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The Main Street Strollers has closed its doors and is no longer dancing. This website will remain active for the support of Square Dancing. Please consider dancing with the Apple Jacks and Jills Square Dance club, also located in California’s El Dorado County.

The Apple Jacks and Jills Square Dance Club meets every Wednesday night at the El Dorado Community Hall, 6139 Pleasant Valley Road, El Dorado, CA 95623.

  • 6:30 – 7:00PM Plus Review
  • 7:00 – 8:30PM SSD and Mainstream
  • 8:30 – 9:00PM Full Plus

The club caller is Scott Pearce

For more information, call Carolyn Havicon 916-801-6921

Square dancing is fun!

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Perhaps you are brand new to Square Dancing or experienced it years ago? Modern Square dance has changed quite a bit since its inception. It is a great way to meet people, relax, and relieve built-up stress.  Modern square dance attire has changed too, and women often wear jeans, prairie skirts or western attire (although traditional square dance attire can be a lot of fun). And the music has changed where you’ll now often find a place to dance the night away with a variety of tunes from country to rock and roll. Modern square dance has re-invented itself to fit today’s lifestyle. Singles, couples, and families will all enjoy new friendships and have lots of fun.

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Square dance starts with eight dancers (four couples) arranged in a square pattern on the dance floor. The dancers (as defined as the “heads” or “sides” of a square depending upon where they are standing) are prompted (cued) by a caller through a sequence of patterns or steps to music. Square dance patterns are unique, fun, and challenging; and the dancers never know the exact sequence of steps the caller may call ahead of time. Think of it as a puzzle that everyone dances to music. It’s a great way to exercise your mind and your body!! Learning to square dance is easy and is accomplished through a variety of classes that gently teaches a set of “calls” that are learned in succession all while having fun during each class session. Dancers start out learning SSD (Social Square Dance) or Basic level which provide dancers with loads of fun. Once comfortable with SSD or Basic, additional levels are also available that add calls to the SSD and Basic program called “Mainstream” and “Plus”. These new levels capitalize on what was learned from SSD/Basic and are completely optional, but many dancers find that after learning SSD/Basic they want to expand their dancing skills that include these additional calls and challenges.