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 September 12, 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 January 16, 2023.

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, November 28, 2022 – Class continues.

Monday, November 21, 2022 – Six squares.  Calls reviewed were Circle Left / Right, Forward and Back, Dosado, Swing, Couples Promenade, Single File Promenade, Star Promenade, Allemande Left, Right and Left Grand, Weave the Ring, Left / Right Hand Star, Pass Thru, Rollway, Courtesy Turn, Two / Four Ladies Chain, Lead Right, Right and Left Thru, Grand Square, Star Thru, Double Pass Thru, California Twirl, Square Thru, Circle to a Line, Step to a Wave, Balance, Wheel and Deal, Flutterwheel, Reverse Flutterwheel, Touch 1/4, and Ferris Wheel.  New calls were First Couple Go Left / Right, Next Couple Go Left / Right, Partner Trade, Walk and Dodge, and Slide Thru.

Monday, November 14, 2022 – Six squares.  Calls reviewed were Circle Left / Right, Forward and Back, Dosado, Swing, Couples Promenade, Star Promenade, Allemande Left, Right and Left Grand, Weave the Ring, Left / Right Hand Star, Rollway, Ladies In – Men Sashay, Courtesy Turn, Two / Four Ladies Chain, Lead Right, Veer Left / Right, Bend the Line, Right and Left Thru, Grand Square, California Twirl, Square Thru, Circle to a Line, Dive Thru, Step to a Wave, Balance, Alamo Ring Formation, Swing Thru, Run, Wheel and Deal, Touch 1/4, and Ferris Wheel.  New calls were Double Pass Thru, Pass the Ocean, Extend, Zoom. and Eight Chain Thru / Four.

Monday, November 7, 2022 – Seven squares.  Calls reviewed were Circle Left / Right, Forward and Back, Dosado, Swing, Couples Promenade, Star Promenade, Allemande Left, Right and Left Grand, Weave the Ring, Left / Right Hand Star, Rollway, Ladies In – Men Sashay, Courtesy Turn, Two / Four Ladies Chain, Do Paso, Lead Right, Bend the Line, Right and Left Thru, Grand Square, California Twirl, Square Thru, Dive Thru, Step to a Wave, Balance, Swing Thru, Run, and  Wheel and Deal.  New calls were Walk Around Your Corner, See Saw, Circle to a Line, and Allemande Left to an Allemande Thar, and Slip the Clutch.

Monday, October 31, 2022 – Seven squares.  Calls reviewed were Circle Left / Right, Forward and Back, Dosado, Swing, Couples Promenade, Single File Promenade, Allemande Left, Right and Left Grand, Weave the Ring, Left / Right Hand Star, Rollway, Courtesy Turn, Two / Four Ladies Chain, Chain Down the Line, Do Paso, Lead Right, Bend the Line, Right and Left Thru, Grand Square, California Twirl, Square Thru, Dive Thru, and Wheel and Deal.  New calls were Flutterwheel, Reverse Flutterwheel, Touch 1/4, Ferris Wheel, and Scoot Back.

Monday, October 24, 2022 – Eight squares.  Calls reviewed were Circle Left / Right, Forward and Back, Dosado, Swing, Couples Promenade, Allemande Left, Right and Left Grand, Weave the Ring, Left / Right Hand Star, Rollway, Courtesy Turn, Two / Four Ladies Chain, Do Paso, Right and Left Thru, Grand Square, California Twirl, Square Thru, Step to a Wave, Balance, Alamo Ring Formation, Swing Thru, Run, and Wheel and Deal.  New call was Dive Thru.

Monday, October 17, 2022 – Eight squares.  Calls reviewed were Circle Left / Right, Forward and Back, Dosado, Swing, Couples Promenade, Single File Promenade, Allemande Left, Right and Left Grand, Left / Right Hand Star, Pass Thru, Rollway, U-Turn Back, Backtrack, Around 2, Courtesy Turn, Two / Four Ladies Chain, Lead Right, Veer Left, Right and Left Thru, Grand Square, and Square Thru.  New calls were Chain Down the Line and Do Paso.

Monday, October 10, 2022 – Six squares.  Calls reviewed were Circle Left / Right, Forward and Back, Dosado, Swing, Couples Promenade, Single File Promenade, Allemande Left, Right and Left Grand, Left / Right Hand Star, Pass Thru, Rollway, U-Turn Back, Courtesy Turn, Two / Four Ladies Chain, Right and Left Thru, and Grand Square, Star Thru, California Twirl, Square Thru.  New calls were Named Dancer Trade, Step to a Wave, Balance, Alamo Ring Formation, Swing Thru, Run, and Wheel and Deal.

Monday, October 3, 2022 – Seven squares.  Calls reviewed were Circle Left / Right, Forward and Back, Dosado, Swing, Couples Promenade, Single File Promenade, Allemande Left, Right and Left Grand, Weave the Ring, Left / Right Hand Star, Pass Thru, Rollway, U-Turn Back, Separate Around 2, Courtesy Turn, Two / Four Ladies Chain, Right and Left Thru, and Grand Square.  New calls were Arm Turns, Star Thru, California Twirl, and Square Thru.

Monday, September 26, 2022 – Eight squares.  Calls reviewed were Circle Left / Right, Forward and Back, Dosado, Swing, Couples Promenade, Single File Promenade, Star Promenade, Allemande Left, Right and Left Grand, Left / Right Hand Star, Rollway, U-Turn Back, Courtesy Turn, Two / Four Ladies Chain, Lead Right, Veer Left, and Bend the Line.  New calls were Backtrack, Right and Left Thru, and Grand Square.

Monday, September 19, 2022 – Eight squares.  Calls reviewed were Circle Left / Right, Forward and Back, Dosado, Couples Promenade, Single File Promenade, Star Promenade, Allemande Left, Right and Left Grand, Left / Right Hand Star, Rollway, Courtesy Turn, and Two / Four Ladies Chain.  New calls were Weave the Ring, Pass Thru, Ladies In – Men Sashay, U-Turn Back, and Separate Around 2.

Monday, September 12, 2022 – Eight squares.  Calls were Circle Left / Right, Forward and Back, Dosado, Couples Promenade, Single File Promenade, Star Promenade, Allemande Left, Right and Left Grand, Left / Right Hand Star, Rollway, Courtesy Turn, Two / Four Ladies Chain, Lead Right, Veer Right, and Bend the Line.