Classes

We will offer several classes and workshops for the 2018-2019 Regular Season. For more details, please refer to the Programming Descriptions below.

All Tuesday night Open Houses and classes/dances/workshops run from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m and are held at the Lutheran Church of the Holy Communion. We use the entrance at 2111 Sansom St., Philadelphia, PA.

Summer 2018 Offerings


Everyone is welcome to join us at any/all of our 2018 Summer
Introduction to Square Dancing Open Houses

June 12, 2018

July 17, 2018

Dance Square

August 14, 2018

September 11, 2018

Looking for an evening of fun and friendship? Join us for an introduction to square dancing.
No partner, experience, special clothing, or dance skill required.
If you can walk, you can dance!

Come to any or all! You'll learn the basic moves at any of the sessions, and a few additional moves at each night.

Friendly experienced dancers will be there to help out, and we have a fun and talented caller/teacher lined up for the evening. A great time is guaranteed!

If you like it, you'll have the opportunity to join our beginner's level class beginning on October 2. We have classes every Tuesday night during the year from 7:00 - 9:30, plus we host Saturday dances once a month most months.

Come see why we say "Square Dancing is Friendship set to Music!"
Independence Squares is Philadelphia's LGBTQ* square dance club. We welcome people of all genders and orientations. You don't have to be LGBTQ* to join -- just friendly!

Cost: $10/night at the door *(Student rates available with proof of full-time enrollment)

For more information - or to invite a friend - download our Flyer.


Summer Mainstream/Plus DBD Club Nights: Tuesdays (except on Open House nights - see above) (Flyer)
        Summer Session I - June 19 & 26 and July 10, 24, & 31 - with Various Callers (5 Sessions)
        Summer Session II - Aug. 7, 21, & 28 and Sept. 4 & 18 - with Various Callers (5 Sessions)

Explore the depths and nuances that exist within the first 100(ish) Calls that make up the CallerLab Mainstream and Plus lists. Similar to a Workshop in that no new Calls will be introduced, we’re calling this a Class as we’ll take a closer look at everything from refining and better understanding the Fundamentals to exploring Extended Applications of the Calls using the same exact definitions that we’ve learned - only now sometimes from non-standard positions and to/from a-typical formations that might make them “feel” like something new is being taught. Though DBD (Dance by Definition) isn’t really a curriculum that can be taught from beginning to end like a typical Class (as one can never really be “done” learning all the ways these Calls can (and will) be used by our Callers), the purpose of this Class is to give our Dancers the opportunity to develop a skill set that is intended to better prepare ourselves to “keep up” with nearly any MS/Plus floor or DBD situation we may take on - no matter how “creatively” the Caller might Call or how odd the formations might “feel”. The focus will be on enforcing and refining core definitions, creating clean, crisp formations, promoting greater awareness of our role(s) in the square (ie. leader/trailer, ends/centers, …) and who you’re dancing with (ie. your wave, your box of four, your line, ...), and increasing Dancer confidence for everyone from our newest Summer Mainstream Graduate(s) to the Challenge dancer looking to reinforce their foundations while lending their experience. The valuable dancership we could gain from this Class time is meant to bolster our adeptness and enable increased self-assuredness in any Mainstream or Plus floortime opportunities we may encounter as well as expand our ability to extrapolate on these foundational skills to apply toward other Programs we may choose to explore (or already dance). In some ways, we might consider this a kind of Advanced Prep Class as the tools learned here are directly applicable to the kinds of things we build on in that Program (and beyond) and where positional awareness and the application of Concepts (over merely executing Calls) becomes more of a focus. Something for everyone no matter how long we’ve been dancing.
This DBD Class will be aimed at those who want an additional challenge from MS/Plus. Calls will be selected from the Mainstream and/or Plus Lists (announced at the beginning of each tip) and may be called from non-standard positions where the instructor will emphasize the definition of the call regardless of the starting or ending formation.

Fall/Winter/Spring Offerings

All Tuesday night Open Houses and classes/dances/workshops run from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m and are held at the Lutheran Church of the Holy Communion. We use the entrance at 2111 Sansom St., Philadelphia, PA.

Wednesday night classes/workshops run from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. and are typically held at The First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia, 2125 Chestnut St. Philadelphia, PA.

What is a Workshop?
A workshop is a session that works on reinforcing and expanding the concepts you already know at that program. On a given night the content varies, typically based on what the dancers want to work on. For example, one week the Plus workshop might spend a little time reviewing "Relay the Deucey" or "Crossfire", while the Advanced Workshop takes a closer look at on "All 8" figures, or the Challenge I Workshop might work on those pesky "Magic", "Siamese" and "Phantom" Calls or whatever our dancers ask for in review. Or, if no one has any particular requests, it might look a lot like a dance or focus on whatever trouble spots present themselves on Club nights or at Saturday Dances throughout the year.
While we'd love to see you every week, Workshops are not Classes that build from week to week with new content, and you do not have to attend every one to have a successful Workshop experience. That said, our Callers are always working to help you hone your skills, build your confidence on the floor, and help to avoid common errors our Callers might encounter elsewhere in their travels so you can be prepared for dancing any floor - any where. Each week will have a specific focus that might just help with that bug-a-boo call that's recently given you grief. You never know!

What is a regular Class?
Each class night builds on the previous class night. We can usually bring people up to speed if they miss the first, and maybe the second night of class, but joining a class that is already in progress after that is not recommended if you have no prior square dance experience. While we ask that students make every effort to attend all classes, we realize that life sometimes interferes. So, given a good effort on your part, we'll certainly accomodate you if you absolutely have to miss an evening once in a while.

On Tap for Fall/Winter/Spring 2018-2019

Tueaday Club Nights

     - New Mainstream Beginner Class: Tuesdays beginning 10/2/2019

     - Mainstream/Plus DBD Class: Tuesdays beginning 10/2/2019

     - Advanced Class: Tuesdays - 10/2/2018-5/21/2019 (32 Weeks)

     - Challenge 1 Class: Tuesdays - 10/2/2018-5/21/2019 (32 Weeks)

Wednesday Challenge Programming

     - C2 Wednesdays: Wednesdays - Currently Undecided?

Prepayment

Prepayment includes all Tuesday classes and dances/workshops in a prepayment period. If prepayment is not paid by the second night of each prepayment period, the dancer must pay the payment-at-the-door rate through the remainder of the current period.

Prepayment is only available as a payment option to dues-paid Club Members (Independence Squares or other square dance clubs) and first-time Mainstream Class students.

Summer 2018 Prepayment Schedule - We will be Dark on 7/3/2018 for Convention

Each period covers five weeks, regardless of which Tuesday Class/Workshop/Open House you are attending.

Tentative Fall/Winter/Spring 2018-2019 Prepayment Schedule - MS to C1

We will be dark for the Winter Break on 12/25/2018 and 1/1/2019
Each period covers eight weeks, regardless of which Tuesday Class/Workshop you are attending.

Payment at the Door

The non-prepayment (door) rate for an individual night is $10.
* Note that if prepayment is not made by the second night in each prepayment period, the door rate applies through the end of the current period.

Financial Assistance is available

Members who need assistance paying for weekly Club-night events are welcome to speak confidentially with our Treasurer.
This policy is extended specifically for those who might not dance with us otherwise due to financial hardship.

Special Discount for Full-Time Students (in the world at large)

A Special Full-Time Student Rate is now available with proof of full-time enrollment in a Seconday, Technical or College Program.
Students receive a discount of one-half the current door rate for weekly Club-night events and Monthly Dances. Please inquire with our Treasurer for details.
Pre-Payment Rates are as follows for full-time students for the 2018-19 Season:

Dues

Dues are $45 annually for the period from June 1 through May 31 of the following year, whenever paid, and are due before - or at - the Club's Annual Meeting in the spring. All dancers are eligible for dues-paid Club Membership after completion of a Full Mainstream Program class. Each member owes dues whether or not he/she is taking a Class and/or Workshop. Dancers attending a Mainstream Class for the first time do not owe Dues.

Members who need assistance paying Dues are welcome to speak confidentially with our Treasurer.

Bad Weather Cancellation Policy

If Philadelphia Schools have an early dismissal, are closed, or cancel afternoon or evening activities due to bad weather, then Tuesday night Classes and Workshops are cancelled. Some resources for finding out if schools are closed: