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Video Basic/Mainstream Classes

We have one of the best square dance callers and instructors in the US.  Mike Hoose conducts our classes and can teach multiple squares as easily as he can teach one!  

Sometimes you may just want to refresh your memory.  Sometime you miss a class and want to catch up before the next one.  These video mainstream classes will help you refresh your memory and gain a little confidence.

Nothing compares to our on-site classes but these classes may give you a boost of confidence

Square Dance calls for Basic/Mainstream class
as of December 12, 2022

Basic Program – Part 1 1. Circle Left / Circle Right

2. Forward and Back

3. Dosado / Dosado to a Wave

4. Swing

5. Promenade Family

a. Couples (Full, 1/2, 3/4)

b. Single File Promenade

c. Wrong Way Promenade

d. Star Promenade

6. Allemande Left

7. Arm Turns

8. Right and Left Grand Family

a. Right and Left Grand

b. Weave the Ring

c. Wrong Way Grand

9. Left-Hand Star / Right-Hand Star

10. Pass Thru

11. Half Sashay Family

a. Half Sashay

b. Rollaway

c. Ladies In, Men Sashay

12. Turn Back Family

a. U-Turn Back

b. Backtrack

13. Separate

a. Around 1 or 2 to a Line

b. Around 1 or 2 and come into the middle

14. Split Two

15. Courtesy Turn

16. Ladies Chain Family

a. Two Ladies Chain (Reg. & 3/4)

b. Four Ladies Chain(Reg. & 3/4)

c. Chain Down the Line

17. Do Paso

18. Lead Right / Lead Left

19. Veer Left / Veer Right [16.c. Chain Down the Line]

20. Bend the Line

21. Circulate Family

a. (Named Dancers) Circulate

b. Couples Circulate

c. All Eight Circulate

d. Single File Circulate

e. Split/Box Circulate

22. Right and Left Thru

23. Grand Square

24. Star Thru

25. Double Pass Thru

26. First Couple Go Left/Right, Next Couple Go Left/Right

27. California Twirl 28. Walk Around the Corner

29. See Saw

30. Square Thru (1, 2, 3, 4) / Left Square Thru (1, 2, 3, 4)

31. Circle to a Line 32. Dive Thru


Basic Program - Part 2

33. Wheel Around / Reverse Wheel Around

34. Box the Gnat [8.c. Wrong Way Grand]

35. Trade Family

a. Trade

b. Partner Trade

c. Couples Trade

36. Ocean Wave Family

a. Step to a Wave

b. Balance [21.

c. All Eight Circulate]

37. Alamo Style

38. Swing Thru / Left Swing Thru

39. Run / Cross Run

40. Pass the Ocean

41. Extend

42. Wheel and Deal

43. Zoom

44. Flutterwheel / Reverse Flutterwheel

45. Sweep a Quarter

46. Trade By

47. Touch 1/4 [21.d. Single File Circulate] [21.e. Split/Box Circulate]

48. Ferris Wheel

Overview of Western Style Square Dancing in our area

Thanks for your interest in square dancing in the East Tennessee area. We are  part of an extended community of dancers consisting of four clubs in our immediate area.

The Claxton Country Squares club dances on the 1st and 4th Saturdays of most months, through the year, and we meet at the Claxton Community Center, located at 1071 Edgemoor Rd., Clinton, TN, just east of the Bull Run Steam Plant.

If you are new to Western Style Square Dancing, here are a few important details for your interest:

  • Most of the clubs in the area conduct weekly classes, usually starting in the month of September.

  • The first phase of lessons are devoted to the basic and mainstream calls.

  • The second phase of lessons are called the plus level, and become available for students who have completed the basic/mainstream phase.

  • Our Claxton club offers lessons on Monday nights, typical times are from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Lessons cost $6.00 per dancer per lesson, with package discounts available for families. We encourage each one, from young to old, to become a part of this family oriented program loaded with much fun and lots of health benefits.

  • The lessons are easy step by step instruction of the square dance moves.

  • Other area clubs hold dances regularly, some once a month, some twice. We visit each others clubs, so there are plenty of opportunities to dance and make friends.

  • Dances typically cost from $6 to $8 and normally last about 2 1/2 hours

  • Once you have learned the square dance moves, you are able to dance anywhere in the country. We have found square dancers to be a welcoming crowd everywhere, and we know you will feel right at home with this family.

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