Free square dance classes starting Sept. 8 in Solana Beach

A free “Introduction to Modern American Square Dance” lesson is being offered to the community by the Sandpipers Square Dance Club, which serves the North Coast from Oceanside to Del Mar, when the club’s new dancer class starts at 7 p.m. Sept. 8.

Modern American Square Dancing uses a variety of musical styles. Dancers learn dance movements rather than memorize dances, then follow the lead of a square dance “caller” as he or she creates the dance on the fly to fit the music.

The classes are great exercise and provide a mental break from the routines of the day, and the emphasis is on fun, according to club President Terry Thompson.

Children up to age 10 are welcome to participate along with their parents. For those wishing to continue after their first free lesson, class will continue from 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays at La Colonia Community Center, 715 Valley Ave., Solana Beach, 92075.

For information, contact club president Thompson at 858-748-4219 or visit the Sandpipers at