Chaps & Petticoats Square Dance Club
Chaps & Petticoats Square Dance Lessons
Square Dancing is a series of calls put together in order for 8 people to dance together with direction.
We teach "Modern" Square Dance. The name "modern" came about back in the 50's as this form of square dance separated from "Traditional" Square Dance. Traditional Square Dance teaches the dance at each tip before you start dancing. "Modern", our form of dancing, teaches you each call through lessons so you are prepared to dance the whole night without instruction time.
September 12, 2021 "Introduction to Square Dancing"
We will be offering an "Intro to Square Dancing" FREE on Sunday nights 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm; all it costs you is your time to come join us. Lessons will be held at Maplewood Grange. If you liked the activity you can continue with lessons starting September 26. It takes 20-25 lessons to complete the class. Because there are many calls to learn, the class will be closed to new dancers at that time. We charge $5 per person per lesson ($15 family cap for multiple youth). We offer a discount to lessons for prepayment of lessons that is $85 per person.. Family prepayment discount is $240. There are opportunities to attend dances for your level during the lesson process, so you can start dancing rather quickly. Questions? email us
Mainstream: Mainstream is the predominate dance level in this state. It incorporates Basic 51 and adds 17 more calls to your dancing repertoire. Chaps & Petticoats Mainstream Lessons will start in September 30
While you are learning, you are dancing! Scott Zinser is our instructor who does a very thorough job teaching you not only the calls but the fine points of the steps so you can get a good foundation under you by the time you graduate. Scott is one of the better instructors in the area and we have had students from other clubs who are taking lessons come to our lessons. Many of our club members will be there to help you learn; they are called "Angels" and they help guide you as you get the calls learned. Dress is casual.
Our club caters to families, youth, couples and singles who are interested in dancing. Intro to Square Dance is free September 12 & 19 Starting September 26 lessons are $5 per person each lesson. The Family rate for families with kids from high school and below are $15 each lesson for the entire family.
If you are interested in taking lessons and would like to have a reminder sent to you please email us and we will call you or email you at your preference. Otherwise, just show up. Lessons start in September. Lessons will be open to new students for the month of September. Our square dance lessons draw from the Aurora, Canby, Wilsonville, Woodburn, Oregon City, Molalla area and beyond.
Plus: We will offer classes when we have enough interest to cover our costs for lessons. Scott Zinser our instructor. Cost would be $5 per person per lesson
A-Lessons: We hosted A lessons the spring and summer of 2010. We graduated 16 students. Advanced Square Dance consists of A-1 (49 calls) and A-2 (44 calls) and are taught together because A-dances call both levels.
Round Dance Lessons We often host Round Dance lessons when we have enough interest. Lessons are $5 per night.
When talking to people about square dancing, a lot of people remembered square dancing in PE when they were in school. It probably consisted of less than a dozen moves. The kind of dancing that is danced at clubs nowadays is called modern square dancing. The first level of dancing is mainstream that involves learning some 68 moves (calls) in order to dance. These calls are standardized so you can dance anywhere in the world and dance to the same calls.
Square dancing combines mental and physical exercise in wholesome atmosphere (See below article about benefits of dancing). If you can walk, you can dance. Square dancing is one of the easier types of dance to learn because most moves are done as an individual within a group. Children as young as 7 have been able to learn how to dance, so families can learn together. It is a relatively inexpensive activity. Because square dancing involves physical contact with other people. it teaches appropriate touching in a dance environment (see videos below for examples). As with other hobbies, it also offers a means of making new friends; it can also build lifelong friendships. Square dancing blends people from all walks of life and there are multiple places to dance in the Portland/Willamette Valley area.
Excellent Square Dance Animations by Brad Christie, webmaster of the Tam Twirlers Square Dance Club. This website is very easy to use. You can play the animations slow or fast, pause them, etc. It includes programs from Mainstream to C3A.
Benefits of Square Dancing