Is there a computer program that I can plug in a call and watch how
it affects the square? Possibly a square dance calling program
that replaces what our old callers wife said about Jim "having
little dolls that he moved around" to work out calls.
Most other checker-moving programs (including my own, CSDS)
display before and after pictures for each call.
There is no animation.
A couple programs attempt animation, but they
do so only for the most vanilla positions of the calls.
I don't have much information on them. You might look
at the links on our 'Square Dance Software' page,
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Burleson's Square Dance Encylopedia #1
A friend of mine has an encylopedia of square dance calls authored by a Bill Burleson. In several cases it has proven to be a most inclusive source of information, coming up with the answers when other authorities have fallen by the wayside. She says she purchased it on E-bay and the contact information in it have been dead ends.
I would like to acquire a copy and wonder if you can provide me with any leads to a source.
Go to Western Square Dancing's web site
(http://www.dosado.com/) and click on the 'Books' link under 'Caller's Corner' (navigation area on the left hand side). From there, click on 'Complete Listing of Square & Round Dance Books' (http://www.dosado.com/sdpubs.htm) where you will find it listed.
C-1 Teach Tapes
I would appreciate it if you could let me know where I could purchase C1 Teaching Tapes. They would have to be posted to England.
A couple of years ago, in Plon Germany, we recorded the C1-teach. Callers were myself, Dave Wilson, and Lars Asplund. The series should be available from RHC Enterprises as I sent them a copy. The series may also be available from Steffan Mauring in Hamburg Germany.
C-2 Tapes and Videos
Do you sell C-2 tapes and/or C-2 videos and, if not, could you give me some names, addresses, and phone numbers of persons or corporations that DO sell C-2 tapes or videos?
We are fairly new to square dancing - we are taking lessons (Plus level). We recognize we need to practice, practice and practice actual dancing and we are trying to do just that, but we can't find music! Specifically, we've gotten 3 other couples to agree to meet twice a week in our home to practice, and now I am looking for music.
I can only deal with CD's and/or MP3 or WAV files, if it is possible to download songs with calls. Do you have any ideas? Can I join your site and download what we need (for a fee, I assume?). That would be ideal, because then I can make a CD for practicing!
As a general rule, we don't sell music. We also don't have a fee for joining, as our site is 'free', and there isn't anything to join. We are primarily an information site, although we sell definition books for upper levels, and a couple of computer programs.
You can buy CDs with square dance calling from some callers,
and or music producers.
Square Dance Checkers (also known as Choreos or Dolls) are usually little
pieces of plastic, with colors and/or numbers that callers use to help write choreography and dancers use to help learn calls.
Many Square Dance Badge makers sell checkers.
I use checkers sold by Ed Foote. His snail mail address is:
ED & MARILYN FOOTE, 140 McCANDLESS DR., WEXFORD, PA 15090
(he does not have E-Mail)
Computer Program to show calls
I'm looking for a computer program that I can use on windows 98 to show mainstream thru advanced square dance calls.
Would the program show the call being done - or just the final position?
I am going through mainstream lessons now.
I don't really know of any such programs. My program does not do animation. I know of a program for the Mac that does animation thru Plus.
I suggest that you check out the animations on the web. My page is http://www.ceder.net/csds/movdan4.php and it contains links to several other web animations, some of which are rather good. I believe that one of the animations might actually sell a CD with all the animations on it.
I teach a dance/music camp every summer.
This year, I have chosen an sort of "Americana" theme
and am very interested in including some square dance.
Can you point me in the correct direction?
Check out the 'Dancing for Busy People' web site --- http://www.d4bp.com/. There
is information on square dances, mixers, contras, and line dances.
Do you have any instructional tapes for mainstream and plus? Our friends have a small group, no caller.
Ed Foote might have also have produced some tapes.
I want to get our square dance caller 6 magnetic figures so he can
play with hexagon squares. Where can I purchase them?
I would think you'd need 12 :-) magnetic figures,
not 6, to play with hexagon squares.
I don't know of any place to buy them. You might try
Dosado.com. I glued magnets onto regular square dance
checkers and use a metal board for a background. A
square dance badge maker should be able to make you
a set of checkers to which you can attach magnets.
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We are trying to learn some square dances. (Virginia Reel and etc.)
We have a CD that has the music but we are hoping to find a video or
something that can show us the actual lay outs and moves.
We are homeschooling and we were hoping to teach this to our kids and
the other homeschoolers as a fun way to exercise. Thank you.
I am looking for old "Sets-In-Order" year books that have the calls in them. Where can I find them?
Sorry, but I'm not sure what the 'year books' are.
Sets In Order used to produce 8"x8" 'dancer handout' books
that had call definitions and photographs of dancers at
various stages executing the calls. (BTW, the pictures
were taken at our local university, U.C.S.B.).
Is this what you are referring to?
Sets In Order also used to produce a yearly 33 & 1/3 Vinyl
Record Album with featured callers, which I believe sometimes
listed the choreography used. Is this what you are referring to?
Two Couple C1 Tapes
Please send us any information you may have
on how we can order some C1 dance tapes for two couples only.
Try the following sources for C1 two-couple dance tapes:
We're MS-dancers from Germany and would like to join a new Plus-class. To prepare ourselves, I am looking for a video tape with Plus-level.
A German dealer told me, that there are none available here. He could not order
any in the USA. But if I could find one, I must be sure that it is for PAL-colour.
Where can I find such a video tape?
Looking in the most recent American Square Dance magazine, I found the following sources for video tapes: