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Swingnuts Square Dance Club (Sumner, WA)

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 Club Caller DON WOOD & Cuer MARIE WOOD   


Special Notice! (March 15,2020):

The Swingnuts Square Dance Club, along with many, if not most other clubs in the greater Seattle Metro/Puget Sound area has temporarily SUSPENDED ALL DANCE ACTIVITIES in order to minimize the potential risk of "community spread" of the Covid-19 virus.

This action by our Board was taken voluntarily and was announced on Facebook to the broader square dance community and communicated directly via email to our membership prior to the announcement issued by the Governor of WA state limiting social gatherings during the current health crisis.

We will resume dancing, undoubtedly with some new guidelines, as soon as it is safe to do so.

Stay safe, everyone. Take care of yourselves, your family, and those with whom you come in contact.



 The Swingnuts Square Dance Club is a growing "Mainstream" club of approximately 40 members. It was founded in 2010, and serves the southern Puget Sound and greater Tacoma/Pierce County area of Washington State. 

The club maintains an active dance schedule (click calendar link below for schedule):

  • Thursday evenings (year-round).
  • And on the 1st Saturday each month (Ocotber thru June).
  • Plus we "caravan" approximately once per month to dance with other clubs. 

The club dances at the VFW Hall, 1705 Willow St., Sumner WA 98390 (click here for a map). 


Our "official" DETAILED Dance Calendar is posted on WheresTheDance.com (but dances are also posted on our Facebook page): 

Take peek at our flyers gallery for upcoming activities (CLICK HERE)


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Beginner's Lessons begin officially on the FIRST THURSDAY in OCTOBER every year. We offer a FREE INTRODUCTORY session prior to the start of lessons on the LAST THURSDAY in SEPTEMBER.

Simply complete this form and we'll notify you by email and/or text message! 


We are planning a special Tenth "Birthday" dance for the coming dance season (scheduled for June 6, 2020). Our club caller Don Wood will call, of course, along with Marie Wood to cue the rounds. They will be joined by honored guests Leo and Rochelle Catt (the orginal founders and the club's first caller and cuer duo). It should be a fun event!  

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Thursdays (September through May)

  • We run beginning square dance lessons and workshops during this period.
  • We hold a FREE "No Experience Necessary" dance on the last Thursday in September.
  • Beginners Classes officially start on the 1st Thursday in October and meet each week thereafter. [New enrollments are allowed during the 1st class only].
  • New dancers will learn how to perform a standard list of "calls" (manouevers) that will enable them to dance just about anywhere in the country. 
  • Classes are typically about 90 minutes in length. 

Thursdays (June through August)

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  • "Thursday-Nite Lites" summer DANCE series. 2020 will be our 7th season!
  • Mid-week dance opportunity all summer long.
  • A different guest caller each week (mostly "local/regional", but some "national").
  • Squares Only (no Rounds)
  • Casual attire.
  • These are not workshops. They are dances!
  • Great opportunity for newer dancers to get floor-time over the summer months.

Check the Swingnuts' calendar, or go to the Rainier Council's  Classes Page  for additional details, including information about lessons with other clubs in our council. 


They are held on the 1st Saturday of the month (October thru June)

  • DANCE night.
  • These dances frequently involve an appropriate "theme".
  • Occasionally we may have a Guest Caller and/or Cuer, but our Club Caller and Cuer normally perform at these dances.
  • Typically, there's an hour of "Plus" (with single rounds) before the official start of the dance.
  • The DANCE is 2 hours of Mainstream w/Rounds ("single" or "double" depending on the attendance), and usually with a Plus tip at the end of the evening. 


Elections are held in April each year. Our current officers are:

  • PRESIDENT - Lane (& Gail) Johnston - 4 terms; email
  • VICE PRESIDENT - Kathleen Rogacki;
  • SECRETARY - Gail (& Lane) Johnston;  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • TREASURER - Sylvia Betts;  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT - John (& Angelique) Gillespie - 2 terms; email


  • Cliff (& Virginia) Craig - 2 terms (2012-2014)
  • Leo (& Rochelle) Catt - 2010-2012 - Club Founder and a "Caller-Run" Club during that period)

 For information, call (253) 200-4566.   

MEDIA LINKS ...go directly to other sites with Swingnuts'-specific content (it's a "learn-as-you-go" work in progress) 

...social media sites...

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  ...picture / video sites...

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