Modern square dancing is a form of dance where groups of eight people work together
to dance a sequence of moves, known as calls.
Who is a caller?
The caller sings the song and provides the calls that provide a pattern for the choreography
of the dance.
How do I learn to dance?
Classes are offered by Boots and Bows. The classes are taught by an expert caller
instructor and provide an introduction to square dancing.
Is it hard?
No. If you can do any other style of dancing you can easily learn to square dance.
Are there other resources for learning?
Yes, there are videos and computer program that can supplement a class but there
is no substitute for going through a class.
How are calls defined?
The calls have evolved over many years and are occasionally modified. The calls are
standardized and published by CALLERLAB, the International Association of Square
Is everyone welcome?
Yes. All we ask is that you are considerate of others.
Who can join Boots and Bows?
Dancers who have completed a Basic/Mainstream and Plus level class are welcome to
apply for membership in the Boots and Bows.
Where can I dance?
There are many places to dance in the local area. Our club puts on Plus level dances
once a month. We also visit other neighboring clubs. There are conventions at the
regional, state, national and international levels for people who enjoy travel. Club
and local visitation dances are listed in our club calendar and newsletters.
What do square dancers wear?
Women normally wear: Western skirts with petticoats or pioneer skirts, and comfortable
Men: Western shirts with pants or jeans and comfortable shoes or boots. Bolo or
western tie is optional.
Everyone wears a name badge to identify them and their club affiliation to other
In hot climates, normal square dance attire is sometimes suspended for cooler, more
comfortable clothes in the summertime.