New Dancers FAQ

Join Us at Stonewall 50

Times Squares is hosting Pride Square Dance 2019 on Friday, June 28, as part of the Stonewall 50 celebration. We welcome beginning dancers to join us for free during the first hour. Learn to dance the basic of square dancing and have fun. Find out more information and we hope to see you there!

We welcome everybody to come and dance with us. Here are the answers to some of the frequently asked questions about square dancing and our club.

What is square dancing?

Square dancing is a true American folk dance. It is done by four couples standing in a square. The dances are not memorized; instead, the dancers follow the instructions of a caller. Square dances consist of successive standard movements choreographed by the caller. Music is not limited to country/western, but can include old favorites, folk songs, show tunes, and pop hits.

I’ve never square danced before. Is that OK?

Yes! We’ll show you everything you need to know.

Are both men and women involved?

Yes! Our membership is open to all adults: lesbians, gays and straights. We do not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, religion, or sexual orientation.

Can I come without a partner?

Yes! You may come by yourself or with a partner.

Can I come dressed as I am?

Yes! Times Squares does not have any dress requirement. Dancers generally wear street clothes; shorts and T-shirts are common in hot weather. Some of our members like to dress up so you may see traditional square dance attire at some of our functions.

Who dances what part?

At Times Squares you do not have to dance your biological role: both men and women may dance either the man’s or the woman’s part. Many of our dancers are equally comfortable dancing either role. As a new dancer you’ll be asked to stick to one role until you have mastered the basics.

How do I begin?

The first step requires no commitment. Spend an evening with us at an Open House, learn some basic calls, and meet the Times Squares members. These dances are held several times each year. No dance experience is necessary. Check our calendar for the next Open House.

What happens next?

You have the opportunity to join a class to learn the beginning level of square dancing, known as Mainstream. A professional caller will teach several new calls every week and practice those taught previously. The learning is easy and fun. Many of our members fondly remember the good times in their Mainstream classes.

When & where are dance classes held?

Classes usually begin on the last Tuesday in September or the first Tuesday in October. We meet at Public School 3 near the corner of Christopher and Hudson Streets in Greenwich Village. Each weekly class lasts two and a half. Check our calendar for exact dates and times.

Do I have to attend all the classes?

New calls are taught progressively, building on the previous lessons so it’s easier to learn if you attend all the classes. But life gets in the way. When you miss a class we’ll be happy to help you catch up when you return.

What does it cost?

Our classes, called Condensed Teaching Order, takes about 17 lessons for dancers to become comfortable with most of the 60+ Mainstream calls. Each class costs $10, (that’s less than the cost of a movie ticket). Graduating Mainstream students receive free membership in Times Squares for the rest of the year in which they graduate.