Learning to Dance
Classes, hoedowns, and more
What are you looking for ...
Are you looking for a square dance class?
Square dance classes usually start in the fall, around September, and last through around May. In our area the standard dancing level is Plus, and when you graduate you have learned the Plus level.
Some clubs start their classes in January. This gives some people who missed their chance in September a second chance.
Other clubs have started a tiered program where classes begin three times per year, usually in September, January, and May. Each session lasts four months, but you must attend two sessions, the first at first tier, and the next at second tier, in order to graduate at the Plus level. Examples of the tiered approach include Sunnyvale Singles, Ridge Runners (Paradise), Overalls (Orangevale), Prairie Squares (Redding), and the Inter-Club Council (Reno, Nevada).
There are specialized dance classes targeted to children, teenagers, singles, gays & lesbians, families, and handicapables. Whatever your interest, you can find a square dance club where you will feel comfortable.
Are you looking for a beginner hoedown?
Beginner hoedowns in our area are usually held at John Muir School in south San Jose, CA. The season usually starts in January (after September class members have learned enough calls to dance with others) and extends through June. There are occasional off-season beginner hoedowns targeted to members of January or May classes.
Are you looking for a round dance class?There are a few beginner round dance classes in northern California.
These square dance clubs occasionally run beginner round dance classes, so you might want to contact them:a list of northern California round dance cuers. Besides the classes and cuers in the above list, the cuer most likely to start another beginner class soon is Wendy-Jean Iannico.