I think we should change X.
It’s because of X that we are losing dancers.
But I like X.
That has nothing to do with it.
But I don’t like X.
That has nothing to do with it.
Callerlab blah blah blah.
Callerlab isn’t blah blah blah.
X is fun and dancing is supposed to be fun.
But, the dancers are too old to do X.
The problem isn’t X. It’s that there are too many calls to learn.
No, it’s that we push dancers too hard.
No, it’s that dancers can’t dance the basics.
No, it’s that we don’t advertise.
No, it’s that our videos are not good enough.
No, it’s the music.
Here’s my take. Just make a pledge to have as much fun as possible with your own club (however you define fun to be) and try some new things sometimes. And stop worrying about the sky falling. Square dancing is less popular than it used to be, but so are ballet, board games, and sewing. That’s just how the world works. Focus on making it as fun as possible for yourself and your club, and have the spirit of adventure to try new things.
Luann comic strip features square dancing.
December 16, 2014
Article in the Press Democrat (Santa Rosa, California) about square dancing. (I apologize for the title. I don’t really like how they use “gays” in this context. It seems insensitive to me.)
How Gays Rescued the West County’s Square Dance Tradition from Near Extinction
January 20, 2013
Being a beginner caller can be extremely overwhelming. There are so many things you have to keep in mind when you are calling, such as formation, arrangement, sequence, and relationship, not to mention timing, rhythm, clarity of your voice, etc. Anything that can be done to simplify the task so you can concentrate on fewer things at once is highly welcome!
Here are some cheats sheet that will help you learn to resolve any square from normal (non-sashayed) two-faced lines (boys on the ends).
These cheat sheet let you think primarily about getting your square into a normal two-faced line. Then, you just follow the instructions to resolve the square. I am currently using this as my go-to resolution method so I can practice calling extemporaneously based on formation. I watch to see what formation appears (ideally, I should be able to guess accurately ahead of time, but that doesn’t always work!) and then call something “legal” from that formation. When I have played enough, I put the couples into normal two-faced lines and resolve.
I learned these methods from Richard Reel’s All8.com site.
Here is a sheet of paper that you can print out to keep track of your key dancers before you start calling a tip. If you laminate the paper and then get a whiteboard marker and eraser, you can use the same paper every time.
Sheet for Recording Your Key Dancers
I am a very new caller, and I am trying to find ways to organize all of the information that I need to put in my head in order to become a good caller. I decided to share any resources I make in case any other new callers find them useful. These resources will not likely be useful to veteran callers (except maybe to give out to new callers!) because this information is already in their heads. Also, there is a VERY HIGH possibility that I have made mistakes as I am a newbie caller, so please use these resources at your own risk! And if you find any mistakes, please feel free to let me know.
This resource is a cheat sheet that shows which calls will preserve a particular formation, and which will change it. It can be used as a cheat sheet when calling extemporaneously, or as a study tool. It was created on A3 size paper, so you may need to adjust your printer settings if you print it out.
Square Dance Cheat Sheet – Preserving and Changing Formations
Article on Caboodle (British Columbia, Canada) website about square dancing.
Special Proclamation Gets Square Dance Toes Tapping
September 22, 2014
Article on Nebraska TV website about square dancing.
Square Dancers Say Friendships, Fun Keep Them Returning to Hastings
September 21, 2014
This worksheet (Square Dance Club Options) is designed to help clubs think about their policies and the impact of their policies on the composition of their clubs. It is fine for clubs to have whatever policies they like, but it is also important to take into consideration how certain policies encourage or discourage certain people from wanting to join the club. There is no magic set of policies that will make square dancing clubs appeal to everyone. The important point is to think of your target audience and make sure your policies make your club appealing to those kinds of people.
You can download the file as a pdf or as a word processing document through Google Drive. You can download the word processing document by clicking on “File” and then “Download as…”.