Learn to Square and Round Dance

There are many, many reasons to learn to square and round dance!  First, it’s a great way to spend time with current friends as well as make new friends.  It’s a great physical and mental activity with proven health benefits.  Plus, it’s just great FUN!

Please join us at one of our dance lesson opportunities.  We’d love to get to know you!

Beginning Mainstream Square Dance Lessons

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Bend’s Bachelor Beauts will begin lessons again this September. We’d love to have you join us for our Sampler Series.

The Beginner Sampler Series is a three-class session that introduces fundamental moves used at almost every square dance. Classes meet Sun/Thur, September 9, 13, and 16, 6:15 to 8:15 pm, at the Pine Forest Grange. Cost is just $20 per person for the three-class series.

If the Sampler Series gets you hooked on squaring up, you’ll want to continue with our All In with Mainstream lessons. Completing this next set of lessons qualifies you to dance with the Bachelor Beauts Club and any mainstream square dance club in the United States or Europe. All In lessons will be held Thur/Sun, September 20-October 28, 6:15 to 8:15 pm, at the Pine Forest Grange. Cost is $75 for the series.

FAQ’s about lessons and square dances
Do women have to wear petticoats at dances?
No. The Bachelor Beauts and many other clubs have a relaxed dress code at dances. Some ladies still love the traditional look and feel of a flying petticoat as they dance. Others prefer to wear denim or peasant skirts or pants. At lessons we always suggest comfortable, casual clothing.

What kind of music is played at a square dances these days?
We dance to modern country, old school rock and roll, and pop music.

I don’t have a regular partner. Can I still take lessons?
Definitely. Bachelor Beauts members volunteer their time to participate in lessons, and we always make sure that students without partners have one.

I’d like to try lessons, but I’m having a hard time getting my husband to come. Any advice?
Many of our male club members were once reluctant students so we understand the problem. Cross our hearts—previous dance experience is absolutely not required. Here are some analogies that might help with your persuasive effort:

  • Square dancing is a lot like being in marching band at halftime. It’s about making formations and enjoying the music. Marching band members march as they make formations, and square dancers walk. In fact during a dance, it’s pretty easy to get in 1-3 miles of walking so it’s great exercise.
  • Square dancing is like playing football or basketball. The caller (coach) calls the plays, and the dancers (players) execute them as a team.
  • Square dancing is a moving puzzle that eight dancers in a square solve together.

Can I come and see what a dance looks like?

Of course! Drop by most any 1st or 3rd Saturday night at the Pine Forest Grange and watch the action. We’d love to have you visit. It might just feel like home—hugs and handshakes, hot coffee and cookies along with friendly, interesting people to square up with.

For more information or to add your name to the list for information about upcoming lessons— Kay Bithell, 541-382-7014, kaybithell@centurylink.net

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Round Dance Lessons

Check back here for information about round dance lessons starting soon.