The Jolly Promenaders

The Jolly Promenaders is a club dedicated to the fun and friendship known as Square Dancing.

Our club has enjoyed membership in the Square Dance Federation of Minnesota since October 1962.


Dance With Us

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

Mainstream dancing is from 7:30-9:30 pm.
Plus Level is 7:00-7:30 pm, and 9:30-9:45 pm.

Our dances are 30 minutes north of downtown St. Paul or Minneapolis at:

Forest Lake Senior Center
767 SW 4th St
Forest Lake, Minnesota

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: $7 per person / $14 per couple

Learn to Square Dance!

We offer Square Dance Lessons every fall and winter, starting in September.

Your first lesson is free! Check it out below...

Find Our Dances

About Square Dancing

Square Dance 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!)
  • Affordable. 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.

For more info about American Square Dance check out this Wikipedia Square Dance article or you may download a pdf copy of History & Heritage of Square Dance. (PDF files require Adobe Acrobat Reader, a free program available from Adobe at

How to Square Dance

A square dance requires:

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

 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.


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


Square Dance Clothing

Half the fun of Square Dance is the costume. Although "dress codes" vary in different regions, square dance apparel usually consists of western style clothing.

  • Men generally wear long-sleeved western shirts, slacks, boots, and bolo ties or scarves.
  • Women generally wear western styled blouses with wide skirts over full petti-coats and petti-pants.
  • Many regions now accept less formal western clothing, such as short sleeves for men and prairie skirts for women.


Note: Those aren't suspenders on Tom in the photo. Those long black strips he and Elaine are wearing are made of "dangles" - one for each of the annual state conventions they have attended!

Learn to Square Dance