Why "Single Circles"?

The organization's name comes from the plus call named "Single Circle to a Wave". Click here to see that call.

Woo Hoo! Single Circles turns 35 in 2016!


This organization was started in the fall of 1981 at the Century Court apartments in Brooklyn Park. Larry Smith was our first caller, turning it over to Dee Dee Dougherty shortly thereafter. She called for 12 years and had her largest beginners’ classes of 26 and 29 students each. She called and taught at 5 different locations on a regular basis.

At the beginning, there were 3-4 squares but no dances were held that first year. The following year we held dances on the fourth Saturday monthly at Zanewood Elementary School in Brooklyn Park. In 1985 the dances were moved to Northview Junior High School on 69th and Zane in Brooklyn Park until 1994.

The first class graduated about 26 students. After much hard work and promoting by our members, 39 students graduated in 1986 and we had regular monthly dances and our first Queen was elected. The first summer picnic was held that year and was a fun time with food, socializing, and dancing. The picnic has become an annual event and, in addition to dancing, we make plans for the coming dance season. It's always a great time of fun and catching up.

In 1994 Abe Maier became our caller and lessons were held at Earl Brown Elementary School in Brooklyn Center, graduating 10 students. Our members very active iwith banner raids, traveling to other dances and getting the banners so other dance organizations had to come to Single Circles to retrieve their banners. Abe also calls and teaches at County Line in Monticello and many of their members come to our dances. He has accrued 30 years as a caller/teacher and really loves to teach beginners, encouraging them to continue learning and having fun. He is a member of Swingmasters callers, Twin Cities area as well as state and national caller associations.

By the year 2002, the schools were charging much too much for our dances so we switched to Maple Grove where we operate through their Community Education program. The expenses were brought down to a level that we can continue with. We now dance and have classes at Maple Grove Middle School. We now have a very active Queen who leads us on many banner raids and helps to promote square dancing. We sometimes have a special dance not on our regular schedule. We always dance now on the third Friday of the month from September to May and lessons are on Wednesday evening from 7-9.

Welcome to the SINGLE CIRCLES website, based in Maple Grove, Minnesota.  We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization exempt from federal income tax and a member of Square Dance Minnesota, Inc.  Our mission is to promote and teach square dancing in all its heritage forms (by promoting square dancing and training new people in the activities of square dancing).

We are a Public Charity under Section 509(a)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code.  Contributions are deductible under Section 170 of the Code.  We are also qualified to receive tax deductible bequests, legacies, devises, transfers or gifts under Section 2055, 2106, or 2522 of the Code.