Square Dancing in Australia

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Modern Square Dancing in Australia has been going for over 60 years and is best described as “fun and friendship set to music”.

It’s called “Dancing” – Square Dancing is danced in groups of four couples following the instructions of the caller.

As a caller sings a song whether it be to Rock N Roll, Country, Jazz or Modern Hit Songs, it will contain the ‘steps’ or moves required by the dancers to follow in time with the music.

Each caller can choreograph the same song with a different mix of moves depending on his and the dancer’s capabilities, thereby always making square dance different & challenging yet an enjoyable activity for either sex.

You can view an introduction to square dance online and see The Square Dance Song by Anna Jois or view – ‘Square Dancing Keeps You Young’ feature.

Good callers will call the moves in a ‘freestyle’ fashion making it a fun workout or a great ‘hoedown’ to challenge the dancers and have fun at the same time.

 The instructions/moves are always called in English ,  So once you learn how to square dance at mainstream level, you can travel and square dance all over the world.

The next level up is Plus and it goes on to higher levels eg: A1 & A2 & higher if you wish to learn more.

Many people try Square Dancing as a way to socialize others go for exercise, meeting new friends, fun, fitness, stress relief, ‘brain food’ and all the health benefits associated with an energetic aerobic workout they can enjoy.

Square dancing has been shown to counter the effects of Anxiety, Depression, Asthma, Obesity, Alzheimer’s, Arthritis, Stress, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Aging and many other curses of “growing older”, so the sooner you start – the greater the benefits.

It’s a great way to become more coordinated, physically & mentally healthy and socially interactive so why not act – belong & commit to a Square Dance club near you – “Do it now”. 

The diverse range of music and songs used in modern square dancing also makes it a very attractive alternative to people from other dance activities like swing, zumba, ceroc, vogue, tango, bokwa, boot scooting, line dance, round dance, ballroom, salsa, latin, old time, flamenco and clogging.

Each year we hold an Australian National Square Dance Convention (ANSDC) in a different state and the next one is the 58th Australian National Square Dance Convention in Bendigo, VIC from the 13 April to the 17 April 2017

These conventions are the feature dance each year with people coming from oversees and all around Australia to join in and celebrate this magnificent event.

There are over 160 active square dance callers and about 200 club venues around Australia. You can dance daily, weekly, fortnightly or even monthly if you wish. Each club offers something different in it’s own special way. Perhaps you could try to visit and dance at as many clubs as possible to experience the wonderful diversity in Australian modern square dance.

You can follow links to each State to locate clubs and callers nearest to you in – Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, & Western Australia.

If you wish to inquire about learning how to square dance –

Please call our toll free number –

1800 643 277.

From this you are linked with the nearest beginner’s classes and we will have the local club representative follow up and help you get started.

Travelling around Australia is also part of the fun as many square dancers have discovered. Many square dancers have joined forces to create the TAWS group (Travelling Australia With Squaredancers) to share the fun & friendship set to music. Visit the TAWS web link.

This is a very brief overview of square dancing in Australia with lots more fascinating facts to learn and explore.

Kept short and sweet Square Dance is a great way to have fun!

We wish you fun times and hope to meet you on a square dance floor soon –

National Square Dance Society of Australia Inc

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