Clubs

Square Dance

Arizona Advanced Square Dancing

Arizona Advanced

Arizona Advanced meets Mondays from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at the Southern Arizona Dance Center, 4801 E. 29th St. Tucson, AZ 85711. Casual dress; $10 person.
Special Memorial Day Dance at Sonoran Stables – $15 includes Advanced Dance from 1-3; SSD/Plus from 3-5, BBQ Dinner at 5!

NEW BEGINNING SQUARE DANCING CLASSES OPEN TO NEW PEOPLE SATURDAY, MAY 18 FROM 9:30 to 11:30 AM!

Club Caller:
Richard Lane
505-553-8973
stufftolearn@msn.com

Club Representative: Connie Weigel
xuxala@msn.com

Green Valley Square and Round Dance Club

Green Valley Square And Round Dance Club invites YOU to join us in an activity which is fun for all ages, good mental and physical exercise, and is enjoyed around the world. Square dancing in Green Valley was started by Irma Schaffnit in 1965 and the club has been a focus for learning square dancing, having fun and forming new friendships. Weekly club dances and workshops will
resume in the Fall.

Club Caller: Rick Gittelman
520-820-4749
rickygitt@hotmail.com

Club Cuer: Lynn Van Atta

Club Representative: Jim Stallons
785-207-0819
greenvalleysquares@gmail.com

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Rick A Shays

Founded in 1995, Rick A Shays offers great Advanced dancing, and creative and interesting choreography with National Caller Rick Gittelman.

Club Caller: Rick Gittelman
520-820-4749
rickygitt@hotmail.com

Club Representative: Phyllis Petersen
fabphyllis@gmail.com

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Sonoran Promenaders

The Sonoran Promenaders dance Mainstream and Plus every Monday from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Tom Crisp is the club caller and instructor. Cost is $8 person. Tom’s private dance hall is air-conditioned, with a floating wood floor, and safe, lighted parking.
Please find us at Sonoran Stables Dance Hall
4231 S. Pauline Lane, Tucson AZ 85730
Beginning Square Dance Classes open to new people Thursday, May 16 at 6:30 pm!

Special Memorial Day Dance at Sonoran Stables – $15 includes Advanced Dance from 1-3; SSD/Plus from 3-5, BBQ Dinner at 5!

Club Caller: Tom Crisp
520-419-6090
tom@crisptours.com

Club Representative: Art Lohman

SaddleBrooke Squares

SaddleBrooke Squares is a Plus square dance club. We love having fun whether it is club dances, promoting out of town dances or special club events.

Join us for our Plus Club Dances on Sundays from 6:00 to 8:00 pm in the Mountain View Clubhouse ballroom at SaddleBrooke, 38759 S. Mountain View Blvd. 85739 (north of Tucson near Catalina). However, the time and location sometimes changes, so please check the specific event.

For more information, please contact Terry Jackson 520-241-4164 or visit saddlebrookesquares.com or wheresthedance.com.

Club Callers:
Bob Asp: 815-262-9080 (November to March)
Dean Singleton: 443-440-7007 (April to October)

Club Rep: Mary Klootwyk

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Thunder Mountain Twirlers

The Thunder Mountain Twirlers of Sierra Vista dance Mainstream/Plus. We dance Fridays 7:00 -9:00 pm at the Sierra Vista Lutheran Church,101 N. Lenzner Avenue. Guest callers.

Club President: Bryan Swift
520-775-1127

Club Reps: Chuck and Kathy Baker

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Tucson Twirlers

Tucson Twirlers features fun and energetic dancing. Founded in 1974, we welcome Mainstream/Plus dancers. National caller Rick Gittelman is the club caller.

Club Caller: Rick Gittelman
520-820-4749
rickygitt@hotmail.com

Club Representative: Phyllis Petersen
fabphyllis@gmail.com

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Voyager Square Dancers

The Voyager Square Dancers offers Social Square Dancing (SSD), Mainstream, and Plus level dancing. Casual dress always welcome.

Year-round Wednesday Plus Dance 12:30-2:15 pm Arizona Room.
Please find us at Voyager RV Resort, 8701 S Kolb Rd, Tucson 85756

Club Caller: Don Haney
307-680-9952
donsandie@vcn.com

Club Representative: Sandie Haney
307-680-1952
sandiedon@vcn.com

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Western Whirlers Square and Round Dance Club

Western Whirlers dances SSD/MS with announced Plus on Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:30, 9:00 pm if rounds, with guest callers, and round dancing when a cuer is available.

Club Representative: Edie Hund

Location: Southern Arizona Dance Center, 4801 E. 29th St. Tucson, AZ 85711.

Contra

Come to a Contradance! More info at https://tucsoncontradancers.org/

Contradancing is enjoyed by all ages, all over the USA, and in fact, all over the world, though it is considered American folk dancing. Someone once said “if square dancing and swing dancing met in a bar – you’d get contradancing.”  And yes, contradancing bears some resemblance to Square dancing, but has some significant differences.

Here is what to expect at a dance. The dancers line up in long lines up and down the hall, facing their partners.  You will dance with your partner but also with the adjacent pair to form a foursome – these are your neighbors. The caller teaches the dance in a “walk through” and then the band – yes live music – starts up, and the caller prompts each move until the dancers know the dance.  With each iteration of the dance, you will progress to new neighbors, moving to the next pair up or down the hall, and do the same sequence again. Each individual dance lasts about 10 minutes and there are 10-12 dances in an evening’s program.  Will you know some of the moves?  Yes – do si do, allemande, circle, chain and more are incorporated, though the hand holds may be different from what you are used to.  Will it feel like square dancing?  At first may feel faster than square dancing because the dance moves are choreographed to flow from one to the next. That means that there are no pauses between moves.  Also, each individual dance will consist of a repeated dance pattern that does not change – no surprises from the caller. As a result, you soon learn the dance and the caller can stop prompting allowing you to enjoy just dancing to the music. Do you need to take lessons before coming? No – absolutely not. Contradancing grew out of community dances held in New England Grange halls, and it is the spirit of the contradance to welcome new dancers into each evening. There is a teach at 6:30 and the dances progress from easy to more difficult through the evening, but they are always taught.

We hope you will come dance with the Tucson Friends of Traditional Music Contradances, most 1st and 3rd Saturdays, 6:30-10 pm, here at the Southern Arizona Dance Center, 4801 E 29th St, Tucson, AZ.