top of page

Curt began dancing in

1972 and didn’t catch

the calling bug until

1985. Once he started,

it didn’t take long

before his calling took off.  A dancer once said about Curt - “He takes the same old call and makes it look different while keeping a smooth flowing dance”, That’s one of the best compliments I’ve ever received said Curt who always strives to give the dancers a challenge, yet let the dancers enjoy the “dance”.

Don't miss Curt Brafett on May 11th!

Curt Braffet.jpg
Sandie started dancing as a young girl under the mentorship of Swersie Norris.  After college she started back dancing, and after starting as a beginner danced through level C4 in one year.  Calling naturally came next!  Sandie is an accomplished international caller.  She always entertains and has fun choreography that keeps you engaged.  You do not want to miss her at our December dance!
Tom Manning.jpg

Tom Manning

Tom has been around square dancing all of his life.  His parents, instead of getting a babysitter, brought Tom along to dances.  Ater learning how to dance, at the age of 12, he started calling and has been in the square dance activity ever since.

Tom called full time for about 15 years and traveled extensively from California to Florida doing dances, weekend and festivals.  Tom has called in approximately 40 states, including Hawaii and his travels have also taken him to Canada and Mexico. He now tries to stay closer to home as his family has become his number one priority.   

Tom owns and produces Solid Gold Records and is partner with Bob Asp in Solid Gold Sound, providing sound for State Conventions and area festivals.  He is a member of CALLERLAB and the Southeast Iowa Callers Association having held every office.

You will not want to miss this special treat of Tom at the mic for our November dance.

Ted lizotte.jpg

Jack Pladdys
 

In 1982, while serving as a member of the US Air Force stationed at Kadena AB, Okinawa, Japan, Jack launched his calling career in his off-duty time with two local clubs. Upon moving to Dayton, Ohio in 1983, he called regularly for an Advanced and three Plus clubs.

Jack is an active member of CALLERLAB where he serves on the Board of Governors, is the Chairman of the Marketing Committee, and an Accredited Caller Coach. Jack has traveled and called extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Japan, the Middle East, and Europe. He has been a featured caller for numerous state conventions, festivals, and square dance resorts throughout the US and abroad and is currently on staff at Pride Resort in North Carolina. Jack currently records square dance music with Royal Records. He has previously recorded with Chicago Country Records, Desert Recordings, ESP Records, and Gold Rush Records.

Ted Lizotte flyer May revision.jpg

Ted Lizotte, National Caller of M.I.T. Tech Squares will be making his Chicago area debut by calling for North Shore Squares.  This is a specially added dance on May 26th. You will not want to miss this rare opportunity to dance to this caller!

Tickets available online and will be held at will call: $15

Dance will alternate Club 50 / Plus

(This special event dance is outside our regular season dance schedule and all dancers will be required to purchase a ticket.)

Kevin Bersing.gif

Kevin Bersing

"I can truly tell you that today’s modern square dance music and dress are totally casual & different than in the past, offer great physical exercise, mental stimulation and an enjoyable way to meet new friends and have great fun! I use a laptop or my phone to play my music at dances, festivals & parties and includes artists such as Lady A & Lady Gaga, George Strait and Bruno Mars, Michael Jackson & Bruce Springsteen just to name a few!

Jason Raleigh1.png

Jason Raleigh

"Good callers don't yodel. Great callers do."

        Jason Raleigh

        - Square Dance Entertainer

Jason will be making his North Shore Squares debut in September.  He is a yodeling nationally known certified caller and instructor, through the American Callers Association with over 25 years of experience.  He will bring great choreography to the floor to keep you dancing all night.  A dance that you will not want to miss!

Curt Braffet.jpg

Curt began dancing in 1972 and didn’t catch the calling bug until 1985. Once he started, it didn’t take long before his calling took off.  A dancer once said about Curt - “He takes the same old call and makes it look different while keeping a smooth flowing dance”, That’s one of the best compliments I’ve ever received said Curt who always strives to give the dancers a challenge, yet let the dancers enjoy the “dance”. Let's welcome Curt back to North Shore Squares!

CLASSES

What is Modern Square Dancing?

It's teamwork. You're working a real-time puzzle with seven other people.  And when you nail the outcome, it's really quite exhilarating.

Skip the barbecue and come dance! 

picnic dinner

will be served.

Picnic

Ted Lizotte Dance:

May 26th 7-9:15 pm

Kenilworth Assembly Hall,

410 Kenilworth Ave, Kenilworth, IL

Glowing Curtain

Toyland Dance

The Book Market

2651 Navy Blvd.,

Glenview

7-9 PM

Caller: Barry Johnson

marine-corps-reserve-toys-for-tots-logo.

November Toys for Tots Drive

During the month of November, North Shore Squares will collect toys on behalf of MCASD and will donate the toys to the Marines in December.  Your donation is greatly appreciated and will greatly benefit a family in need!  Please bring a toy to any class or the Toyland Dance on November 22nd!

NSS Community Events:
 

Winnetka Pioneer Day

Sunday, September 22nd, 1-2 pm

Schmidt-Burnam Log House,

1140 Willow Road, Winnetka

Join North Shore Squares as we demo and answer questions about square dancing.  The event runs from 10 am -3pm and includes fun family themed events.

Classes start inJanuary

LEARN TO

SQUARE DANCE

img_0107.jpg
20190720_124416.jpg
20190702_211010.jpg
Interested in a new activity?  New classes will be starting in August
Looking for a new hobby?
Looking to meet a great
group of friends?
Try Square Dancing!
- Walking to music
- No partner necessary
- Dress in comfortable clothing
- All kinds of music

Questions?

Email: Northshoresquares@gmail.com

IMG_1800_Moment(6).jpg

Club  50 Class -
Register direct with Kenilworth
Park District

IMG_1800_Moment(6).jpg

Club  50 Class -
Register direct with Kenilworth
Park District

Still time

to register!

New Class Starting Soon!

img_0107.jpg
20190720_124416.jpg
20190702_211010.jpg

Gear Sales are under way till February 23rd!

Get your swag to support North Shore Squares and promote square dancing at the same time!

SAVE THE DATE!

4TH SATURDAY

CLUB 50 DANCE

Sunday, January 26
Winter Warmup

North Shore Squares members are invited for a Winter Warm Up - Square Dance and Chili Supper on January 26th.  Check your inbox for an email from our membership chair.  So get your snow shoes, cross country skis, or dog sled - whatever it takes - hope you'll be there to share the warmth of North Shore Squares fellowship!

First Congregational Church

1125 Wilmette Ave, Wilmette, IL 60091

1:30 - 5:00 pm

WILMETTE- weekly

Community Recreation Center

3000 Glenview Road, Wilmette

Begins Monday, January 13th

7:30 - 9:30 PM

Registration begins:

Residents: December 4th

Non Residents: December 11th

Modern Square Dance          

Activity number 323238

Click on "Modern Square Dance" above, copy activity number and paste into the activity number field in the activity search box.  You will need to register with the park district for a household account.  Questions?

Email:

Northshoresquares@gmail.com

WILMETTE- weekly beginning class

Community Recreation Center

3000 Glenview Road, Wilmette

Begins Monday, October 21st

7:30 - 9:30 PM

4th Saturday Club 50 Dance:
 

Red Chili Peppers

Fifty and Fabulous!

AN ALL CLUB 50 DANCE!

Tired of sitting around and only dancing every other tip?  We have a solution!  An entire evening in which EVERY tip is at the Club 50 level!  Plus dancers are encouraged to join us too and help lend your expertise and floor craft.

 

WHO:  Bruce Holmes will be calling!

WHERE:  St. Mark's, 1509 Ridge, Evanston

WHEN:  Saturday, November 23, 7:00-9:15 pm

HOW MUCH:  Just $5!

Consider bringing a non perishable food donation for the Wilmette food pantry!
Wilmette food pantry_edited.jpg
WILMETTE- weekly beginning class

Community Recreation Center

3000 Glenview Road, Wilmette

Begins Monday, January 13th

7:30 - 9:30 PM

Modern Square Dance          

Activity number 323238

 

Questions?

Email:

Northshoresquares@gmail.com

SQUARE DANCE
PLUS CLASS

Winter / Spring 2022

This class will teach mainstream and plus calls.  Proficiency of all club 50 calls required.  Completion of this class will be approximately Spring 2022.  Final class date will be set after all the calls have been taught.

Instructor approval required.

 

 

 

Questions?

Email:

Northshoresquares@gmail.com

SQUARE DANCE INTROS

Thursday, April 25th

​Highland Park Public Library

494 Laurel Avenue

Highland Park, IL 60035,

6:30 - 8 pm 

Saturday, April 27th

​First Presbyterian Church of Deerfield

824 Waukegan Rd

Deerfield, IL 60015

2 - 3:30 pm

Questions?

Email:

Northshoresquares@gmail.com

Picnic

Member Picnic

Sunday, August 13, 1-3 pm

 

Lovelace Park

Gross Point Road and Thayer St, Evanston

HIGHLAND PARK CLASS

Highland Park Public Library

494 Laurel Ave, Highland Park

Begins Thursday, May 2nd

6:30 - 8:30 PM

Highland Park Library Info

Registration begins January 7th and will close when the class is filled. If you have questions, please contact the Administration office by calling 847-432-0216 ext. 120.

Register Here

Questions?

Email:

Northshoresquares@gmail.com

EVANSTON- weekly beginning class

Immanuel Lutheran Church

616 Lake St, Evanston

Begins Tuesday, August 27th

7:00 - 9:00 PM

Questions?

Email:

Northshoresquares@gmail.com

WILMETTE- weekly beginning class

Community Recreation Center

3000 Glenview Road, Wilmette

Begins Monday, August 26th

7:30 - 9:30 PM

Classes starting in August:
 

Ted calling for MIT Tech Squares

February 8, 15, 22, and 29, 2020

If you have been interested in square dancing, but just can’t seem to find the time during your busy weekdays? Perhaps you are taking square dance classes now but feel that it would be great to get more floor time to learn the calls better.  Or maybe you have not danced in a while and want to brush up your skills for this fun and healthy activity.

We have the solution!  North Shores Squares will be offering a Square Dance Boot Camp for Club 50 calls over the course of four Saturdays.  We take all the instruction that typically happens over 18 or more weeks and teach it in four extended all-day sessions! 

 

Camp runs from 9 am-4:30 pm

First Congregational Church of Wilmette

1125 Wilmette Ave, Wilmette

LEARN TO SQUARE DANCE

SQUARE DANCE INTRO

Monday, August 19th

Community Recreation Center

3000 Glenview Road, Wilmette

​7:30 - 9:00 PM

 

Questions?

Email:

Northshoresquares@gmail.com

SQUARE DANCE INTRO

Tuesday, August 20th

Immanuel Lutheran Church

616 Lake St, Evanston

​7:30 - 9:00 PM

 

Questions?

Email:

Northshoresquares@gmail.com

WILMETTE- weekly beginning class

 

Community Recreation Center

3000 Glenview Road, Wilmette

Begins Monday, August 26th

7:30 - 9:30 PM

Questions?

Email:

Northshoresquares@gmail.com

EVANSTON- weekly beginning class
 

Immanuel Lutheran Church

616 Lake St, Evanston

Begins Tuesday, August 27th

7:00 - 9:00 PM

Questions?

Email:

Northshoresquares@gmail.com

EVANSTON-continuing square dance

Imanuel Lutheran Church

616 Lake St., Evanston

Begins Sunday, January 5th

3-5 PM

 

Continuing Square Dance          

 

Activity number 323238-01

Questions?

Email:

Northshoresquares@gmail.com

Looking for a new hobby?
Looking to meet a great group of friends?
Try Square Dancing!
- Walking to music
- No partner necessary
- Dress in comfortable clothing
- Modern music

Questions?

Email:

Northshoresquares@gmail.com

Calendar / Highlights​​

​​

​​Beginner Square Dance Class, Sundays, Fleetwood-Jourdain, 1655 Foster St, Evanston, 3:30-5:30 pm

​​Beginner Square Dance Class, Thursdays, Levy Center, 300 Dodge Ave, Evanston, 7-9 pm

Blue Ribbon Class, Tuesday, Levy Center, 300 Dodge Ave, Evanston, 7-9 pm

​​​Board Meeting, April 30, Zoom, 7-8:30 pm​​

​​​Monthly Dance, May 13, Sandie Bryant, St John's Church, 1235 Wilmette Ave, Wilmette, 7-9:15 pm

New Dancer Dance - Welcome our graduates! June 4, Craig Abercrombie, Fleetwood-Jourdain, 1655 Foster Street, Evanston, 2:30 - 4:30 pm

Tuesday Dancing in Kenilworth - starts June 6, 7-9 pm, 410 Kenilworth Ave, Kenilworth, IL 60043

Check back later for more beginner classes teaching square dancing

BLUE RIBBON CLASS

Tuesdays, starting March 28

 

Laura McDaniel, instructor

 

I’ve always felt that SSD could be more.  More challenging, more surprising, even more fun perhaps!  What does that mean?  Well, it means doing the same old calls, but paying very close attention to the actual definition – which may be different or more complex than what you’ve been dancing.  Perhaps it’s a sequence that’s exclusively left or begins from less familiar formations or has you half sashayed… I invite dancers to join me on the road to dancing by definition in Blue Ribbon SSD.

Levy Center

300 Dodge Ave, Evanston, IL

​7:00 - 8:45 PM

Questions?

Email:

Northshoresquares@gmail.com

-January 21, 3:30-5:30 pm
Fleetwood-Jourdain Cenetr, 1655 Foster St, Evanston
-January 23, 7-9 pm

Levy Center, 300 Dodge Ave, Evanston
 

img_0107.jpg
20190720_124416.jpg
20190702_211010.jpg

Looking for a new hobby?

Looking to meet a great group of friends?

 

Try Square Dancing!

- Walking to music

- No partner necessary

- Dress in comfortable clothing

- All kinds of music

Questions? 

Email: Northshoresquares@gmail.com

Want to try
something new?

Learn to
Square Dance  

Classes starting now!

  • Active indoor activity in the winter months

  • Meet new people

  • Walk to choreographed music

  • Singles and couples welcome

Click Here For More Information!

bottom of page