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.)

August 18-20, 2022Gone to USAwest Convention, Handlery Hotel, San Diego, CA
September 3-4, 2022Plumas Homegrown Americana Festival
Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds
204 Fairgrounds Rd.
Quincy, CA

- Saturday-Sunday, with Lawrence, Michael Haworth, and rounds by Erin Byars.
- Also includes bluegrass music festival taking place simultaneously
September 10, 2022Mavericks
Veterans' Hall
Royer Park
Roseville, CA
October 22, 2022Ribbons and Souls
Culver City Veterans' Memorial Bldg
4117 Overland Ave.
Culver City, CA
November 11-12, 2022Tentatively reserved (BFJ)
December 11, 2022
Tentatively reserved (BS)
June 21-24, 2023Gone to 72nd National Square Dance Convention, Mobile, AL
September 30, 2023Ribbons and Souls
Culver City Veterans' Memorial Bldg.
4117 Overland Ave.
Culver City, CA

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... :-)