Education Program Overview

“It’s not cheesy – add some flavor to your convention with slices of education!”

One key difference between a square dance festival and a convention is education – conventions generally offer a variety of learning experiences to help dancers, club and organization leaders, and callers and cuers expand their own knowledge base, become better and more informed leaders, and continue to grow our activity.

Education is more than just classes. A National Convention includes many activities that fall under the education umbrella, including:

Leadership Certification

Help club and dance organization leaders build their knowledge and skills as dance leaders

Education Sessions

Rrecent session titles have included “Toolkit for Club Leaders,” “Spice Up Your Calling,” “Marketing Your Club,” “Square Dance Parties,” “Travel Safety,” “Camping and Dancing: S’mores than Dance,” and many, many more.

Keynote Speaker – Ray Brendzy

Ray Brendzy of Burnaby, Canada

WHAT: Keynote Address – “We are one GREAT big family” WHEN: Friday, June 26, 2024 at 10:15 AM WHERE: Hilton Milwaukee Center, Crystal Ballroom

Organizations Round Table

Dancers and leaders can learn about how dance organizations are working effectively from the local to the national level

Showcase of Ideas

Local, state, and national dance organizations display ideas for promoting square dancing and attracting dancers

Sew & Save

For more than just tailors and seamstresses – it includes classes, “Make It / Take It” craft sessions, sewing demonstrations, patterns to trace, and of course a raffle and giveaways

NEC Archives

Convention attendees can view the program books from the first National Convention to the current one, see convention badges and belt buckles, and share in the history of our National Square Dance Event

Volunteers Wanted!

Many hands make light work! Click the magnifying glass to fill out the form and we will get back to you!

Call for Presenters

The 73rd National Square Dance Convention® is looking for presenters for the education program. Any topics of potential interest to dancers, club and organization leaders, callers, cuers, and other convention attendees will be considered! Please complete and submit this form if you are interested in contributing a “slice of education.”