Learn to Square Dance with the Oaktown 8s
Next beginner class starts Fall 2019.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like to be notified when the next class starts.
In between classes, feel free to stop by on any of our Wednesday club nights for a Free Taste of Modern Square Dancing. See our FREE INTRO page for details.
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.
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.
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.
About square dancing in the Bay Area and the world
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