Oakland, California

Welcome

Thank you for visiting the Oaktown 8's website to learn about modern square dancing. Our club serves the community of Oakland, Berkeley, San Leandro, Hayward, Fremont, Richmond, Orinda, and the SF East Bay Area. We were founded as a gay square dance club under the umbrella of the International Association of Gay Square Dancers, but we welcome all - gay, straight, couples and singles. You can dance "boy" or "girl" or both.

Please check out our website or go right to the CLASSES and CALENDAR/SCHEDULE sections to see details of our upcoming events.

Oaktown 8s is more than just a dance club, we have social events as well and are fortunate to have 6 other gay and lesbian local square dance clubs to join for dances and events held just about every week. For an example of square dancing, see the two links below.

Modern Western Square Dancing has a few rules of etiquette you should know and apply.

Announcements & Events

New Dancer Program starts Jan. 27, 2018

The Oaktown 8s LGBT Square Dance Club is pleased to announce that we will offer a New Dancer Class beginning in January, 2018. No previous experience is required. The class will meet on Saturday afternoons from 1 to 3 o'clock at the Lake Merritt Dance Center at 200 Grand Ave. in beautiful downtown Oakland. The first meeting will be on Saturday, Jan 27, and our teacher will be Kurt Gollhardt. Classes will continue for 12 Saturdays, skipping Easter/Passover. The final class will be April 21. The cost of the class will be $125.

New Dancer Program Information

New Dancer Program Flyer

Yellow Class Continues Jan. 27, 2018

Phase 2 of the Yellow class begins in January, 2018. The class will meet on Saturday afternoons from 3 to 5 o'clock at the Lake Merritt Dance Center at 200 Grand Ave. in beautiful downtown Oakland. The first meeting will be on Saturday, Jan 277

Our Club Callers
Kurt Gollhardt Mike Luna

Abstract Math Concepts Spring to Life at UC Square Dancing Club

For an example of modern square dancing, here are two videos to watch:

Tech Squares Patter Call

Tech Squares Singing Call

Our club is celebrating our 12th Anniversary in the Fall of 2016. Our membership is comprised with people whose experience ranges from new dancers through Advanced and various Challenge levels. We dance to floor level (a mixture of Mainstream and Plus, depending on the status of the current or most recent class), with Advanced tips, depending on the floor level. See "About Us" for more history and to join our friends of O8 email list.