Updated June 22, 2017    



An Overview of Square Dancing, Round Dancing, Contra Dancing and Clogging
Square and contra are group dances. Square dancing is for eight persons while contras are for six, eight or more. Round dancing is a form of choreographed ballroom dancing with a cuer, and, like ballroom dancing, is done in couples. Clogging, a form of step-dancing, is done by each person as an individual. Both square and round dancing have been adapted for wheelchair dancers.  These activities are excellent for maintaining health.  Women who exercise briskly reduce potential of stroke by 20-30%.


Instruction for new dancers generally begins in September/October; some may start in January/February.
As a rule, Clubs dance once a week with periodic breaks through the year. Most clubs dance in the evenings, but some dance during the day. The average cost is approx. $5.00 per week per person, plus a yearly membership /association fees which includes third party liability insurance coverage. Coffee and light refreshments are usually available to encourage socializing.


What to Wear?
For square and round dancing ladies are encouraged to a wear comfortable skirt to ensure freedom for moving. If desired, dress may change over to shorter fuller skirts along with a crinoline, especially for square dancing. Prairie skirts are becoming more popular. Gentlemen wear a long sleeved shirt.

Soft-soled shoes are a must for all.

Square Dance Contra Dance
Round Dance Clogging

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