When are classes?
How much do they cost?
How much do dances cost? Classes start in September and run for 32 weeks.
Snowbirds are welcome to join us for
the first semester, by the way.
The cost for 32 weeks of lessons is $240, with half paid in September, half paid in February.
Club dances usually cost $5 for 2.5 hours of dancing.
Oh, no! Do I have to wait until September to dance? No! Several times during the year, we hold intro sessions for prospective dancers. To find out about these dances, get on our mailing list here.
Is there a dress code? No! Casual dress is fine. But you'll find that square dancing is very energetic, so it's a good idea to wear lightweight clothing (or layers, in cooler months). We have Tuxedo T-shirts available for purchase, and you'll see folks wearing them at just about every one of our events. We also have a gorgeous formal club shirt (available to members only).
What if I don't have a partner? You don't need one! You'll be dancing with different teams of people all the time. That's why square dancing is such a great way to meet people.
What if I can't dance? No problem! Square dancing is one of the easiest dance forms to learn. There are no complicated routines that have to be memorized. A caller will tell you what to do, and you simply walk in patterns, and in time with the music. You'll get plenty of practice, because it does take a bit of time to learn the moves. And the thing to remember is that everyone makes mistakes, even experienced dancers. Some of the best laughs come when we break down a square. It's all part of the fun!
What about the music? Everyone thinks that square dancing = country music. Well, nothing could be further from the truth. Yes, you'll hear some country, but it doesn't stop there. We dance to everything from present-day pop and rock to all-time standards, with a bit of Country and Western thrown in for good measure. Any song that has a good beat can be -- and is -- used in square dancing. You'll hear songs by Lady GaGa, Madonna, INXS, The Pointer Sisters, N' Sync, Anna Lee, etc., etc., etc.
Are there health benefits for my body? You bet! Dancing of any kind is great for your body and your mind. And you'll find that square dancing is the perfect way to exercise: It has all of the positive aspects and none of the negatives. It's fun, so you won't even know you're exercising. Fabulous! New dancers are always surprised at how energetic square dancing can be. It's low impact, but it's definitely aerobic, and experienced dancers will tell you: "Bring an extra T-shirt -- you're going to need it!"
Are there health benefits for my brain? Of course! Square dancing is a one-stop-shop healthy activity. While your body is dancing, your brain is totally engaged. It's a great mental challenge. Learning new calls, and having to react instantly to the caller gives your brain a heck of a workout. Best of all, you get a refreshing mental mini-vacation when you're square dancing, because you'll be concentrating so hard that you won't be able to think about anything... except how much fun you're having. Anything else I should know about square dancing?
Here's something that might surprise you -- square dancing is called in English everywhere in the world. So, once you learn to square dance with us, you can dance anywhere. There's an international community of square dancers out there, and we can all dance together even if we don't speak the same language. It's a whole new world of friendship and fun.
Who are Triangle Squares members? We're everybody. Anyone who wants to square dance can join. Triangle Squares is open to all. But we are an LGBTQ club, so our membership is primarily gays and lesbians.
What is a fly-in? It's an annual weekend-long mini-convention. The name comes from the fact that dancers usually have to travel (fly) to the event. Triangle Squares hosts a fly-in each May. Clubs all over the United States hold fly-ins too, and many of our members go to them. These events are a ton of fun, and, as always with square dancing, they're a great way to meet new people and make new friends. Check out photos from our past fly-ins here.
What is the International Convention? Convention is HUGE... and it's coming to Toronto in 2016!
It's the party to end all parties! This is a weekend-long event, and it attracts dancers from around the world. It's held in a different city each year. In 2012, we'll be going to Vancouver to Dance Up A Storm, and 2013 will be the year to Weave Your Heart in San Francisco. Check out our Photos page to see some video from the Washington 2009 Convention. First-year dancers can attend Convention, and they are allowed to pay the lowest rate, as an incentive.
What is the IAGSDC? The International Association of Gay and Lesbian Square Dance Clubs is the organization of gay square dance clubs in Canada, the US, and around the world. You can learn more about it, and the International Convention, here.
Triangle Squares members have MANY activities that they're involved in when they're not dancing. We've highlighted a few of them on our brand-new ACTIVITIES page. Check out what your fellow club members are up to these days!