About Oaktown 8s and the New Dancer Program

Starting January 27th at the Lake Merritt Dance Center
Cost will be $125 per student for 12 classes.

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.

The class will teach the fundamentals of Modern Western Square Dance. It is intended both for people who have never danced before and for people who danced many years ago and want to refresh their skills. On completing this 12-week course, you’ll be able to dance at “SSD50” and other beginner-level dances, and you can join us at our Wednesday club nights for more dancing. Later in the year, we’ll offer a second course, in which students will complete the "Mainstream" dance level, allowing them to dance with clubs around the Bay Area and around the world.

Oaktown 8s is one of the Modern Square Dance groups in the San Francisco Bay Area. We are Oakland's friendly, local, gay, straight and otherwise welcoming club. We belong to an international association of gay and lesbian square dance groups, the IAGSDC and welcome everyone who would like to joins us in enjoying Modern Square Dancing.

Come on your own or with a partner. No special outfits required. Just come as you are and be prepared to have a good time. We recommend comfortable shoes with low traction. (Avoid sneakers with deep treads, heavy boots, and high heels.) Please, no heavy perfumes or other strong scents.

Classes will be preceded by two FREE Square Dance Intro Parties, where prospective students can dance with club members and get a feel for what's involved in Modern Western Square Dance and how much fun it can be. One will be at our Wednesday club night; one will be at our Saturday lesson time. Here is the schedule:

Wed 10 JanIntro Square Dance Party with caller Mike Luna. 7-8 pm.
Sat 20 JanIntro Square Dance Party with caller Rich Reel. 1-3 pm.
Sat 27 Jan New Dancer class begins. 1-3 pm. Instructor/caller Kurt Gollhardt.
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Sat 31 Mar No class. Easter / Passover weekend
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Sat 21 Apr Final New Dancer Class

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