Dare to be Square

May 19th – 21st 2017

A weekend for aspiring and advanced callers, dancers and musicians in a small Swiss town in the mountains of West Virginia! Workshops will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday with Bill Ohse, Lou Maiuri, Mary Alice Milnes, Gerry Milnes, T- Claw, Ellen & Eugene Ratcliffe, Rodney Sutton and many others yet to be determined. There are two beautiful dance halls and there will be many opportunities to practice calling. Evening public square dances will be held on both Friday and Saturday night with late night jam sessions at all hours. Workshops will be held in Helvetia Fiddle Tunes, Calling 101, 102 & 103, Dunmore Big Circle Square Dances, Glenville Style Square Dances, Flatfooting 1&2, West Virginia Ballad Singing, Helvetia Baking and many more! Here is the DTBS 2017 Schedule, subject to change!

Evening Public Square Dances Friday & Saturday at 8pm in the Community – Admission is $5 and children get in free.

RSVP – hillreb1@gmail.com- by May 12th and pay $65 in cash when you arrive
or wait and register the day of and pay $75 at the gate.
Check-in will run from 2-7pm on Friday, May 21st in the Community Hall
Please bring CASH or CHECK when registering at the gate.

It is really important to me during these times that all people are afforded the same opportunities to learn and that passing these traditions on is so very important. Therefore, please let me know if you can’t come due to not being able to afford the admission price, we can work something out. There are several volunteer opportunities for partial and full tuition. There are also several scholarships available to eager beginning callers! Also, We are in need of a few more musicians to play for workshops. AND new this year, the weekend will be free to people under the age of eighteen! Contact hillreb1@gmail.com for inquiries.


Rooms are available for rent at the Bee Keeper Inn: 304-924-6435
and Kultur Haus: 304-924-5160. To reserve a room please tell them you are with Dare to be Square.

Snacks, t-shirts, postcards and other small items are available at the
Helvetia General Store. There is no ATM, gas station or large grocery store in Helvetia. 

No showers are available, there is a small creek to play around in.
There are real restrooms within walking distance of camping field. 

Check out the beautiful mountain town of Helvetia at www.helevetiawv.com


Be warned that GPS to Helvetia doesn’t always work. There have been several hilarious adventures that involve people getting stuck in swamps. Please use these directions from the Hutte. There will be signs posted. Most cell phones will not get reception in Helvetia. 

From Elkins: 

Take Route 219 to 250 South for 16 miles to Mill Creek. 
In Mill Creek Turn Right on County Route 46 (Helvetia Road) 
20 Miles to Helvetia.

From Buckhannon:
Take Route 20 South for 12 miles to the West Virginia Wildlife Center.
Turn Left onto County Route 11 (Alexander Helvetia Road)
20 Miles to Helvetia.


Water bottle 
Coffee Mug 
Comfortable Dance Shoes 
Rain Jacket 
Cash or Check (There is no ATM in Helvetia) 
A Potluck Dish for Saturday 
A Recorder & Notebook
A Smile

Made possible from support from Smakula Fretted Instruments and other anonymous donors!