New dancers attend dances designed for beginners. The vocabulary is gradually explained and practiced in dances choreographed to use just the known moves. Within the first ten minutes you will be dancing! "Circle Left, Circle Right, Forward and Back, Dosado, Promenade." You can guess what the first three moves mean so you only need to learn how to Dosado and Promenade. Some groups accept new dancers at any time, but most clubs generally begin instruction in September, October, or sometimes January.
The current list of beginner dances is here.
The clubs listed below typically offer introductory Square Dancing. Visitors are always welcome! Class meeting times are identified if class and club meet at different times; otherwise class and club meet together.
Many have dances listed here, but we might have missed others. Click on the club name for more information.
Cape Breton Region:
Town and Country Dancers, Christ Church Hall, Trinity Ave, Sydney,
Wed. Class at 7:00 p.m.
Central Region: (see also Metro Square & Round Dance Association)
Lake City Swingers, Dartmouth, N. Woodside Community Centre, Thurs. Class at 7:30
Stardusters, Dartmouth, S. Woodside Community Centre, Thurs. Class at 7:00 p.m.
Cumberland Twirlers, Experimental Farm, Nappan, Tues. 7:30 p.m.
South Shore Region:
South Shore Squares, Holy Trinity Anglican Church Hall, 78 Alexandra Ave., Bridgewater, Fri. 6:45 pm.
Introductory Round Dancing is offered by these clubs:
Fun Time Rounds, Dartmouth, St. Luke's Church Hall, Tues. Afternoons, 2:00 p.m.
NB-NS Border Rounders, Experimental Farm Pavilion, Nappan, Thurs. Class at 8:30 p.m.
These clubs offer introductory Contra Dancing. Dance steps are taught before each dance.
Contra Time Dancers, Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, 2096 Windsor Street (corner of Allan), Halifax, Saturday, usually monthly Sept-May, 8:00 p.m.
Halifax Contra Dancers, All Nations Church, 2535 Robie Street, Halifax, usually monthly Sept-May, 8:00 p.m.