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Square dance classes usually start in the fall, around September, and last through around May. In our area the standard dancing level is Plus, and when you graduate you have learned the Plus level.
Some clubs start their classes in January. This gives some people who missed their chance in September a second chance.
Other clubs have started a tiered program where classes begin three times per year, usually in September, January, and May. Each session lasts four months, but you must attend two sessions, the first at first tier, and the next at second tier, in order to graduate at the Plus level. Examples of the tiered approach include Sunnyvale Singles, Ridge Runners (Paradise), Overalls (Orangevale), Prairie Squares (Redding), and the Inter-Club Council (Reno, Nevada).
There are specialized dance classes targeted to children, teenagers, singles, gays & lesbians, families, and handicapables. Whatever your interest, you can find a square dance club where you will feel comfortable.
There are classes starting in Fall 2009 and Winter 2010. There are classes for teenagers and children starting soon.
There are several classes starting soon in the area represented by ASDSC, which includes the Sacramento area plus Auburn, Placerville, and Woodland.
It includes every U.S. state, most Canadian provinces, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and most western European countries. It is specifically information about clubs, and not every club runs a class every year. But it is the best place to seek out square dancing in your area.
Specifically: Southern California, Chicago, Atlanta, Texas, Rochester, NY, Wisconsin, Washington state, and British Columbia.
You might find updated class information on some of these pages. There are eight different associations that cover everywhere from the central coast to Fresno to the Oregon border.
Beginner hoedowns in our area are usually held at John Muir School in south San Jose, CA. The season usually starts in January (after September class members have learned enough calls to dance with others) and extends through June. There are occasional off-season beginner hoedowns targeted to members of January or May classes.
These square dance clubs occasionally run beginner round dance classes, so you might want to contact them: