Lessons 2022 - 2023
Square Dance Lessons
Mainstream and Plus
Note to those who looked at the Anoka-Hennepin Fall
Brochure: Lessons do NOT take place on Saturdays.
Graduates of the lessons have dances on Saturday evenings.
All the lessons take place on Monday evenings.
We started our MONDAY lessons on September 19th. Lessons are every week from 7 - 9 p.m. See below for exact dates. Lessons build from what was learned the first and second weeks...
Please watch this page carefully for Lesson LOCATIONS.
(See calendar dates and locations below. Scroll down.)
If you have any questions, please write in to the Contact form at the bottom of the HOME page.
The first Mainstream (Level 1) Square Dance lesson started on Monday, September 19, 2022 from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. The first two lessons (September 19 & 26, 2022) were FREE. October 3, 2022 through March 6, 2023 lessons cost $5 per adult. Students 17 & under are free.
Angels (dancers who went through lessons and graduated) are free when dancing Mainstream level at lessons.
Lessons are sequential (they "build on each other") so it is important to attend as many of the weekly lessons as possible. This is a group activity with eight people in each square.
With a few exceptions, lessons are held at the Northdale Middle School cafeteria, 11301 Dogwood St.,
Coon Rapids, MN 55448 on Monday nights from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m with Caller, Dan Sahlstrom. Enter Door #2. PLUS level lessons are from 6 - 7 p.m.
When the school is not available, we will dance at Faith Lutheran Church
11115 Hanson Blvd NW
Coon Rapids, 55433.
Enter the main door. (Park in the lot to the east of the church (east on 111th Avenue. Caller (and person who started this club in 1979), Wayne Tauer, will call when Dan is out of town.
See the lesson schedule below for locations and dates.
Plus lessons (level 2) are Mondays from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. (Started Monday, October 3rd) $2 each.
Mainstream lessons (level 1) are Mondays 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. (Started Monday, September 19th) $5 per adult
Most lessons are at Northdale Middle School cafeteria, (Door #2). Exceptions are in the lesson schedule below in red and will be at Faith Lutheran Church in Coon Rapids (Main door). Scroll down and see the lesson schedule below.
Location - Northdale Middle School Cafeteria. Enter Door #2
See the lesson schedule below for changes in location.
Alternate Lesson Location - Faith Lutheran Church in Coon Rapids
11115 Hanson Blvd NW Coon Rapids, 55433
(enter the main door) and park on the right (east) off 111th Avenue NW
Lesson Schedule 2022 - 2023
Mainstream Lessons began at Northdale Middle School on MONDAYS:
Those dates listed in red will be at Faith Lutheran Church. Those in black will be at Northdale Middle School.
To see a list of steps that will be taught and their definitions, go to the bottom of the LINKS page. (These are from the Basic and Mainstream lists)
Sept. 19, 2022 √
Sept. 26 √
Oct. 3 √ PLUS starts 6-7 p.m. √
Oct. 10 at Faith Lutheran Church PLUS from 6 - 7 p.m.
Jan. 2, 2023 at Faith Lutheran Church PLUS starts 6-7 p.m.
Jan. 16 at Faith Lutheran Church
Feb. 20 at Faith Lutheran Church
March 6 Graduation - Hotfoot Potluck 6 p.m. (No Plus Lesson on graduation night)
(at Northdale Middle School)
PLUS LEVEL (level 2) Square Dance Lessons
Plus lessons (2nd level of square dance) begin usually on the third lesson date of the year and go through February 27. 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 Dan or Wayne. We will use tagging in to the square (when you're squared up) for those who are not in a square.
It's a way to take turns. If you've tagged out, tag in the next time the dancers are squared up at "home".
Frequently Asked Questions by New Dancers
Our lessons start Monday, September 19, 2022. We recommend attending all lessons since steps are taught in sequence.
What is the cost of lessons?
The first two lessons (September 19 & 26, 2022) are FREE. 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 90+. Our senior most dancer is 93. 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." It helps if you can hear and if you are a good listener.
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 " or ND dance before going! Once you graduate from lessons, you can attend any Mainstream dance anywhere in the world. All are called in English.
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: 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 which level you are comfortable learning.
Light refreshments are provided by the angels. Bring your smile!
Caller, Dan Sahlstrom
Caller, Wayne Tauer
Wayne is still our caller for Daytimers though he retired from MS & Plus lesson teaching/calling. He may fill in at lessons when Dan Sahlstrom is out of town.