Lawrence Johnstone
Square Dance Caller and Teacher

801 Lake Mendocino Dr. #11
Ukiah, CA 95482
Phone: 707-462-0239

Weekly Schedule

Frontier Twirlers
Willits Center for the Arts
71 E. Commercial St.
(upstairs; enter in back)
Willits, CA

7:00 to 8:00: Class (started Sept. 2016)
8:00 to 9:00: Plus dancing and workshop

Singles & Pairs
Monroe Hall
1400 W. College Ave.
Santa Rosa, CA

7:00 to 8:00: Plus review (started 11/30)
8:00 to 9:00: Plus dancing and workshop

Ukiah Promenaders
Bartlett Hall at the Ukiah Senior Center
495 Leslie St., Ukiah

7:00 to 9:00: Club 50 class and dancing
(Sustainable Square Dancing -- see

Party Dances

Around here, these Saturday-night dances are generally called "hoedowns", but when I first learned to square dance in northeastern California they were always called "party dances." Whatever you call them, they're a lot of fun, and just about everyone looks forward to them. If you'd like me to call one for your club, email me.

(I'm also maintaining a list of party dances I know of that are put on by clubs in Northern California but outside of the SF Bay and Sacramento metropolitan areas, here.)

July 25, 2020Martinez Swingers
Morello Elementary School
1200 Morello Park Dr.
Martinez, CA
August 22, 2020Red Bluff Swingin' Squares Hat Creek Campout
Hereford Ranch RV Park
Hat Creek, CA
September 4-6, 2020Plumas Homegrown Americana Festival
Plumas County Fairgrounds
Quincy, CA

With Scot and Erin Byars
November 28, 2020Ribbons and Souls
Felicia Mahood Hall
11338 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA
February 6, 2021Prairie Squares
Anderson City Hall
1887 Howard St.
Anderson, CA
March 13, 2021Circle n Squares
Monroe Hall
1400 W. College Ave.
Santa Rosa, CA
March 28-31, 2021Gone to CALLERLAB Annual Convention, Grapevine, TX
April 17, 2021Grin n Square Its
El Monte Community Center
3130 Tyler Ave.
El Monte, CA
June 23-26, 2021Gone to 70th National Square Dance Convention, Jackson, MS
September 24, 2021
Western Weavers
Joslyn Adult Center
1301 W. Olive Ave.
Burbank, CA
November 27, 2021Ribbons and Souls
Felicia Mahood Hall
11338 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA
June 22-25, 2022Gone to 71st National Square Dance Convention, Evansville, IN
November 11-12, 2022Tentatively reserved (BFJ)
June 21-24, 2023Gone to 72nd National Square Dance Convention, Mobile, AL

Note: If it says "tentative," then I've verbally agreed to the date and consider myself bound, but don't yet have a contract in hand. If it says "Gone to..." then it's not an event that I'm calling -- I've just blocked out the time to attend the event. In that case, if you're very convincing, I could be talked into changing my plans... :-)