Square Dancing is ... friendship set to music

Local square dancers dancing with friends at the SCVSDA Jubilee in San Jose.

Introduction to Square Dancing

a family-friendly recreation for young and old


Try Square Dancing at Any of These Intro Sessions

Many square dance groups are offering sessions this fall where you can try doing some square dancing yourself. Click on the links for exact time and location and other details. Except where noted, most groups offer at least one FREE intro night for new dancers.

La Selva Beach (Lucky Steppers) - Thursdays - September 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th
Livermore (Cactus Corners) - Thursdays - September 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th
Oakland (Oaktown 8s) - Wednesdays September 11th, 18th and Sunday September 22nd
Palo Alto (El Camino Reelers) - Fridays - September 20th, October 18th, November 15th ($8/person)
Portola Valley (Stanford Quads) - Sundays - September 29th, October 6th and 13th
San Francisco (Caper Cutters) - Monday - September 9th
San Jose (CPSD) - Tuesdays - September 10th, 17th, 24th
Tam Twirlers - Wednesdays - September 18th, 25th

Square Dancing is ... a variety of music

Dancers dancing to a "square dance rap" at a Bay Area event, May 2017.

Family Intro to Square Dancing

Saturday, October 5th
at the
SCVSDA Jubilee
Hoover Middle School
San Jose

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.)


Location note: This session will be held in the cafeteria / multi-purpose room, located on the Naglee Avenue end of the Hoover Middle School campus -- near the intersection with Park Avenue, but not actually on Park Avenue.

Read more to find out:

Square Dancing is ... a local activity

Dancers from many local clubs dancing together at the Santa Clara County Fair.

What is modern square dancing?

Modern square dancing is a recreation enjoyed by thousands of people all around the world. It has its origins in the traditional dances brought to this continent from Europe by the early settlers, which combined to become an American folk dance, which in turn in the 20th Century became the basis for this modern variation that we dance right here in Silicon Valley today.

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.

What sort of people are square dancers?

There are dozens of square dance clubs in the Bay Area, most of which meet on a weekly basis. Most of them welcome singles as well as couples, and many welcome families.

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 ... everything in between

Dancers from all over California gather each year for a state convention.

Who should attend an introduction to square dancing?

Anyone who would like to know more about square dancing!


What can I expect from this kind of introduction?

Sessions like these will give you a sample of what square dancing is about. You'll get to dance to a professional square dance caller, with other people who are trying square dancing along with some experienced square dancers who will be there to help.

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 fall!

San JoseCPSDTuesday eveningshttp://www.c-p-s-d.org408-663-1477
La Selva BeachLucky SteppersThursday eveningshttp://www.sagestompers.com/luckysteppers.htm831-726-7053
Portola ValleyStanford QuadsSunday eveningshttp://www.stanfordquads.org/class408-774-1570
OaklandOaktown 8sSunday afternoonshttp://oaktown8s.org/intro.html
San FranciscoCaper CuttersMonday eveningshttp://www.3osb.com/caper-cutters650-549-5273
LivermoreCactus CornersThursday eveningshttp://www.cactuscorners.org925-447-6980
San RaphaelTam TwirlersWednesday eveningshttp://www.tamtwirlers.org415-997-3210

To contact us about these intro sessions and classes, write to: intro@scvsda.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

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