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  • Sight and Module Resolution Systems  callerlab.org  reprinted from Callerlab
    Written by the Choreographic Applications Committee (CAC), Caller Training Committee, and Caller Coach Committee.

  • Square dancing isn't for squares  cjonline.com  by Bill Blankenship
    In order to read this article, you must first register to CJ Online. Clicking on the link will take you to the registration page, if you are not already a registered member of CJ Online.

  • 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.

  • The Challenge Dancing Handbook  fortytwo.ws  by Clark Baker
    Clark Baker's definitive work on Challenge Dancing written in 1978. Including discussions on Naming Conventions, Setups and Formations, Descriptive Terminology, Concepts, Extensions and Variations, Calls and more.
  • 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.



  • 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.
  • Star Tips  mysite.verizon.net  by Charles Young
    We see star tips listed on many dance, festival and weekend flyers. But what do we know about star tips?
  • Welcome to Challenge Dancing  mysite.verizon.net  by Charles Young
    So you're thinking about taking Challenge lessons. You will find Challenge square dancing to be intellectually challenging and stimulating. It can be done and done well. And it is fun to dance at the Challenge levels.
  • Jay Concept  mysite.verizon.net  by Charles Young
    An explanation of the Jay Concept.
  • Once Removed Notes and Diagrams  mysite.verizon.net  by Charles Young
    The Once Removed concept is one of the hardest and least understood concepts in Challenge square dancing. This paper provides an explanation of this concept for most of us. This will be done by showing sample calls with some discussions of the nuances of the examples including discussion of the strategy to be used for the call.
  • Once Removed Dance Strategies  mysite.verizon.net  by Charles Young
    A discussion of the definition of Once Removed, problems with the Once Removed concept, and strategies which may be used to dance this concept. Many diagrams are included.
  • Parallelograms and Offsets Notes and Diagrams  mysite.verizon.net  by Charles Young
    There are some basic facts about parallelograms that must be understood if you are to become competent in the use of the concept.
  • Split Phantom Lines / Columns  mysite.verizon.net  by Charles Young
    A list of the things you must know when you do Split Phantom concept calls.

  • The ABC'S of Round Dance (A Glossary of Round Dance Terms)  round_dance_abcs.home.att.net  by Fred Haury
    Round Dancing is couples ballroom dancing. The name Round Dancing is derived from the circle formed by dancing couples. Rhythms & patterns are the same as International Ballroom, Exhibition & Studio dance. This book is written for Round Dancing. Terms & descriptions of other dance forms are included.





  • 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."







  • 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.
  • 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.
  • A Guide To IAGSDC Convention  www.danceinfo.org  by Allan Hurst
    Many new dancers are reluctant to attend the annual IAGSDC Convention because they don't know what to expect. This article was written just for them. (Or for any dancer who hasn't attended an IAGSDC Convention before.) This version of the Guide adds photos. Enjoy!
  • Origins of Square Dance Sounds Effects  www.danceinfo.org  by Allan Hurst
    Have you ever heard a new sound effect for a call, and wondered where it came from? More importantly, have you ever wondered HOW a new sound effect is created? This article traces a sound effect as it evolved from its first use into its now-popular usage all over the world.
  • 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.
  • 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!










  • Learn to square dance  www.lassennews.com  by Dave Moller
    News posted by Lassen On-line News on 8/10/2000





  • How Contras Fit In Square Dances  www.newnorth.net  by Art Harvey
    Contra dancing and Square dancing both originated from the same basic roots. It is only natural that they can be accommodated within the same evening dance program.





  • Rocky Mountain Square Dance Camp Lighted Lantern - 1948 to 1967  www.phantomranch.net
    Very few people realize just how much the Rocky Mountain Square Dance Camp has done in training, inspiring, and encouraging many of our country's leading Square Dance callers and Round Dance instructors. More than one ambitious callers today have had their careers launched by having been given the chance to serve on the staff of the Rocky Mountain Square Dance Camp.

  • Noah's Square Dance  www.rickwalton.com  by Rick Walton
    As Noah calls, the animals on the ark perform a variety of square dance steps.

  • Choosing Dances  www.rotscheid.nl  by Susie & Gert-Jan Rotscheid
    How to choose which dance to buy, teach or showcase. (PDF document)
  • How to Write a Dance  www.rotscheid.nl  by Susie & Gert-Jan Rotscheid
    More and more cuers and dancers are starting to write dances to their favorite piece of music. (PDF document)





  • You Have Never Thought About This  www.squaredance.ws  by Ed Foote  reprinted from The Northeast Square Dancer - March 2018
    What job requires more decisions to be made in a shorter period of time than any other job in the world? Answer: Square Dance Caller.

  • Moving Up To Advanced or Challenge  www.squareinfo.org  by Allan Hurst
    When should you learn a new dance level? More specifically, when should you move up to Advanced or Challenge? This article talks about what you can reasonably expect if you decide to move up to Advanced or Challenge dancing.

  • 2006 Plan To Rejuvenate Square Dancing  www.thewranglers.org  by Charles Lloyd
    There is a desperate need to increase the number of square dancers, particularly younger dancers. Though this proposal was formulated with the San Diego County area in mind, the suggestions in this article would be appropriate elsewhere.

  • 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.
  • Barstool Dancing  www.tiac.net  by Clark Baker
    Barstool Dancing is an after party or hallway gimmick that I have been using to entertain square dancers for many years. I don't remember who invented it. It's really just the Anchor Concept from C4 called to a mini-square with the same dancer anchored for every call.
  • 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.
  • 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?
  • A Brief History of Square and Round Dancing  www.tiac.net  by Veronica McClure
    Today's square and round dancing is a continuation of the social dance history of western civilization.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Teaching Principles That Will Help Students Succeed  www.tiac.net  by Don Beck
  • Creating A Teaching Order That Will Help Students Succeed  www.tiac.net  by Don Beck
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Square Games  www.tiac.net  by Clark Baker
    Assume that you know how to square dance. Not only that, but that you are good at it. Perhaps you have already learned some Advanced and Challenge dancing. Perhaps you are even a little bored at the current dance, weekend, festival, or convention. Or perhaps you just want a slight change to make things interesting. What you need is a square game -- something you or your square can do while the caller is calling to the rest of the folks.
  • Solving the Age Gap  www.tiac.net  by Patricia Wahle
    The age gap in square dancers today presents one of the largest obstacles to keeping square dancing alive and growing. This article was written to help us think how we can bridge that gap.
  • 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.
  • The Twisted Concept  www.tiac.net  by Clark Baker
    A concept that can be used with any call whose active's initial dance action contains a pass thru, pull by, touch, or single circling action.
  • Western Style Square Dancing is in trouble  www.tiac.net  by Ralph Sweet
    What follows is an excerpt from "let's create 'Olde Tyme' Square Dancing" by Ralph Sweet. It is Copyright 1966 by Ralph Sweet and posted with his permission. Please do not make further copies of it.
  • Western Style Square Dancing is in trouble  www.tiac.net  by Clark Baker
  • Will Square Dancing Survive?  www.tiac.net  by Clark Baker
    Many have been worried about the decline of square dancing since the mid-1980's. Over time people have proposed many solutions, some of which actually work. Clark Baker recommends studying to understand how society has changed, how we can recruit in this new era, and how we may wish to change our product.

  • Four Calls from Unusual Setups  www.trailblazers-socal.org  by Sue Curtis  reprinted from Trailblazer Workshop 2008
    This workshop focuses on doing certain calls from unusual setups. The calls I use are Acey Deucey, Horseshoe Turn, Load the Boat, and Pass and Roll. The .first three of these calls are interesting because they have di.fferent parts for the centers and ends. Often, both the centers' and ends' parts can be done from several di.fferent setups. This gives us quite a variety of overall starting setups for the call.


  • Contra and Square Dance Playing  www.voyagerrecords.com  by Phil Williams and Vivian Williams
    Hints for live bands wanting to play for contras or square dances.

  • Don't Be a Square -- Dance! Do-Si-Do Fitness  www.webmd.com  reprinted from WebMD
    In squares of eight across the country, Americans from senior-citizen age on down are linking arms, sashaying, and "do-si-doing" themselves to longer, healthier, and happier lives. They're having a blast and also lowering their risk of heart disease, diabetes, certain types of cancer, age-related memory loss, osteoporosis, and depression.

  • 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.
  • 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.


  • Square Dance Emergencies  www.wx1der.com
    No matter how much planning you do for a square dance event, an unplanned emergency situation is usually inevitable.


  • 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.





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