Square Dancing is ... friendship set to music
Local square dancers dancing with friends at the SCVSDA Jubilee in San Jose.
a family-friendly recreation for young and old
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Square Dancing is ... a local activity
Dancers from many local clubs dancing together at the Santa Clara County Fair.
Modern square dancing is a unique mix of music with physical and mental exercise. It is a "non-competitive team sport", in which groups of eight people (a "square") cooperate to move according to the instructions ("calls") given by a caller. It's also very much a social activity, a way that people get together regularly with people they know but also meet new people who join the group or visit from other groups.
Although you may sometimes see local square dancers demonstrating square dancing at public events, they aren't "performers". These are just people showing you something they do regularly as a recreation, like a sport or game, for fun.
Square Dancing is ... an international activity
"Square Dance Song" produced by square dancers in Sweden.
Unlike many other forms of dancing, square dancing is not an individual or couple activity. The unit in square dancing is eight people, so you will be interacting with seven other people at a time. And during an evening, you'll be dancing with different people as the squares re-assemble for each set of music.
In this area you will find square dancers from all walks of life, from almost every national background, as young as five and as old as 90.
And modern square dancing has been standardized worldwide (with the calls always given in English) -- so if you go to Australia or Germany or Japan you'll find a welcome from the square dancers there!
Square Dancing is ... a variety of music
Dancers dancing to a "square dance rap" at a Bay Area event, May 2017.
If you enjoy the intro session, you may want to join a club that is offering a beginner class. Clubs offer classes starting at various times of the year -- several are starting this winter!
|SOME CLASSES STARTING THIS WINTER/SPRING|
|Sunnyvale||Sunnyvale Squares||Tuesday evenings||http://www.sunnyvalesquares.com||408-744-1021|
|Cupertino||Krazy Dazys||Wednesday evenings||http://3osb.com/krazy-dazys||408-725-0344|
|Santa Clara||Castaways||Tuesday evenings||http://www.castaways-sdc.com||408-821-1837|
|San Jose||Westminster Squares||Friday evenings||408-315-1874|
To contact us about these sessions, write to: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 408-774-1570.