Square Dance!

Square Dance

Thank you and the band for capping our evening in the most wonderful way. It was the first time many people had square danced, and everyone I spoke to loved it and had glowing things to say about you afterward. I am so grateful! – Satisfied Bride

Square Dance parties are fun! School, community, birthday, wedding, house party, or for no reason at all, a Square Dance party is a party first, putting the fun back into Square Dancing’s tarnished reputation. As a Square Dance Caller, I lead fun and appropriate dances for every kind of group, no experience necessary. Total beginners to advanced geometry, multigenerational a plus – family dances are great community building events! I bring a band of live old-time stringband music, and PA if needed, for the whole package. You dance, and laugh.

I only call with live music, as that’s a big part of bringing energy to the party.
Contact me for fees and bookings.

Here’s our local Oakland dance – First & Third Friday at the Marxist Library
And calling our own Berkeley Old Time Music Convention.

I grew up square dancing and clogging, but it was through hippie folk festivals and the Green Grass Cloggers, rather than super organized club dancing. When the Bay Area old-time scene was getting a new wave of players, I decided to try calling so the musicians had an outlet to play fast, crooked tunes. I got out my mother’s old square dance books from the 50s and 60s, and began. I enjoy a certain amount of controlled chaos in the room, guiding a group smoothly through dances, while not spending too much time teaching, or focusing on what’s “right.” It’s folk dancing, which means there are many ways to make it work for you. That’s my philosophy. The benefits of large group social dancing cannot be underestimated.

Square Dance Resources:
Dare to Be Square
Dare to Be Square West
Phil Jamison

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Past venues include:

A Prairie Home Companion – Live from San Francisco Opera House
Lincoln Center – New York, NY
Celtic Connections – Glasgow, Scotland
Woodford Folk Festival – Australia
Bali Arts Festival – Indonesia
Nardis Jazz Club – Istanbul, Turkey
Green Note – London, England
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass – SF, CA
Rockygrass – Lyons, CO
Wintergrass – Seattle, WA
Swallow Hill – Denver, CO
Freight & Salvage – Berkeley, CA
Old Town School – Chicago, IL
Iron Horse – Northampton, MA
Wheatland Music Festival – Remus, MI
Hiawatha Music Festival – Marquette, MI
Appalachian Stringband Festival – Clifftop, WV
The Flynn Theater – Burlington, VT
Champlaign Valley Fest – Burlington, VT
Arlene Schnitzer Theater – Portland, OR
Portland Old-Time Music Gathering, OR
Strawberry Music Festival – Sonora, CA
Live Oak Festival – Santa Barbara, CA
The Skirball Center – Los Angeles, CA
The Getty Center – Los Angeles, CA
Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest – LA, CA
Yerba Buena Gardens – San Francisco, CA
for the Governor of Enugu State, Nigeria
…and many more…