Classes

We will offer several classes and workshops for 2016-2017. Scroll down to see our summer and fall line-up, including our summer Mainstream class for beginners!

All Tuesday night classes and 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 held at The First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia, 2125 Chestnut St. Philadelphia, PA.

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 Mainstream workshop might spend a little time reviewing "Recycle", if a few people ask for a recap. Or, if no one has any particular requests, it might look a lot like a dance. While we'd love to see you every week, workshops are not classes, and you do not have to attend every one.

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.

Fall/Winter/Spring 2016-2017

Mainstream Fundamentals Workshop: Tuesdays, 10/4/2016-12/20/2016 (12 weeks)

This Workshop is designed to work on the Fundamentals of the Mainstream Program - the building blocks that are at the heart of every Program in Modern Western Square Dancing. The focus will be on enforcing and refining the core definitions, creating clean, crisp formations, and increasing dancer confidence for everyone from our newest Summer Mainstream Graduate to the Challenge dancer looking to build their dancership while they lend their experience.
Everyone can benefit from refining their skills on the Fundamentals - especially as led by the wonderfully talented Betsy Gotta. With over 50 years of calling experience to back up this program, we are truly blessed and encourage everyone to take advantage of this closer look at the basics.
This workshop will give our Mainstream class graduates, and anyone else looking for some floor time, a chance to practice and refine their skills. This workship runs concurrently in one room with the C1 class. Workshop led by Betsy Gotta

Mainstream All-Position Dance Class: Tuesdays, 1/10/2017-5/23/2017 (20 weeks)

This Class will build on the skills developed in our Fundamentals Workshop from the Fall. Though similar to a Workshop in that no new Calls will be introduced, we're calling this a Class as the focus will be on Extended Applications of the Calls using the same exact definitions that you learned - only now sometimes from non-standard positions and to/from a-typical formations that might make you "feel" like something new is being taught.
Explore the depth of the Mainstream Program and learn just how much you can do with the 68 Calls that make up the list. The valuable experience you'll gain from this Class will better prepare you to handle most any Mainstream floor, as well as enhance your skills to apply towards the other programs you may choose to explore (or already dance)
This is another opportunity to absorb Betsy Gotta's 50 plus years of calling history and teaching right here at home. There's something for everyone no matter how long you've been dancing.
This Mainstream class will be aimed at those who want an additional challenge. Calls will be executed from non-standard and left-handed positions, and the teacher will emphasize the definition of the call, regardless of the starting or ending formation. This class runs concurrently in one room with the C1 class. Class led by Betsy Gotta

Plus All-Position Workshop: Tuesdays, 10/4/2016-12/20/2016 (12 weeks)

This Plus workshop will emphasize all-position calling from non-standard positions. This workshop runs concurrently in the room with the Advanced class. Workshop led by Dane Bragg.

Plus Class: Tuesdays, 1/10/2017-5/23/2017 (20 weeks)

In our Plus class, you'll increase your Square Dance vocabulary by adding some new calls to your repertoire, as well as learning to apply more creative use of Mainstream moves from other than standard positions. It's here that we begin to see how those Mainstream building blocks can be combined into the larger patterns that make up a number of the calls on the Plus list.
Dancer awareness of our role(s) in the square (ie. leader/trailer, ends/centers, ...) and who you are dancing with (ie. your wave, your box of four, your line, ...) to execute the calls also becomes a more focal component of your dance experience.
This class runs concurrently in one room with the Advanced class. Class led by Dane Bragg

Advanced Class: Tuesdays, 10/4/2016-5/23/2017 (32 weeks, no class 12/27/2016)

Our Advanced Class is designed for those dancers proficient with the MS and Plus lists and offers a chance to explore more complex formations, calls, and concepts. All calls on the Advanced I & II lists are covered as part of a single comprehensive class experience.
This class runs concurrently in one room with the Plus class and workshop. Class led by Joe Bradshaw.

Click here for Joes's Advanced teaching schedule.

C1 Class: Tuesdays, 10/4/2016-5/20/2017 (32 weeks, no class 12/27/2016)

Who says Challenge Dancer's don't have fun?
Learn the Challenge I list from beginning to end and maybe even laugh with us while you learn in a patient & welcoming environment. A working grasp of the full Advanced list and formational awareness is expected.
This class runs concurrently in one room with the Mainstream workshops/class. Class led by Betsy Gotta.

Click here for Betsy's C1 teaching schedule.

C1 Workshop/C2 Class: Wednesdays as scheduled, 9/14/2016-5/24/2017)

This class and workshop meet twice-monthly. C1 workshop tips alternate with C2 class tips. Workshop/class led by Drew Allen.
Prepayment is available for the January-March time period at $48/6 weeks.
Classes are currently scheduled for:

Prepayment

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

Prepayment is only available as a payment option to dues-paid club members (Independence Squares or other square dance club) and first-time Mainstream class students.

Fall/Winter/Spring 2016-2017 Prepayment Schedule - MS to C1

Each period covers eight weeks, regardless of which Tuesday class/workshop you are attending.

Members who need assistance paying for classes are welcome to speak confidentially with our treasurer.

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 payment period, the door rate applies through the end of the payment period.

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 Mainstream program class. Each member owes dues whether or not he/she is taking a class. Students taking the Mainstream class for the first time do not owe dues.

Members of other clubs who are covered by their other club's insurance are eligible for a $5.00 discount on membership. See the treasurer for details.

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: