What is Square Dancing?
As one source describes it, “First and foremost, square dancing is people; socializing, dancing, playing music, and having an experience together!” 1
- It has been said that square dancing is, “Friendship Set to Music”.
- It creates an atmosphere of music and laughter among friends and neighbours. Square Dancing is also healthy, both mentally and physically. If you need to blow off steam, try square dancing!
- Most clubs will dance once a week during their dance season, which is generally from September to April or May. If that’s not enough, there are always special dances as well as other clubs that you may wish to visit.
- Another great thing about Square Dancing is that you can dance around the world; the moves are standardized and the calling is always done in English. You will be welcome to dance wherever you might find a Square!
friends, set to music. A caller guides new and experienced dancers alike through a variety of
A dancer and his or her partner dance a series of figures,
or moves, with each other and with another couple for a short time.
They then repeat the same figures with another couple, and so on. The
figures are similar to those of square dancing. The figures are
combined in different ways for each different dance.
teaches each dance before it is actually done to the music. This gives
everyone an idea of what to expect so the movements can be easily
executed. The caller leads the dances while they are being done to
music, so dancers are able to perform each movement to the music. Once
the dancers appear to have mastered a particular dance, the caller may
stop calling, leaving the dancers to enjoy the movement with music
People of all ages and lifestyles, including children, are
welcome. Contra dances are a place where people from many walks of life
come together to dance and socialize.