Oakland, California


Thank you for visiting the Oaktown 8's website to learn about modern square dancing. Our club serves the community of Oakland, Berkeley, San Leandro, Hayward, Fremont, Richmond, Orinda, and the SF East Bay Area. We were founded as a gay square dance club under the umbrella of the International Association of Gay Square Dancers, but we welcome all - gay, straight, couples and singles. You can dance "boy" or "girl" or both.

Please check out our website or go right to the CLASSES and CALENDAR/SCHEDULE sections to see details of our upcoming events.

Oaktown 8s is more than just a dance club, we have social events as well and are fortunate to have 6 other gay and lesbian local square dance clubs to join for dances and events held just about every week. For an example of square dancing, see the two links below.

Announcements & Events

Rising Stars Dance

Oaktown is please to announce and sponsor a dance (Howdown) featuring new callers Aahz and Jim Thompson

Please come and support these up and coming callers

Levels will be callers and floor level

May 14, 2016  7:30-9:30

Lake Merritt Veterans Hall & Dance Center

200 Grand Avenue, Oakland

Free Parking - No Partner Required - $7-10 donation


Feb 3, 10, 17, 24, Mar 2, 9 - This class covers the remainder of Mainstream calls and a few of the most common Plus calls (GDP list).

Mar 30, Apr. 6, 13, 20, 27, May 4, 11, May 18 - Open - This class will finish the entire Plus list

May 25 -  at Plus level

The cost of the classes will be $50 for each session. To encourage people to take both phases, we offer a discount - $85 for the two classes. We very much hope that ALL of our new dancers will want to sign up for both classes. 

The board encourages other Oaktown dancers to sign up for these spring classes. If you dance most of Mainstream and a little Plus but never really truly learned the calls, here is your BIG CHANCE.The two spring classes will bring you to a technical, physical, and spiritual state in which you will be able to dance Mainstream and Plus with confidence at events all around the Bay Area. And the cost of dancing as a student will be a little less than if you paid for club night every week.

Always check the calendar on this website for all other dance dates and events.

Reasons People Love Square Dancing:

No Partner Required

Casual Dress

Meet New People

Easy To Learn (Move up to more challenging levels at your own pace)

Great Exercise and Stress Relief

Dance To All Kinds of Music

IAGSDC 2017 Palm Springs Swing & Mix convention website: http://palmsprings2017.org/main/index.php


Join Oaktown 8’s Square Dance Club for a TGIF evening of square dancing

 * See Saturday Night May 14 Rising Stars Dance *

Friday, TBD


Caller: TBD

Level: Floor Level (Mainstream, Plus, A1/A2)


Oakland Dance Center
200 Grand Ave, Oakland

Free Parking No Partner Required $7-10 donation


Abstract Math Concepts Spring to Life at UC Square Dancing Club

For an example of modern square dancing, here are two videos to watch:

Tech Squares Patter Call

Tech Squares Singing Call


Our club is celebrated our 11th Anniversary in the Fall of 2015. Our membership is comprised with people whose experience ranges from new dancers through Advanced and various Challenge levels. We dance to floor level (a mixture of Mainstream and Plus, depending on the status of the current or most recent class), with Advanced tips, depending on the floor level. See "About Us" for more history and to join our friends of O8 email list.