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upcoming dances:
All events in Gloversville unless noted

Feb 18th Sun.  1-4pm, Tsatsawassa Square Dance
                                       9 Firehouse Rd, Brainard, NY
Feb. 24th, Sat. 12:30-1pm Chili Cookoff Sq Dance DEMO.    Come help showcase what we do:) @ The Nigra Center.

Feb 25th Sun.  2:30-5,  Pittsfield Sq Dance
                                         Cliff Brodeur and Elaine Mikenas
                                         Dennis cueing the rounds

March 11th Sun.    Johnny Appleseed Day!
Elaine Mikenas wants to pass on our time honored American tradition of square and round dancing through teaching workshops and calling square  dances which has been her enjoyment for many years. She has been a member of Callerlab , the International Association of Square Dance Callers, since 2000. Her philosophy-"It's a party every time!" 

Dennis Viscanti, a native of Brooklyn, grew up in the Capital District. He learned to ballroom dance in his twenties, and has been calling square dancing for 5 years and round dancing for 30. He has been a member of Round-a-lab, an Association of Round Dance Leaders,  for 32 years.

A patient teacher, he has a simple philosophy... If you want to learn how to dance, you will learn how to dance.
Modern Western Square Dancing is our form of  Square Dancing, an American folk dance.    There are two major forms of square dancing.  You have Traditional which is more regional, and you have Modern Western Square Dancing.   Both are fun!   Learn as you dance!  

Dancing is an important factor in how we live.   We have both danced for many years and it is our love of dancing that brought us together.   Dancing through life together, we're enjoying every step along the way.   Good friends, good people, good times.

Teaching to the young and old, we look to preserve our national dance in our own dance hall.    The hardwood floor was built by dancers for dancers.   Come and wear it out.  Have fun! 

Enrich your life.
Bring a positive attitude and you will find fun and friendships along the way.
Come dance with us. It's a party every time!:-)
The maple hardwood floor we installed ourselves.

Remember the PBS series "The Big Comfy Couch" from the 1990's
The original couch, added in 2012, gives our hall a nice comfortable feel.
One thing I can say is that it is big and it is comfy.

See it on Youtube
You may email us at

or write us
P.O Box 321, Gloversville, NY  12078

or call us

Just remember that I don't answer the phone when I'm driving, (and I drive an awful lot) so leave a message.
Our names are Elaine and Dennis and we welcome you. Our goal is to cultivate the activity of Square Dancing and Round Dancing, a great form of physical and mental exercise for all ages. To socialize, dance and form friendships while keeping it fun and simple.
Our dance hall is available for other events as well,even a Caller School. 
We support the following web sites:

Professional Organizations

   Where's The Dance
   Ceder.net Square Dance Resources
    Dosado.com   we use the following software
      Digital Music Magician
   Dance Round Out Your Life
   You 2 Can Dance
   National Square Dance Directory
   Committee to Promote Square Dancing
​   Mixed-Up for cue sheets from all over

This page last updated 1/27/18