Square dancing at the American Legion Hall? Like bingo, trucker hats and mustaches, square dancing once seemed hopelessly uncool — but that just means it's bound to be the next big thing. Enter Dare to Be Square, an annual celebration of square dancing begun in 2003 in North Carolina and spun off to the West Coast in 2007. After a three-year hiatus, Dare to Be Square West is back — and coming to Los Angeles for the first time. The organizers gleefully embrace the goofiness of square dancing, offering a place to socialize, tap your toes to live music and learn such traditional folk-dance variations as the Ninepin, the Winter Solstice and the Twelve Reel. Seasoned callers will guide you through the moves while musicians Tom Sauber & Co. and Chicken Liquor keep the tempo lively. This event is open to all ages, but there will be a bar for dancers over 21. Register now for the $150 classes held during the day — or just show up to swing your pardner at the public dances at night. American Legion Hall, 227 N. Avenue 55, Highland Park; Fri., Nov. 8-Sun., Nov. 10, 8-11 p.m.; $10 per night. daretobesquarewest.org.

Fri., Nov. 8, 8-10 p.m.; Sat., Nov. 9, 8-10 p.m.; Sun., Nov. 10, 8-10 p.m., 2013

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