“Cheltenham Swinging Squares”

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Our club has a membership of about 50 people.  To be healthy, we are looking to increase this to 70, but hope to lower our average age!!!   Square dancing is an activity suitable for all ages from 10 up to 90. Family groups, singles, couples will all be very welcome.

The club meets regularly on Friday evenings, though some of the more experienced dancers meet also on Wednesday. We have close ties with Cirencester and Thornbury square dance clubs.

It takes around 30 weeks to thoroughly learn the Mainstream moves, enabling you to be comfortable at local dances, and as square dancing is built on teamwork,

this needs a regular commitment to be successful.

We will provide booklets describing all the moves, and you will be able to find video tutorials to help you also. However once you ‘graduate’ a whole future of Saturday or weekend dances are open to you across the local area, nationally or internationally! Do explore our website to find out more information

Dress code for club nights is informal. Tradition has it that men wear long sleeves (so the lady does not have to get hold of rough hairy arms!!), but what you are most comfortable with is good. For formal dances, you will note that the dress code expects ladies to dress up in bright dancing skirts and for men to wear smart slacks and a western style shirt. Many dancers find this great fun, allowing the opportunity for swirling in fancy dress. However the rule is wear what you are comfortable with.

Club nights are held on Friday evenings, starting as close to 7:30 as possible. Cost for members is £3.50 per night, which includes drink and refreshments at the interval. Friday club dancing runs from 7:30 through to 10:00.


Our club is run by a committee.

You can find full details of where we meet on our “Where are we?” page

Lessons for the coming year will start again in September 2017 at
Holy Apostles Church Hall  (see home page)

No previous experience required - if you can walk you can square dance!