El Camino Reelers: Square Dancing in Silicon Valley for the LGBTQ Community and friends

Don Johnson

I would like to pass on the sad news that El Camino Reelers member Don Johnson passed away during last Memorial Day weekend. He is survived by his husband, Eric Saenz.

Don joined El Camino Reelers in 1999, taking the square dance class at that time. Don and Eric were members of El Camino Reelers for 15 years and they were often seen at IAGSDC conventions. They were always warm, friendly, and welcoming, and Don will be missed.

We will pin his badge on the memorial quilt in Minneapolis at the Twin City Spin convention in 2022.

Eric Hudson

May 22: Picnic in the Park

On Saturday May 22, Reelers and their significant others got together for a picnic in Palo Alto's Robles Park. No dancing, but still... our first in-person event since last March!

Photos by Eric Hudson

ECR Reopening Survey

In early May the Board sent out a survey to ECR members to ask what they would be comfortable doing when dancing reopens. The survey responses are shown below.

The most significant insights the Board gained are that all responding club members have been vaccinated or will be soon, and most want all other dancers to be vaccinated before returning to in-person dancing. Some considered masking and hand sanitizing/washing to be important but few wanted to wear gloves or require the caller to be masked.


EL CAMINO REELERS is a modern Western Square Dance club, formed by lesbians and gay men in order to meet people, have fun, and learn to square dance. We dance to live callers using the Callerlab Mainstream, Plus, and Advanced programs.

LEARN TO SQUARE DANCE! It's a great way to meet active, open-minded, intelligent, and sometimes very silly people. We would love to welcome you to our club. Come to one of our monthly no experience required Fun Nights, or send a note to information@reelers.org and let us know you're interested.