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.)

June 15, 2019Single Skirts n Flirts
Oakdale Grange
F & Lambuth
Oakdale, CA
June 22, 2019Circle n Square Gold Diggers' Dance
Greenhorn Grange
118 Ranch Ln.
Yreka, CA
June 26-29, 2019Gone to 68th National Square Dance Convention, Atlanta, GA
July 12-14, 2019Hoodoo Valley Hoedowners Jewel Lake Jamboree (Rounds by Lorrie Lane)
Jewel Lake Barn
3056 Jewel Lake Rd.
Sagle, ID
July 20, 2019Mavericks
Veterans' Hall
110 Park Dr.
Roseville, CA
August 15-17, 2019Gone to USAwest Convention, Boise, ID
August 24, 2019Swingin' Squares Hat Creek Campout
Hereford Ranch RV Park and Campground
17855 Doty Rd.
Hat Creek, CA
August 30, 2019 to
September 1, 2019
Plumas County Homegrown Americana Festival (Rounds by Erin Byars)
Plumas Sierra Fairgrounds
Quincy, CA

With Scot and Erin Byars
September 28, 2019Ribbons and Souls
Felicia Mahood Hall
11338 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA
December 7, 2019Paradise Ridge Runners Christmas Dinner Dance
Veterans' Hall
Skyway & Elliott
Paradise, CA
December 31, 2019
Rockin' Jokers Glass Slipper Ball (Rounds by Sue Harris)
San Jose, CA
February 22, 2020Martinez Swingers
Morello Elementary School
1200 Morello Park Dr.
Martinez, CA

Newer dancer hoedown
February 29, 2020Tentatively reserved (CCHA)
May 30, 2020ASDSC 5th Saturday Dance (Rounds by Dan Drumheller)
Veterans' Hall
110 Park Dr.
Roseville, CA
June 17-20, 2020Gone to 69th National Square Dance Convention, Spokane, WA
July 17-18, 2020Tentatively reserved (SP)
November 28, 2020Ribbons and Souls
Felicia Mahood Hall
11338 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA
June 23-26, 2021Gone to 70th National Square Dance Convention, Jackson, MS
November 27, 2021Ribbons and Souls
Felicia Mahood Hall
11338 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA
November 11-12, 2022Tentatively reserved (BFJ)

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... :-)