Dance Schedule and Locations

Monthly Dance Information (see schedule below)

We may have one or two dance sessions in each of our Monthly Dances - typically on a Saturday. Dress is always casual. No Partner is Required. Tips alternate throughout the evening for the Programs scheduled for each dance. The Caller will announce which Program is coming next before each tip begins. Our squares are Dynamically Allocated - just join the closest square when the music starts and let the fun begin.

We occasionally have a Pre-Dance Event from 1:30 to 3:30 (usually C1/C2 floor time). At such dances, we will also welcome any interested GCA Callers to call one of two 15 minute tips during the break from 3:30-4:00 pm to encourage the next generation of upcomming Callers.

Regular Saturday Dances run from 4:00 to 7:30 with a broader range of programs that rotate throughout the evening. (see schedule below) Though we have discontinued our sit-down potluck break, feel free to bring whatever snacks or potluck dishes you'd like to share. There will be a food and drinks area for free-range grazing and socializing set-up at each dance.

Cost is $10.00 for one session, or, if we have two sessions, $15 for both. GCA Spotlight Sessions are FREE!

Please note that there are some dances that fall at different times, or occasionally, on a different day. Check the schedule below for details.

Dance Schedule

Independence Squares Monthly Dance Schedule
2018-2019 Season Monthly Dance Dates
Date Theme/Programs Location Caller
* GCA Callers interested in Calling a Spotlight tip should contact our Caller Liaison for more information.
Sunday
7/22/2018
Summer Sunday Special
2:00-6:00 - MS-C1 w/C2 star tip(s)
Philadelphia Ethical Society Building - 1st Floor Don Moger
Saturday
8/18/2018
IS/DCLS Crossover Dance
1:00-5:00 - MS, Plus, A2, C1 w/C2 star tip(s)
After-Party BBQ @ the Bradshaw's
UU Society of Mill Creek Jeremy Butler
Saturday
9/22/2018
4:00-7:30 - MS, Plus, A2, C1 Lutheran Church of the Holy Communion Mark Franks
Saturday
10/13/2018
Halloween Dance
4:00-7:30 - MS-A2 w/C1 star tip(s)
 * Costumes Encouraged (not required)
Lutheran Church of the Holy Communion Ett McAtee
Saturday
12/1/2018
Glitter Ball
4:00-8:00 - MS C1 w/C2 star tip(s)
*** Special Potluck Event ***
Merion Friends - Activities Building
615 Montgomery Ave,
Merion Station, PA 19066
Betsy Gotta
Saturday
1/26/2019
6:00-8:00 - MS & Plus
8:00-10:00pm - Adv & C1
*** Special Combo-Style Evening Event ***
Lutheran Church of the Holy Communion Kent Forrester
Saturday
2/23/2019
Love (...and Chocolate!)
Time: TBD - MS, Plus, A2, C1
Lutheran Church of the Holy Communion Bill Harrison
3/29-31/2019 Independence Squares Fly-in
Load The Minnow!   Cast Back to Gilligan's Island Dancing MS-C2 All Weekend!
Clarion Hotel at Exton (map)
815 N Pottstown Pike,
Exton, PA 19341
Betsy Gotta
John Marshall
Ken Ritucci
Saturday
4/13/2019
Time: TBD - MS, Plus, A2, C1 Lutheran Church of the Holy Communion TBA
Saturday
5/11/2019
Time: TBD - MS, Plus, A2, C1 Lutheran Church of the Holy Communion TBA

Venue details

- Lutheran Church of the Holy Communion - 2111 Sansom Street, Phila, PA 19103
(If you look up the Lutheran Church on the web, you'll see that their main entrance is on Chestnut St. We use the back entrance at 2111 Sansom St.)

- Philadelphia Ethical Society Building - 1906 Rittenhouse Square, Phila, PA 19103

- Unitarian Universalist Society of Mill Creek - 579 Polly Drummond Hill Rd, Newark, DE 19711

- Merion Friends Meetinghouse - Activities Building - 615 Montgomery Ave, Merion Station, PA 19066
(at the intersection of Montgomery Ave. and Meetinghouse Lane, between Narberth and Bala Cynwyd)
Activities Building sits back off of Montgomery Ave tucked behind the Meetinghouse itself and the old General Wayne Inn.

Parking etc.

There is a parking garage (at 2107 Sansom St) right next to the Sansom St. entrance of the Lutheran Church (the attendant parks your car). The Church has a stamp so you can get a flat fee discount. Independence Squares also has a stamp for use in this garage while we're dancing at the Ethical Society Building for the same discounted rate (cash only please with IS stamp).
**Note: Though the garage is under new management, the rate with the stamp is planned to continue under the new owners.

There is also a nearby self-park option, but it requires a credit or debit card - it doesn't take cash. It is 2 blocks away. You can enter 170 S. 24th St. Philadelphia in your GPS. It's on 24th St. between Sansom and Walnut, on the right, and hard to miss.

Upcoming IAGSDC Fly-ins of Interest

Here are some of the fly-ins we know about that are close by (relatively speaking)! Always check with the home club's website for any updates.
Date Name, Club Location Caller
9/14-16/2018 Veer North to the Capital,
  Hosted by: Ottawa Date Squares
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Gary Monday
Barry Clasper
10/26-28/2018 Peel the Pumpkin,
  Hosted by: NY Times Squares
Iselin, NJ Sandie Bryant
Betsy Gotta
Ted Lizotte
11/09-11, 2018 Harvest Festival Hoedown,
  Hosted by: DC Lambda Squares
TBA Kris Jensen
John Marshall
Gary Monday
2/15-17/2019 AC/DC (Advanced and Challenge Only),
  Hosted by: DC Lambda Squares
Washington, DC Barry Clasper
Sue Curtis
Don Moger
3/29-31/2019 Load the Minnow! Cast Back to Gilligan's Island,
  Hosted by: Independence Squares
Clarion Hotel at Exton
Exton, PA
Batsy Gotta
John Marshall
Ken Ritucci
4/26-28/2018 Pass the Ocean Hon!,
  Hosted by: Chesapeake Squares
Rehoboth Beach, DE Ett McAtee
Tom Miller
Dayle Hodge
5/24-26/2018 Wheel & Deal,
  Hosted by: Triangle Squares
Toronto, ON, Canada Kris Jensen
Joe Uebelacker