Oakland, California


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 Dance Clubs, but we welcome all - gay, straight, couples and singles. You can dance "boy" or "girl" or both.

Please browse our website for details on our CLASSES, CALENDAR/SCHEDULE, and INTRO DANCE PARTIES.

Oaktown 8s is more than just a dance club; we have social events as well. We're also part of a larger community of LGBTQ* Modern Square Dancing: along with 8 other gay square dance clubs in the SF Bay Area, we're all part of the International Association of Gay Square Dance Clubs.

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

Members: Please help us promote our dance and recruitment events by posting them on Nextdoor and other social media. You can find instructions for getting set up at Nextdoor and posting events on the instructions page.

Announcements & Events

The Lake Merrit Dance Center has suspended all evening activities until further notice, due to the COVID-19 outbreak. We will send out an email to members and update this website when we return to dancing.

We may reschedule our upcoming Plus class, which is scheduled to begin on April 4.

Wash your hands, avoid crowds, and STAY HEALTHY!

Spring 2020 Tea Dance Our March 28, 2020 Tea Dance has been CANCELED.

Our next big event will be our Picnic & Promenade in July with caller Vic Ceder. We hope that the coronavirus will have played itself out by July.

Free Intro Dance Parties Our upcoming intro nights are listed on Meetup.

New Dancer Class Starts Fall 2020

Next Plus Class Starts April 2020 at Lake Merritt Dance Center

Watch for the next phase of our New Dancer Program
Oaktown 8s Event photos can be seen at Photos

The Blue Class Graduated Mainstream on May 15, 2019!

Our Club Callers
Kurt Gollhardt Mike Luna
Club Photos

You can view pictures from Oaktown 8s Events here: Event Pics

Thanks for taking and assembling the albums Richard!

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

Oaktown's 2019 Halloween Party

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.