El Camino Reelers: LGBT Square Dancing in Silicon Valley

Everybody is a star! Learn to Square Dance with El Camino Reelers!

We are trying something new this year.

Instead of holding a weekly Beginner class, El Camino Reelers will be hosting a series of no-experience-required "Fun Nights" on the third Friday of every month. These nights will feature basic square dancing and related dances (contras, line dances, Sicilian Circles, etc.) with the caller walking you all the moves you need to know.

We'll also be using these nights as a starting point for dancers interested in learning more about square dancing. When we have enough interested dancers, we will hold a weekend "Blast Class" to introduce a major chunk of the Basic-Mainstream-Plus square dance curriculum. Following the Blast Class, we'll set aside time during our weekly Wednesday club nights for Blast Class graduates to practice their new skills, with more Blast Classes at intervals until everyone is dancing at the Plus level.

Casual dress - Come solo or with a partner - No experience required

Club nights are Wednesdays from 7:300 to 9:30 pm. at St. Andrews United Methodist Church in Palo Alto, with a rotating lineup of club callers.

Wednesday club nights feature full-Plus level dancing with workshops on more difficult calls, with a few A2 star tips for more experienced dancers ("angels"), as well as class-level dancing once the first Blast class takes place.

Club nights are really like a dance party. You'll be having fun the whole evening with a bunch of new lesbian, gay, bi, transgender, and straight friends, all the while polishing your square dance skills. Learning is the fun of square dancing!

More about how (and why) El Camino Reelers is changing the way we run our beginner classes:

For more info on square dance calls, concepts, and customs, see the Information for Students page.

Photo by Ken Seibert
They made it! Our smiling 2016 graduates with instructor Rich Reel