Swing Round For Some Boise Old Time Square Dance

Head to the Mardi Gras on First Friday for live music, seasoned callers, and a whole lot of dancing

If you’re of a certain age, you may remember learning how to square dance in primary school. Even if you tripped over your own pre-pubescent feet as you circled left and circled right. it was an escape from the confines of a desk, good exercise, and actually a hoot.

Regardless of your age (or coordination), you can do-si-do the evening away at the Mardi Gras Ballroom (615 S. Ninth St.) on Friday, March 1, thanks to the Boise City Dept. of Arts and History and Boise Old Time, a nonprofit that “celebrates old-time music and square dancing.”

The First Friday Square Dance features local Old Time string bands and seasoned callers and welcomes dancers of all ages and levels—no experience, no partner, and no uniform or costume required. All dances will be taught on the spot. So even if you think you’re as clumsy as a gawky 9-year-old, you can still get a kick out of the music, calls and high-energy movement of square dance.

Doors open at 7:30 p.m., music and dancing starts at 8 p.m., and cover is $7 for adults and free for kids 13 and younger, so pack up the whole family and GO! have some old-time fun.