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  • 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.
  • Beat Math  www.tiac.net  by Clark Baker  reprinted from Clark Baker (A Workshop presented at Callerlab 2009)
    This workshop will start with a brief review of timing. Next we will discuss a methodology for measuring how many beats a call takes and use this methodology on a few calls to see if it gets the same answer as our existing timing charts. Finally we will see if "beat math" really works. Can we simply stick calls together, adding up their beats, and expect the sequence to dance in that many beats? If not, how are we supposed to use our timing numbers?
  • 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
  • Dancing By Definition  docs.google.com  by Barry Clasper  reprinted from Callerlab 2013 presentation
    How the brain's memory and recall mechanisms work and how we can apply that to the way a dancer learns.
  • 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.
  • Phrase Craze  www.tiac.net  by Clark Baker  reprinted from Clark Baker (a workshop presented at the 2010 CALLERLAB Convention)
    This workshop will explore the relationship of patter and singing calling to the musical phrase. We start with a brief definition of terms, and move into some dancing. Does a style of delivery in which the caller gives the dancers the first beat in a phrase better? How often can a skilled caller "hit the phrase"? How can you acquire this skill? What are some examples of strongly phrased music. This will be a laboratory in which we are counting on you, as dancers, to help determine which variables really matter.
  • 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

  • An Easy "At Home" Resolve Technique  www.all8.com  by Rich Reel
    Return-to-home techniques.
  • Asymmetric Primer for Callers  by Vic Ceder
    This paper presents asymmetric (or non-symmetric) choreography: what it is, how to get into it, how to resolve from it and how, when and why to use it. It gives lots of examples and hints on how to keep it simple. This paper was originally written for Advanced and Challenge callers, and contains some references to calls on these programs. Presented at Callerlab 2010 and 2011.
  • Asymmetric Resolve Techniques  www.all8.com  by Rich Reel
    Techniques are really only useful for writing cards or for sight resolving a very small number of squares.
  • Calling Through Scoot Back Waves  www.all8.com  by Rich Reel
    How to track arrangement through #1 and #2 arrangements in waves.
  • Controlling Choreography With Relationships  by Barry Johnson
    For decades, many callers have focused on Formation, Arrangement and Sequence while tracking dancers as they move through a sequence. But it turns out that the Relationships of the dancers can actually be easier for many callers to understand and see while a square is in motion, and the principles of using relationships while calling can be learned in just a few minutes. Once relationships are recognizable, the state of the square is easily identified in almost any FASR at all.
  • Directional Characteristics of Column Loudspeakers  www.tiac.net  by Ervin E. Gross
    A brief description of the useful characteristics of a sound column will be presented here and the successful application of these characteristics will be described.
  • Easy To Call Asymmetric Tricks  www.all8.com  by Rich Reel
    Easy to call asymmetric gimmicks.
  • Formation Management  gero-teufert.de  by Jens Harms
  • Hexagon Choreography  by Judy Obee
    Also known as Rectangle Choreography or 6-couple Square Dancing.
  • Hexagon Dancing  www.billeyler.com  by Bill Eyler
    Hexagons are a method of having six couples dance from a six-sided "at home" formation. Clark Baker independently found that it was possible to have a Hexagon dancing in the back of the hall while the caller was calling to standard squares. There are several key differences in Clark's method versus my method. Because of that, I've started calling his version "East Coast" and this method "West Coast."
  • Hexagon Squares  www.tiac.net  by Clark Baker
    Square dancing is usually danced by 4 couples who start each sequence in a square formation. This paper describes how 6 couples can start each sequence in a hexagon formation, and dance the same choreography with the same timing as the usual square. Certain dancers will enjoy this twist on square dancing.
  • How "Unresolved" can a Square Be?  www.all8.com  by Rich Reel
    A look at the math behind FASR and resolving the square.
  • Keep Order / Change Order Modules  www.all8.com  by Rich Reel
    Simple mental image method and sight calling aid.
  • Mainstream Teaching Order Design  www.tiac.net  by Clark Baker
    In April 2004 I was asked to join a sub-committee of the Mainstream committee tasked with creating a new teaching order for the Mainstream dance program. Here are my thoughts on the subject.
  • Musings on Definitions  www.tiac.net  by Clark Baker
    Recently the definitions committee has been faced with updating the definition of Shakedown. Looking at some of the issues and decisions faced while changing Shakedown will give you some insight into the definitions business in general. In writing definitions we generally want to document how the call works today without allowing applications which violate the "sense" or "essence" of the call.
  • Ocean Wave Resolution  www.tiac.net  by Dave Wilson
    This paper describes a symmetric sight calling resolution based on ocean waves. It was developed and explained to us by Dave Wilson at a callers school in 2007.
  • Pairing Two Dancers For Resolve  www.all8.com  by Rich Reel
    One of the first steps of resolving the square.
  • Resolving a completely messed up floor  web.archive.org  by Dave Wilson
  • Resolving a Square
    A flowchart on how to resolve a square.
  • Selecting Key Couples  www.all8.com  by Rich Reel
    Different ways of memorizing the square for sight resolve.
  • Sight and Module Resolution Systems  callerlab.org  reprinted from Callerlab
    Written by the Choreographic Applications Committee (CAC), Caller Training Committee, and Caller Coach Committee.
  • Sight Resolution From Ocean Waves  gero-teufert.de  by Gero Teufert
  • Square Dance Callers Instruction Course  www.dosado.com  by Ed Gilmore  reprinted from Dosado.com
    Ed Gilmore's 1949 Square Dance Callers Instruction Course, sponsored by the Redlands (California) Recreation Department. Originally 52 type-written pages, this course includes chapters on:

    WHAT IS SQUARE DANCING?
    STYLE
    WHY SQUARE DANCE
    WHAT PART DOES THE CALLER PLAY
    CLASS NOTES - NUMBER I
    CLASS NOTES - NUMBER II
    CALLS AND INSTRUCTIONS FOR BASIC FIGURES
    CLASS NOTES - NUMBER 3
    CLASS NOTES - NUMBER IV
    CLASS NOTES - NUMBER V
    CLASS NOTES - NUMBER VI

    Specific basic movements, dance routines, and music are discussed, as well as round dances and styling. Ed also teaches callers to focus on the entire dance experience for the participant, and cautions that this course will not make you a caller...for that you need time and experience.

  • Technical Page, I love it!  www.kuhlee.de  by Lorenz Kuhlee
  • Technical Zeros in Plain English  gero-teufert.de  by Mike Liston
  • Techniques for Discovering Arrangement  www.all8.com  by Rich Reel
    Sight calling to groups with mostly same-sex or mixed-sex couples.
  • The 16 Possible Partner Pairings with Standard Arrangement  www.all8.com  by Rich Reel
  • The Limits Of FASR  gero-teufert.de  by Gero Teufert
  • The Square Resolution Process  www.all8.com  by Rich Reel
    The secret is to significantly reduce the number of combinations with a resolve process.
  • The Total FASR (FASROO)  gero-teufert.de  by Gero Teufert
  • Two Couple Primer  by Vic Ceder
    There are times when we want to use Two Couple Calling as a programming or showmanship tool. There are other times when we may have less than two full squares and we want to get as many dancing as we can. This paper provides insight on how to effectively utilize this type of calling and includes some of the pitfalls as well.
  • Zeros and Equivalents  by Orlo Hoadley
    A zero is a call or sequence of calls that ends with the same setup it started from; in other words, an equivalent to no call at all, formation-wise. Equivalents are two calls or sequences of calls that start with the same setup and end with the same setup. Orlo gives us some examples in this article.
  • "FASR" and other Caller Terminology  www.all8.com  by Rich Reel
    An explanation of Formation, Arrangement, Sequence, and Relationship.

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

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