MEMBERSHIP

NEW MEMBERS

Registration packets and membership fees are due typically the night of the second lesson.  Prices below include lessons, membership, insurance, and state fees.  Please make your check payable to Grand Squares.  If it is a hardship to pay the full amount, please ask regarding breaking the payment up.  

* Please don't use PayPal to pay your membership dues.  The fee it removes is substantial. *  

  • Students, ages 13 – 18, taking lessons:  $120

  • High school graduates/college members, taking lessons:  $40

  • Parents, taking lessons:  $40 each

  • Maximum per family:  $300 (lessons & membership) + $10 for each individual (insurance & state fees)​

RETURNING MEMBERS

For returning members, renewal packets and membership fees are due the night of the second lesson.  Prices below include summer dances, membership, insurance, and state fees.  Please make your check payable to Grand Squares.  If it is a hardship to pay the full amount, please ask regarding breaking the payment up.  

* Please don't use PayPal to pay your membership dues.  The fee it removes is substantial. *  

  • Returning students, ages 13 – 18:  $60

  • Returning high school graduates/college members:  $30

  • Returning parents:  $30 each

  • Maximum per family:  $300 (lessons & membership) + $10 for each individual (insurance & state fees)​

Where does the money go?  Good question! 

The majority of these funds go directly to pay the caller for lessons.  The remainder covers facility usage and graduation dance arrangements (including new badges for graduates).  In addition, Grand Squares pays annual state dues and fees.

Is it worth the investment?

Yes, indeed!  The price of lessons for your first summer, the following years' annual membership fees, and the cost of dances are indeed worth it... on many levels!  First, members will tell you that this

is one wonderful group of teens.  In fact, Grand Squares teens tend to spend a lot of time together - on and off the dance floor!  In addition to the fun and fellowship that already makes Grand Squares worthwhile, each high school graduate typically receives a generous scholarship toward college (as long as they have danced 2 or more years with a club) -- so all of your financial investment will return to you, plus much more!

MEMBER POLICIES

We seek to glorify Christ, first and foremost.  As a Christian club, members sign their agreement with the following Statement of Faith and agree to abide by the dress code.

DRESS CODE

 

  • Shorts must be near the knee.

  • All shirts and tops must cover the midriff at all times (checking with arms raised, as will occur while dancing). The following are examples of shirts that are unacceptable:  shirts w/ straps thinner than 3 inches, strapless, spaghetti straps, off-the-shoulder, cut-out designs, tank tops, racerback shirts, low-cut shirts, bare-back, sheer or mesh clothing that does not have an appropriate blouse or shirt underneath, etc. Boys must wear shirts with sleeves.

  • No cleavage on anyone, anywhere.  Test by placing your thumb in the notch at the base of your throat, and with your flat palm against your chest, your shirt must come to the bottom of your hand.

  • No undergarments may be visible.

  • Skirts must come near the top of the knee; shorts should always be worn under skirts.

  • Square dance skirts and dresses are acceptable, though no petti pants are allowed.

  • No shirts with offensive language, imagery, or bad words are allowed (of course!).

 

Square dancing involves spinning and twirling.  Be sure that you come prepared to show off your dancing - not anything else!  Show love and kindness to your Christian brothers and sisters by protecting them from temptation.  Thank you!

 

Dress Code Infraction Policy:

 

The first 2 times - Two parents will speak with the teen and parent if available.  The teen may choose to change clothes to remedy the situation (Grand Squares T-shirts and square dance skirt available, or they may change at home and return), rather than leave the dance.  If a parent was not available, they will be contacted in a follow-up phone call before the next dance.

The third and following times - Two parents will speak with the teen and parent if available.  The teen will be asked to go home.  If a parent was not available, they will be contacted in a follow-up phone call before the next dance.

STATEMENT OF FAITH

 

We affirm these tenets of Christian theology:

 

  1. The Bible is the inspired and only infallible, authoritative Word of God.  It is the supreme and final authority for all faith and life.  (Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21).

  2. God is one Being who eternally exists as three Persons - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; all of the Persons are equal in power and glory.  (Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14).

  3. Jesus Christ is fully God and fully man (John 1:1, 14), born of a virgin (Matthew 1: 18), and was sinless in His life (Hebrews 4:15).  He died on the cross as a substitute for sinful men (Hebrews 9:15), rose bodily from the grave (John 20:1-9, 24-3 1; Acts 2:24), and now reigns with the Father (Acts 2:33; Hebrews10:12).  He will return visibly and personally to the earth both in salvation and judgment (Acts 1:11; Hebrews 9:28; Matthew 24:30).

  4. All humans are sinful by nature (Romans 3:23-5:12) and can only be forgiven by grace through the expression of faith/trust in Jesus Christ as Savior (John 3:16, Romans 10:9). 

  5. God creates each person as male or female in His image. The term “marriage” has only one meaning: the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture. Any form of sexual immorality (including adultery, fornication, homosexual behavior, bisexual behavior, transgenderism, and use of pornography) is sinful and offensive to God (Gen. 1:26-27; Gen. 2:18-25; 1 Cor. 6:18; 7:2-5; Heb. 13:4; Matt. 15:18-20; 1 Cor. 6:9-10).

  6. The Holy Spirit indwells the Christian, enabling the believer to live a godly life (Romans 8:1-17).

PARENT SECTION

 

Our vision is to provide a fun, Christian, "high-energy" activity for homeschoolers, their friends, and families. As a Grand Squares parent, you can help to make our club dances and lessons a great place to be throughout the year by doing the following:

 

1.  Sign up to volunteer at least four times during the year.  Please see the Sign-Up Genius for the different areas you can help at dances and lessons.

 

IMPORTANT: We require a minimum number of parent volunteers present in order for us to hold an event.  If for any reason we do not have the positions filled, then we will have to cancel that meeting. Our Parent Volunteer Coordinator is ready to help make sure you are signed up and know what to do. Please contact the Coordinator with any questions or concerns about volunteering.  Thank you for helping this year!                                                                                                                                                        

 

2.  Encourage your teen square dancer!  As members of the club, teens are expected to fully participate and dance every tip. Encourage them to meet new members and dance with different dance partners throughout the evening, not only their friends. Ask your teen how learning the dance calls is going. If they need help, they can come early to a dance or lesson and ask our student officers and other “angels” (members that have graduated from mainstream lessons) to practice before the activity begins.

 

3. Consider taking lessons.  Parents can take lessons, too!  It’s just fun to square dance and it’s neat to dance with your own teen dancer.  Even if you don’t take lessons this year, learn the names of the square dance calls and appreciate how amazing these kids are as they become real square dancers!