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Informative

What is Square Dancing?

Clubs

Dancer Hints and Handouts

  • A Guide to Learning Western Square Dancing for Traditional Dancers  www.dosado.com  by William B. Ackerman
  • A Prayer for New Graduates  www.squaredance.bc.ca
  • About Festivals  www.mixed-up.com  by Charleen Bunjiovianna
    You might want to try a weekend festival!
  • Advice for Angels  www.mixed-up.com  by Bill van Melle
    The success of the class depends as much on the attitude of the club as on the talent of the students.
  • Club Duties and Responsibilities  www.penrod-sq-dancing.com
  • Dancing and Studying Hints  by Vic Ceder  reprinted from The Ceder Chest of A1 and A2, C1 and C2, and C3A and C3B Square Dance Definitions books.
    A list of dancing and studying hints made available through Vic & Debbie's published definition book series, the Ceder Chest of Square Dance Definitions. This material is copyrighted.
  • Don't cry over broken squares...fix them!  www.danceinfo.org  by Allan Hurst
    Ever danced in a square that suddenly broke down? Ever wish there was a way to fix things and keep on dancing with the rest of the hall? Take heart - this article illustrates several different ways to keep on dancing!
  • Everything About Dancing That Nobody Ever Talks About  www.io.com  by Dave Goldman
  • Good Contra and Square Dancing Defined  www.io.com  by Paul Tyler
  • Ground Rules for Square Dancing  www.penrod-sq-dancing.com
    Ten rules to help enjoy dancing.
  • Hand Positioning  www.mixed-up.com  by Bill van Melle
  • Handholds - Why and How  www.dosado.com  by Orlo Hoadley
  • Helpful Dancing Tips  by Debi Bliss
    A few tips on improving dancing.
  • Helping in a square  www.tiac.net  by Clark Baker
    The issue of unsolicited helping while square dancing is very complex. The net gain from helping a square (the gains from getting more material minus the loss due to ill will and bad feelings) may not be as large as you think.
  • Rules of Square Dancing  by Tom Gray
    Square Dancing made easy with 13 rules.
  • Some Square Dance Jargon  www.mixed-up.com  by Bill van Melle
  • Square Dance Angels  www.penrod-sq-dancing.com  reprinted from NSDCA, Minnesota
    Simple rules for class angels.
  • Square Dance Attire  www.mixed-up.com  by Bill van Melle
  • Square Dance Etiquette  www.mixed-up.com  by Bill van Melle
    Here are a few tips on square dance behavior--customs peculiar to square dancing, as well as common sense reminders to respect your fellow dancers.
  • Square Dancing Etiquette Revisited  coyoungjr.home.att.net  by Charles Young
    When we were introduced to BASIC level square dancing, we were presented with a list of the "10 Basic Rules of Square Dancing Etiquette" which included items like "Always use a deodorant" and "Don't drink before attending a dance." After many years of dancing, we have additional items to add to the list, based on observations of behavior that is questionable.
  • Suggestions for Square Dancers  www.penrod-sq-dancing.com
    Square dancing etiquette, expectations, and recommendations.
  • Swinging Tips  www.mixed-up.com  by Bill van Melle
    How to "Swing your Partner".
  • Ten Commandments for Square Dancing  www.penrod-sq-dancing.com
  • The Joy of Angelling  www.danceinfo.org  by Allan Hurst
    Being a club angel: what's in it for you? Some of the answers in this article may surprise you. (Keep in mind that even students with only a couple of months under their belts, can benefit from angelling a new Basic class.) There have been excellent articles on how to angel, and on appropriate behavior for both angels and students in a square dance class. Rather than discuss how to angel, let’s examine why it’s important for dancers to angel.
  • The Pleasure Principle  www.squaredance.bc.ca  by F. William Chickering
    A Guide to Excruciatingly Correct Square Dance Behavior.
  • What Makes a Good Dancer  www.mixed-up.com  by Bill van Melle
    There is more to square dancing than just knowing the calls.
  • "Lost Squares"  www.dosado.com  reprinted from Callerlab press release March 2002
    A recommended procedure for returning to dancing once a square has broken down.

Health Benefits

Informative

Promotional

Promotional

Newspaper Articles

History

History

Stories

Stories

Dancing Outside the U.S.

Dancing Outside the U.S.

Editorials

Editorials

Caller Resources

Articles

  • A Love & Passion  www.wesquaredance.com  by Jerry Junck
    Square dancing needs a resumption of caller leadership to teach new dancers and provide a choreographically easy enough dance environment for those new dancers to succeed. From our leadership, we must have a love and passion for square dancing. In addition, we need to restore a mutual respect for each other, as well. We need to be able to motivate dancers as to the importance of recruiting, and the necessity of being patient and understanding with the new dancers we do teach.
  • Alternative Music  by Vic Ceder  reprinted from Presented to Callerlab.
    Suggestions on using Alternative Music with examples.
  • Alternative Patter Music  www.tiac.net  by Clark Baker
    Patter music can be less structured than singing call music, giving a much larger range of music from which to choose. Often our patter music is more drab and boring than our singing call music. Sometimes this is necessary so that the dancers won't get distracted by the music. However, sometimes it is nice to let accomplished dancers dance to a good piece of music. Music from outside the normal square dance arena is another way of providing variety, getting away from boom-chuck, certain instrumentation, and other constraints we impose upon ourselves.
  • Attitude Is Everything  www.wesquaredance.com  by Jerry Junck
    Today's square dance activity is suffering form a great many more negative opinions than positive attitudes. Jerry asks callers, dancers, and even organizations to do some hard thinking about their current attitudes and what positive changes we all can make for the good of square dancing.
  • Caller Judgment  www.tiac.net  by Clark Baker  reprinted from A Talk given at Callerlab 2012
    A square dance caller makes many decisions while performing his job. Some of these decisions are easy and obvious, especially to experienced callers. Others are not so easy, and different callers may make different decisions when presented with identical situations. Usually the results of a decision are minor, or can be easily fixed. Occasionally the decision has far reaching consequences.
  • Creating A Teaching Order That Will Help Students Succeed  www.tiac.net  by Don Beck
  • Do It Again and Again (part 1)  www.ecta.de  by Al Stevens
    Repetition all over again.
  • Do It Again and Again (part 2)  www.ecta.de  by Al Stevens
    Repetition all over again.
  • Extended Applications (for Callers)  by Vic Ceder  reprinted from Presented to Callerlab
    Standard applications are those combinations of calls and formations that are most frequently called, and which give a high dancer success rate. When a caller goes beyond this basic 'norm', dancers tend to break down because they are given unfamiliar positions from which to do the call. This article focuses on those Extended Applications, how and when to use them while keeping them fun and attainable.
  • Frequency Counts - Good or Bad?  www.ecta.de  by Al Stevens
  • Gimmicks  www.tiac.net  by Clark Baker
    I have always felt that there are more than a few types of gimmicks. However I have never taken the time to collect and analyze the various types. Making a presentation on this subject at the 2005 Callerlab meeting has forced me to collect my thoughts and write this paper.
  • Helpful Hints for Callers  www.ecta.de  by Al Stevens
    Suggestions that have been made over the years at Al Steven's callers schools.
  • How I Get Square Dance Records  www.all8.com  by Rich Reel
    One way to obtain square dance records.
  • My First CALLERLAB  www.danceinfo.org  by Allan Hurst
    There's a myth that attending CALLERLAB is only for professional callers. In reality, it's a wonderful opportunity to meet other callers, and to get to know the square dance community at large.
  • On The Rights of Call Authors  www.tiac.net  by Clark Baker
    Following some discussion on the square dance caller's e-mail list regarding what rights the author of a square dance call may or may not have, Clark Baker's writes his opinion.
  • Points for Better Calling  www.all8.com  by Rich Reel
    Fundamental aspects of optimal square dance calling.
  • Sight Calling  www.nwcustomwebs.com  by Rob Scribner  reprinted from The Oregon Square Dancer Magazine
    A sight-calling primer.
  • Sight Resolution  www.penrod-sq-dancing.com
    Several callers have submitted their methods for sight resolution.
  • Smooth Dancing  gero-teufert.de  by Peter Höfelmeyer
    Why should smooth dancing be one of our highest goals?
  • Some Square Dance Choreography Terms  jeff.garbutt.com  by Jeff Garbutt
  • Some Thoughts about Body Flow  gero-teufert.de  by Jens Harms
  • Teaching Order Design Principles  www.callerlab.org  by Dottie Welch and Clark Baker  reprinted from Callerlab Dance Program Documents
  • Teaching Principles That Will Help Students Succeed  www.tiac.net  by Don Beck
  • Teaching Square Dancing to Grade 7  www.tiac.net  by Clark Baker
    This talk will focus on my experiences in working with 7th graders, teaching a progressive series of classes, leading to a school-wide performance. Areas covered include crowd control, choreography, teaching techniques, handling reluctant dancers, dealing with attitude, a core vocabulary of calls and skills, teaching words, and learning speed. We end with a quick walkthru of calls that look good in exhibition (Stars, Allemande Thar, Grand Square, Dip And Dive, Heel & Toe, Star Promenade & Butterfly Whirl) which you could use in any ONS. Finally we dance the routine to phrased calling.
  • Teaching Techniques  www.tiac.net  by Jerry Reed
    Teaching is one of the most important jobs of any caller. We should be prepared to undertake this task each time we pick up our microphone. Teaching can be as formal as a regular class or workshop situation or as informal as a discussion of a particular move or concept over coffee after a dance. Teaching people to dance is not only one of our most important skills, it is also one of the most difficult.
  • TrashDance (What A Feeling!)  www.danceinfo.org  by Allan Hurst
    As a caller ... what do you do when only 6 dancers show up? Get trashy! This article, on how to choreograph and call for 6 dancers plus two wheeled garbage cans, first appeared in the GCA "Call Sheet" Newsletter.
  • Unwinding Therapy  jeff.garbutt.com  by Jeff Garbutt
    Are your dancers getting too wound up and need to be "unwound"?
  • Various Ideas  jeff.garbutt.com  by Jeff Garbutt
    One doesn't have to look very far to find challenging material.
  • What Makes Square Dancing Hard? -- Cognitive Psychology and Square Dancing (1982)  fortytwo.ws  by John Sybalsky  reprinted from Square Dance Practice Vol. 1, No. 4
    There are limits to what the human mind can do. Studying those limits---and how people cope with them---can tell us much about what makes square dancing easy or hard: The closer a call or sequence comes to pushing those limits. the harder it is to perform. Looking at how people cope with their limits can tell us much about how people learn square dancing. and thus provide guidance for setting up teaching orders and plateau progressions.
  • Working with Other Callers - Duets  www.ecta.de  by Al Stevens
    Duets are a great tool to be used by callers, if two callers are compatible with each other, however a danger exists when two callers are non - compatible. Nothing sounds worse than to listen to two callers trying to work with each other - and can't.
  • Zeros  gero-teufert.de  by Gero Teufert

Specific Calls

Technical Papers

Challenge

Introductory

Articles

  • A Look At Ourselves  www.lynette.org  by Bill Heimann
    Being a good dancer has nothing to do with level!
  • Challenge Dancer Responsibilities  mysite.verizon.net  by Charles Young
    Because Challenge Square Dancing is more difficult and demanding it requires a high level of commitment to the art of Square Dancing and a high level of cooperation amongst the dancers in each square.
  • How Good Is Good  www.lynette.org  by Barry Clasper  reprinted from The Zipcoder
    What makes a good dancer. (originally printed in Zip Coder Magazine)
  • How May I Help  www.lynette.org  by Barry Clasper  reprinted from The Zipcoder
    To help or not to help? That is the question. (originally printed in Zip Coder Magazine)
  • Learning Calls  www.lynette.org  by Bill Heimann
    Strategies for memorizing calls.
  • Tips on Becoming a Better Dancer  www.lynette.org  by Janet Neumann
    Dancing, Teamwork, Definitions, Identification, Precision & Breathing, Study & Practice, Have Fun!

Technical Papers

Round Dance

Round Dance

Humor

Nasser

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

Interviews

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