Get square at your next party! I'll bring fun dances and the band, you bring your dancing shoes!
Price Range: $1000 and up
Gig Length: 90 - 270 minutes
What to Expect
I always call with a live band! We in Northern California have an amazing assortment of old time dance musicians and we can put together a rocking live band for your event - it ain't real square dancing if the band ain't there. Depending on your budget I can bring along a band of 2-5 musicians.
I have a full sound system that is great for dances, all you need is an outlet and space for folks to dance. (Please make sure amplified music is a-ok at your party space.)
I always teach and run through each dance before we start - but it's not a dance lesson! Square dancing is old fashioned community fun, and I care much more about people having a good time than "getting it right".
After playing old time fiddle (the sound track to square dancing) for many years, I -very dubiously- got dragged to my first dance in 2012 and got completely, totally, 100% hooked.
A few years down the road I started learning to call, and now am a regular caller at those very dances that first drew me in. I also call at weddings, parties, festivals, community/barn dances, and just about anything else with live music where I happen to be.
I call in the traditional southern square dance fashion - no dancing "levels", no recorded music, just a live band, a caller, and a bunch of people having FUN. I love working with new dancers and really enjoy getting folks who think they "can't dance" out on the dance floor.
I think the music that goes along with this kind of dance is just as important as what the callers do, so I always work with live bands. I promise it's worth it!
Let's get square!
Additional Booking Notes
Mostly what you need is a big enough space for all the folks who want to dance to be able to. You also need a power source so we can plug in mics, board, and speaker. (I can bring all the sound equipment.)
I have have done dances in fields, parking lots, dance halls, bookstores, libraries, homes, and more, so don't hesitate to ask about a unconventional space. Though it is nice if the dancers have something hard and even under them (ie wood instead of grass). You can even rent a dance floor for your outdoor dance now!
Past Booked Events
|December 11, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Sacramento, CA|
|October 31, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Pinole, CA|
|October 30, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Berkeley, CA|
|October 16, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Oakland, CA|
|October 03, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Nashville, TN|
|October 02, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Nashville, TN|
|September 25, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Clayton, CA|
|September 25, 2015||Birthday (Adult)|
Various dances, including but not limited to: Birdie in the Cage, Sally Goodin, Push Pa Shove Ma, Cut Away Six, Texas Star, Nine Pin, Chase the Rabbit, Virginia Reel, Horserace, Go Up Town, Two Lone Gents, Two Little Sisters, Lady Round the Lady, Dive for the Oyster...
chairs for each band member plus one additional chair
Square Dance Caller
Jim does square dance parties for people who don't ordinarily square dance. Square dance parties can be designed…
Recent review: on time,on the mark, a perfect band for any occasion, love the music...