We host rockin’ square dances at Saint Stephens Church in DC’s Mount Pleasant/Columbia Heights neighborhood. Every dance has a live caller and live music.
Our dances are open to all ages and experience levels. No prior dance experience, lessons or special getups needed. Just come out and dance!
Due to the current pandemic, we have cancelled all of our upcoming dances through at least the middle of May, including Dare To Be Square DMV.
This is a tough time for many people, so please support musicians if you are able to. If you have always wanted to learn fiddle or banjo, now is the time! Here’s a list of some musicians who are offering lessons, workshops, or concerts online:
Jake Blount – teaches fiddle, banjo and traditional song (not vocal technique) lessons, and will be streaming somewhat regularly over the next few weeks. firstname.lastname@example.org or http://jakeblount.com
Alex Mitchell – teaches fiddle, guitar, tenor banjo, and mandolin in a variety of styles, including Irish, New England, Swing, etc. Lexfiddle@gmail.com
Alex Lacquement – teaches beginner to intermediate clawhammer and guitar lessons on Zoom or Skype, as well as all levels of upright bass. In addition to lessons on how to play those instruments, learn tunes, and improvise, Alex is also available to teach lessons on how to write tunes. email@example.com or https://www.alexlacquement.com
Brad Kolodner – teaches all levels of banjo. http://www.bradkolodner.com/lessons.html
Willi Carlisle... well, just watch his video: https://www.facebook.com/willi.goehring/videos/10158091262214183/ We laughed aloud multiple times. It is impossible to summarize his offerings.
Golden Shoals (formerly Hoot and Holler) have a kickstarter for a new album: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/goldenshoals/goldenshoals
Spencer & Rains have instructional videos via patreon: https://www.patreon.com/triciaspencerandhowardrains
Peghead Nation has all sorts of online instructional videos, including series by Bruce Molsky, Evie Laden, Marcy Marxer: https://pegheadnation.com/
If you know any other local musicians or artists offering anything virtually, send a message at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll update this list.
Safe space policy
The DC Square Dance is intended to be a safe, welcoming space for all dancers. Disruptive, aggressive, threatening, harassing, dangerous, or inappropriate behavior has no place here and will not be tolerated. We encourage a culture of proactive consent: If you are unsure whether a particular dancer wants to interact with you in a particular way, ask.
If anybody is behaving in a way that makes the dance less safe for you or for another dancer, please speak with one of the volunteers who help run the dance so that we can address the issue. Volunteers can be found at the front entrance table and throughout the hall. If you wish to make a report after the dance is over, please email email@example.com