Thru, Rollaway Half Sashay, Courtesy Turn, Lead Right, Veer Left/Veer Right, Bend the Line, Right and Left Thru, Two Ladies Chain, Four Ladies Chain, Grand Square, Swing, Ladies in Men Sashay, Square Thru 4, Star Thru, California Twirl, Alamo Ring Formation, Wheel and Deal, Double Pass Thru, and Zoom.

February 13, 2017 – Six squares with 16 new dancers.  Calls reviewed were Circle Left/Circle Right, Forward and Back, Dosado, Couples Promenade, Star Promenade, Allemande Left, Arms Turns, Right and Left Grand, Weave the Ring, Left Hand Star/Right Hand Star, Pass Thru, Rollaway Half Sashay, Courtesy Turn, Lead Right, Veer Left/Veer Right, Bend the Line, Right and Left Thru, Two Ladies Chain, Four Ladies Chain, Grand Square, Swing, Ladies in Men Sashay, Square Thru 4, Star Thru, California Twirl, Alamo Ring Formation, Wheel and Deal, Double Pass Thru, and Zoom.

February 6, 2017 – Five squares with 12 new dancers.  Calls reviewed were Circle Left/Circle Right, Forward and Back, Dosado, Couples Promenade, Star Promenade, Allemande Left, Arms Turns, Right and Left Grand, Weave the Ring, Left Hand Star/Right Hand Star, Pass Thru, Rollaway Half Sashay, Courtesy Turn, Lead Right, Veer Left/Veer Right, Bend the Line, Right and Left Thru, Two Ladies Chain, Four Ladies Chain, and Grand Square, Swing, Ladies in Men Sashay, U-Turn Back, Square Thru 4, Walk Around the Corner, See Saw, Star Thru, and Chain Thru (8) and (4), Walk and Dodge, Re-cycle, Partners Trade, Circulate, Trade-By, Ferris Wheel, Wheel and Deal, and Touch 1/4.  New calls were Allemande Left to an Allemande Thar, Shoot the Star Full Around, Slip the Clutch, Centers In and Cast Off 3/4.

January 30, 2017 – Five squares with 11 new dancers.  Calls reviewed were Circle Left/Circle Right, Forward and Back, Dosado, Couples Promenade, Star Promenade, Allemande Left, Arms Turns, Right and Left Grand, Weave the Ring, Left Hand Star/Right Hand Star, Pass Thru, Rollaway Half Sashay, Courtesy Turn, Lead Right, Veer Left/Veer Right, Bend the Line, Right and Left Thru, Two Ladies Chain, Four Ladies Chain, and Grand Square, Swing, Ladies in Men Sashay, U-Turn Back, Square Thru 4, Walk Around the Corner, See Saw, Star Thru, and Chain Thru (8) and (4), Walk and Dodge, Re-cycle, Partners Trade, Circulate, Trade-By, Ferris Wheel, Wheel and Deal, and Touch 1/4.  New call was Cloverleaf.

January 23, 2017 – Five squares with 11 new dancers.  Calls reviewed were Circle Left/Circle Right, Forward and Back, Dosado, Couples Promenade, Star Promenade, Allemande Left, Arms Turns, Right and Left Grand, Weave the Ring, Left Hand Star/Right Hand Star, Pass Thru, Rollaway Half Sashay, Courtesy Turn, Lead Right, Veer Left/Veer Right, Bend the Line, Right and Left Thru, Two Ladies Chain, Four Ladies Chain, and Grand Square, Swing, Ladies in Men Sashay, U-Turn Back, Square Thru 4, Walk Around the Corner, See Saw, Star Thru, and Chain Thru (8) and (4), Walk and Dodge, Re-cycle, Partners Trade, Circulate, Trade-By, Ferris Wheel, Wheel and Deal, and Touch 1/4.

January 16, 2017 – Five squares with 10 new dancers.  Calls reviewed were Circle Left/Circle Right, Forward and Back, Dosado, Couples Promenade, Star Promenade, Allemande Left, Arms Turns, Right and Left Grand, Weave the Ring, Left Hand Star/Right Hand Star, Pass Thru, Rollaway Half Sashay, Courtesy Turn, Lead Right, Veer Left/Veer Right, Bend the Line, Right and Left Thru, Two Ladies Chain, Four Ladies Chain, and Grand Square, Swing, Ladies in Men Sashay, U-Turn Back, Square Thru 4, Walk Around the Corner, See Saw, Star Thru, and Chain Thru (8) and (4), Walk and Dodge, Re-cycle, Partners Trade, Circulate, Trade-By, Ferris Wheel, Wheel and Deal, and Touch 1/4.

January 9, 2016 – Four squares with eight new dancers.  Calls reviewed were Circle Left/Circle Right, Forward and Back, Dosado, Couples Promenade, Star Promenade, Allemande Left, Arms Turns, Right and Left Grand, Weave the Ring, Left Hand Star/Right Hand Star, Pass Thru, Rollaway Half Sashay, Courtesy Turn, Lead Right, Veer Left/Veer Right, Bend the Line, Right and Left Thru, Two Ladies Chain, Four Ladies Chain, and Grand Square, Swing, Ladies in Men Sashay, U-Turn Back, Square Thru 4, Split 2, Around 1 and Come into the Middle, Walk Around the Corner, See Saw, Star Thru, and Chain Thru (8) and (4), and Slide Thru.

December 19, 2016 – Five squares with nine new dancers.  Calls reviewed were Circle Left/Circle Right, Forward and Back, Dosado, Couples Promenade, Star Promenade, Allemande Left, Arms Turns, Right and Left Grand, Weave the Ring, Left Hand Star/Right Hand Star, Pass Thru, Rollaway Half Sashay, Courtesy Turn, Lead Right, Veer Left/Veer Right, Bend the Line, Right and Left Thru, Two Ladies Chain, Four Ladies Chain, and Grand Square, Swing, Ladies in Men Sashay, U-Turn Back, Square Thru 4, Split 2, Around 1 and Come into the Middle, Walk Around the Corner, See Saw, Star Thru, and Chain Thru (8) and (4).  New calls were Slide Thru and Spin the Top.

December 12, 2016 – Five squares with nine new dancers.  Calls reviewed were Circle Left/Circle Right, Forward and Back, Dosado, Couples Promenade, Star Promenade, Allemande Left, Arms Turns, Right and Left Grand, Weave the Ring, Left Hand Star/Right Hand Star, Pass Thru, Rollaway Half Sashay, Courtesy Turn, Lead Right, Veer Left/Veer Right, Bend the Line, Right and Left Thru, Two Ladies Chain, Four Ladies Chain, and Grand Square, Swing, Ladies in Men Sashay, U-Turn Back, Square Thru 4, Split 2, Around 1 and Come into the Middle, Walk Around the Corner, See Saw, Star Thru, Chain Thru (8) and (4), Allemande Thar, Zoom, Touch 1/4, and Scoot Back.  New calls were Pass the Ocean, Recycle, Lead Right, First Couple Go Left/Right, and Next Couple Go Left/Right.

December 5, 2016 – Six squares with 13 new dancers.  Calls reviewed were Circle Left/Circle Right, Forward and Back, Dosado, Couples Promenade, Star Promenade, Allemande Left, Arms Turns, Right and Left Grand, Weave the Ring, Left Hand Star/Right Hand Star, Pass Thru, Rollaway Half Sashay, Courtesy Turn, Lead Right, Veer Left/Veer Right, Bend the Line, Right and Left Thru, Two Ladies Chain, Four Ladies Chain, and Grand Square, Swing, Ladies in Men Sashay, U-Turn Back, Square Thru 4, Split 2, Around 1 and Come into the Middle, Walk Around the Corner, See Saw, Star Thru, Chain Thru (8) and (4), Touch 1/4, and Walk and Dodge.  New call was Scoot Back.

November 28, 2016 – Five squares with ten new dancers.  Calls reviewed were Circle Left/Circle Right, Forward and Back, Dosado, Couples Promenade, Star Promenade, Allemande Left, Arms Turns, Right and Left Grand, Weave the Ring, Left Hand Star/Right Hand Star, Pass Thru, Rollaway Half Sashay, Courtesy Turn, Lead Right, Veer Left/Veer Right, Bend the Line, Right and Left Thru, Two Ladies Chain, Four Ladies Chain, and Grand Square, Swing, Ladies in Men Sashay, U-Turn Back, Square Thru 4, Split 2, Around 1 and Come into the Middle, Walk Around the Corner, See Saw, Star Thru, and Chain Thru (8) and (4).  New calls were Zoom, Touch 1/4, and Walk and Dodge.

November 21, 2016 – Six squares with nine new dancers.  Calls reviewed were Circle Left/Circle Right, Forward and Back, Dosado, Couples Promenade, Star Promenade, Allemande Left, Arms Turns, Right and Left Grand, Weave the Ring, Left Hand Star/Right Hand Star, Pass Thru, Rollaway Half Sashay, Courtesy Turn, Lead Right, Veer Left/Veer Right, Bend the Line, Right and Left Thru, Two Ladies Chain, Four Ladies Chain, and Grand Square, Swing, Ladies in Men Sashay, U-Turn Back, Square Thru 4, Split 2, Around 1 and Come into the Middle, Walk Around the Corner, See Saw, and Star Thru.  New calls were Chain Thru (8) and (4).

November 14, 2016 – Five squares including new dancers.  Calls reviewed were Circle Left/Circle Right, Forward and Back, Dosado, Couples Promenade, Star Promenade, Allemande Left, Arms Turns, Right and Left Grand, Weave the Ring, Left Hand Star/Right Hand Star, Pass Thru, Rollaway Half Sashay, Courtesy Turn, Lead Right, Veer Left/Veer Right, Bend the Line, Right and Left Thru, Two Ladies Chain, Four Ladies Chain, and Grand Square, Swing, Ladies in Men Sashay, U-Turn Back, Square Thru 4, Split 2, Around 1 and Come into the Middle, Walk Around the Corner, See Saw, Star Thru, Ocean Wave and Box the Gnat.  New calls were Circle to a Line and Allemande Thar.

November 7, 2016 – Five squares with 10 new dancers.  Calls reviewed were Circle Left/Circle Right, Forward and Back, Dosado, Couples Promenade, Star Promenade, Allemande Left, Arms Turns, Right and Left Grand, Weave the Ring, Left Hand Star/Right Hand Star, Pass Thru, Rollaway Half Sashay, Courtesy Turn, Lead Right, Veer Left/Veer Right, Bend the Line, Right and Left Thru, Two Ladies Chain, Four Ladies Chain, and Grand Square, Swing, Ladies in Men Sashay, U-Turn Back, Square Thru 4, Split 2, Around 1 and Come into the Middle, Walk Around the Corner, See Saw, Star Thru, and Ocean Wave.  New call was Box the Gnat.

October 31, 2016 – Five squares with 12 new dancers.  Calls reviewed were Circle Left/Circle Right, Forward and Back, Dosado, Couples Promenade, Star Promenade, Allemande Left, Arms Turns, Right and Left Grand, Weave the Ring, Left Hand Star/Right Hand Star, Pass Thru, Rollaway Half Sashay, Courtesy Turn, Lead Right, Veer Left/Veer Right, Bend the Line, Right and Left Thru, Two Ladies Chain, Four Ladies Chain, and Grand Square, Swing, Ladies in Men Sashay, U-Turn Back, Square Thru 4, Split 2, Around 1 and Come into the Middle, Walk Around the Corner, and See Saw.

October 24, 2016 – Six squares with nine new dancers.  Calls reviewed were Circle Left/Circle Right, Forward and Back, Dosado, Couples Promenade, Star Promenade, Allemande Left, Arms Turns, Right and Left Grand, Weave the Ring, Left Hand Star/Right Hand Star, Pass Thru, Rollaway Half Sashay, Courtesy Turn, Lead Right, Veer Left/Veer Right, Bend the Line, Right and Left Thru, Two Ladies Chain, Four Ladies Chain, and Grand Square, Swing, Ladies in Men Sashay, U-Turn Back, Square Thru 4, Split 2, Around 1 and Come into the Middle, Walk Around the Corner, and See Saw.  New calls were Star Thru and California Turn.

October 17, 2016 – Six squares with eight new dancers.  Calls reviewed were Circle Left/Circle Right, Forward and Back, Dosado, Couples Promenade, Star Promenade, Allemande Left, Arms Turns, Right and Left Grand, Weave the Ring, Left Hand Star/Right Hand Star, Pass Thru, Rollaway Half Sashay, Courtesy Turn, Lead Right, Veer Left/Veer Right, Bend the Line, Right and Left Thru, Two Ladies Chain, Four Ladies Chain, and Grand Square, Swing, Ladies in Men Sashay, U-Turn Back, Square Thru 4, Split 2, Around 1 and Come into the Middle, Walk Around the Corner, See Saw, Star Thru and California Turn.  New calls were Couples Circulate, Named Dancer Trade, Dive Thru, Flutterwheel, and Reverse Flutterwheel.

October 10, 2016 – Seven squares were present with 11 new dancers.  Calls were Circle Left/Circle Right, Forward and Back, Dosado, Couples Promenade, Star Promenade, Allemande Left, Arms Turns, Right and Left Grand, Weave the Ring, Left Hand Star/Right Hand Star, Pass Thru, Rollaway Half Sashay, Courtesy Turn, Lead Right, Veer Left/Veer Right, Bend the Line, Right and Left Thru, Two Ladies Chain, Four Ladies Chain, and Grand Square, Swing, Ladies in Men Sashay, and U-Turn Back.  New calls were Square Thru 4, Split 2, Around 1 and Come into the Middle, Walk Around the Corner, and See Saw.

October 3, 2016 – Six squares were present with 16 new dancers.  Calls were Circle Left/Circle Right, Forward and Back, Dosado, Couples Promenade, Star Promenade, Allemande Left, Arms Turns, Right and Left Grand, Weave the Ring, Left Hand Star/Right Hand Star, Pass Thru, Rollaway Half Sashay, Courtesy Turn, Lead Right, Veer Left/Veer Right, Bend the Line, Right and Left Thru, Two Ladies Chain, Four Ladies Chain, and Grand Square.  New calls were Swing, Ladies in Men Sashay, and U-Turn Back.

September 26, 2016 – Seven squares were present with 14 new dancers.  Calls were Circle Left/Circle Right, Forward and Back, Dosado, Couples Promenade, Star Promenade, Allemande Left, Arms Turns, Right and Left Grand, Weave the Ring, Left Hand Star/Right Hand Star, Pass Thru, Rollaway Half Sashay, Courtesy Turn, Lead Right, Veer Left/Veer Right, Bend the Line, and Right and Left Thru.  New calls Two Ladies Chain, Four Ladies Chain, and Grand Square.

September 19, 2016 – Seven squares were present with 13 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, Rollaway Half Sashay, Courtesy Turn, Veer Left/Veer Right, Bend the Line, and Right and Left Thru.