Square Dance Lessons
Square Dance Lessons
The first Mainstream (Level 1) Square Dance lesson started Monday, September 17th from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. The first three lessons were FREE. (Sept 17 & 24, and Oct 1) October 8 through March, lessons cost $5 per adult. Students 17 & under are free.
Angels (returning dancers) are free.
With a few exceptions, lessons are held at the Northdale Middle School, 11301 Dogwood St., Coon Rapids, MN every Monday night from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m with Caller, Wayne Tauer. See below for FAQ's.
PLUS LEVEL Square Dance Lessons
Plus lessons (2nd level of square dance) will begin October 1. Plus students should be comfortable dancing all the Basic and Mainstream calls and have graduated from Mainstream.
Plus Lessons are held from 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (before the Mainstream lessons), and cost $2 per person, even if you consider yourself an angel.
Pay the $2 at the table in front of Wayne. We will use tagging in to the square after "alemande left" for those who are not in a square.
Lesson Schedule 2018-2019
Mainstream lessons (level 1) are Mondays 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Plus lessons (level 2) are Mondays from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Sep. 17, 2018 Mainstream Lessons Begin
Oct. 1 Plus Lessons Begin - See above for details.
Oct. 15 Lessons at Presbyterian Church of the Master, 789 Northdale Blvd. N.W., Coon Rapids, MN 55448
Jan. 7, 2019 Used Clothing Sale at lessons 6:30-8:00 p.m. Bring clothing marked with initials and price
Feb. 11 Lessons at Presbyterian Church of the Master, 789 Northdale Blvd. N.W., Coon Rapids, MN 55448
Mar. 18 Graduation at Presbyterian Church of the Master, 789 Northdale Blvd. N.W., Coon Rapids, MN 55448
Frequently Asked Questions by New Dancers
Our lessons started September 17, 2018. We recommend attending all lessons since steps are taught in sequence.
What is the cost of lessons?
The first three lessons were FREE (September 17 , 24, & Oct 1). After that, October through March lessons are $5 per adult. Students 17 & under are free.
Do I need a partner?
No, you do not need a partner. Singles and couples are most welcome at the Hotfoot Stompers club. Angels (veteran dancers) will dance with new dancers to help them at lessons. Everyone dances in a square with 7 other people.
Can I bring other people with me?
Yes! Please bring friends, neighbors, co-workers, and relatives in September to lessons. Everyone is welcome.
How old should someone be to start dancing?
We have a range in ages of dancers from 7 years old to 80+. As our long-time caller (teacher), Dean Libby said, "As long as you know your right from your left and can walk to the beat of the music, you can square dance."
Is square dancing competitive?
No, not at all. Square dancing is purely for fun. People square dance for a variety of reasons including for exercise, to meet new people, and to learn something new.
What do I wear?
The dress for lessons is casual. Comfortable shoes and clothing are recommended. We only wear square dance attire for dances and demonstrations. We have a used clothing sale every year where you can purchase square dance clothes if you desire. There are also square dance shops (see the Links page for more information).
When can I go to my first square dance?
New dancer dances are offered starting in January. Make sure to check if the dance is a new dancer dance before going! Once you graduate from lessons, you can attend any Mainstream dance.
How many levels of square dancing are there?
Level 1 is called Mainstream. The next level is called Plus, then Advanced 1, Advanced 2, Challenge 1 (C1), C2, C3A, C3B and C4. Square dancers finish one level before going onto the next, and since square dance is just for fun, some people learn Advanced while others prefer just to learn Mainstream. It is not a competition and only you will be able to judge what level you are comfortable learning.
Light refreshments are provided. Bring your smile!
Caller, Wayne Tauer
Caller, Dean Libby
Big thank you to Dean Libby for being Hotfoot Stompers Caller for many years! Here is a poem from Dean: