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Allan Hurst
 Sunnyvale, California, USA
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Allan Hurst
CALLERLAB, the International Association of Square Dance Callers
GCA, the Gay Callers Association


Calling Mainstream thru C1

I call mostly at IAGSDC (GLBT) clubs in the San Francisco Bay Area, Chicago, and at fly-ins and IAGSDC Conventions. I also call "one night stands", a/k/a "party nights". Member of CALLERLAB and the GCA. Editor of "The Call Sheet: Professional Journal of the Gay Callers Association". (Sample issue available at Co-Administrator and Caller Booker for Midnight Squares in San Francisco. Historian for the International Association of Gay Square Dance Clubs (IAGSDC), and adminstrator of the IAGSDC History Wiki ( Member of Midnight Squares, El Camino Reelers, Foggy City Dancers, Chi-Town Squares, Squares Across The Border, and Temple Squares. My calling style is laid-back, fun, and highly interactive. I encourage and provide comments and responses to and from the dancers. I'll try nearly anything behind the mic, so long as the dancers are having fun, and it's neither illegal nor offensive.

My website features articles I've written about square dancing and calling over the years.

I call through C1, and dance through C2.

Allan at Home
Address Allan Hurst
1168 La Rochelle Terrace, #A
Sunnyvale, California
Phone (home) 408.744.0447   
Phone (mobile) 650.207.0215   
Allan at Work
Phone (work) 510.933.1900   

last modified: 05-October-2010 11:01:40
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Articles by Allan Hurst:

A Guide To IAGSDC Convention
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!
Don't cry over broken squares...fix them!
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!
Moving Up To Advanced or Challenge
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.
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.
Origins of Square Dance Sounds Effects
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.
The Joy of Angelling
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.
TrashDance (What A Feeling!)
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.

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