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 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.
If you've already joined us for one (or more) of this year's Summer Open Houses, then you already know how fun Modern Western Square Dancing can be! And if not, then this is your opportunity to learn for yourself in a fun and welcoming environment. Our instructor will take you step by step through the first stages of learning how to dance all of the calls on the CALLERLAB Mainstream List. And once you're through, you will be able to square dance anywhere in the world! And it's not only fun, but it's good for you too. Wanna find out more? Check out our Open House in early October. No Paartner Needed. Hopefully we'll see YOU in a Square!
This class runs concurrently in one room with the Advanced Class. Class led by Joe Bradshaw.
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.
This class runs concurrently in one room with the C1 Class and is led by Betsy Gotta
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 Beginner's Mainstream Class. Class led by Dane Bragg.
Click here for Dane's Advanced 1 teaching schedule. (A2 teaching order Coming soon!)
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 MS/Plus DBD Class. Class led by Betsy Gotta.
Click here for Betsy's C1 Class teaching schedule.
Our Challenge group typically meets twice-monthly on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the Month. For our Challenge I dancers, we'll be working on strengthing our skills and gaining confidence on the floor. And we’ll pick up where we left off with the C2 Class content taught through May of last year. Drew Allen will start things off with a full review of the C2 material previously covered and then we’ll focus on what we can cover from the remainder of the C2 List. Click here for the C2 Class List of Calls covered to date.
Challenge Programming can only happen in Philadelphia if we support it. A minimum of 10 Dancers who plan to regularly attend this Challenge Programing is required for IS to justify the commitment of resources needed to make it work. Some flexibility in published dates may be required to ensure these events are worthwhile to those who do make the commitment.
Classes typically held on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays (No Class 12/27/2018 for Winter Break):
- 11/07/2018 *(cancelled)
- 11/28/2018 *(@ Lutheran Church)
- 12/27/2018 - Dark
- 01/23/2019Classes have been approved based on attendance projections from Class Members.
~~ Dance Fee is $10/night (or Pre-Payment for Session I (Oct-Jan - 7 weeks) is $56). ~~
* Note: Challenge Wednesdays are eligible for Board review at any point after the third instance where we don't have sufficient attendance to complete a square (at least 8 dancers) on a planned Wednesday night. Please keep this in mind when committing to attend on Wednesdays. We know the unexpected sometimes happens. We also need to be responsible to our resources. Thanks for your cooperation!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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: