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:

October 28, 2019 – Next class.

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.