Square Dance Lessons
Want to join in the fun? It’s easier than you think with our square dance lessons.
Saddlebrooke Squares has always had a very active and successful teaching program. And quite honestly, we’re proud of that. Every year we help a new class of dancers learn the simple skills of square dance.
Here’s How Our Teaching Program Works
GIVE US A WHIRL
We invite you to join us for our “Give Us a Whirl” Introduction to Square Dancing. This is a free evening of fun and laughter with a chance to experience some simple square dance calls. This gives you a chance to see for yourself if square dancing is for you. Absolutely no dancing skills are required to participate in this event. Just come ready to have some fun and meet new friends.
Actual square dance lessons and classes start the week after “Give Us a Whirl”. Again, we assume no prior square dancing experience. Our caller, Larry Kraber, will teach you every move. You’ll be assisted by some very helpful people we call “Teaching Assistants.” These are experienced dancers who get a special satisfaction out of helping new people learn how to enjoy square dancing as much as they do. Throughout the class you will have Teaching Assistants dancing in your square that will help guide you through the moves.
Lessons are held on Sunday evenings. Class members are encouraged to attend each lesson, not just to learn the new calls, but also to get the additional “floor time,” which will help you master the moves just that much faster.
LET’S SEE THE INSTANT REPLAY
We have an instructional video made by our local dancers to make learning even easier. The video (on DVD and online) illustrates all the calls, organized into lessons, exactly as you will experience them on the floor. Review each lesson prior to the class. Rewind it. Watch it again. Then you’ll be prepared to do it yourself at your lesson that evening.
THE DEMO SQUARE
Each lesson starts with a “demo square” where experienced club dancers walk through the same lesson you watched on the video.
- You watched it on video …
- You saw it executed live in the demo square …
- Now, it’s your turn …
Square up with your Teaching Assistant, and let’s dance.
RED LIGHT – GREEN LIGHT
Every month during your lessons we have a special party night called “Red Light – Green Light.” These are special occassions where you get the taste of a real square dancing occassion.
“Red Light” dances are for experienced club members only. Watch as full Plus dancers “alamande left” and “load the boat”. You won’t see a frown in the place.
Then Larry calls “Green Light.” Now it’s your turn to dance with the club. But all the calls will be things you have already practiced in the class. This growing experience is invaluable to you and helps to build and solidify your skills.
As you progress through the lessons, the Green Light dances get closer and closer to the Red Light dances. Before you know it, you’ve learned all the Mainstream and Plus calls and you’re ready for a very special party night … the Class Completion Celebration. You are a Plus Square Dancer!
Using this simple and effective program, you too can be a square dancer.
Discover What the Laughter is All About …
Join us for Give Us a Whirl. We’ll see you across the square.