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September to April

Come out to our Basic/Mainstream dances on Tuesday nights @ 7:30 pm
or our Plus dances on Friday nights @ 7:30 pm


Our square dancing is at  Brunton Community Hall at Blacks Corners. Occasionally, we may be at Notre Dame Catholic High School.

​Brunton Community Hall 
1702 9th Line, Carleton Place, ON

K7C 0C4

Notre Dame Catholic High School

157 McKenzie St, Carleton Place, ON

K7C 4P2

How much? 

2 semesters Fall and winter. $65.00 per person per semester. 14 dances a semester (weather permitting)

Special Dances

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“I love square dancing” 

The Mississippi Squares Dance Club


Formed in 1986, the club is based in the friendly town of Carleton Place, Ontario, at the junction of Highways 7, 15 and 29, approximately 40 km to the southwest of Ottawa.  It derives its name from the nearby Mississippi River and Lake.  Our regular dancing location is the Brunton Community Hall, just 2 km south of Carleton Place on Hwy 15.  The Mississippi Squares currently has one of the largest memberships in the Eastern Ontario Square and Round Dance Association (EOSARDA).  The club teaches modern square dancing with our caller Brian Crawford, and is very active in the recruitment of new dancers. To this end, the format on Tuesday evenings is one of alternating Basic and Mainstream tips. The immediate integration of new dancers with the Mainstream group has proven to be very successful in the retention of new dancers. Plus dancing is held weekly on Friday evenings.



Until the government announces that it is safe to dance in the province we will remain closed.

The Board is of the opinion that, under the current guidelines, square dancing, as practiced prior to the pandemic, will not be possible.  

Mississippi Squares Dance schedule

Hello everyone 

                                Well it is no surprise, but it makes me sad to announce we are cancelling all classes and social dances for January 2020 Winter season. The second wave is upon us.

It is still not safe to dance.  Our Executive is listening to our governments and leadership, we met Oct 5th through a Zoom meeting and all agreed that dancing puts us in such close proximity that we are not allowed to host classes and dances at this time.  The executive will meet again in Dec Again, I want you to know we are blessed our club is in very good shape. We are asking for your support and understanding as we continue to keep this club strong during this global pandemic.  Your executive will monitor the recommendations from our governments and leadership, and provide updates on the 2021 fall session as we know more.  Also, the Halfway dance this year will be cancelled. 


We hope some of you are enjoying the online dances, we thank the clubs that have been doing this. If you have special requests or ideas please share them with us!


We know how important dance is to all of you, we miss dancing and we miss each other and we will do everything we can to keep you moving. 


We will keep you posted on the status of dancing. We know that people are exhausted from containment measures, and now that we are going into a second wave let's all do our part by following public health directives, wash hands, wear masks, social distancing and stay home. 


We miss you, Vince and Debbie

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Club Executive 2020-2021



Vince and Debbie Guthro

613 257 2480


Past Presidents

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Melanie Jones

613 253 3759



Wendy Waddell

613 492 0286

Director of Publicity

Open position


Director, Social Convenor

Betty Goodwin
613 256 0551



Marion Armstrong

613 256 1575

Helgi Goodman

613 253 2960

Bruce Jones

613 253 3759



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Our Caller

Brian Crawford

              Brian has been calling for Mississippi Squares since 1999. He started learning to be a caller in 1997, taking an intro course that was led by John Charman. Brian also received ongoing tutoring from Mel Wilkerson, the caller for Mississippi Squares at that time. In 1998, Brian and another local caller, Geoff Clarke, started the Town and Kountry Kickers in Stittsville. Geoff took over as full-time caller for the Kickers in 1999 and Brian started calling for the Mississippi Squares. Over the years, Brian has also called for the Dynamite Tays in Perth, the Bytown Squares and Shadowcasters in Ottawa, and the Swinging Saints in Brockville.

Brian and his wife, Amy, started dancing with the Mississippi Squares in 1991 to the calling of Graham Ingram. They served on the executive for three years — as secretary couple for one year and as directors for two years. They also served as angels (partners for single dancers), and Amy continues to serve as an angel while Brian is calling. They enjoy dancing at the A2 level, but also enjoy every level leading up to A2.

Brian gives dancers from the whole region of eastern Ontario an opportunity to develop their skills each spring when Mississippi Squares hosts a workshop. He also has the opportunity to call for various clubs across Ontario, Quebec and the United States — a privilege that he and Amy very much appreciate.

Contact us!


Vince and Debbie Guthro 

613 257 2480



To submit articles about square dancing or about our club, contact
Director of Publicity


Past Presidents


Director, Social Convenor

Betty Goodwin

613 256 0551