Welcome to the CALLERLAB Square Dance KnowledgeBase
Click on a heading above to navigate a major category, or click on a word in the Tag Cloud to the right to see all articles with that tag, or enter search words in the search bar at the top right for full-text search.
This repository collects information useful to Modern Western Square Dance leaders and callers. If you’re trying to recruit new dancers, train callers, or promote MWSD in general, you will find valuable information here. It contains 133 articles grouped into 19 categories and described with 47 different information tags. If you have questions or suggestions for content, or if you are unable to find what you’re looking for, please contact us by clicking Here to send an email.
Please review the information below to help you navigate this material.
Perhaps the easiest way to understand what is here is to think of it as a collection of newspaper clippings, stories, and scrap book items. Each item is called an “article”. Some articles contain all the information within their body, while others will provide a description and links to complete information elsewhere. Each article bears on some aspect of MWSD but they come from all over the place. They may contain thoughts, opinions, ideas, anecdotes, histories, references, insights, resources, and much more. They all represent something somebody somewhere thought was valuable enough to write down, record, present, or otherwise share.
They are not tested for quality or judged for value. That assessment is up to you, the reader. While CALLERLAB is providing the place to collect this material, inclusion in this knowledgebase does not imply endorsement or promotion by CALLERLAB of the thoughts presented. We are reporting on things that are happening, not promoting specific ideas.
The section below titled “How To Use This KnowledgeBase” contains details on how to navigate the material and find articles on specific topics.
The easiest way to gain insight into how this information is organized is to look at the menu of headings that appears under the main masthead on every page. No matter where you are you can click on one of those headings to go to the associated articles. You can also look for a tag from the tag cloud or do a full-text search.
The information behind these headings is described below:
Searching and Navigating
You can look for information in several different ways.
This shows the full hierarchy of categories. Click on the category name to see all articles in that category. The number of articles in the category is shown in parentheses after the category name.
Articles in the knowledgebase are “tagged” with keywords indicating their subject matter. Tags are also grouped into some broad topic collections. Each tab below will display all the tags in the associated group. The size of the tag name is a rough indicator of how often that tag has been used. If you hover your mouse over the tag for a second or so, a little box will appear with the actual number of articles bearing the tag. Click on a tab below to see a display of the tags for that group. Then click on the name of a tag in the display to see all the articles with that tag.
Promoting Square Dancing / Advertising and Marketing Square Dancing / Publicity / History / TV / Video
Developing Dancers / Recruiting Dancers / Clubs / Advertising / Lesson Systems / Teaching Dancers / Lesson Systems / Club Organization / Social / Multi-Cycle / Community Dance / Health Benefits / Community Dance / Youth / Party Nights / Teaching / Dancing Recordings / Teaching / Dancing Recordings / Simplified Entry / Leadership / Retention / Starting A Club
Developing Callers / Caller Education / Choreography / CALLERLAB Convention / Choreography / Music / Finding Music / Equipment / Music / computer aids / Teaching Teachers / Equipment / Event Planning / Sight Calling / Mentoring / Modules / Recruiting Callers / Business / sight calling practice / Extended Applications
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