LEARN TO SQUARE DANCE
As long as you can walk, know your right from your leftand like to laughyou can learn to square dance. Together with seven other people in your square, your goal is to execute directions given by the caller, all at a brisk walking pace. Its literally teamwork set to music.
Speaking of music, today's square dance uses a wide variety of tunes. We've danced to hits such as Shut Up And Dance, Uptown Funk, Call Me Maybe or Blurred Lines, as well as classic hits such as Thriller or Ghostbusters. We've also danced to show tunes, classical and traditional music. The music choice all depends on the instructor.
If you're a step-counter, you'll easily log up to 3,000 steps per class.
BEGINNING Square Dance Lessons
Glenview Squares, in partnership with the Glenview Park District, offers Beginning Square Dance Lessons twice a year -- once in September, and again in late January.
The Beginning Square Dance course consists of two 9-week sessions. Students will learn approximately 50 square dance calls, from Circle Left to Grand Square and more. Each week students will be introduced new calls and review what was previously taught. At the end of the course, students should be ready to attend Glenview Squares Club Dances.
No partner needed, no experience required! Plenty of experienced square dancers volunteer their time each week to partner-up with new dancers whenever needed.
FALL/WINTER 2017: Beginning Square Dance Lessons
Session 1: Sept. 5, 2017 to Oct. 31, 2017 (9 weeks)
Session 2: Nov. 7, 2017 to Jan. 16, 2018 (9 weeks) -- Prerequisite: must have completed Session 1
NOTE: No class Dec. 26, 2017, and Jan. 2, 2018
WINTER/SPRING 2018: Beginning Square Dance Lessons
Session 1: Jan. 23, 2018 to March 20, 2018 (9 weeks)
NOTE: No class March 27, 2018
Session 2: April 3, 2018 to May 29, 2018 (9 weeks) -- Prerequisite: must have completed Session 1
INTERMEDIATE Square Dance Lessons
Sept. 5, 2017 to May 29, 2018 -- four, cumulative 9-week sessions
Glenview Squares, in partnership with the Glenview Park District, offers Intermediate Square Dance Lessons once a year, starting in September.
The Intermediate Square Dance course consists of four 9-week sessions, running from September through the end of May of the following year.
Dancers who have learned the first 50 calls will go on to learn the next 50 calls, which will allow them to attend Plus-Level dances hosted by Chicago-area Square Dance clubs.
Prerequisite: Students must be proficient in Club 50 (Beginning) Square Dance calls.
Students enrolling after September 17 must have instructor approval.
Beginning and Intermediate Square Dance Lessons are held at the Glenview Park Center, 2400 Chestnut, Glenview, Ill., on Tuesday evenings from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm.
A MESSAGE TO MEN About (Square) Dancing
It's well known that many people of the male persuasion are hesitant to (learn to) dance. Don't believe us? Check out this humorous article in the The New Yorker entitled 'Men and Dancing'.
We've put together some advice aimed at men who may be hesitating over the idea of learning to Square Dance. (Women attempting to persuade their Significant Other to try Square Dancing may also find the advice useful.)
Check out this Advice Letter, penned by Bruce Holmes, about men and Square Dancing.
Questions? Email Lesson Coordinators Carol & Phil Moulden, firstname.lastname@example.org
Square dance lessons are supported by the Glenview Park District in partnership with the Glenview Square Dance Club.
We're excited to have Arlene Kaspik as our instructor for the Intermediate Square Dance lessons. Arlene began calling in 2005, is one of the club callers for Chi-Town Squares, and also teaches and calls for a number of other clubs in the Chicago metro area. She enjoys teaching beginners thru 'plus' levels, as well as providing a taste of square dancing for community events. She also teaches 'styling' each year, during the Illinois State Square Dance Convention.
We are also excited to have Bruce Holmes as the instructor for the Beginning Square Dance lessons. Bruce has spent much of his life teaching. He taught Aikido at Northwestern for seven years, a folk dance group in Evanston and Chicago for about a decade and for several years gave juggling workshops. He's a triathlon coach certified by the US Olympic Committee, was the coach for Oakton Chess (taking the team to two state championships), coached AYSO soccer and was a teacher of the Feldenkrais method. He still sells a CD containing 48 of the Feldenkrais Lessons. Bruce is the author of two SciFi novels, and an award-winning singer/songwriter with two CDs out (both charted). He first tried square dancing when he was eleven. Fifty-eight years later it's still the most fun he's ever found.
Additional Support for Students
The Lessons page on our Shutterfly site has a wealth of information to help our new students learn to Square Dance. In addition to tracking the calls that are taught each week, we post links to videos, animated instructions, and other useful information to make learning easier. There's also information about upcoming special events, dancing tips and tricks (and more).
Carol & Phil Moulden are our Lesson Coordinators. Besides taking care of the weekly lesson logistics, they keep students informed of new dancer dances and events where they can use what they have learned in class. With creativity and enthusiasm the coordinators work to make sure everyone (including club members who help at lessons) is having fun!
Our Square Dance Angels
"Angels" are experienced Glenview Squares club members who attend the lessons. They partner up with new dancers to help them learn and ensure everyone is having fun!
Lessons are conducted on the second floor at the Glenview Park Center, located at 2400 Chestnut in Glenview, Illinois.