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.)

January 19, 2019Dancing Shadows Anniversary Dance (Rounds by SDRDI cuers)
Cowtown USA
15950 Van Buren Blvd
Riverside, CA

Afternoon dance (1:30-4pm) with Leo Catt
January 26, 2019Singles & Pairs Introduction to Square Dance
Monroe Hall
1400 W. College Ave.
Santa Rosa, CA

Afternoon 4-8pm
February 2, 2019CPSD Hearts and Flowers Dance
Camden Community Center
3369 Union Ave.
San Jose, CA
March 2, 2019Tentatively reserved (CNS)
March 9, 2019Circle 'n Squares
Monroe Hall
1400 W. College Ave.
Santa Rosa, CA
March 16, 2019Overalls Spring Fling
Veterans' Hall
Royer Park
Roseville, CA
March 29-30, 2019Gone to NSDA Jamboree, Oroville, CA
April 14-17, 2019Gone to CALLERLAB Convention, Richmond, VA
May 10-12, 2019Gone to ICC Silver State Festival, Reno, NV
May 24-26, 2019Gone to NCSDA Golden State Roundup, Lodi, 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, 2019Red Ribbon Squares
Marine Park Auditorium
1406 Marine St.
Santa Monica, 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
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)
June 23-26, 2021Gone to 70th National Square Dance Convention, Jackson, MS
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... :-)