300 Grove Avenue
Washington Grove, MD 20880
Click for Map
Margaret SchweinhautSenior Center
1000 Forest Glen Road
Silver Spring, MD 20901
Click For Map
Our Event Calendar:
Betsy Taylor and her husband, Al, have been square dancers for many years. Betsy became a square dance caller and has been calling in the Washington area since 1993. She has also prompted Contra dances since 1997. In 2000 she called and prompted at the National Square Dance convention in Baltimore and began teaching square dance and Contra classes for the Montgomery County Recreation Department. She is a member of NCASDLA (National Capital Area Square Dance Leaders Association) and served as President from 2009 to 2012. She is also a member of VASCA (Virginia State Callers Association) and CallerLab (International Callers Association).
Betsy is available to call for individual events, as well as for square dance lessons.Top
The Taylor Made Squares is a caller run square dance club which joined WASCA in 1997. We are mostly a Teaching Club. Originally we only taught Mainstream but now we also teach Plus and Contra.
In the fall of 2009, the Taylor Made Squares Club moved to a new night and new location. From Fall, 2009 to Spring 2015, we met Mondays from 7:00 to 9:00 pm in the Parish Hall of the Church of the Ascension in Silver Spring, MD.
Currently, we meet Friday afternoons at the Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center in two sesssions, one from 1:00 pm to 1:45 pm for anyone, with or without experience, the second from 2:00 to 2:45 for dancers at a higher level.
On 1st and 3rd Mondays, we will hold dances from 7:30 to 9:00 at McCathran Hall in Washington Grove, MD.
The Calendar above shows the dates when we dance, as well as those dates, usually holidays, when we don't. The dance programs are further outlined below:
1st and 3rd Mondays from 7:30 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. at the Washington Grove's McCathran Hall, 300 Grove Avenue, Washington Grove, MD 20880. It is very close to Gaithersburg, MD.
Dance instruction, ranging from Beginner to Plus, will be provided as needed. The cost is $5 per dancer.
Washington Grove is somewhat central to the county and reasonably close to Leisure World, Gaithersburg and Olney. McCathran Hall is not hard to find. Go down Shady Grove Road from 355 to the light at Oakmont Avenue. Turn left and go under the I-370 bridge. Stay on Oakmont to Railroad Street (about 1/2 mile). Turn right over the railroad tracks and turn left (still on Railroad Street) and go to Chestnut Road (about 2 tenths of a mile) and turn right. Stay on Chestnut Road to Center Street. A map to McCathran Hall can be found here.
Betsy Taylor is calling and teaching square dancing at the Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Road, Silver Spring, MD 20901, from 1 to 2 PM.
All interested dancers are welcome, and attendance is free. A map to the center can be found by clicking here.
Bad Weather Policy: If the Montgomery County School system cancels classes or evening activities due to inclement weather, our activities will also be canceled. On weekends or holidays, when the schools would be closed anyway, we go by the Montgomery County Recreation Department Inclement Weather guidance - if the MCRD programs are canceled, so are our dances. You may check by calling the Recreation Inclement Weather Line at 240-777-6889. For further questions, call Betsy Taylor at (301) 589-4868 or e-mail BetsyTay@erols.com.
In the fall of 1995, Betsy Taylor began teaching square dancing at the Longbranch Community Center in Silver Spring, MD. In December 1997, we applied to be a Mainstream Club in WASCA, the Washington Area Square Dancers Cooperative Association. Since then, we have been a caller run club with an emphasis on teaching, and have used Longbranch Community Center in Silver Spring, MD on Tuesday nights (1997 through 2005) and the Wheaton Community Center in Wheaton, MD on Wednesday nights (2006 through 2009) as our principal home base. In September 2009 we began using the Church of the Ascension in Silver Spring, MD on Monday nights as home base.
We have given many demonstrations at such places as: nursing homes, assisted living facilities, libraries, the Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, the Longbranch and Coffield Community Centers, the 75th anniversary celebration of the Montgomery Farm Women's Coop Market in Bethesda in 2007, City Place Mall and Derwood Agricultural Farm.
We are particularly proud to have danced and marched annually in Montgomery County's Holiday Parade since it was revived in Silver Spring in 1998. The only year we missed, 2007, was due to Al's treatment for bladder cancer.Top
Consider having a party dance event, including square dancing, Contra dancing, and line dancing as a fun activity for you or your organization. Betsy has called party dances for Birthdays and Bat Mitzvahs, for block parties and Churches, PTAs, and Civic Associations. To inquire about calling for your next event, please contact Betsy by e-mail or phone (301) 589-4868.Top