Mississippi Squares is built on fun and fellowship, with
an active community involvement. It is a member of
Ontario Square and Round Dance Association (EOSARDA). The
square dance program follows the Modern Western Square
Dancing definitions as described by
CALLERLAB at three skill levels: Basic, Mainstream
and Plus. The round dance program follows the choreographed
ballroom style of dancing as defined by the International
Association of Round Dance Teachers — Roundalab. These
styles of dancing are popular worldwide.
club is very active in dance lessons and the recruitment
of new dancers at the basic level for both square and
round dancing. To this end, the format on Tuesday
nights is Full Mainstream from 7:00 to 7:30 followed
by alternating Basic-Teach, Mainstream-Teach
tips starting at 7:30. On party nights, the dance starts at 7:30. Tuesday dances are always located
at Brunton Hall. We regularly
have 5 – 6 squares dancing.
Come out for a great evening!
immediate integration of new dance classes with the mainstream
group has, since its inception, proven to be very
beneficial for new dancers. We have a dynamic weekly dance
program with a top caller and cuer — for both beginners
and experienced dancers. For learning, all steps are taught
at a comfortable rate and in a logical sequence
are based in Carleton Place, Ontario, and draw our membership
from the surrounding area including Smiths Falls, Almonte,
Carp, Arnprior, Pakenham, Kanata, Stittsville, Richmond,
Munster, Perth and Lanark. We are only a short drive from
For members wanting to move on to higher levels and develop more
dancing skills, the club offers both Round Dancing
square dancing at the Plus Level.
Wednesday evening Round Dance
is an ideal way to socialize with other active couples
— either as first-year dancers wanting to learn
the dance steps — or as experienced dancers wanting
to brush up on your dancing skills, learn new dances and enjoy an evening
of dance. The teaching approach combines the Phase I positions
with Phase II steps. In this way you can progress through
new dance skills with your partner in a natural progression
to learn new dances more quickly. The evening includes
Phase II level in the first hour and Phase III level in the second hour.
you are familiar with ballroom dancing, you will recognize
many of the steps. Many feel that our round-dance
program is more appealing and exciting because your
cuer can lead you through interesting and smooth-flowing
combinations of steps that are not practical to remember
yourself while dancing. This is absolutely the best way
to learn and master new dance steps.
dancing at the Plus level
is held weekly on Friday evenings with Plus-Teach tips alternating with Full-Plus tips,
including some non-standard positions.
Experienced PLUS dancers enjoy the fast pace of our
Friday-evening dances and the regular workshop tips. Many dances feature
easy rounds between square dance
tips. We regularly have 4 – 5 squares dancing.
You can call ahead to verify
the dance location for the
Friday dances, but this is not always necessary.
you an active square or round dancer visiting the Carleton
Place or Ottawa area? We would like to invite you
to our dances and workshops. See our dance
schedule. Many of our dancers are couples, but
you don't need to bring a partner.
dancers are regular visitors at other
clubs in the area.
Up-to-date information about square dancing in the area
is on the list of Square Dance Clubs at EOSARDA.