50th Anniversary Dance Weekend

with Rob French and Ted Lizotte calling
and Roy and Janet Williams cueing

Online Registration (Closes Wednesday 9/20, 11:59 PM)


22–24 September 2017 at the MIT Student Center in Cambridge, MA

Registration is now open!

Register online by Wednesday 9/20 11:59 PM and get a free 50th anniversary dangle or at the door (dangle not included). You can register for the whole weekend (all sessions) or Plus sessions only (sessions 1, 4, 5, and 7 on the schedule below).

We will be getting take-out Chinese food from Mary Chung's for Saturday night dinner; dinner is not included with the dance registration, but you can also order it on the registration form. (You are also welcome to make other dinner plans or bring your own food to the weekend.)

General AdmissionNon-MIT studentMIT student
Whole Weekend$75$35Free
Plus sessions only$50$25Free
Saturday Dinner$15$15$15
Sessions 1, 5, or 7 (each, at door)$15$10Free
Other sessions (each, at door)$10$5Free


All dancing will take place in the MIT Student Center (W20) located at 84 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge. Both dance halls have tile floors, so plan footwear accordingly. There will be room in Lobdell for board games and socializing throughout.

We will be holding review sessions prior to the weekend as a refresher for dancers who are out of practice:

  1. Sunday, September 10, 2-4:30 PM, W20-407
  2. Thursday, September 21, 8-10:30 PM, West Lounge (on the second floor of W20, adjacent to Sala)

The Plus dancing Friday and Sunday will be hard and is intended for people who are active Plus dancers or have attended a review session. The Saturday afternoon Plus dance and the Saturday night dance will be more accessible to out-of-practice dancers. Advanced and Challenge sessions will be hard. The level of rounds will depend on the requests of the dancers, probably mostly II-IV, with the possibility of higher phases.

Note: We've made a couple tweaks to the schedule. For the Friday and Saturday night dances, we will now have star tips before the main dance and rounds after the main dance. This change will help our staff get enough rest. We have also switched rooms for the Saturday morning session.

Printable schedule

Friday, 22 September
Session 1 *UPDATED*
Plus Dance in Lobdell
7-8pm:Star Tips (C3B, C2, A2, A2) with Rob
8-10:30pm:Plus Dance with Round Breaks (Phases 2, 3, 4) with Ted, Rob, and Roy
10:30-11:30pm:Star Rounds (Phases 3, 4, 5) with Roy
Saturday, 23 September
Session 2 *UPDATED*
Rounds in Lobdell
10:30am-12pm:Rounds Teach (Phase 3+) with Roy
C3A in W20-491
10am-12pm:C3A with Rob
12-12:30pm:C3B star tips with Rob
Session 3
A2 in Lobdell
1:30-3:30pm:A2 with Ted
Rounds in W20-491
1:30-3pm:Rounds (Phases 4, 5, 6) with Roy
Session 4
Plus in Lobdell
3:30-5:30pm:Plus with assorted callers
C4 in W20-491
3pm-5:30pm:C4 with Rob
5:30-7pm: Dinner from Mary Chung's in Lobdell
Session 5 *UPDATED*
Plus Dance in Lobdell
7-7:30pm:Star Tips (C3B, C2) with Rob
7:30-10:30pm:Plus Dance with Rounds Breaks (Phases 2, 3, 4) with Ted, Rob, and assorted cuers
10:30-11:30pm:Star Rounds (Phases 3, 4, 5) with Roy
Sunday, 24 September
Session 6
C1 in Lobdell
10am-12pm:C1 with Rob
12-12:30pm:C2 star tips with Rob
Rounds in W20-491
10:30am-12:30pm:Rounds (Phases 3, 4, 5) with Roy
Session 7
Plus Dance in Lobdell
2-5pm:Plus Dance with Rounds Breaks (Phases 2, 3, 4) with Ted, Rob, and Roy

NOTE: Tech Squares is a singles club that dances hard, fast Plus, and this weekend will reflect that. In addition, some people will be goofing off during the dancing, and many people will be dancing roles that do not 'match' their appearance. The advanced and challenge sessions will be hard. Couples are welcome. Casual dress (t-shirts and jeans) is typical, but you are welcome to dress up. There will be board games and socializing in Lobdell throughout.

Questions? See our FAQ or email tech-squares-50 mit.edu.