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

Currently on hiatus -- not enough people to dance. Taking signups for a new class -- please contact me!

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.)

January 8, 2017
NCSDA Anniversary Dance
Morello Park Elementary School
1200 Morello Park Drive
Martinez, CA

Afternoon dance 2-5pm, with other NCSDA top callers
January 20, 2017
Heels and Souls Big Band Dance (Rounds by Joe Scarlatella)
Felicia Mahood Auditorium
11338 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA
February 3, 2017
Steppin' Pards Black and White Ball
Dennis Earl Elementary School
4091 N. Olive Dr.
Turlock, CA
February 4, 2017Circle 'n Squares Afternoon New Dancer Dance
Monroe Hall
1400 W. College Ave.
Santa Rosa, CA
February 18, 2017Boots and Belles
Napa Senior Center
1500 Jefferson
Napa, CA
March 11, 2017Cloverleafs Anniversary Dance
Neil Road Center
3925 Neil Road
Reno, NV
March 17, 2017
Rogue Squares "It's Time To Wear Green" dance (Rounds by Mary Nutt)
Rogue Valley Square Dance Center
3377 Table Rock Rd.
Medford, OR
March 31, 2017 to
April 1, 2017
Gone to North State Dancers' Association Jamboree, Oroville, CA
April 8, 2017Circle 'n Squares
Monroe Hall
1400 W. College Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA
April 9-12, 2017Gone to CALLERLAB Convention, Mesa, AZ
April 15, 2017Gone to Canyon School Reunion, Lakehead, CA
April 22, 2017Private event (MB)
April 29, 2017ASDSC 5th Saturday Dance (Rounds by MaryAnn Callahan)
Veterans' Memorial Hall
Royer Park
Roseville, CA
May 12-14, 2017Gone to Nevada ICC Silver State Festival, Reno, NV
May 20, 2017Committee to Promote Square Dancing Butterfly Ball
Camden Community Center
3369 Union Ave.
San Jose, CA
May 26-28, 2017Gone to NCSDA Golden State Roundup, San Ramon, CA
June 17, 2017Single Skirts n Flirts Back To 50s Dance
Oakdale Grange
F & Lambuth
Oakdale, CA
June 21-24, 2017Gone to 66th National Square Dance Convention, Cincinnati, OH
July 15, 2017Scott Erwin's Day at the Races
Petaluma Speedway
Petaluma, CA

Gates open at 4:30,
Mud Packing at 5:00;
Racing at 5:30;
Demo at 7:15ish

Info: Scott Erwin 510-701-3311
August 4, 2017
Capitol Cutups 48th Anniversary Dance
Carson City Senior Center
911 Beverly Dr.
Carson City, NV
August 17-20, 2017Gone to USAwest Convention, Rock Springs, WY
August 26, 2017Swingin' Squares Campout
Hereford Ranch RV Park and Campground
17855 Doty Rd.
Hat Creek, CA
September 1-2, 2017Plumas County Homegrown Americana Festival (Rounds by Erin Byars)
Plumas Sierra Fairgrounds
Quincy, CA

With Scot & Erin Byars
September 24, 2017
Bootjack Stompers (Rounds by Mirdza Ward)
Bootjack Stompers' Hall
4662 Mormon Bar Crossing
Mariposa, CA
October 7, 2017Paradise Ridge Runners
Veterans' Memorial Hall
Skyway & Elliott
Paradise, CA
October 20, 2017
Rogue Squares Halloween (Rounds by Mary Nutt)
Rogue Valley Square Dance Center
3377 Table Rock Rd.
Medford, OR
October 27-29, 2017Gone to ASDSC Harvest Hoedown, Yuba City, CA
November 4, 2017Farmers & Farmerettes 56th Anniversary (Rounds by Bob Ensten)
Fremont, CA
November 11, 2017Oasis Squares Veterans' Day Dance
Eagles' Hall
7977 Reno Hwy.
Fallon, NV
January 7, 2018
NCSDA Anniversary Dance (Rounds by Kevin and Vicki Klein)
Morello Elementary
1200 Morello Park Rd.
Martinez, CA

With all NCSDA club callers
January 19, 2018
Heels and Souls
Felicia Mahood Auditorium
11338 Santa Monica Blvd.
West Los Angeles, CA
February 10, 2018Mavericks
Veterans' Hall
Royer Park
Roseville, CA
February 24, 2018Star Promenaders Birthday Dance
Rogue Valley Square Dance Center
3377 Table Rock Rd.
Medford, OR
March 9, 2018
Rogue Squares
Rogue Valley Square Dance Center
3377 Table Rock Rd.
Medford, OR
March 17, 2018Tentatively reserved (C)
March 25-28, 2018Gone to CALLERLAB Convention, Albuquerque, NM
April 6-7, 2018Gone to NSDA Jamboree, Oroville, CA
April 14, 2018Tentatively reserved (CNS)
May 19, 2018Single Skirts 'n Flirts
Oakdale Grange
Corner of F and Lambuth
Oakdale, CA
June 27-30, 2018Gone to 67th National Square Dance Convention, Kansas City, MO
December 8, 2018Red Ribbon Squares
Marine Park Center
Marine St. at 16th St.
Santa Monica, CA
January 18, 2019
Heels and Souls
Felicia Mahood Auditorium
11338 Santa Monica Blvd.
West Los Angeles, CA
June 26-29, 2019Gone to 68th National Square Dance Convention, Atlanta, GA
June 17-20, 2020Gone to 69th National Square Dance Convention, Spokane, WA
July 17-18, 2020Tentatively reserved (SP)

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... :-)