Square Dancing is ... friendship set to music
Local square dancers dancing with friends at the SCVSDA Jubilee in San Jose.
a family-friendly recreation for young and old
Family Intro to Square Dancing
Saturday, October 6th
This introductory session is intended specifically to be suitable for families with kids. It will be led by a professional square dance caller. Families with children of any age are welcome. (Parents should be prepared to help younger children by dancing with them.)
Square Dancing is ... a local activity
Dancers from many local clubs dancing together at the Santa Clara County Fair.
Modern square dancing is a unique mix of music with physical and mental exercise. It is a "non-competitive team sport", in which groups of eight people (a "square") cooperate to move according to the instructions ("calls") given by a caller. It's also very much a social activity, a way that people get together regularly with people they know but also meet new people who join the group or visit from other groups.
Although you may sometimes see local square dancers demonstrating square dancing at public events, they aren't "performers". These are just people showing you something they do regularly as a recreation, like a sport or game, for fun.
Square Dancing is ... an international activity
"Square Dance Song" produced by square dancers in Sweden.
Unlike many other forms of dancing, square dancing is not an individual or couple activity. The unit in square dancing is eight people, so you will be interacting with seven other people at a time. And during an evening, you'll be dancing with different people as the squares re-assemble for each set of music.
In this area you will find square dancers from all walks of life, from almost every national background, as young as five and as old as 90.
And modern square dancing has been standardized worldwide (with the calls always given in English) -- so if you go to Australia or Germany or Japan you'll find a welcome from the square dancers there!
Square Dancing is ... a variety of music
Dancers dancing to a "square dance rap" at a Bay Area event, May 2017.
If you enjoy the intro session, you may want to join a club that is offering a beginner class. Clubs offer classes starting at various times of the year -- several are starting this winter!
|SOME CLASSES STARTING THIS FALL|
|San Jose||CPSD||Tuesday evenings||http://www.c-p-s-d.org||408-663-1477|
|Portola Valley||Stanford Quads||Sunday evenings||http://www.stanfordquads.org/class||408-774-1570|
|Palo Alto||El Camino Reelers||weekend "blast class"||http://www.reelers.org/Classes/BeginnerClass.html|
|Fremont||Swinging 21ers||Tuesday evenings||http://21ers.org||510-887-5605|
|La Selva Beach||Lucky Steppers||Thursday evenings||http://www.mixed-up.com/clubs/LuckySteppers||831-726-7053|
To contact us about these sessions, write to: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 408-774-1570.
For information about other intro sessions elsewhere in the Bay Area and around California visit: http://www.squaredance.org/learn