Learn to Square Dance with the Oaktown 8s

Oaktown 8s, Oakland's all-inclusive LGBTQ Square Dance Club, periodically offers beginner classes in Modern Western Square Dancing. No previous experience or dance background required.

Contact us at info@oaktown8s.org if you'd like to be notified when the next class starts.
In between classes, we periodically host Intro Dance Parties for a Free Taste of Modern Square Dancing, with no previous experience required. See our FREE INTRO page for details.

Class Dates

This class will teach the calls on the Plus list from all positions. It is designed for our Indigo students and for others who want to review the Plus calls and/or learn them from both "boy" and "girl" positions. The schedule is as follows:

  • Sat April 4 2-6 pm - Blast #1
  • Wed April 8 7-9 pm - Review
  • Wed April 15 7-9 pm - Review
  • Sat April 18 2-6 pm - Blast #2
  • Wed April 22 7-9 pm - Review
  • Wed April 29 7-9 pm - Review
  • Sat May 2 2-6 pm - Blast #3
  • Wed May 6 7-9 pm - Review
  • Wed May 13 7-9 pm - Review
Class Location Lake Merritt Dance Center, 200 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA
Class Price $125     Click here to PAY ONLINE

Come on your own or with a partner, or with a dozen friends. 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.

The beginner class will teach the fundamentals of Modern Western Square Dance (MWSD). 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 program, you’ll be able to dance with our club. Future sessions will cover the rest of the internationally-standardized Mainstream and Plus programs of MWSD. Once you know these standardized programs you can dance anywhere in the world; dance instructions ("calls") are always given with their standard English names.

Oaktown 8s is one of several 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 join us in enjoying Modern Square Dancing.

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