2016 Square Dance Beginners’ Class

Square dancing is a kind of social dance that you do in groups of eight formed into a square. It is a fun activity that pairs a physical component with a mental task, so it is very good for keeping your body and mind active. It was originally an American folk dance, but in the last 30 years it has been considerably altered to its modern form, which is now quite popular all over Japan, as well as in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia, and many other countries. It takes a few months to learn the basic steps of square dancing, but once you know them, you can join square dancing events anywhere in the world.

Tsukuba has a square dancing club that has been in existence for 35 years! In fact, this year, the club will be holding a huge 35th anniversary party at Tsukuba International Congress Center in December, so it is a great year to join the club. Classes start in April with one free trial lesson at the end of March. The classes are held on Saturday nights from 7pm to 9pm.

Come on and join our class!!

* Dates: April 2 to July 2016 (There is also a free trial date on Saturday, March 26)
* Time: Saturday evenings from 7pm to 9pm
* Location: Takezono Community Center (beside Takezono Shopping Center)
* Fee: 3000 yen for 4 months (includes textbook)
* Bring: Indoor-only shoes

During the class you will learn all of the steps at the “Basic” level. If you come to a majority of the classes and learn the steps, you will get an official graduation certificate in July! (Here is the schedule for learning the steps.)

Contact us if you are interested in attending.

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December 2015 Events

5 (Saturday)
5:30pm to 7pm: Plus and Round Dance Class
7pm to 9pm: Mainstream and Round Dance Class
Location: Takezono Community Center (beside Takezono Shopping Center)

12 (Saturday)
5:30pm to 7pm: Plus and Round Dance Class
7pm to 9pm: Mainstream and Round Dance Class
Location: Takezono Community Center (beside Takezono Shopping Center)

19 (Saturday)
5:30pm to 9pm: Christmas Party (MainstreamPlusRound Dance, and Line Dance)
Location: Takezono Community Center (beside Takezono Shopping Center)
Note: Please wear your square dancing costume, bring a dish to share (potluck), and bring a gift worth around 500 yen.

Next event: January 9th.

November 2015 Events

We have two special events this month in addition to our regular classes!

7 (Saturday)
6pm to 7pm: Plus and Round Dance Class
7pm to 9pm: Mainstream and Round Dance Class
Location: Tsukuba Fureai Plaza

8 (Sunday): Dosado Party
This is the debut party for dancers in Ibaraki who have learned to square dance this year. There are many tips for beginning dancers. If you are a beginner dancer, please come! If you are a veteran dancer, please come to support our newly-minted dancers! There will also be two chances for people to experience square dancing for the first time (11am to 12 noon, 1pm to 2pm). Please invite your friends to come so they can experience the fun of square dancing!
10:30am to 4pm
Location: Work Plaza Katsuta

14 (Saturday)
5:30pm to 7pm: Plus and Round Dance Class
7pm to 9pm: Mainstream and Round Dance Class
Location: Takezono Community Center (beside Takezono Shopping Center)

16 (Monday): Square Dance Party with Walt Burr
Walt Burr is an American caller who is based in Germany. At this special event, you will get to dance to a professional native English speaking caller. Don’t miss this rare opportunity in Tsukuba!
6pm to 9pm
Location: Namiki Community Center
Note: Square dance costumes are not required.

21 (Saturday)
5:30pm to 7pm: Plus and Round Dance Class
7pm to 9pm: Mainstream and Round Dance Class
Location: Takezono Community Center (beside Takezono Shopping Center)

28 (Saturday)
5:30pm to 7pm: Plus and Round Dance Class
7pm to 9pm: Mainstream and Round Dance Class
Location: Takezono Community Center (beside Takezono Shopping Center)
Note: Please wear your square dancing costume.

October 2015 Events

3 (Saturday)
5:30pm to 7pm: Plus and Round Dance Class
7pm to 9pm: Mainstream and Round Dance Class
Location: Takezono Community Center (beside Takezono Shopping Center)

10 (Saturday)
5:30pm to 7pm: Mainstream (easy), Plus and Round Dance Class
7pm to 9pm: Mainstream and Round Dance Class
Location: Kasuga Community Center

17 (Saturday)
5:30pm to 7pm: Plus and Round Dance Class
7pm to 9pm: Mainstream and Round Dance Class
Location: Takezono Community Center (beside Takezono Shopping Center)

24 (Saturday)
5:30pm to 7pm: Mainstream (easy), Plus and Round Dance Class
7pm to 9pm: Mainstream and Round Dance Class
Location: Takezono Community Center (beside Takezono Shopping Center
Note: Please wear your square dancing costume.

31 (Saturday)
5:30pm to 7pm: Mainstream (easy), Plus and Round Dance Class
7pm to 9pm: Mainstream and Round Dance Class
Location: Takezono Community Center (beside Takezono Shopping Center
Note: Please wear your square dancing costume.

September 2015 Events

5 (Saturday)
6:15pm to 7pm: Plus and Round Dance Class
7pm to 9pm: Basic, Mainstream and Round Dance Class
Location: Tsukuba Fureai Plaza

12 (Saturday)
5:30pm to 7pm: Plus and Round Dance Class
7pm to 9pm: Basic, Mainstream and Round Dance Class
Location: Takezono Community Center (beside Takezono Shopping Center)

19 (Saturday)
5:30pm to 7pm: Plus and Round Dance Class
7pm to 9pm: Basic, Mainstream and Round Dance Class
Location: Takezono Community Center (beside Takezono Shopping Center)

26 (Saturday)
5:30pm to 7pm: Plus and Round Dance Class
7pm to 9pm: Basic, Mainstream and Round Dance Class
Location: Takezono Community Center (beside Takezono Shopping Center
Note: Please wear your square dancing costume.

July 2015 Events

4 (Saturday)
5:30pm to 7pm: Plus and Round Dance Class
7pm to 9pm: 2015 Beginner Class Day 13, Mainstream and Round Dance Class
Location: Takezono Community Center (beside Takezono Shopping Center)

11 (Saturday)
5:30pm to 7pm: Plus and Round Dance Class
7pm to 9pm: 2015 Beginner Class GRADUATION, Mainstream and Round Dance Class
Location: Takezono Community Center (beside Takezono Shopping Center)

* Please wear your square dance costume for the graduation ceremony.

18 (Saturday)
5:30pm to 7pm: Plus and Round Dance Class
7pm to 9pm: 2015 Beginner Class Day 15, Mainstream and Round Dance Class
Location: Takezono Community Center (beside Takezono Shopping Center)

25 (Saturday)
5:30pm to 7pm: Plus and Round Dance Class
7pm to 9pm: 2015 Beginner Class Day 16, Mainstream and Round Dance Class
Location: Takezono Community Center (beside Takezono Shopping Center)

Other Events

The club will have a summer break in August, so there will be no classes on August 8, 15, and 22.

The next class after July 25 will be August 29. That class will be at Tsukuba Fureai Plaza from 6pm.