New Dancer Information
IF YOU ARE A CURRENT SQUARE DANCER and would like to join the Rainbeaus, please attend one of our dance evenings…Tuesday (Mainstream and Plus) or Thursday (Advanced)…at 7pm at the Washington Street Community Center (809 S. Washington St, Denver). Ask any Rainbeau how to join the club or feel free to “pay-as-you-go” for a single night of dancing to check us out (the payment table is located in the back of the hall). If you are interested in our Challenge 1 program held on Monday evenings, please Contact Us! for information. Check the Calendar to confirm all dance dates.
IF YOU ARE BRAND NEW TO SQUARE DANCING, you'll start by taking our Mainstream class. The free Open House event every September (This year, Tuesday, September 10, 2019!) at the Washington Street Community Center provides an introduction to square dancing and information about the new class. Whether or not you attend the Open House, you may attend one or both of our "first night" classes the following two Tuesdays to determine whether you'd like to enroll in the class ("First classes" are scheduled in *2019* on consecutive Tuesdays, September 17 AND September 24, 7pm to 9pm at 809 S. Washington St, Denver). There are often other opportunities during the year to give square dancing a try and meet members of the club. Please contact the Recruitment and Retention Coordinator, Erick Blakely for information!
If you are wondering if you'll 'fit in', please feel at ease. The Rainbeaus are a very diverse group. Members represent a wide range of ages and types, male and female, GLBT and straight alike. No partner is required; you will dance with many different partners during your training.
Physically speaking, a dancer should be able to easily walk at a brisk pace for 3 minutes. You may be surprised at how much aerobic exercise one can get from square dancing. It's a great way to rack up those steps on your pedometer or fitness tracker!
The class meets every Tuesday at 7pm and lasts 24 weeks, with a short break around Christmas. The class wraps up in late March or April when there is a graduation celebration that is always very fun. The cost of the class is approximately $120, payable in 2 $60 installments, one in September and one in January.
We also offer a $20 ‘soft commitment’ fee for the first several weeks of class. If you aren't quite sure square dancing is for you, you simply pay $20 (nonrefundable) and attend the first 6 weeks of class. To continue from week 7, you simply pay the remaining $40 (of the $60 total class fee) for the remainder of the 12-week period.
During the class you will learn a few new calls each week, and practice all calls learned to that point. It is important that you attend all classes! While it is possible to catch up from one missed class, students who miss more than one class in a row can create confusion for all the students in a square! Please determine whether you can attend classes regularly before you start. We think Tuesday night will become one of your favorite times of the week, as learning square dancing is fun and fulfilling.
To get started:
Come to our OPEN HOUSE - September 10, *2019* at 7pm - 809 S Washington St., Denver
No reservation or advance notice required...just show up!
No partner is required, you'll dance with many different partners
You'll meet members of the Rainbeaus and other potential classmates
No special attire, Levis or shorts and a comfortable shirt/top and shoes are typical
Finally, attending Open House is fun even if you have no interest in the class at all. Just join us to re-live those memories of middle school gym!
If you cannot attend the Open House, please feel free to drop in to either or both of our "first class" evenings the following two Tuesdays:
Sept. 17 and Sept. 24, 2019 at 7pm - 809 S Washington St., Denver.
If you have additional questions, please contact Recruitment and Retention Coordinator, Erick Blakely, who will contact you by email or phone to answer any further questions.