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SCVSDA General Dances

Saturday Evening
7 January

St. Andrews Church
4111 Alma Street
Palo Alto



Saturday, 7 January 2023 - St. Andrews Church

6:45pm pre-rounds
7:30-10:30pm squares with limited rounds

Eric Henerlau

with Jim Osborne calling Running Bear
and Sue Harris cuing rounds


Eric Henerlau

Jim Osborne

Sue Harris


Fully-Vaccinated Dancers Only
Masks optional, unless required by government orders then in effect.

Solos and Couples Welcome
with solo rotation available

Square Dance Attire Optional

Refreshments Included
If you would prefer not to share, please feel free to bring your own.

$12/adult, $6/youth


Alternating tips to welcome all dancers.

Two Levels
SSD - Social Square Dance - new CALLERLAB alternative entry level program
Plus - for dancers comfortable with all calls from the Basic, Mainstream, and Plus lists


About SSD

The SSD program was approved by CALLERLAB as an alternative entry-level program in 2021. It includes roughly 50 calls, and is almost exactly the same list as we were using for the "novice level" tips at General Dances in our previous three-level format.

Note that the SSD list is a proper subset of both Mainstream and Plus, so anyone who knows Mainstream will be able to dance the SSD tips, and anyone who knows Plus will be able to dance all of the tips.

For more information about SSD and its intended purpose, including how it is being used by existing clubs and being promoted to allow formation of new square dance groups, visit

New dancers who are taking a class teaching Mainstream or Plus are also welcome at General Dances as soon as they have learned all the calls of the SSD list. (This will generally be about halfway through a class that has a target of Plus, but check with your instructor for how this applies to your particular class.)

About COVID-19

Most square dance groups that have resumed operation in this area have been choosing to limit participation to dancers who have been "fully vaccinated" — and the overwhelming majority of dancers in this area are already "fully vaccinated". Based on those facts, as well as to simplify application of any facility or insurance guidelines that may allow for more options if everyone has been vaccinated, we are offering this dance to fully-vaccinated dancers only.

Requirements regarding masks will be based on what government orders allow at the time of the dance. Currently Santa Clara County does not require the wearing of masks for most indoor events, so wearing of masks is optional at our dances. The state or county may impose new rules depending on factors such as the rate of "community transmission" or the appearance of new variants. However even without any requirement, individual dancers will have the option to continue to wear masks if they choose.

Policies for future General Dances will be re-evaluated as general pandemic recovery progresses.

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Last Updated 6 December 2022