Jolly Promenaders Square Dancers

Square Dancing is...
A traditional folk dance from the United States based on "country" music and clothing. A great social mixer for all ages. Square dancing is enjoyed at all ages, from grade school to senior citizens.Healthful exercise. It is a low fat, non-alcoholic, and high energy activity. (However, we make no guarantees about the eating that may accompany the dancing!)

Inexpensive. Most dances cost about $10-$14 per couple.

A global activity. Square dancing is found in every state in the US as well as all the Canadian provinces, and in more than 50 countries around the world. Square dance calls are usually spoken in English, regardless of the location of the dance. More info about American Square Dance can be viewed at Wikipedia or you may download a pdf copy of History & Heritage of Square Dance.

A square dance requires:

*One or more "squares" of dancers (4 couples per square)
*A Caller

The caller chants or sings instructions to the dancers directing them in specific moves around the square. These instructions are known as "calls". A good caller skillfully paces his calls to the music.

New dancers first learn Basic level calls then move up to Mainstream calls. Skilled dancers can go on to learn more complicated calls at Plus, A1, and A2 levels.

If you have never square danced, you need to learn the calls in order to understand the instructions given by the caller. Square Dance lessons are offered at different levels by many square dance clubs, including the Jolly Promenaders.

Click here for more information on taking lessons from the Jolly Promenaders, or check out the Minnesota Square Dance Federation for statewide lesson info.

We dance the 3rd Saturday of each month from September to May.

Plus Level is 7:30-8:00 pm, and 10:00-10:15 pm.
Mainstream dancing is from 8:00-10:00 pm.

Our dances are held at Forest Lake Senior Center, 767 SW 4th Street, Forest Lake, Minnesota. Only 30 minutes from downtown St. Paul or Minneapolis. Map and Directions

Visitors are welcome to join us for an evening of fun and friendship! We welcome all ages, from grade school to seniors, and encourage couples as well as singles to attend our dances. We hope to see you soon!

Admission: $6 per person / $12 per couple

Interested in Learning to Square Dance? We offer Square Dance Lessons every fall and winter.


  • Addresses
    • 25437 FOREST BLVD, Wyoming, MN 55092