SSD Documentation and Support Materials


Article Type Author Last Update Description
Summary Barry Clasper 2020-07-17

In 2016 CALLERLAB authorized the formation of the Sustainable Square Dance Committee and charged it with developing materials to support callers interested in exploring the use of the experimental lesson system called Sustainable Square Dance (SSD). Earlier versions of this system had been in use in some areas for quite some time under the name Club 50.

In July, 2020 CALLERLAB announced this system and the supporting Committee were renamed Social Square Dance (SSD). Only the name changed. All existing supporting materials still apply. At the same time, the CALLERLAB Board of Governors formally endorsed the use of SSD as a recommended vehicle for a rapid restart of square dancing after the COVID pandemic subsides.

SSD is designed to provide a 50 call entry program that can be taught quickly, roughly 20-25 hours of instruction, and yet serve as a realistic destination program for long-term square dancers. While the idea of a shortened entry list is certainly not unique to SSD, its design differs in providing a mechanism for keeping dancers happy in the entry program for at least 2 years, and in many cases, forever.

This article collects in one place documentation and materials that support the use of the SSD system. Some were created by the CALLERLAB SSD Committee while others were created by people using the system in the field. These are presented in two separate groups below. Click on the buttons below to view the respective tables.

Item Title (link) Description
Social Square Dance (SSD) Teaching Guide This comprehensive document provides a lesson plan, teaching tips, and sample choreography to jump-start callers on implementing the SSD lesson system.
Press Release announcing Board Of Governors endorsement Board Of Governors endorsement for using SSD as an approach for rapid restart of square dancing after COVID-19.
COVID-19 Information Page This page collects CALLERLAB information related to COVID-19.

The table below has two sections. The first contains materials of direct assistance to callers/dancers working with SSD – lists, videos, call definitions, etc. The second contains stories and experiences contributed by users of SSD.

Item Title (link) Description
Supporting Documentation and Materials  
SSD Teaching Videos North Shore Squares in Evanston, ILL created a series of teaching videos that demonstrate the calls in the SSD 50-call lesson plan.
Flash cards for SSD calls. Each card has the name of the call on one side and a dancer-friendly description of the call on the other. These sets of cards can be distributed to dancers as a teaching aid.
SSD Call Booklets North Shore Squares of Evanston, IL created definition booklets as an SSD teaching aid. The booklets contain a concise and easily read definition for each call, many including color diagrams to illustrate the action.
SSD Alphabetical Call List A single page that alphabetically lists the calls used in the SSD lesson system. The sheet highlights the calls from the Mainstream list that are used in SSD and also lists separately the Mainstream calls that are NOT used..
Stories and Experiences
North Shore Squares – 0 to 50 in 18 months An inspiring personal narrative that charts a journey through the process of using the Social Square Dance (SSD – formerly named Sustainable Square Dance) system as a tool to dig their club out of an all-too-common hole.
Stories from Facebook Some stories posted in Facebook about experiences using SSD.
Teaching an SSD Class This Winning Ways story from a newer caller explains how she is using the SSD program to teach new dancers.

Jack Lasry’s Notes For Callers

Article Type Author Last Update Description
Summary Barry Clasper (barry@clasper.ca) 2020-06-20

Over the years there have been many excellent magazines and caller note service publications offering valuable information for callers and dancers. The Square Dance Foundation of New England has digitized editions from a number of them and made them available on their website. You can view their entire collection HERE. These publications form an important part of our square dance history, but they also contain much valuable information that is still pertinent today.

This article points to editions of Jack Lasry’s Notes For Callers note service. This publication had a focus on choreography and teaching tips. The list below covers editions from 1969 to 1990. Click on the title to view a pdf of the scanned edition. The pdfs are not full-text searchable.


Notes For European Callers Note Service

Article Type Author Last Update Description
Summary Barry Clasper (barry@clasper.ca) 2020-05-26

Over the years there have been many excellent magazines and caller note service publications offering valuable information for callers and dancers. The Square Dance Foundation of New England has digitized editions from a number of them and made them available on their website. You can view their entire collection HERE. These publications form an important part of our square dance history, but they also contain much valuable information that is still pertinent today.

This article points to editions of Notes For European Callers originally produced by Al Stevens and later taken over by Lorenz Kuhlee. This publication was a caller note service with a focus on choreography, but also containing other topics of interest to European callers. The list below covers editions from 1988 to 2001. Click on the title to view a pdf of the scanned edition. Pdfs prior to 1996 are not full-text searchable but subsequent ones are.


News ‘N Notes Caller Note Service (Advanced)

Article Type Author Last Update Description
Summary Barry Clasper (barry@clasper.ca) 2020-05-26

Over the years there have been many excellent magazines and caller note service publications offering valuable information for callers and dancers. The Square Dance Foundation of New England has digitized editions from a number of them and made them available on their website. You can view their entire collection HERE. These publications form an important part of our square dance history, but they also contain much valuable information that is still pertinent today.

This article points to editions of News ‘N Notes (Advanced) produced by Ed Foote. This publication was a caller note service with a focus on choreography, but also containing other topics of interest to callers. The list below covers editions from 1984 to 1989. Click on the title to view a pdf of the scanned edition. The pdfs are not full-text searchable.


News ‘N Notes Caller Note Service

Article Type Author Last Update Description
Summary Barry Clasper (barry@clasper.ca) 2020-05-26

Over the years there have been many excellent magazines and caller note service publications offering valuable information for callers and dancers. The Square Dance Foundation of New England has digitized editions from a number of them and made them available on their website. You can view their entire collection HERE. These publications form an important part of our square dance history, but they also contain much valuable information that is still pertinent today.

This article points to editions of News ‘N Notes produced by Al Brundage, Earl Johnston, and Ed Foote. This publication was a caller note service with a focus on choreography, but also containing other topics of interest to callers. The list below covers editions from 1984 to 1989. Click on the title to view a pdf of the scanned edition. The pdfs are full-text searchable.


Choreo Breakdown Note Service

Article Type Author Last Update Description
Summary Barry Clasper (barry@clasper.ca) 2020-05-25

Over the years there have been many excellent magazines and caller note service publications offering valuable information for callers and dancers. The Square Dance Foundation of New England has digitized editions from a number of them and made them available on their website. You can view their entire collection HERE. These publications form an important part of our square dance history, but they also contain much valuable information that is still pertinent today.

This article points to editions of Choreo Breakdown. This caller note service was instituted by Bill Peters and was later taken over by Don Beck. As you can infer from the title, it dealt primarily with choreography and new calls. The list below covers editions from 1972 to 1992. Click on the title to view a pdf of the scanned edition. The pdfs are not full-text searchable.


Mikeside Management Caller Note Service

Article Type Author Last Update Description
Summary Barry Clasper (barry@clasper.ca) 2020-05-25

Over the years there have been many excellent magazines and caller note service publications offering valuable information for callers and dancers. The Square Dance Foundation of New England has digitized editions from a number of them and made them available on their website. You can view their entire collection HERE. These publications form an important part of our square dance history, but they also contain much valuable information that is still pertinent today.

This article points to editions of Mikeside Management by Stan and Cathie Burdick. The list below covers editions from 1992 to 2001. Click on the title to view a pdf of the scanned edition. The pdfs are full-text searchable.

In the first edition they explain their objectives as follows:

We want this MM Note Service to be a smorgasbord for callers, with appeal to those of many different tastes. There’ll be many good solid tips to help every caller improve in some way, skill-wise and program-wise. There’ll be purposeful choreography, not just an endless array of stashed hash. We plan to discuss mechanics, tools, systems. We’ll keep you abreast of current trends of mikeside interest, Callerlab news, QS choreo as it appears.


Checker Cheats

Article Type Author Last Update Description
Summary Barry Clasper (barry@clasper.ca) 2020-05-24

Before the days of computers callers would write or work through choreography using “checkers” or “dolls”. The checkers were usually colored pieces of plastic to represent the 8 dancers. The caller would push them through the various call actions by hand. This procedure was tedious and error prone. Just imagine pushing 8 checkers through their respective actions for a call like Spin Chain and Exchange the Gears.

So most callers developed “checker cheats” to simplify moving the checkers and reduce errors. For example, Flutterwheel just exchanges the places of the left-hand dancers in each couple. Many might think the widespread use of computer checker movers has made this knowledge obsolete. But it still offers significant value, both for callers and dancers. First, almost by definition, the checker cheat makes it much easier to see what the ending position of each dancer will be. This is very helpful when sight calling. Often long and complicated calls have very simple results: for example, Relay The Deucey is exactly Circulate Twice (or a zero if you don’t care about geographic positioning). Second, when dancing complicated choreography or working with phantoms, knowing the checker cheat gives you a clue where you wind up (not how to get there, just where you finish).

The sources below are collections of some of these checker cheats.


CallerToolBox

Article Type Owner Links Description
Resource

Gerhard Nanninga (gerhard@nanninga.me)

Website

CallerToolBox is a Windows program callers can use to organize their choreography and make it easy to find sequences for specific purposes. Callers can enter their singing call figures, modules, zeros, getins, getouts, or full patter sequences into the database. It is delivered with a database preloaded with many useful sequences. The program:

  • maintains sequences (a number of square dance calls) (singing, full sequences, zeros, getins, getouts)
  • has 2 document viewers for all kind of formats (PDF, MS Word, Web pages)
  • integrates the SD program (see: http://www.challengedance.org/sd/index.html)
  • Integrates other programs : Scan program, Shorthand utility, database editor


Corona Learning Assistance Seminar Series (CLASS)

Article Type Owner Links Description
Resource

Ted Lizotte (ted@tedlizotte.com)

Class Videos

During the COVID-19 pandemic all callers suddenly found themselves with lots of time on their hands. Jeremy Butler and Ted Lizotte decided to use some of that time productively and provide a series of online lectures to further caller education. A wide variety of topics and speakers were covered.


Hints For Dancing Wheel Thru

Article Type Author Publication Date Links Description
Document

Ed Foote (edcall@zoominternet.net)

2020-05-13

Hints For Wheel Thru PDF

Ed Foote provides some hints about dancing Wheel Thru successfully.


Hints For Dancing Spin Chain and Exchange the Gears

Article Type Author Publication Date Links Description
Document

Ed Foote (edcall@zoominternet.net)

2020-03-27

Hints For Spin Chain and Exchange the Gears PDF

Ed Foote provides some hints about dancing Spin Chain and Exchange the Gears successfully.


Hints For Dancing Peel Off

Article Type Author Publication Date Links Description
Document

Ed Foote (edcall@zoominternet.net)

2020-03-27

Hints For Peel Off PDF

Ed Foote provides some hints about dancing Peel Off successfully.


Hints For Dancing Load The Boat

Article Type Author Publication Date Links Description
Document

Ed Foote (edcall@zoominternet.net)

2020-03-27

Hints For Load the Boat PDF

Ed Foote provides some hints about dancing Load The Boat successfully.


Bad Advanced Choreography

Article Type Author Publication Date Links Description
Document

Ed Foote (edcall@zoominternet.net)

2020-03-27

Bad Advanced Choreo PDF

Ed Foote writes about some relatively common but nevertheless bad combinations to avoid when calling Advanced.


Using Dixie Grand

Article Type Author Publication Date Links Description
Document

Ed Foote (edcall@zoominternet.net)

2020-03-27

Dixie Grand PDF

Ed Foote describes the ins and outs of Dixie Grand along with a couple of pages of sequences that illustrate various ways a sight caller can use it.


Ed Foote – All Things Considered

Article Type Author Last Update Description
Summary Barry Clasper (barry@clasper.ca) 2020-06-15

Ed Foote is a well-known caller who has been calling since 1965. He was a founding father of Challenge dancing and served as Chairman of the CALLERLAB Advanced & Challenge Committee for 30 years. He created the National Advanced and Challenge Convention, which for decades was a highlight on the calendar of most Advanced and Challenge dancers. Yet half of his calling every year has always been for Mainstream and Plus clubs. He is a CALLERLAB Accredited Caller Coach and has conducted hundreds of caller clinics and schools around the world. In 2008 he received the Milestone Award, one of CALLERLAB’S highest honors, for significant contribution to the square dance activity.

He writes prolifically and has had articles published in square dance magazines in all parts of the world. He has been writing a monthly column for American Square Dance magazine called All Things Considered for over 30 years. Below are pointers to a number of these articles as well as some education material from his caller schools.

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Articles for CallersArticles For Callers and DancersArticles About Advanced DancingThoughts and Opinions On Various Topics

Click on a sub-section heading below to see the articles it contains



ANSSRDT Newsletter

Article Type Owner Links Description
Resource

Dottie Welch (dwelch@eastlink.ca)

ANSSRDT Newsletter Index

Association of Nova Scotia Square and Round Dance Teachers Newsletter. Published semi-annually in conjunction with each meeting.  Each issue includes handout material for the caller workshops. Digital issues available since 1992 with an index. Most issues contain lots of choreo examples. The link to the left points to the index, which allows you to search for subject matter of interest to you. There is link to the archive page on the index page. Once you have found an article of interest, you can use that link to find the pdf of the edition you want.


Buddy Weaver Square Dance Music Podcast

Article Type Owner Links Description
Resource

Buddy Weaver (buddy@buddyweaver.com)

Archive Link

This podcast is for the purpose of square dance education.

These are audio files that have been digitally re-mastered from albums and videos previously released on the various music labels owned by Buddy Weaver.  Listeners are welcome to listen (stream) or download any of the podcasts.  Use the podcasts for dancing in your home or for research – it is provided to you at no charge.

Historically, square dance albums – 33 1/3 vinyl and the 78-rpm shellac before that – were created for dancers that didn’t have a caller in their home area.  Albums sales were incredible which gave rise to even more albums being produced.  Much of the growth of square dancing can be attributed to the production of square dancing on albums.  The albums were also a great resource for callers to learn new material by listening to the pros.

The callers featured on these recordings reads like a “who’s who” of square dancing from the sixties through the eighties.  You will find Marshall Flippo, Mike Sikorsky, Ernie Kinney, Johnnie Wykoff, Bob Fisk, Jerry Helt, Dave Taylor, Mike Seastrom, Ron Schneider, Buddy Weaver and many more.


Ocean Wave Resolves From Cal Campbell

Article Type Author Publication Date Links Description
Document

Cal Campbell (calcampbl@gmail.com)

2020-02-17

Ocean Wave Resolution Paper

This two-page document from Cal Campbell explains two different procedures for resolving a square from ocean waves.


Behind The Mike Newsletter TOCs

Article Type Author Last Update Description
Summary Barry Clasper (barry@clasper.ca) 2020-06-01

Barry Wonson edits an Australian caller newsletter called Behind The Mike. It consistently presents a wealth of useful information for callers and dance leaders. You can subscribe to have editions emailed to you, or you can view past editions on their website at https://www.behindthemikewebsite.com

The purpose of this summary article is to provide a searchable index of the table of contents entries for past Behind The Mike issues. This will make it easier to zero in on editions that have material of particular interest to you. The list of entries shown has been edited to remove time sensitive material that is no longer relevant. Clicking on the edition title will take you directly to the edition you are interested in.

To search for a particular text string use your browser’s Find function to search this page. Do not use the search box to the right. It searches the entire KnowledgeBase, not just this page. Before searching, click on the button below to display all the text. Then enter Ctrl-F to find text on the page.

Article Title Link to Edition
OUR QUEENSLAND ADVENTURE
THE ACF CONFERENCE
NATIONAL CONVENTION
DISASTER TIME (or A Great Way to Cue a Round Dance)
2016 EVENTS to COME
SOUND ARCHIVE UPDATE
CHOREO TIME – COUPLES HINGE
ROUND DANCE – GENERAL INFORMATION (by Ed Coleman)
HISTORY TIME
GENERAL CHOREOGRAPHY
BREAKDOWN
BARRY’S PET PEEVES
COMMITMENT
SARDANSW
ASK Dr. Al LeMANDER
I STILL CALL AUSTRALIA HOME Cue Sheet

July 2016
Article Title Link to Edition
EDITORIAL COMMENTS
REPORTS
DATE CLAIMS
2016 EVENTS to COME
SOUND ARCHIVE UPDATE
CHOREO TIME – CROSSFIRE from a 3/4 Tag – legal or not
MORE THAN JUST WORDS by Mel Wilkerson
QUOTABLE QUOTES
GENERAL CHOREOGRAPHY
SPOTLIGHT ON MAINSTREAM Split & Box Circulate
ROUND DANCE NOTES & COMMENTS
SARDANSW
ASK Dr. AL LeMANDER
WORDS OF WISDOM

August 2016

Article Title Link to Edition
WELCOME
STATE CONVENTION REPORT
COMMENTS & CORRECTIONS
DATES TO REMEMBER
SOUND ARCHIVE UPDATE
SARDANSW CALLER ASSESSMENTS
PROGRAM COMMITTEE REPORT
MAINSTREAM CHOREO SPOTLIGHT: Split & Box Circulates
BUILDING CHOREOGRAPHY by Mel Wilkerson
QUOTABLE QUOTES
LESS IS MORE by Gary Petersen
FUN WITH NUMBERS
SARDANSW
September 2016
Article Title Link to Edition
CALLER’S CO-OPERATIVE Cover page
2016 EVENTS STILL TO COME
SOUND ARCHIVE
TOOLS AND HOW TO USE THEM CORRECTLY
BEHIND THE MIC: MEL’S MEANDERINGS
QUOTABLE QUOTES (well, sort of)
ON PROGRAMMING
FUN WITH NUMBERS
ALL THINGS CONSIDERED (by Ed Foote)

October 2016

Article Title Link to Edition
CALLER’S CO-OPERATIVE Cover Page .
WHAT’S INSIDE THIS MONTH Table of contents.
2017 EVENTS STILL TO COME.
SOUND ARCHIVE.
THE STEVE TURNER CLINIC.
CHOREO TIME with Mel Wilkerson.
MEL’S MEANDERINGS.
QUOTABLE QUOTES …well, sort of.
PRINCIPLES INVOLVED in the TEACHING/LEARNING PROCESS .
THE OPEN FIREPLACE SAVINGS PLAN.
January 28-29 2017 SARDANSW Callers Weekend – Registration Information.
Editor’s Final Words … well at least for now .

November 2016
Article Title Link to Edition
COMMENTS regarding the November Issue:
SOUND ARCHIVE The library of Sound Recordings is as follows:
2017 EVENTS STILL TO COME
PROGRAMMING GENERAL OVERVIEW – Why Is It So Important?
QUOTABLE QUOTES (well, sort of)
Mel’s Meanderings – The mighty module – making of a focus movement module
On Caller Leadership…
SHORTHAND IDEAS
ALL THINGS CONSIDERED…
Ask Dr
CHOREO CORNER
Closing Comments

December 2016

Article Title Link to Edition
CALLER’S CO-OPERATIVE
WHAT’S INSIDE THIS MONTH
Editorial Comment from Barry Wonson
2017 EVENTS STILL TO COME
SARDA President’s Report
QUOTABLE QUOTES …well, sort of
January 28-29 2017 S
Editor’s final words … well at least for 2016

December 2016 Part 2
Article Title Link to Edition
CALLER’S CO-OPERATIVE
WHAT’S INSIDE THIS MONTH
CHANGE – The Administrative Side
CHANGE – Communication
THE LEARNERS CLASS
2017 EVENTS STILL TO COME
SOUND ARCHIVE -Library of Sound Recordings
Mel’s Meanderings – Presentation is an Art
QUOTABLE QUOTES (well, sort of)
CHOREO CORNER – Walk and Dodge
All Things Considered….by Ed Foote
CHANGE – The MUSIC We Use
ASK DR. ALLEMANDER

January 2017

Article Title Link to Edition
WELCOME
WHAT’S BEEN A-HAPPENING HERE
Mel’s Meanderings – Presentation is an Art (part 2)
POET’S CORNER
ONCE UPON A TIME – by Bill Peters
SOUND ARCHIVE
4 callers – it is 2:00 AM – what else – More Choreographic ideas
Caller Education Workshop – Choreographic ideas by “New Callers”
QUOTABLE QUOTES (well, sort of)
GENERAL CHOREOGRAPHY: (Plus) – Working with Acey Deucey
COURTESY
All Things Considered….by Ed Foote

February 2017
Article Title Link to Edition
WHAT’S INSIDE THIS MONTH
WELCOME
COMMENTS FROM THE READERSHIP
2017 EVENTS STILL TO COME
SOUND ARCHIVE
MEL’S MEANDERINGS
QUOTABLE QUOTES (WELL, SORT OF)
KEEP YOUR ORGANIZING COMMITTEE FRESH
ASK DR. ALLEMANDER
ROUND DANCING – WE PROTEST!!!
THINK BIG: STEP SMALL (FROM NEBRASKA REPORTER)
THINGS ARE CHANGING
CHOREO CORNER
POETS CORNER
IT’S A SEX THING – LOOKING AT SLIDE THRU
ADVANCED MODULES
MAKING ADVANCES
CHOREO WITH A TWIST
EDITOR’S FINAL WORDS … well at least for now

March 2017

Article Title Link to Edition
Caller Schools vs Caller Workshops — Mel Wilkerson March 2017 Part 2
Article Title Link to Edition
CALLER’S COOPERATIVE NEWSLETTER COVER PAGE
ON THE INSIDE TRACK – Table of contents
WELCOME
2017 SPECIAL EVENT
SOUND ARCHIVE
MEL’S MEANDERINGS…by Mel Wilkerson
QUOTABLE QUOTES (WELL, SORT OF)
ASK DR. ALLEMANDER
CHOREO CORNER: RESOLVES TO HOME
THE TOOLS OF THE TRADE… by Mike R. O’phone
SLIDE THRU: 9 TIMES
POET’S CORNER
CHOREO CORNER : ADVANCED
ALL THINGS CONSIDERED…by Ed Foote
HINTS AND TECHNIQUES FOR SQUARE DANCE CALLERS – Chinook Records
THOROUGHLY PLUSSED
WHICH CAME FIRST? … bt Ken Ritucci
FOOD FOR THOUGHT – Use it but don’t abuse it….by Mel Wilkerson
EDITOR’S FINAL WORDS … WELL AT LEAST FOR NOW

April 2017

Article Title Link to Edition
WHAT’S INSIDE THIS MONTH
WELCOME by Barry Wonson
2017 SPECIAL EVENT
Mel’s Meanderings Understanding the Singing Call
QUOTABLE QUOTES (well, sort of)
Ask Dr. Allemander
CHOREO CORNER: General Mainstream by new callers
FOR NEW DANCERS: THE FINAL EXAM
WE NEED EACH OTHER By Ken Ritucci
DEFINITIONS
POSITIVE PLUS. – PEEL OFF. by Mel Wilkerson
All Things Considered…. by Ed Foote
LITTLE WHEELS & BIG WHEELS By Barry Wonson
POET’S CORNER
CHOREO CORNER : ADVANCED Fun Modules and different Concepts
THOROUGHLY PLUSSED General choreography for variety
Editor’s final words … well at least for now

May 2017
Article Title Link to Edition
WHAT’S INSIDE THIS MONTH
WELCOME
Australian Callers Federation Updates
2017 SPECIAL EVENT
SOUND ARCHIVE
GETTING BY WITH TRADE BY? By Mel Wilkerson
HOW TO BE A WELL-KNOWN SQUARE DANCER (AND CALLER) by George Pollock and Barry Wonson
MEL’S MEANDERINGS Tools of the Trade by Mel Wilkerson
Wit AND Wisdom with Jeff Garbutt
THE SQUARE DANCER’S CLOSET by Clifford Schartzer
QUOTABLE QUOTES
THE CALLER’S REWARD by Dick and Carol Mannin g
CHOREO CORNER: General Mainstream
DEFINITIONS
Positive Plus
Timing is everything by Jim Mayo
All Things Considered by Ed Foot e
THOROUGHLY PLUSSED
Editor’s final words … well at least for now.

June 2017

Article Title Link to Edition
On the Inside Track
2017 SPECIAL EVENT – Red Barons TRIPPLE EVENT
SOUND ARCHIVE
MID-YEAR RESOLUTION TIME by Andy Finch via Nick Turner
DOING IT DIXIE STYLE by Mel Wilkerson
Three Types of Calls and their Combinations by Paul Adams
NON DESTRUCTIVE TESTING by Don Beck
Mel’s Meanderings ½ SASHAYED OR REVERSED – JUST WHAT IS A REVERSED CALL?
CLASS TIME by Barry Wonson
QUOTABLE QUOTES (well, sort of)
MOVIN’ DOWN THE MAINSTREAM
POSITIVE PLUS
THINKING SKILLS Proactive vs reactive thinking: How to be proactive
DEFINITIONS
ALL THINGS CONSIDERED by Ed Foote HINTS FOR DANCING: SPIN CHAIN AND EXCHANGE THE GEARS
CHOREO CORNER : ADVANCED
THOROUGHLY PLUSSED
Editor’s final words … well at least for now

July 2017
Article Title Link to Edition
WHAT’S INSIDE THIS MONTH…
On the Inside Track
AUSTRALIAN CALLERS’ FEDERATION UPDATE …
GENERAL NEWS …
Reader Feedback
2017 SPECIAL EVENT …
SOUND ARCHIVE
A CALLER’S VIEW: TOUCHING HANDS By Skip Brown
WHAT’S IN A NAME? New Formation /position naming conventions …
Square Recovery by Tim Marriner
NUTS AND BOLTS by Kip Garvey
LOOKING AT CROSS FOLD by Mel Wilkerson
Letter to Barry from one of his dancers
Mel’s Meanderings – The caller’s toolbox – Mechanics of Choreography THE CALLERS TOOLBOX:
LAMENT OF A SQUARE DANCER
QUOTABLE QUOTES (well, sort of)
MOVIN’ DOWN THE MAINSTREAM
Bowling Alone A book report by Jim Mayo
THROUGHLY PLUSSED
Editor’s final words – well at least for now
August 2017

Article Title Link to Edition
WHAT’S INSIDE THIS MONTH
On the Inside Track
2017 SPECIAL EVENT
SOUND ARCHIVE
Modules – Creating Interesting Square Dance Choreography by Shaun Werkele
HEADS WILL ROLL – HALF SASHAY DOESN’T by Mel Wilkerson
The Voice By Barry Wonson
Controlled Resolution and Manipulation System (CRaMS) an overview by Jerry Story
QUOTABLE QUOTES (well, sort of)
MOVIN’ DOWN THE MAINSTREAM
THOROUGHLY PLUSSED (a focus on Grand Swing thru)
Editor’s final words … well at least for now

September 2017

Article Title Link to Edition
On the Inside Track
Understanding the movements
New Caller Training – ANALYSING A CALL
What the heck is F.A.S.R and why is it important?
Methods of Choreographic Management
editor’s final words (well at least for this issue)

September Supplement 2017

Article Title Link to Edition
WHAT’S INSIDE THIS MONTH
ON THE INSIDE TRACK
QUESTIONS FROM OUR READERS
– 2018 Australian National Convention – Update
– Australian Caller Federation (ACF) Update
– Red Barons Triple Celebration Weekend Update
– SARDANSW Caller Training Weekend Update
– 2020 National Convention & ACF Caller Conference Update
COURTESY TURNS By John Goodwin (from New England Dancer Magazine – 1990’s) …
SOUND ARCHIVE
THE WORKSHOP: Belligerent but Beautiful Basic
MEL’S MEANDERINGS: Preparing And Practicing The Patter Premiere
A BIT OF HISTORY by Merv Sharpe
SINGING CALLS By Paul Adams
THE RIGHT LADY by Steve Turner
THE SQUARE DANCE EMPEROR’S NEW CLOTHES by Ken Ritucci
QUOTABLE QUOTES
MOVIN’ DOWN TO MAINSTREAM with Barry Wonson
THOROUGHLY PLUSSED with Barry Wonson
EDITOR’S FINAL WORDS
October/November 2017

Article Title Link to Edition
WHAT’S INSIDE THIS MONTH
ON THE INSIDE TRACK
QUESTIONS FROM OUR READERS
2018 Australian National Convention – Update
SARDANSW Caller Training Weekend – Update
Australian Caller Federation (ACF) – Update
2020 National Convention & ACF Caller Conference
TYPOS – More pleasing Poetry
MORE ON CIRCULATES
What Makes Choreography Difficult and Why Should We Care by Don Beck
ASK Dr. ALLEMANDER
QUOTABLE QUOTES
REFLECTIONS OF A BEGINNER or ROUND DANCING IS FUN?
Movin Down to Mainstream by Barry Wonson…
ON RECORDING YOURSELF by Barry Wonson
How old is New – Choreographic Aiglets from the archives of Don Beck…
THOROUGHLY PLUSSED
Buliding Blocks for the PLUS PROGRAM
JIM’S JOTTINGS by Jim Mayo
Editor’s Final Words
Decembruary 2017

Article Title Link to Edition
WHAT’S INSIDE THIS MONTH
On the Inside Track
A Special Present for Subscribers
Event and Activities Updates
Update
ACF Conference 2020
BTM Website Update
From Our Readers
For The Dancers: Your attitude is showing
2018 SARDA NSW Education Clinic
Commandments For Square Dancers
Sound Archive
Nuts and Bolts by Kip Garvey
Breaking the Circle
Circle 4 VS Circle to a Line
Mel’s Meanderings – An Unpopular Opinion
ASK Dr. Allemander by Glenn Ickler (with Barry Wonson)
JIM’S JOTTINGS: Jim Mayo Speaks Out – The Chicken Plucker
Throughly Plussed with Barry Wonson
Editor’s final words …well at least for now
February 2018

Article Title Link to Edition
On the Inside Track
Event and Activities Updates
 ACF Update
 ACF CONFERENCE 2020
 BTM WEBSITE UPDATE
Sound Archive
Comments from our Readers
For The Dancers: Callers Are Human Too….
Poetry Corner – Ode To The Square Dance Caller
A BASIC OVERVIEW OF TECHNICAL ZEROS – by Paul Bristow (UK)
Quotable Quotes (well, sort of)
What is Success – Square Dance “The Movie” vs Square Dance the Board game
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
EMPHASIS CALLS
 B/MS: Emphasis Call(s): PASS THE OCEAN and PASS TO THE CENTRE
 PLUS – Emphasis Call: – ANYTHING AND ROLL
 A1 – emphasis call: RIGHT/ LEFT ROLL TO A WAVE
JIM’S JOTTINGS: Jim Mayo Speaks Out
MOVIN’ DOWN THE MAINSTREAM with Barry
2018 SARDA NSW EDUCATION CLINIC
Editor’s final words …well at least for now
March 2018

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WHAT’S INSIDE THIS MONTH
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Event and Activities Updates
2018 59 th NATIONAL CONVENTION UPDATE
ACF Update
ACF CONFERENCE 2020
BTM WEBSITE UPDATE
Sound Archive
Comments from our Readers
ASYMMETRICAL CONCEPTS
UNSYMMETRICAL SIGHT CALLING by Keith Lethbridge
INTO THE UNKNOWN AND RETURN – ASYMMETRIC Steve Turner
ASYMMETRIC PRIMER FOR CALLERS by Vic Ceder
Quotable Quotes (well, sort of)
Teaching Round Dancing for Square Dancers!
CHOREO CORNER
EMPHASIS CALLS OF THE MONTH
Playing with Circulates
Playing with Cross fire
Playing with ¼ THRU AND ¾ THRU
JIM’S JOTTINGS: Jim Mayo Speaks Out
MOVIN’ DOWN THE MAINSTREAM with Barry
2018 SARDA NSW EDUCATION CLINIC
Editor’s final words …well at least for now
April 2018

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ON TEACHING
New caller training – I See The Light!!!
o EXTEMPORANEOUS SIGHT
New Caller Training – Second Sight
o EXTEMPORANEOUS SIGHT FROM START TO RESOLUTION
o THE TWO SIMPLEST AND BASIC RESOLUTION TECHNIQUES
o Centre Box Resolution Technique – REFERENCE SHEET
o 2 Face LinelResolution Technique – REFERENCE SHEET
New Caller Training – Modular Living
o THE EVER SO MIGHTY MODULE
o The SINGING CALL Module
o UNDERSTANDING THE MODULE CONCEPT – Practical Example
o PREPARED AND PRACTICED PATTER PERFORMANCE
NEWS AND NOTES – AUSTRALIAN FOCUS
2018 SARDA NSW EDUCATION CLINIC with Betsy Gotta
Editor’s final words …well at least for now
May Supplement 2018

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Event and Activities Updates
ustralian National Convention WENTWORTH FALLS 2020 Update
 BTM WEBSITE UPDATE
New Music Update
Sound Archive
Stretching The Friendship (Definition) – Steve Turner
Quotable Quotes (well, sort of)
What The Heck Is FASR? – Paul Bristow
 Analysing A Call Worksheet
Emphasis Calls Of The Month Mel Wilkerson
 Eight Chain Family…
 Peel the Top…
JIM’S JOTTINGS: Jim Mayo Speaks Out on MICRO-PROGRAMMING
Ten Ways for Dancers and Callers to Keep Dancers Square Dancing – Patrick Demerath …
Reverse Engineering Resolutions –- Mel Wilkerson
Movin’ Down The Mainstream – Barry Wonson
2018 SARDA NSW EDUCATION CLINIC
May 2018

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Thoughts On the Division of Time Devoted To Studying Patter Choreo vs Singing Calls

June 2018

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Event and Activities Updates
Australian National Convention 2020
ACF Update
ACF CONFERENCE 2020
BTM WEBSITE UPDATE
Comments: June Special Soapbox Edition
Sound Archive
Separating the Fly Poop from the Pepper
Importance of Vocal Warm Ups for Square Dance Callers by Lisa Lincol
for Square Dance Callers by Lisa Lincoln
Good Things about Square Dancing By Betsy and Roy Gotta
Encouraging new dancers to join. By Betsy and Roy Gotta
They’re in the door, now what? by Roy Gotta
Working as a Duet by Steve Turner
Movin’ Down The Mainstream
Playing with Wheel and Deal – Workshopping extended variants
Quotable Quotes
The Right Lady By Steve Turner
Jim’s Jottings: Jim Mayo Speaks Out
From Our Side Of The Mike (Denver Caller Association Presentation)By Herb Egender
Footenotes: The 11th Commandment By Foote
You Have Never Thought About This – The caller thought process from Ed Foote
Mel’s Meanderings A commentary on “Star Thru, Veer Left”
Throughly Plussed – Story Time With Barry Wonson
Plus focus of the month – Chase Right / Left
2018 SARDA NSW Education Clinic
Editor’s final words …well at least for now
July/August 2018

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Music This Month
Event And Activities Updates
— Acf Update
— Acf Conference 2020
— Btm Website Update
Sound Archive
Square Dance History
Callerlab – Changes To The Mainstream Program
Comments From Our Readers
Talking Up Square Dancing By Roy Gotta
Easier Square Dancing (various)
Mel’s Meanderings – Focus Modules and Sight Calling
Quotable Quotes
Well Grounded By Jim Mayo
Moving Down The Mainstream By Barry Wonson
Positive Plus – Using ¾ Tag The Line
Is The Beat The Enemy Of The Phrasing – By Hal Rice
Using Music Well by Jim Mayo
Choreo Corner – Just A Little Bit More – Using Once And A Half
Editor’s Final Words …Well At Least For Now
September 2018

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Event and Activities Updates
— Australian National Convention WENTWORTH FALLS 2020
— ACF Update
— SARDANSW
— ACF CONFERENCE 2020
BTM WEBSITE UPDATE
Sound Archive
1958: Just what were they dancing way back then?
Mel’s Meanderings – Diamonds in the Rough by Mel Wilkerson
The Man With The Mike (Author Unknown)
Jim’s Jottings: Jim Mayo Speaks Out – Micro-programming
Not The Same Old Tag Line – ¼ And ¾ Tag The Line At Mainstream
Smooth Dancing By Paul Bristow
— TIMING AND BODY FLOW Part 1 – Overview and Timing (1)
— TIMING AND BODY FLOW Part 2 –Timing (2)
Body Flow by Brian Hotchkies
Movin’ Down The Mainstream – Out of Left Field by Barry Wonson
Ask Dr. Allemander By Barry Wonson
Micro-Tips For Dancers By Allen Conroy
Editor’s final words
October 2018

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Btm Website Update
Share And We All Succeed – A Caller’s Edict
Workshop Choreography.
Teaching Techniques By Jerry Reed .
Music, Beat Tempo By Paul Adams
Tools Of The Trade: Compilation Article – Various
Starter Tool Kit Zeros And Equivalents
— A. Simple Starting Zeros From Facing Lines Of Four:
— B. Zeros From Box:
— C. Zeros From Waves:
Starter Tool Kit Simple Equivalents
— A. Partners Trade Equivalents:
— B. Pass Thru (Pass By, Pull By) Equivalents:
— C. Right And Left Thru Equivalents:
— D. Star Thru Equivalents:
— E. Square Thru Two Equivalents:
— F. Square Thru Four Equivalents:
— G. Lead To The Right Equivalents:
— H. Lead To The Left Equivalents:
— I. Some Other Useful Equivalents:
Line Zeros
Box Zeros
Editor’s Final Words …Well At Least For Now
October Supplement 2018

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Event and Activities Updates
— ACF Update
— ACF Conference 2020 – Feature Caller/Presenter – Randy Doherty
— Special Update – Voice Coach for 2020 Conference – Arden Hopkin
— BTM Website Update
Sound Archive
Smooth Dancing – Caller Education Series by Paul Bristow
— Timing and Body Flow part 3 – Body Flow
— Timing and Body Flow Part 4 – Final Thoughts
Disposable Calls – A Commentary by Barry Wonson
— Cross the Ocean by Larry Letson
Movin’ Down The Mainstream
— Scoot Back Once & a Half by Barry Wonson
— Workshop Teaching – Dixie Style to a Wave / Uusing Left Hand Waves by Gary Dodds
Ask Dr. Allemander By Glenn Ickler
Jim’s Jottings: Jim Mayo Speaks Out – Square Dance History
Walk, Stretch or Dance? Dancing May Be Best for the Brain By Gretchen Reynolds
BTM Focus Move of the Month – Eight Chain Family
Showmanship by Paul Bristow
POSITIVE PLUS: Rolling Around by Barry Wonson
UNDERSTANDING BOXES by Ed Foote
WORDS OF WISDOM from Jeffrey Garbutt
MOVIN’ DOWN THE MAINSTREAM by Barry Wonson
Spinning the Top or Spinning Your Wheels? by Mel Wilkerson
POETS CORNER – THE POOR BEGINNER (author Unknown)
CALLING DUETS by Chris Froggatt
Editor’s final words …well at least for now
November/December 2018

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SOUND ARCHIVE
Mel’s Meanderings – Preparing for the Polished Performance
The Five Keys to Success by Mr Self Development
The Odd Couple – 7 couples – No Problem
Editor’s final words …well at least for now
November/December Supplement 2018

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On the Inside Track by Barry Wonson
Event And Activities Updates
— ACF Update January 2019
— ACF CONFERENCE 2020 –
— • ACF 2020 Special guest profiles – Randy Doherty and Arden Hopkin
— • Why would you want to come?
— • The ACF 2020 Caller Conference Program
— • Administration
— • The post-conference wrap-up dinner cruise special
— • New ACF Conference Newsletter
— BTM WEBSITE UPDATE
Sound Archive
Learning the Tricks of The Trade: Good Timing by Chris Froggatt
Scooting Around The Issues by Mel Wilkerson
BTM – Focus Movement of the Month – Circle to a Line by the BTM Staff
Ask Dr. Allemander by Barry Wonson and Glenn Ickler
Movin’ Down The Mainstream By Barry Wonson
On Programming – Programming A Square Dance Convention by Jim Mayo
Positively Plussed by Barry Wonson
Understanding Leaders & Trailers By Ed Foote
An Oddity: for those who remember Pounds & Ounces by Tony Instone
A1 Fun – A Chain of Reactions – from our readers
Special Presentation: Music-Beat-Tempo. Calling & dancing by Paul Adams
Poets Corner – Dare to Be Square by Gershon Hepner
Quotable Quotes – Well…sort of anyway
Editor’s Final Words….At Least For Now
January 2019

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The Interview – Jack Luby Interviews Ed Gilmore 1961
Square Dancing Paradoxes By Jeff Garbutt
Editor’s Final Words….At Least For Now
January Supplement 2019

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On the Inside Track with Barry Wonson
From our readers
Event and Activities Updates
— ACF Update
— ACF CONFERENCE 2020 – Feature Caller/Presenter
— Voice coach for 2020 Conference
— The Post-Conference Wrap-Up Dinner Cruise Special
— BTM Website Update
Sound Archive
— Educational Programs
— Dance Recordings
Body-flow in Square Dancing by Doren McBroom
Sight Resolution Logic Path unkown
Mel’s Meanderings: What is a gimmick? by Mel Wilkerson …
BTM – Focus Movement of the Month by Mel Wilkerson …
Ask Dr. Allemander by Glenn Ickler and Barry Wonson
Square Dance – Etiquette ?? from ASD Magazine circa 1970 (ish)
Movin’ Down The Mainstream with Barry Wonson and Jaden Frigo
DIXIE GRAND Part 1 by Ed Foote
Caller Resources – CALLERAMA from Kip Garvey
Being Creative with Scoot Back by Guido Haas
Positively Plus: EXPLODE & (anything) with Barry Wonson and Jaden Frigo
The Technical “I KNOW BETTER’ Caller an opinion by Mel Wilkerson
Dancing by Definition edited document by Joe Pryluck and the Unconventional Squares
A1 Fun – Moving up to Advanced or Challenge an opinioin by Allan Hurst
The Future of Square Dancing by Jim Mayo
Poets Corner
— Square dance Poem – Author unknown
— At a Cowboy Dance – from an 1898 collection by James Barton Adams
Where is my Corner?? By Susie Kelly
Editor’s Final Words — At Least For Now
February 2019

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Event and Activities Updates
— ACF Update
— ACF CONFERENCE 2020 – Feature Caller/Presenter
— BTM Website Update
Sound Archive
— Educational Programs
— Dance Recordings
Points for Better Calling by Rich Reel
Mainstream Resolutions – “Tag, You’re It” with Mel Wilkerson
Tourist Guide to Aussie English
Positively Plussed – more resolutions with Mel Wilkerson
1/2 SASHAY by Bill Peters
A Rose By Any Other Name: A question of Language by Mel Wilkerson
BTM – Focus Movement of the Month
Ask Dr. Allemander by Glenn Ickler and Barry Wonson
Positive Plus with Barry Wonson and Jaden Frigo
Square Dance Troubles 1995-1998 by Jim Mayo
A1 Fun with Mel Wilkerson
Dixie Grand (Continued) by Ed Foote – Addendum by Brian Hotchkies
Thoughts by Alan Eades
Hypocrisy Of The Roundalab Phase System by Ed Foote
You’re Starting a What? by Glenn Rogerson
Movin’ Down The Mainstream with Barry Wonson
Poets Corner – FRIENDS by Norm Gifford
Mainstream: SIMPLY SINGING CALLS – by Chris Froggatt
Editor’s Final Words….At Least For Now from Barry Wonson
March 2019

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On The Inside Track with Barry Wonson
Event And Activities Updates
— Acf Update
— Acf Conference 2020 – Feature Caller/Presenter
— Voice Coach For 2020 Conference
— The Post-Conference Wrap-Up Dinner Cruise Special
— Btm Website Update
Sound Archive
— Educational Programs
— Dance Recordings
The Ear, The Mic, And The Music by Glenn Rogerson
Finding The Right Caller For Your Club by Debi Bliss
Finished Basic – What Happens Now? By Barry Wonson and Mel Wilkerson
Paul’s Five Call Guarantee by Paul Cote
Btm – Focus Movement Of The Month – Split Circulate
Movin’ Down The Mainstream with Barry Wonson
Rollin, Rollin, Rollin – Plus Stuff by Mel Wilkerson
Ask Dr. Allemander by Glenn Ickler and Barry Wonson
Pushing The Definitions – Working Offsets by Barry Wonson and Jeff Seidel
Death By Committee by Barry Wonson
Flow Sequencing by Mel Wilkerson
Improvising Singing Calls By Jim Mayo
Editor’s Final Words….At Least For Now
April 2019

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WHAT’S INSIDE THIS MONTH
On the Inside Track
Event and Activities Updates
— 2020 ACF Caller Conference
Behind the Mike – Caller Resources
— BTM Website Update
— Sound Archive – Caller Material Available From SARDANSW
— o Educational Programs
— o Dance Recordings
— o Our Music
RE-VISIT – Working Off-sets from April 2019 – Response to readers
BTM – Focus Movement of the Month – Basic and Mainstream “Bend the Line”
BTM – Focus Movement of the Month – Plus “Fan the Top”
Poets Corner
— Square Dance Basic by Mary F. Halsey
— swing Your Partner by Dorothy Zimmerman
Finished basic – what happens now? – by Mel Wilkerson
Ask Dr. Allemander – with Glenn Ickler and Barry Wonson
Square Dance Patter Sequences – by Mel Wilkerson – inspired by Glenn Rogerson
Planning Your Dance (Night) – by Geoff Clarke
Changing Times: The Future of Yellow Rock – by Ed Foote
That’s Not My Corner – by Mel Wilkerson (various) a compillation article
Dancing with Fractions – inspired by a workshop by Wendy Vandermeulen
Calling A Dance Using “SKYPE” – information provided by Jerry Reed
Angeling for Tech Squares – with permission of Tech Squares
Circulated between friends – by Mel Wilkerson (various) a complillation article
Let them dance!! – Atricle inspired and approved by Deborah Carroll-Jones
Editor’s Final Words….At Least For Now – from Barry Wonson
May 2019

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On the Inside Track by Barry Wonson
Event and Activities Updates
— 2020 ACF Caller Conference
Behind the Mike – Caller Resources
— BTM Website Update
— Sound Archive – Caller Material Available From SARDANSW
— • Educational Programs
— • Dance Recordings
— • Our Music
Dancing Movement versus Spatial Orientation by Kip Garvey
Poet’s Corner – Friends by Norm Zech
Every Argument About Square Dancing Ever by Shaney Crawford
Focus Movement of the Month by Mel Wilkerson
The Technical “I Know Better” Caller by Mel Wilkerson and others – collated discussion article
POSITIVE PLUS with Barry Wonson and Jaden Frigo
Quality of Dancing by Jim Mayo
Why can’t they move to the beat? By Mel Wilkerson – inspired by Lee Meador
Ask Dr. Allemander by Glen Ickler and Barry Wonson
Gimmick Time from Barry Wonson
Promotion/Communication by Paul Bristow
T-Bones To Diamonds by Jeff Seidel
NOT THE SAME OLD TAG LINE By Mel Wilkerson and others ¼ and ¾ tag revisited
Editor’s Final Words….At Least For Now by Barry Wonson
June/July 2019

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Event and Activities Updates
– ACF Caller Conference
Behind the Mike –Caller Resources
– BTM Website Update
– Sound Archive –Caller Material Available From SARDANSW
– ▪Educational Programs
– ▪Dance Recordings
– ▪Our Music
Response to readers: from Mel & Barry
Poet’s Corner
How Long is Too Long
Focus Movement of the Month
Ask Dr Allemander
The Turn Of A Phrase
How “Unresolved” Can a Square Be?
The All Important First Tip
Movin’ Down The Mainstream
Are They Coordinated?
I Went To A Halfway Dance
Is “CLUB 5O” the Future? An Objective Analysis
A Square Dance Riddle Sequence
Smoothness and Dance Mechanics
A Square Dance Riddle Sequence -Answers
Editor’s Final Words

August 2019

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On the Inside Trackwith Barry Wonson
AN INTERESTING IDEA –Converting from vinyl to MP3
FROM THE EDITORIAL STAFF AT BTM
Event and Activities Updates
– 2020 ACF Caller Conference
– 2020 ACF CONFERENCE COMMITTEE
– THE ACF CALLER CONFERENCE PROGRAM DYNAMIC
– CONFERENCE TOPICS –OVERVIEW
– 2020 ACF CALLER CONFERENCE PROGRAM SCHEDULE
Behind the Mike –Caller Resources
– BTM Website Update
– Sound Archive –Caller Material Available From SARDANSW
– Educational Programs
– Dance Recordings
Our Music
Fighting the Dancer Spread by Mel Wilkerson
From Our Readers–Asymmetrical Choreo Ideas by Marcel Koneth (Ger)
Focus of the Month September 2019.Extended Application Singing Calls
Dancing Movement versus Spatial Orientation by Kip Garvey
Image Is Everything by Calvin Campbell
Variety –Dancing Versus Forcing By Mel Wilkerson and various participants
Movin’ Down The Mainstream with Barry Wonson and Jaden Frigo
The Odd Couple–using the Sicilian Circle by Mel Wilkerson
Ask Dr AllemanderBy Glen Ickler and Barry Wonson
In Conversations – with Don Beck and Mel Wilkerson
But Why Would You? by Barry Wonson and Mel Wilkerson
The 61stANSDC –10-14 Apr 2020-Update
Editor’s Final Words

September 2019

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Event and Activities Updates
– •2020 ACF Caller Conference
Behind the Mike –Caller Resources
– BTM Website Update
– Sound Archive –Caller Material Available From SARDANSW
— •Educational Programs
— •Dance Recordings
“HANDS” by Mel Wilkerson
MAN RULES – How to live dangerously
Advice for Angels by Bill Van Mellee
From Our Readers- Choreo submissions from Marcel Konath (Ger) and Jeff Seidel (Aus)
Mainstream Focus of the Month – Oct 2019 by Mel Wilkerson
Choreo Commentary by Deuce Williams and Steve Noseck
Our Customers by Jim Mayo
Advanced Dancing: Tips For Callers by Ed Foote
In Conversation – With Don Beck by Mel Wilkerson and Don Beck
Movin’ Down The Mainstream by Barry Wonson
OOPS! I made a mistake – Dealing With Anxiety by Mel Wilkerson
Positive Plus by Barry Wonson
Ask Dr Allemander by Glenn Ickler and Barry Wonson
Daffynitions by John Dromey (and others)
Community Dances in the 80s: Dare To Be Square! By Phil Jmison
Old-Time Square Dancing in the 21st Century:15 years later by Phil Jamison
The 61st ANSDC –10-14 Apr 2020–Update from Susanne Horvat
The Final Word –At Least For Now from Barry Wonson

October 2019

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What’s Inside This Month
On the Inside Track by Barry Wonson
Event and Activities Updates–2020 ACF Conference update from Jaden Frigo
Behind the Mike –Caller Resources
– BTM Website Update
– Sound Archive –Caller Material Available From SARDANSW
— •Educational Programs
— •Dance Recordings
Memory is the Key. Now where was that lock? by Mel Wilkerson
Humour –Reflecting on Male Caller Banter–stolen from male callers everywhere
Straight Talk –Dancers, Dare to be Presumptuous by Bobby Anderson
IN-DEPTH : Just Let Them Dance -A Deeper Look by Deborah Carroll-Jones
Reader Comments –Just Let Them Dance from Cal Campbell
Mainstream Focus of the Month –Nov 2019 by Mel Wilkerson
Square Dancing –Social Aspects by Dan Martin
Reverse Engineering Resolutions –Revisited with Mel Wilkerson
The Calling evidence –Dancers are Judge and Jury -ASD article and response
Remembering the Fallen -A square Dance– by Roger McGough
Mainstream Get-Outsfrom Barry Wonson
Getting There Is Less Than Half The Fun by Mel Wilkerson
“Be your own” by Al Stevens
Round Dance Graduation –to the tune of “MY WAY” by Rosella Bosley
Calling A Guest Tip –notes from the Alabama Callers’ Association
Positive Plus from Barry Wonson
Experience by Barry Wonson
Modern Square dance –What is traditional? by Shaun Werkele
Basic Principles Of Sound Equipment (Part 1)– from notes by Paul Bristow
Rewarding The Team by Calvin Campbell
Ask Dr Allemander with Glenn Ickler and Barry Wonson
Daffynitions-humour
The 61st Australian National Square Dance Convention 10-14 Apr,2020
The Final Word –At Least For Now from Barry Wonson

November 2019

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Event and Activities Updates
– 2020ACF Caller Conference
Behind the Mike –Caller Resources
– BTM Website Update
– Sound Archive –Caller Material Available From SARDANSW
— •Educational Programs
— •Dance Recordings
The Power of Participation by Mel Wilkerson
Mapping a Singing Call by Cal Campbell
Daffynitions – a touch of humour for everyone
Hello Dolly –Square Dance Doll(checker) shortcuts by Don Beck
Experiences from the use of The Condensed Teaching Order by Kevin Lovell
Mainstream Focus of the Month –Dec 2019-SEPARATE
Notes on Progressive Squares by Cal Campbell
Interesting Plus notes by John Charman
Ask Dr Allemander with Glenn Ickler and Barry Wonson
Poetry Corner: Is it Square –Or Is It Round? By Lorraine Standish
Leadership Today by Barry Wonson
Mainstream Choreography from Mikeside Management 2001
Showmanship by Cal Golden
The Do Not Call List by Tim Marriner
Gimmick Time –outsides Square Thru by Barry Wonson
Dancing In Sicilian Circles by Calvin Campbell
The Sicilian Circle –Follow Up by Daryl Clendenin
Separating the Fly Poop from the Pepper by Mel Wilkerson
English Teachers a little humour from Joni Micals
Positive Plus: Back in the CROSSFIRE: an analytical look at Crossfire from Barry and Mel
Square Dancing –Social Aspects by Dan Martin
What do you think? –Questions For The Callers from a new caller
Advanced Dancing Tips For Callers by Ed Foote
61st Australian National Square Dance Convention 10-14 Apr2020update by Susan Horvat
The Final Word –At Least For Now from Barry Wonson

December 2019

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Event and Activities Updates
– 2020 ACF Caller Conferencefrom Jaden Frigo
Behind the Mike –Caller Resources
– BTM Website Update
– Sound Archive –Caller Material Available From SARDANSW
— •Educational Programs
— •Dance Recordings
Choreography –Adding Interest, Not Complexity by Mel Wilkerson
Dave Wilson’s Ocean Wave Resolution written up by Clark Baker
25 Awesome Australian Slang Terms by Helena Heldegaard Holmgren
Rewarding The Team by Calvin Campbell
Thoughts from our readers –The opposite box response by Mel Wilkerson
Mainstream Focus of the Month -Anyone Walk –Others Dodge from Mel Wilkerson
Unpunctuated –Righting Rules by everyone everywhere
Positively Plussed from Barry Wonson
Ask Dr Allemander by Glenn Ickler and Barry Wonson
Poetry Corner: Slow Dance by David Weatherford
MovingDown The Mainstream by Barry Wonson
Creative Choreography by Lee and Steve Kopman
Caller Run Clubs and Dancer Run Clubs by Burt/June Harvie and Ron/Barb Lowe
Smooth Dancing by Don Beck
Writing/Adapting Square Dance Singing Calls by Calvin Campbell
A few One Liners from Chuck Jordan
Square dance Limericks by Barbara Smith
A Little Practice Goes A Long Way by Mel Wilkerson
Your Voice by Jim Mayo
Dancing Positions For “Double Star Thru” by Ed Foote
A1 Modulesfrom Barry Wonson
61st Australian National Square Dance Convention 10-14 April 2020 by Susan Horvatt
The Final Word –At Least For Now from Barry Wonson

January 2020

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On the Inside Track with Barry Wonson
Event and Activities Updates
Behind the Mike Caller Resources
– BTM Website Update
– Sound Archive Caller Material from SARDANSW Education weekends and sessions
— • Educational Programs
— • Dance Recordings
Truth in advertising What a concept by Mel Wilkerson
Wisdom Has No Age Learning Is A Choice by C.D. Foster (commentry by Mel Wilkerson)
Dancing & Society by Calvin Campbell
Sight Calling Versus Image Calling by Don Williamson
This Is Dancing by Jim Mayo
The Hidden Singing Call. Response to questions by Mel Wilkerson
Mainstream Focus of the Month Feb 2020 Wheel and Deal
Reading The Floor by Tom Perry
Adding One Half Is So Much More from various forum discussions and readers
Creative Choreography Chase Right with Steve and Lee Kopman
A Little Play with Slide Thru K.I.S.S by Steve Kopman
Attitudes Yours And Mine by Ted Nation
Beginner Dance Parties by Calvin Campbell
Positively Plussed by Barry Wonson
Ask Dr Allemander by Glenn Ickler and Barry Wonson
Poetry Corner from Don Schlesinger
Beads on a String by Calvin Campbell
Equipment Part 2 (continued from Nov 2019) by Paul Bristow
61st Australian National Square Dance Convention 10 14 April 2020 from Susanne Horvat
The Final Word At Least For Now with Barry Wonson

February 2020

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On the Inside Track with Barry Wonson
CALLERS CONFERENCE 2020–Cancellation update
Keeping It Sharp by Steve Turner
Module Building Block Basics Part 2 – by Mel Wilkerson
Playing With Spin The Top by Beuford Evans
The Way to a Dancer’s Feet by Walt Cole
Calling Tips – Body Position and Flow” by Gene Turner
Dancing Tips – Thoughts On Event Programming by Harold and Lill Baush
Creative Choreography – “Just the Centres”by Ed Fraidenburg
A Comparison of Calling Methods by Don Beck
Leadership by Dan Hicks
The “New Caller Trap” – Response to BTM reader questions by Mel Wilkerson
Mainstream Focus of the Month Mar 2020 – Using Stars – inspired by Rick Hampton
A Good Start To Life by Cal Campbell
Less Obvious Aspects of Smooth Square Dancing by Thomas (Doug) Machalik
Scoot Back Once and a Half by Don Beck
Calling to the Music – Viewpoint by Al Stevens – Notes for Callers
Teach The Mechanic – Not The Toolbox – Lists by Al Stevens
Ask Dr Allemander, by Glenn Ickler and Barry Wonson
Poetry Corner: Square angel and Who did it by Jim Roop
Random Ideas by Jeff Seidel
Movin Down The Mainstream – Choreography – various contibutors and reader submissions
30 Years Ago Today – A Profound Prologue by Stan Burdick
Great Dancing – One Step at a Time by Jo Jan Nunley
Team Pride by Cal Campbell
Asymmetric Stuff by Rich Reel
Humour-unkown
Limericks – Square dance call tips –Pt 2 Continued from Feb 2020 by Don Schlesinger
The Final Word – At Least For Now – from Barry Wonson

March 2020

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On the Inside Track with Barry Wonson
Behind the Mike – Caller Resources
BTM Website Update
Sound Archive – Caller Material Available From SARDANSW
•Educational Programs
•Dance Recordings
Flow Sequence Combinations by Mel Wilkerson
Zoom from the Completed Double PassThru by Jack Lasry (preamble by Mel)
Calling Tips for April from Chinook Records
Teaching Class Level Mainstream Basics by Jack Lasry
What Do Callers Tell You About Themselves? By Ben Rubright
Veer Left / Veer Right by Don Beck
A1/A2 -Brace Thru by Don Beck
Simple Stuff Underused – Caller Workshops – Response to readers by Mel Wilkerson
Traditional Treasure – Filler Patter from Mikeside Management Jan 2000
Mainstream Focus of the Month – Apr 2020 – Turn Thru
Cueing and Clueing –What’s The Difference by Jerry Reed
Positively Plussed by Jerry Reed
What Happened To Teamwork? By Calvin Campbell
Ask Dr Allemander by Glenn Ickler and Barry Wonson
The Origin of Yellow Rock – By Yeeds
Calling Tips by Gene Trimmer
Thoughts – a Critique of Module Building Blocks BTM Mar 2020 by Cal Campbell
Movin Down The Mainstream – Choreography from Barry Wonson
Timing by Jim Mayo
Touching Hands – Food for Thought by ed Foote
The Final Word – At Least For Now from Barry Wonson

April 2020

Article Title Link to Edition
On the Inside Track with Barry Wonson
Therein Lies the Program Problem Today – a compilation of responses (collated by Mel)
Singing Calls –Variety and Recycling the Zero by Shaun Werkele
Calling Tips – What List To Use? By Harold Bausch
This Is Our Music – BTM from Barry Wonson
One Persons Viewpoint by Doc Tirrell
Singing Call Adaptation by Tim Marriner (CallerLab Learning Documents)
Mainstream Focus of the Month Singing call Choreography – a new start by Mel Wilkerson
Dancing Tips – Moving to the Music by Harold and Lil Bausch
Why English Is So Difficult To Learn – and you thought square dance language was hard
Choreographic Ideas by Marcel Konath
Bits and Pieces – Notes services – a commentary by Barry Wonson
A Good Start To Life by Cal Campbell
BTM Mailbag: Caller Lockdown Learning Letters and responses by Mel Wilkerson
Tim Tam Turner’s News Flash by Steve Turner
Is Sight Calling The Only Answer? By Unknown – Comments by Barry Wonson
Lines of 3 from the Wonson Archives
Ask Dr. Allemander with Glenn Ickler and Barry Wonson
Square Dancing – A love & Passion excerpts from Jerrry Junck – 1998 CallerLab Convention
Poet’s Corner
Positive Plus by Mel Wilkerson
Looking Back – 60 years of Sound – a Blast from the Past
Lexophilia from Jeff Seidel
Caller – Club Relations by Jim Mayo
The Final Word – At Least For Now from Barry Wonson
Appendix of upcoming events and Caller Resources

May/June 2020

Article Title Link to Edition
What’s Inside This Month
On the Inside –with Barry Wonson
Caller’s Toolbox –Methods of Chroegraphic Management by Paul Bristow
Part 1: Module Calling
Part 2 Module Calling
This is Our Music –A&S Records
Do It Again And Againby Al Stevens
Zoom –Changing the perspective by Rod Shuping
From Our Readers –Warm up Lines
Square Dance History -A Look Back At Our Sound
Choreographic Ideasfrom Marcel Konath
CallingTips for Newbies by Daryl Clendenin
Mainstream Focus of the Month –July 2020–WHEEL AROUND from Mel Wilkerson
Ideas & Knowledge From The Past Masters
Music And Sound -By LeeHelsel (1956)
Expression In Music by Leif Hetland
Ask Dr Allemander
Things I Have Learned In 50 Years Of Callingby Ed Foote
Back to Basicswith Brian Hotchkies
Be Careful What You Callby Calvin Campbell
The Technical Side Of Callingby Calvin Campbel
Making A Meal Of It by Barry Wonson
Callerlab Square Dance Knowledge Database
A Coordinated Approachby Mike Callahan –a look at “Coordinate”
Attitude is Everything by Jerry Junck
Time to go home –by Mel Wilkerson
The Final Word –At Least For Nowfrom Barry Wonson

Link Not Available

Caller Training Materials

Article Type Author Last Update Description
Summary Barry Clasper (barry@clasper.ca) 2019-12-15

Newer callers or people wondering what might be involved in learning to call are interested in what kind of educational material might be available. This article summarizes available caller training materials. The KnowledgeBase has many articles that are aimed at providing technical information to callers. The distinction between them and the materials listed here is that this article deals with items particularly aimed at people in the early stages of learning to call.

In the table below you can click on the title to view the material described (in most cases)

Title Description
So You Want To Be a Caller?

Struggling Up The Cliff
The first paper, by Paul Cote who is a verteran caller, explains what is really involved in learning to call from the vantage point of 27 years experience. The second paper by Tom Gray is a report from a newer caller on what he is encountering as he is learning to call.
List of Schools If the papers above haven’t deterred you, here’s a current list of caller schools taught by CALLERLAB members.
Starter Kit for Newer Callers This 3-ring binder of materials was created by the CALLERLAB Caller Training Committee to start new callers on their way. Some caller schools provide it as part of their handout materials, or you can order it from the CALLERLAB Home Office for $25.
Scholarship Information The CALLERLAB Foundation provides funds for scholarships to caller schools. You can get information on how to apply on the linked page.
Mentoring Handbook This handbook was written by the CALLERLAB Caller Training Committee to help callers who are mentoring a protege. However, the information it contains is extremely helpful to newer callers who don’t have access to a mentor in their area.
How To Call This handbook was written by Jim Mayo in 1966 but remains relevant today. The basic principles have not changed!
Modules Modules represent a great entry point into understanding choreography and how dance sequences are constructed. This article points to a long list of materials on the subject.
Sight and Module Resolution Systems This reference document, created by the CALLERLAB Choreographic Applications Committee contains a wealth of information on resolving squares. It can seem overwhelming to beginners, but the introductory chapters contain valuable insights into fundamentals and an introduction to relevant terminology.
Tim Marriner Resource Pages The late Tim Marriner left a library of educational material available online. It contains many papers and handouts on topics relevant to a beginner caller.
Taminations Taminations is an online tool that allows you to view the official definitions of calls along with an animated display of the call action.
ceder.net The ceder.net website contains a huge repository of square dance information in a searchable form.
musicforcallers.com The CALLERLAB Square Dance Music Producers Committee has provided this website to aggregate their collective music offerings. It includes most of the currently active music producers. It provides a generalized search facility across labels and provides a listing of the most recent releases.
Online Teaching Resource The CALLERLAB Online Teaching Resource provides a huge amount of information on the calls comprising the entry level programs: definitions, teaching tips, sample modules, standard applications, and much more.
CALLERLAB Program Documents Each CALLERLAB program has a number of documents associated with it: call lists, definitions, teaching checklists, standard applications, etc. This article collects them all together.
Books The KnowledgeBase points to a number of published books available for purchase, many of which are aimed at newer callers. The link shows a list of those articles.
Computer Aids The KnowledgeBase points to a number of computer programs designed to assist callers in tasks such as writing choreography, managing and playing music, and using computer numbers.

Lots Of Stuff About Modules

Article Type Author Last Update Description
Summary Barry Clasper 2019-12-04

This summary article aggregates a great deal of material on the use of modules in square dance choreography. Modules provide a powerful mechanism for creating and presenting square dance choreography and they are a tool that all callers need to be familiar with. This article provides a brief overview of what modules are, an introduction to the terminology involved, and pointers to many other sources of information.

What Are Modules?

A module is a pre-written series of calls that performs some known transformation of the square. Perhaps the most familiar example is a singing call figure, which transforms a Static Square (SS) where everyone is at their original home position with their partner to Static Square where each man is at home with his original corner. Modules also can be used to achieve more granular changes in the square, for example: chaining the ladies, moving from one formation to another, changing sequence, etc.

A module will start from a specific square situation (Formation, Arrangement, Sequence, Relationship – FASR) and end in another specific square situation (FASR). The starting and ending FASRs may be the same or different, but the essential point is they are known ahead of time. In practice, most modules are designed around a few particular FASRs, which are described below. Some of the names given to these familiar FASRs have changed over time. In the titles below, the most current terminology is given first with its common abbreviation, but older terms for the same FASR are listed after it so that you can interpret documents written before the current terminology came into use.

Static Square (SS) / Zero Square (ZS)
All dancers standing in their home positions. Commonly SS means standing in their original home positions (as they squared up), but ZS can also be used for square that has been rotated, for example by a bucket stir module.
Corner Box (CB) / Zero Box (ZB) / Box 1-4
This FASR is the 8-chain formation obtained by having Heads (or Sides) Square Thru 4 from a Static Square (SS). You will often see the function of such a module indicated with something like “SS -> CB”.
Right-Hand Lady Box (RLB) / Across The Street Box
This is the 8-chain formation obtained by having Heads/Sides Square Thru 2 from SS.
Partner Line (PL) / Zero Line (ZL) / 1P2P
This FASR is facing lines of 4, normal arrangement, all with original partner, in sequence. It’s what you get from a SS when you have Heads/Sides Lead Right, Circle to a Line.

Types Of Modules

Modules are categorized according the nature of the transformation they apply to the square.

Conversion Modules
Conversion Modules transform the square from one FASR to another. They come in several flavors:

Getins/Setups
Getins move the square from its current FASR to the FASR required to start a particular module. Most common are Getins that do SS->CB or SS->PL transformations.
Getouts
A Getout moves the square from its current FASR to a resolved square. Commonly they start from CB or PL FASRs.
CB->PL
Converts a Corner Box to a Partner Line
PL->CB
Converts a Partner Line to a Corner Box
Rotation
Rotates the formation, typically 90 degrees. For example, from facing lines, Pass Thru, Bend the Line (note: this particular example also reverses the sequence).
Invert
Inverts the centers and ends. For example, from a CB created from SS by Heads Square Thru 4: Star Thru, Pass Thru, Bend The Line, Star Thru creates another CB but the Heads are now on the outside and the Sides in the center. This particular example also rotates the square, so this module is often termed an “Invert and Rotate”.
Zeros
A Zero is a module that returns the square to the same FASR it started with. As with Conversion modules, Zeros come in several types:

Geographic Zeros
Returns each dancer to the exact footprints they started in.
True Zeros
Returns the square to the same FASR, although dancers may not be in the same exact footprints. For example, from Ocean Waves, All 8 Circulate Twice results in the same FASR, but all dancers are on the other side of the formation from where they started.
Fractional Zeros
A module that becomes a zero after multiple repetitions. A module that becomes a zero after being executed twice is termed a “Half Zero”. A “One Third Zero” must be executed three times, a “Quarter Zero” 4 times, etc.
Technical Zeros
Are zeros only when certain conditions are met.
Equivalents
An Equivalent module is a series of calls that duplicates the action of a call or another module. For example, from any facing couples: Pass Thru and Partner Trade, is equivalent to Right and Left Thru.
Flow
One hopes that any module would exhibit good flow, but sight callers in particular often talk about Flow Modules. The term refers to a series of calls known to create a pleasurable dancing pattern and that may be inserted without having a complete understanding of the starting FASR. Typically, knowing the starting Formation and Arrangement is sufficient – often only the Formation. Similarly, the resulting FASR is not known completely either, usually only to the degree the starting FASR was understood.

Hanging Modules On a Framework

A Framework is merely another sort of module that is used to provide some structure to the use of other modules. It is a module which provides a number of opportunities for inserting other types of modules to create a wide variety of sequences. The most famous Framework is called “Chicken Plucker” and it is taught in most caller schools. Chicken Plucker is a Half Zero that starts in an Eight-Chain formation. Starting in the Eight-Chain formation, one version the module is: Right and Left Thru, Dive Thru, Centers Pass Thru. Repeating this a second time returns the dancers to their original starting position (hence it is a Half Zero). After the first repetition the center dancers are said to be “across the street” because they are now looking at the opposite outsides from where they started. The utility of this Framework lies in the opportunities it offers for inserting zeros, equivalents, and conversions in a controlled fashion. For example, from the original starting position a zero could be called before beginning the Framework module. Then after the first repetition of the Framework the same zero could be used in the “across the street” formation – or a different one, if desired. Equivalents can be applied for further variety. For example, Square Thru 3 and Trade By could be used to replace Right and Left Thru, Dive Thru, Centers Pass Thru.

The power of using a Framework is that it allows the caller map the modules they plan to use into an easily remembered structure. For example a caller could visualize a sequence like this:

  • SS->CB Getin module to a CB
  • CB->PL Convert CB to PL
  • PL->PL Apply a Zero that returns a PL
  • PL->CB Convert PL to CB
  • CP1 Chicken Plucker part 1 to create a Right-Hand Lady Box
  • RLB->RLB Zero that preserves the Right-Hand Lady Box
  • CP2 Second repetition of Chicken Plucker returns to a CB
  • CB->SS Getout from CB

The following table points to a variety of additional material on modules. Click on the item(s) in the Link column to view or download the material.

Item Type Author Link Description
Presentation Handout Paul Henze PDF

This handout contains many common modules and illustrates how they can be combined to create full sequences.

Presentation Handout Cal Campbell PDF

This sheet contains several useful Equivalent modules from Cal Campbell.

Presentation Handout Paul Henze PDF

This handout provides a general description of modules and their use as well as several tables showing different types of modules.

Presentation Handout Cal Campbell PDF

This handout is a 4-page primer on what modules are and how they work.

Presentation Handout Tim Marriner PDF

This document is a 4-page overview of the principles of modular calling and an explanation of terminology.

Presentation Handout Doug Davis PDF

This handout has a short form overview of modular calling and usage.

Presentation Handout Tim Marriner PDF

Tim Marriner’s handout on how to work with Chicken Plucker.

Presentation Handout Doug Davis PDF

Many samples of various types of modules.

Presentation Handout Virgil Forbes PDF

Many samples of unusual Getout modules.

Presentation Handout Jon Jones PDF

Many samples of unusual Getout modules.

Website Vic and Debbie Ceder Website

Vic and Debbie Ceder maintain a choreo database on their ceder.net site. It contains hundreds of examples of modules of various sorts.

Document Barry Johnson PDF

Many people avoid technical zeros because they seem unpredictable. Barry Johnson explains what they are, how they work, and how you can use them to your advantage.

Forum Cal Campbell Website

This discussion forum on modules is moderated by Cal Campbell. It contains hundreds of articles relating to modules.

Book Cal Campbell Info

This comprehensive publication on modules is available for sale from Cal Campbell.


Dave Wilson’s Ocean Wave Resolution Method

Article Type Author Publication Date Links Description
Document

Clark Baker

“2007”

PDF File

This write-up by Clark Baker describes a sight resolution method presented at a 2007 caller school by Dave Wilson. Dave is a big fan of this method because it seems to be easier to learn, uses fewer calls, and is more forgiving when you make mistakes. It is the first method he teaches in his caller schools.

This method is described with some additional details in the CALLERAB Sight and Module Resolution Guide.


Technical Zeros

Article Type Author Publication Date Links Description
Document

Barry Johnson (callerbear@gmail.com)

2019-04-20

Technical Zeros

Ever wonder what a “technical zero” is exactly? Or what use they actually are? Are you afraid of using them because the results seem unpredictable? In this paper Barry Johnson takes you through what they are, how they work, and how you can use them to benefit your choreography.


Square Dance Modules Discussion Forum

Article Type Owner Links Description
Resource

Cal Campbell (calcampbl@gmail.com)

Square Dance Modules Discussion Forum

This discussion forum moderated by Cal Campbell has a wealth of material about square dance modular choreography. The purpose of the group is education in the use of square dance modules and the sharing of modules.


MS Teaching Plan from Daryl Clendenin

Article Type Author Publication Date Links Description
Document

Daryl Clendenin (yloroc@comcast.net)

2019-03-24

Teaching Plan

Daryl Clendenin is a veteran caller who has taught scores of beginner classes. Follow the link to the left to see his detailed 20-lesson plan to teach his MS group for 2018-19. The 92-page document contains his teaching plan and sample choreography for each lesson.


Using Sicilian Circles for Square Dancing

Article Type Author Publication Date Links Description
Document

Cal Campbell (calcampbl@gmail.com) Daryl Clendenin (daryl@clendenin.net)

2019-03-23

Dancing In Sicilian Circles (Cal Campbell)

Using Sicilian Circles for Teaching (Daryl Clendenin)

Cal Campbell and Daryl Clendenin discuss how to use the Sicilian Circle formation for teaching – and even as a “square dance” formation – in Modern Western Square Dancing. The Sicilian Circle is a series of facing couples arranged around the rim of a circle. Dancers can work in their own group of 4 or easily move on to another as part of the dance action. Most calls on the BMS list can be done with only four people, which makes Sicilian Circles an excellent teaching tool.


Becoming A Square Dance Caller 3rd Edition (Book)

Article Type Author Publication Date Links Description
Document

Bruce Holmes (Bruce@BruceTHolmes.com)

2020-02-02

Purchase Online

When Bruce Holmes was learning to call, he had no luck finding a textbook to help him through the process. Now that he is a caller, he has written the book he wished he had when he was first learning. You can read the table of contents by clicking on the button below. For purchase information click on the Purchase Online link to the left.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
Why I Wrote This Book ……………….. 5
The Plan ………………… 6
The Circle Before The Square …………….. 8
Into The Square ………………….. 12
     Remembering The People In Your Square ………….. 13
     Modules ……………………. 13
     Equivalents ………………. 14
     Flow ………………….. 15
     Sight Calling Light …………… 18
     More Modules ………………….. 19
     The Loop ………………….. 21
Moving Around The Square ………………. 24
Your First Sequence …………… 28
Technical & Fractional Zeros …………… 29
Doppelgängers …………… 30
Partner Lines ………………. 31
     Converting From Boxes To Lines And Back Again ……… 34
Building Your Library ……………….. 36
     Set Sequences ………………….. 39
Standard Applications ………………. 41
Module calling versus Sight Calling, Part II …………… 43
How To Resolve …………… 44
     Don’t Always Use An Allemande Left ……………. 45
FASR …………….. 46
     sequence Practice …………… 47
Easy Calls Resolve ………………. 49
     First Objective, Get Everyone Into Lines Facing In …………….. 49
     Next Objective: Pair Up Your Primary Couple version 1 …………… 50
     Final Objective: Resolve …………………. 52
     When All The Couples Are Paired Up …………… 53
     When The Secondary Couple Is Not Paired Up …………… 55
     Easy Calls Resolve Summarized ……………. 58
Pairing Up Your Primary Couple version 2 ……………. 59
Classic Resolve …………… 61
Grand Resolve ……………. 64
Get-Ins …………………. 68
     To Corner Box ………………….. 68
     To Partner Lines ……………… 71
     Non-Standard Crossfire Get-Ins ……………. 73
Get-Outs ………………. 75
     Resolves From Partner Lines ………………… 75
     Resolves From Ocean Waves …………. 77
     Resolving Using Folds …………….. 79
     Partner Lines to an Allemande Left ……………… 81
     Resolves From Corner Box …………….. 82
     You’re Home From Corner Box ……………… 85
Little Pieces of the Puzzle …………. 87
Advanced Grand Resolve ………….. 89
     Getting To Partner Lines When The Couples Aren’t Paired ……… 91
     Box Resolves – Couples Facing Couples ……….. 92
     The Grand Resolve Summarized …………… 95
Home Resolves …………… 97
     Primary Couple Home Resolves ……………. 99
     Moving to a Quadrant ………….. 102
     The Tools At Hand ………………… 104
     Sweep ¼ to Home Get-Outs ………………… 105
     From Partner Lines to Sweep ¼ …………. 111
Cool Endings …………….. 112
     Flip The Diamond …………………. 112
     Using Scoot Back & Box The Gnat ………………. 112
     Spin Chain Thru ……………. 113
     Chase Right ……………. 113
     Follow Your Neighbor ………….. 116
     Half Tag ………………….. 117
In Praise Of Sight Calling, Part LXLVII ………….. 118
What Makes For Good Calling? ……………… 119
     Being A Delightful Host ……………….. 120
     When Teaching, Kindness Is Everything …………… 120
     Microphones …………………. 121
     Confidence …………….. 121
     When You Mess Up ………………. 122
Music For Patter ………………. 123
     Modifying The BPM ……………… 124
     Stringing Songs Together ……………. 124
Singing Calls …………….. 125
     Getting The Verse Sequence To Work ……….. 126
     Putting A Singing Call Together …………. 127
     Singing …………………… 130
Getting Started In Calling ………………. 131
Equipment ………………… 132
Intro Parties …………….. 135
The Talk ……………. 138
Lessons ……………… 140
     Why I Use Club50/SSD …………………. 141
     The Forgotten Calls ……………… 143
     Fixing Half-Out Squares ………………. 144
     Filling Out Squares ………………. 145
     Rectangles ………………… 145
Getting Up To Call ……………. 150
Conventions ……………… 151
Games Callers Play ………….. 153
Callerlab Definitions ……………….. 154
Lists …………………… 155
     Equivalents ……………. 155
     Corner Box Get-Ins ………………. 156
     Alternatives to Allemande Left from a Corner Box …………. 157
     Partner Line Get-Ins …………….. 158
     Partner Line Get-Outs ………….. 159
     A-Box Get-Outs ……………… 161
     D-Box Get-Outs ……………… 161
     Box To Line Conversions …………….. 162
     Chicken Pluckers ………………….. 163
     Get-Outs To Home ………………… 163
Resources ………………….. 165
Callerlab ……………. 168
FASR …………………… 169
Formations ……………….. 170
     Eight Chain Thru …………… 171
     Facing Lines (Lines Facing In) …………….. 172
     Lines Facing Out …………… 173
     Trade By ………………… 174
     Double Pass Thru …………………. 175
     Completed Double Pass Thru ……………… 175
     Parallel Two-Faced Lines ……………. 176
     Parallel Ocean Waves ………….. 177
     Columns (Right or Left) ……………….. 178
     Z Formations (Left & Right) ………………… 178
     Fractional Tags …………….. 179
     Point To Point Diamonds …………….. 180
     Facing Point To Point Diamonds ………… 180
     Tidal Wave …………….. 181
     Tidal Two-Faced Line ………….. 181
Arrangement ……………. 182
     Half Sashayed Solutions ………………. 182
     Waves …………….. 183
     How Circulates Change Arrangement ……….. 185
     Diamonds ………………. 185
Sequence …………………… 186
Alternative Resolve Methods ………….. 187
     Mental Image ………………… 187
     CRaMS ……………………. 187
Call List ……………… 188


Community/Party Dance Teaching Videos

Article Type Owner Links Description
Resource

Cal Campbell (calcampbl@gmail.com)

Teaching Videos

Cal Campbell has put up over 200 teaching videos for Community Dance and party night dances. Sometimes the written description of a dance isn’t enough to figure out how it works if you’ve never seen it done. This resource let’s you see how the dances work and how to teach them. These videos are contained in the BDPLS Channel on YouTube.


Calling For Modern Square Dancing

Article Type Author Publication Date Links Description
Document

Jim Mayo (jmayo329@aol.com)

“1966”

Caller Text

This 79-page caller text was written in 1966 by Jim Mayo, a square dance calling icon and a founding father of CALLERLAB. Despite its original publication date, this is not a historical document. Most of the information and guidance provided is still applicable today. Even the section on Equipment, which you might imagine would be quite archaic after more than 50 years, offers valuable information to help you select appropriate equipment. This document is an invaluable reference for both new and experienced callers. The table of contents is shown below:

Chapter Page
Introduction 1
1. The Music and The Call 2
2. Choreography 11
3. Timing 34
4. Programming 41
5. Teaching 49
6. Equipment 57
7. Square Dance Club Administration 65


Relationship Sight Calling Simplified

Article Type Author Publication Date Links Description
Document

Kip Garvey (kip@kipgarvey.com)

2019-02-11

Relationship Sight Calling White Paper

This 14-page white paper by Kip Garvey explores how understanding the patterns of relationships that occur in normally arranged couples can enhance a caller’s control while sight calling and resolving.


Behind The Mike Newsletter

Article Type Owner Links Description
Resource

Barry Wonson (bjwonson@gmail.com)

Behind The Mike Newsletter Archive

Behind The Mike is a newsletter for callers and cuers published out of Australia by Barry Wonson. It typically contains lots of material on choreography, music, teaching and other topics of value to callers and cuers.

The Table of Contents entries for past BTM editions have been gathered together in a separate article to facilitate searching for specific topics. Click here to view that article.

Social Square Dance Teaching Guide (formerly Sustainable Square Dance) New Edition


Article Type Author Publication Date Links Description
Document

CALLERLAB Sustainable Square Dance Committee (info@callerlab.org)

2020-07-21

SSD Teaching Guide V34

In 2016 CALLERLAB authorized the formation of the Sustainable Square Dance Committee and charged it with the task of developing materials to support callers interested in exploring the use of the experimental lesson system that has come to be known as Sustainable Square Dance. (Note: In July 2020 CALLERLAB announced this system and the supporting Committee were renamed Social Square Dance – SSD. Only the name has changed. All existing supporting materials still apply.) Earlier versions of this system have been in use in some areas for quite some time under the name Club 50.

This system is designed to create a 50 call entry program that can be taught quickly, roughly 12 weeks, and yet serve as a realistic destination program for long-term square dancers. While the idea of a shortened entry list is certainly not unique to this system, its design differs in providing a mechanism for keeping dancers in the entry program for at least 2 years, and in many cases, forever.

The publication of the SSD Teaching Guide represents the first deliverable to assist callers in using this system. It provides a lesson plan and sample choreography to help callers entertain dancers with a limited number of calls for a long period of time.

The link takes you to the most current edition of the guide – Version 34.


Ceder Square Dance System (CSDS)

Article Type Owner Links Description
Resource

Vic Ceder (vic@ceder.net)

Website
Flyer

CSDS (Ceder Square Dance System) is a comprehensive program that incorporates under one roof all the facilities needed by square dance callers. The program allows the user to:

  • Write square dance choreography
  • Store and retrieve square dance sequences or modules
  • Store and retrieve getouts (resolves) and getins
  • Manipulate lists of square dance calls
  • Generate bitmap pictures of formations
  • Display sequences for calling from a laptop
  • Organize and play music files
  • Display cue sheets and lyrics for singing calls


SD – A Square Dance Caller’s Helper

Article Type Owner Links Description
Resource

Bill Ackerman (wba@alum.mit.edu)

Website

Before computers, callers worked out choreography by moving “checkers”, sometimes termed “dolls”. A set of checkers had 8 pieces that represented the dancers, usually representing the gender and relationships of the dancers with shape and color coding. The caller then physically pushed the checkers through the motions of the calls to keep track of how the sequence worked. This process was time consuming and error prone. SD is a computer program that performs the same function which greatly speeds up the process of writing and dramatically reduces errors. The program is available free of charge from the website. It has both Windows and Linux versions.


Callarama

Article Type Owner Links Description
Resource

Reinhold Roedig (support@callarama.com)

Website

Callarama is a “checker mover” program to help callers work out choreography by showing animated figures moving in response to calls entered by the caller. Callarama has defined the standard for animated Square Dance Choreography since its introduction in 2004. The New Callarama 2 has been totally redesigned on the basis of Microsoft .Net Framework, supported by all Windows operating systems since XP.

Callarama can also run on a Mac if a Windows emulator, as for instance Parallels Desktop, is installed.

Callarama covers the Basic, Mainstream, Plus and Advance dance programs. The already extensive repertoire of 35,000+ animations is constantly expanded through free upgrades for all users.

Calls can be entered by selecting from a Call List, by clicking on Call Labels, by typing Shortcuts and by Voice. Speech Recognition is included and currently pre-configured for English and German (a user on a German language computer, calling in English with a German accent).

Calls are recorded in a Routine list that can be played forward and backward, similar to a movie player. Beats are indicated at each step. Routines can be edited, printed and saved for future use.

The Speed Dial is calibrated very accurately in BPM. It possible to synchronize calling or the replay of a routine with music played on another device.


Social (Sustainable) Square Dance (SSD) Alphabetical Call List

2020-02-02 SSD-50_Alphabetical_Call_List (updated 2019-11-05)

Article Type Author Publication Date Links Description
Document

Kurt Gollhardt (kurt@certek.com)

2018-03-23

SSD 50 Alphabetical Call List (Updated 5 Nov 19)

Thanks to Kurt Gollhardt for producing this single page that alphabetically lists the calls used in the Social Square Dance experimental lesson system. The sheet highlights the calls from the Mainstream list that are used in SSD 50 and also lists separately the Basic and Mainstream calls that are NOT used. For full information and sample choreography for the Social Square Dance experimental lesson system you can view the SSD Teaching Guide


Jeff Priest’s Singing Call Figures for Teaching

Article Type Author Publication Date Links Description
Document

Jeff Priest (ask@canadiancallerscollege.com)

2011/2013

Singing Call Books

Jeff Priest has produced an outstanding set of books to assist callers teaching in the Basic through Plus programs. These books contain singing call figures which each feature only one call from the program being taught. This enables callers to teach the programs in whatever order they wish, and still use singing call figures that feature the call currently being taught. Follow the link for more information about these books and how to purchase them.


Community Dance Journals

Article Type Owner Links Description
Resource

CALLERLAB Committee for Community and Traditional Dance

Index of CD Journal Issues

The CD Journal (formally titled CDP Journal) is published several times a year by the Committee for Community and Traditional Dance (CCTD). The Community Dance Program Journal is aimed at providing material to support dance events for non-dancers: party nights, intro nights, demos, etc. The material uses a limited number of calls (about 24) and allows the engagement of people with no prior square dance experience. Each Journal edition documents a number of such dances and the CD Journal has been published since 1992.


CALLERLAB Online Teaching Resource

Article Type Owner Links Description
Resource

CALLERLAB Choreographic Applications Committee (dwelch@eastlink.ca)

CALLERLAB Online Teaching Resource

The Choreographic Applications Committee has created this resource site to assist those who are teaching square dancers. Its intent is to collect in one place all the information about each call that teachers might need to teach students successfully.

The site is organized into sections according to the CALLERLAB programs. It is still a work in progress. Basic Part 1 and Basic Part 2 are ready for use. Mainstream and eventually Plus are planned.

For each call there are seven sections of information:

  1. the call definition
  2. standard applications
  3. call analysis information
  4. modules
  5. teaching tips
  6. extended applications
  7. other


Call Me Crazy (Book)

Article Type Author Publication Date Links Description
Document Kip Garvey (kip@kipgarvey.com) 10 October, 2017 Book

This 178 page book presents a Step By Step Process For Calling And Teaching Modern Western Square Dances. if you’ve ever thought you might like to be a square dance caller, this is the place to start. As a prerequisite, you should have considerable experience with modern western square dancing and be a fluent dancer through the Plus dancing program. This book is packed with valuable information and detailed lesson plans for conducting One Night Stands and new dancer learning programs. The author Kip Garvey is a world class square dance caller with over 55 years experience teaching square dancing and teaching aspiring square dance callers.

Click on the “Book” link to the left to see more information and purchase online.


Lloyd Shaw Foundation

Article Type Owner Links Description
Resource

Lloyd Shaw Foundation

Website

The Lloyd Shaw Foundation preserves and shares a diverse range of dance and music traditions with an inter-generational audience. We develop leadership in traditional dance and music forms, and sponsor events and scholarships to ensure their continuity. Through our archives housed at the University of Denver, and at our Dance Center in Albuquerque, NM, we retain important historical records that document the past and enable us to preserve the future of traditional American folk dance.


Sets In Order Archive

Article Type Author Publication Date Links Description
Document

Bob Osgood

1948-1985

SIO Archive Page

Click on the link to view a page pointing to digitized copies of complete editions of the Sets In Order magazine.

This page is a tribute to Bob and Becky Osgood. The Sets In Order magazines are one of their legacys that comprise in these pages the history of modern square dancing. Bob began publishing SIO in 1948 and the last issue was issued in December 1985, 444 issues.

This material is Copyright (C) by Bob Osgood, and his heirs and may not be reproduced in any form including digital transmission for commercial purposes. Short articles may be reprinted using credit: “Reprinted from [magazine] and magazine year and month. magazine should be replaced by the appropriate magazine name such as SQUARE DANCING Magazine, official magazine of The Sets in Order American Square Dance Society” or just “Sets In Order” for earlier issues. Please credit by-lined authors.


CALLERLAB Program Documents

Article Type Author Last Update Description
Summary Barry Clasper (barry@clasper.ca) 2020-07-08

This summary points to the primary program-related documents that have been officially published by CALLERLAB. This includes program lists, call definitions, timing charts, lesson checklists, teaching tips, and other materials. Click on the appropriate button below to see a list of materials for the program indicated. Click on the name of the document to access it. The Alpha List button contains a sortable table showing all the documents in one place.

Program Document Tables (click to view)


Due to the large number of documents associated with the Basic and Mainstream programs, the table below is organized into sections:
Basic Documents that deal only with the Basic program
Mainstream Documents that deal only with the Mainstream program
BMS Documents that deal with both the Basic and Mainstream programs
Other Documents that are not specific to either program but are of interest to callers calling Basic/Mainstream

Document Name Revision Date
Basic Documents
Basic List 2019-03-06
Basic Definitions 2020-02-22
Basic Definitions (Japanese) 2020-02-22
Basic Standard Applications 2020-05-15
Mainstream Documents
Mainstream List 2019-03-06
Mainstream Definitions 2020-02-22
Mainstream Definitions (Japanese) 2020-02-22
Mainstream Standard Applications 2020-05-15
Basic/Mainstream Documents
Basic/Mainstream Definitions (Danish V2.01) 2010-01
Basic/Mainstream Definitions (Japanese) 2018-06-22
Basic and Mainstream Checklists 2017-08-17
Basic and Mainstream Timing Charts 2017-08-17
Basic/Mainstream Abbreviated Definitions 2014-09-17
Basic/Mainstream Abbreviated Definitions (Japanese) 2014-09-15
Basic/Mainstream Standard Applications (Japanese) 2008-01-15
Basic/Mainstream Teaching Tips 2010-06-21
Basic/Mainstream Teaching Tips (Japanese) 2009-10-12
Basic/Mainstream Definition Guide 2011-02-07
Basic/Mainstream Definition Guide (Japanese) 2011-02-07
Other Documents
Formations Pictograms Chart 2010-12-14
Formations and Arrangements Charts 2008-01-15
Experimental Condensed Teaching Order 2015-03-01
Social Square Dance (SSD) Experimental Lesson System (formerly called the Sustainable Square Dance System) 2019-09-26
Non Program Teaching Items 2007-12-19
Lost Square Procedure 2004-11-19
Emergency Call For Medical Aid ????
Teaching Order Design Principles 2007-12-06

Document Name Revision Date
Advanced List 2019-10-30
Advanced Definitions 2020-02-25
A1 Checklist 2016-12-21
A2 Checklist 2012-09-13
Advanced Timing Chart 2015-12-15
What Is Advanced Dancing Booklet 2014-09-15

Document Name Revision Date
C1 List 2019-05-16
C1 Definitions 2019-05-16
C2 List 2019-05-22
C2 Definitions 2019=03-29
C3A List 2019-06-13
C3A Definitions 2018-06-24
Challenge Teaching Orders 2012-02-10

Every three years the CALLERLAB program committees (Basic/Mainstream, Plus, Advanced, and Challenge) undertake a review of the current program lists and definitions. This review may result in additions or deletions of calls/concepts or a revision of definitions. The update of program documents may lag behind the initial public announcement of changes because after the results of the review are known, the committee may have additional work to do to redraft list or definition documents. This entry documents the raw results of the 2018 Triennial Review. Not all affected documents have been updated yet. Entries marked with an asterisk below indicate the changes are reflected in the officially published list.

2018 Triennial Review Results

Basic Results
The Thar Family and related calls are dropped, and as a result, are moved to the Mainstream Program list. This includes:

  • 32. Thar Family*
    · Allemande Thar
    · Allemande Left to an Allemande Thar
    · Wrong Way Thar
    33. Slip the Clutch*
    34. Shoot the Star / Shoot the Star Full Around*
  • The Basic Teaching Order is modified as follows: Double Pass Thru, and First Couple Left/Right, Next Couple Left/Right are moved to follow Star Thru in the Basic Program teaching order.*

Mainstream Results
  • Moved to MS from Basic
    32. Thar Family*
    · Allemande Thar
    · Allemande Left to an Allemande Thar
    · Wrong Way Thar
    33. Slip the Clutch*
    34. Shoot the Star / Shoot the Star Full Around*
  • Added to MS
    • Fractional Tags (1/2 Tag, 3/4 Tag, 1/4 Tag)*

Plus Results
No Changes

Advanced Results
No Changes

C1 Results
  • Add Track 0-4
  • Add Pass and Roll Your Cross Neighbor
C2 Results
  • Add Grand Drop In/Out/Right/Left*
  • Add Pass and Roll Your Criss Cross Neighbor*
  • Add Any Tagging Call Your Criss Cross Neighbor*
C3A Results
  • Add Single Calls: Shakedown, Turn and Deal
  • Add Interlocked Extend
  • Add Hinge The Top to the family of Lock the Hinge/Hinge the Lock (variations include Lock The Hinge the Top, Beau/Belle Hop the Top

The rows in the table below may be sorted by clicking on the up/down chevron in the column header

Document Name (Link) Date
Basic List 2019-03-06
Basic Definitions 2020-02-22
Basic Definitions (Japanese) 2020-02-22
Basic Standard Applications 2020-05-15
Mainstream List 2019-03-06
Mainstream Definitions 2020-02-22
Mainstream Definitions (Japanese) 2020-02-22
Mainstream Standard Applications 2020-05-15
Basic/Mainstream Definitions (Danish V2.01) 2010-01-01
Basic/Mainstream Definitions (Japanese) 2018-06-22
Basic and Mainstream Checklists 2017-08-17
Basic and Mainstream Timing Charts 2017-08-17
Basic/Mainstream Abbreviated Definitions 2014-09-17
Basic/Mainstream Abbreviated Definitions (Japanese) 2014-09-15
Basic/Mainstream Standard Applications (Japanese) 2008-01-15
Basic/Mainstream Teaching Tips 2010-06-21
Basic/Mainstream Teaching Tips (Japanese) 2009-10-12
Basic/Mainstream Definition Guide 2011-02-07
Basic/Mainstream Definition Guide (Japanese) 2011-02-07
Formations Pictograms Chart 2010-12-14
Formations and Arrangements Charts 2008-01-15
Experimental Condensed Teaching Order 2015-03-01
Social Square Dance (SSD) Experimental Lesson System (formerly called the Sustainable Square Dance System) 2019-09-26
Non Program Teaching Items 2007-12-19
Lost Square Procedure 2004-11-19
Emergency Call For Medical Aid ????
Teaching Order Design Principles 2007-12-06
Plus List 2018-09-22
Plus Definitions 2018-09-22
Plus Definitions (Japanese) 2018-09-22
Plus Checklist 2015-09-29
Plus Timing 2016-07-12
Plus Standard Applications 2006-10-09
Plus Standard Applications (Japanese) 2006-10-09
Plus Teaching Tips 2008-11-04
Plus Teaching Tips (Japanese) 2009-10-31
Advanced List 2019-10-30
Advanced Definitions 2020-02-25
A1 Checklist 2016-12-21
A2 Checklist 2012-09-13
Advanced Timing Chart 2015-12-15
What Is Advanced Dancing Booklet 2014-09-15
C1 List 2019-05-16
C1 Definitions 2019-05-16
C2 List 2019-05-22
C2 Definitions 2019-03-29
C3A List 2019-06-13
C3A Definitions 2018-06-24
Challenge Teaching Orders 2012-02-10
Community Dance List 2014-09-17
Community Dance Journal Index 2017-02-22
ARC Decision History (German) 2014-09-17
ARC Decision History (Japanese) 2018-01-31



Nuts And Bolts (book)

Article Type Author Publication Date Links Description
Document Kip Garvey (kip@kipgarvey.com) 5 March, 2017 Book

This 190 page book by one of the legendary figures in MWSD presents an analysis of choreographic structure for modern western square dance callers and dancers. With over 50 years experience as a professional square dance caller, Kip presents the principles of calling current day square dance for readers interested in understanding underlying concepts and technique with emphasis on the technical aspects of choreography. This deep dive into choreographic theory is loaded with graphic illustrations and many Getout, Conversion and Transition call modules. It is a text that should be in every caller’s library.

Click on the “Book” link to the left to see more information and purchase online.


Introduction To Mental Image Choreography

Article Type Event Date Presenter Links Description

The following two entries show two versions of a presentation by Don Beck on his system for Mental Image choreographic management. The first is a complete presentation to a group of callers. The second is a shorter introduction aimed at caller coaches that provides a slightly different perspective.

Presentation 2013 Don Beck Video File

Handout PDF

In this 2-hour video, Don Beck provides an introduction to his mental image choreography system to an audience of callers. It provides a quick overview of how the system works and illustrates some of its power. If you’re interested in learning to use this system, you can find information about Don’s book “Out Of Sight” here.

Presentation CALLERLAB Convention 2013 Don Beck Video File

Handout PDF

Don Beck provides an introduction to his mental image choreography system to the Caller Coach committee at the 2013 CALLERLAB Convention. It provides a quick overview of how the system works and illustrates some of its power. If you’re interested in learning to use this system, you can find information about Don’s book “Out Of Sight” here.


Controlling Choreography With Relationships

Article Type Author Publication Date Links Description
Document Barry Johnson (callerbear@gmail.com) 2014 Controlling Choreography With Relationships (PDF File)

This 78 page document is a detailed description of how callers can use dancer relationships as a tool for resolving squares. See the document abstract below for additional details.

From a choreographic point of view,callers describe the position of the dancers in a square by using four descriptive attributes: Formation, Arrangement, Sequence and Relationships.

  • Formation describes the spots on the floor in which dancers are standing,
  • Arrangement describes the way dancing genders are standing relative to one another,
  • Sequence describes whether or not dancers are in the original squared set order, and
  • Relationship describes which men and which women are near one another.

Together, these four attributes can be used to precisely define the choreographic state of a square, and a specific combination of these four values is called a “FASR” (pronounced “fah-zer”).

For decades, many callers have focused on Formation, Arrangement and Sequence while tracking dancers as they move through a sequence. Although formation and arrangement are fairly easy to see, sequence is not — especially “on the fly” since many calls will change the sequence of some or all dancers. There are specific techniques that can be used to resolve a square using just formation, arrangement and sequence, but these techniques may require several steps to reach the final desired result. The complexity of those techniques leads many callers to “hunt for corners”, trying one call after another until the dancers fall into a recognizable FASR.

With this focus on Formation, Arrangement and Sequence the fourth leg of the nomenclature system, Relationship, has generally been ignored.

But it turns out that the relationships of the dancers can actually be easier for many callers to understand and see while a square is in motion, and the principles of using relationships while calling can be learned in just a few minutes. Once relationships are recognizable, the state of the square is easily identified in almost any FASR at all. A few simple “cookbook” rules allow a caller to consciously change the relationships at will, giving the caller a great deal of control over the state of the square.

There are three main ways that callers can use relationships:

  • Finding their way out when they’re lost: being able to recognize the state of the square, then regaining control by consciously changing stations;
  • As a framework within which modules and desired choreographic sequences can be used. Put the dancers into a known station, dance them around as desired while preserving the station (or consciously changing it to a different one), and finally resolve without question because you know exactly where the dancers are.
  • As a launching pad for using memorized get-outs from many different starting positions.

We’ll discuss each of these areas in the pages that follow.

Relationships and CRaMS
For the last several years, some callers have been advocating a larger calling system named CRaMS, the “Controlled Relationship and Manipulation System.” Readers that are familiar with CRaMS will recognize much of the material in this book. CRaMS uses relationship choreographic control as just one of several tools and techniques to achieve the broader goal of helping callers to improve upon their craft. We’ll talk more about the larger system of CRaMS in Chapters 7 and 17.

Relationships and Mental Image
Astute readers may also notice several similarities to Don Beck’s Mental Image system, particularly in the way that calls are classified based on the way they affect the setup of the square. Both systems (Relationships and Mental Image) rely on the symmetries of the square as calls are executed — and therefore are likely to resemble one another, even while coming at the problem from very different directions and using completely different vocabularies.



All About Modules (book)

Article Type Author Publication Date Links Description
Document

Resource

Cal Campbell (calcampbl@gmail.com) 2014 Book

This book covers all the bases starting with the new caller just learning how to call and on through the old hands looking for ways to expand their collection of modules and to learn new tricks on how to use square dance modules to improve their calling skills. It’s all there.

The new caller will find a comprehensive set of lessons to introduce them to the art of using modules to call square dances. You will be guided step by step through a learning process that will enable you to quickly select and memorize modules and then call them at a dance and be successful. It is a time proven successful way to learn how to call and to entertain square dancers. However, It’s not a magic. You will have to practice and you will have to study choreography.


Dancing For Busy People

Article Type Author Publication Date Links Description
Document

Resource

Cal Campbell (calcampbl@gmail.com) 2003 Book

Website

Blog

Dancing For Busy People was originally a book published in 2003. More recently, Cal has created a website that includes the book but also points to many additional resources and sources of information. The book is an excellent resource for someone planning a party night or beginner dance. “Dancing for Busy People” is a collection of over 400 dances using easy to teach dance movements. Most dances use only walking movements based on commonly used square dance terminology. Only 25 basics are used. The same basics are used for contra dances, trios, quadrilles, Sicilian circles, mescolanzas and many of the round dance mixers. Some special description of footwork is necessary for the no-partner dances.

D4BP is available in PDF form as well as hardcopy.


Out Of Sight (book)

Article Type Author Publication Date Links Description
Document Don Beck 2014 Book

Out of Sight is a book that teaches square dance callers how to manage choreography using a mental image system. Other common choreographic methods are reading, modules, and sight calling. Mental image calling allows a caller to create choreography on the fly, while calling, and then easily resolve the square. Unlike reading or modules, the choreography need not be pre-written, and allows the caller much more flexibility to improvise. Unlike sight calling, the caller does not have to memorize who started with whom, each tip, and s/he is not dependent on whether the dancers made any mistakes. This method does not require that a caller learn how to follow eight or even only four dancers, but basically only one dancer as s/he moves around the square.

The Second Printing is now available. It includes an additional 15 pages in the form of a Forward to the Second Printing, an Afterword, and an additional Appendix. There is additional advanced information about the system available on the authors website for callers who have fully learned the system as taught in the book.


CALLERLAB Community Dance Resources

Article Type Owner Links Description
Resource Dottie Welch (dwelch@eastlink.ca) Website

This Dance Resource is a compilation of Beginner Party Dances, Community Dances, Contra Dances, and Traditional Square Dances. Dances are grouped by type and listed in HTML code for easy viewing. Each dance is also available to be downloaded as a Rich Text File. There is also a sortable and linked index to the Community Dance Journals. Supporting documents are being added and now include Formation Diagrams, Music Suggestions, and the Community Dance Program Plan.


Sight And Module Resolution Systems Document

Article Type Author Publication Date Links Description
Document CHOREOGRAPHIC APPLICATIONS COMMITTEE (CAC),
CALLER TRAINING COMMITTEE, and
CALLER COACH COMMITTEE
(edited by Dottie Welch)
2018-02-01 Full Document PDF

This document is a compendium describing dozens of known systems for resolving squares, including both sight and module based approaches. The objective was to document as many systems as possible that are currently in use by experienced callers. Experienced callers can use it to discover different approaches that may help them add variety. Newer callers can use it to select a method that would work best for them as they are learning to resolve smoothly.

The goal of this project is to help callers improve their ability to present smooth and danceable choreography by increasing their knowledge of efficient and interesting resolution systems. The name “Sight and Module Resolution Systems” has been chosen to indicate that the focus is on resolution systems in which the caller first uses sight, or a combination of modules and sight, to move the dancers into a recognizable FASR and then uses one or more modules to resolve the square. Perhaps the FASR will be one where the square will be resolved by simply calling “Allemande Left”, “Right and Left Grand”, “Promenade”, or “Back Out At Home”. The intention is to document as many different systems as possible that proficient sight callers are using. We are interested in what sight callers are thinking and what their intermediate goals are as they resolve the square. The hope is that such documentation will help other callers become aware of the possibilities. Every attempt has been made to write explanations of the systems that can be understood by the average Basic or Mainstream caller. The choreographic examples are sorted by CALLERLAB program, and always begin with Basic calls. They also include examples using Mainstream, Plus, Advanced and Challenge calls. There is no intent to recommend one system over another. The aim is to increase understanding about what other callers are thinking. Brains work in different ways, so over the years callers have developed different systems for comprehending the patterns of square dancing. Hopefully, at least one of the systems documented here will be a natural fit to each caller’s individual reasoning style. Also there is a need for different systems, or adjustments within a system, to accommodate differences in the vocabulary of the dancers. Some attention is given to sight calling for the whole spectrum; from new dancers with a very limited vocabulary to Challenge dancers with an extensive vocabulary.

This is primarily a reference tool. All readers will need to be familiar with the terminology and skills discussed in the second and fourth chapters. Each of the systems discussed in the remaining chapters can be studied individually. Chapter 14 contains a huge supply of useful Get-Outs. The hope is that appropriate parts of the document will be read by new sight callers, somewhat experienced sight callers, proficient sight callers, and teachers of sight callers. The expectation is that readers will come with differing needs and will be looking for various degrees of complexity. Some will be looking for clear explanations of the “old ways” which they hear being used by many experienced callers. Others will come looking for new ideas. The knowledge that there are “new ways” or “other ways” of thinking about sight calling is the underlying motivation for compiling all of this information into one document.

Thanks go to all those who have contributed directly or indirectly to the information contained here. The development of sight calling has been a long and complex process extending back at least to the 1960s. These systems reflect innumerable hours of pawn pushing, a great many discussions between callers, and more than 50 years of wonderful dancing.


Experimental Lesson Systems

Article Type Author Last Update Description

Summary

Barry Clasper 2018-03-22

This article summarizes several experimental approaches to teaching new dancers known to be in use at the time of writing. (Full text below)

All of these systems are aimed at the recruiting of new people into a system of progressive lessons from which they graduate as Modern Western Square Dancers capable of dancing some CALLERLAB square dance program (for example, Mainstream or Plus). This is in contrast to approaches aimed at entertaining non-dancers with no previous training for a single evening (for example, ABC, Community Dance, etc.) Material on those types of systems may be found here.

Some of these systems are simply revised teaching orders or innovative approaches to teaching a current program. Others are predicated on a revision of one or more current CALLERLAB program lists. Clearly, for those requiring changes to CALLERLAB programs universal adoption would require the appropriate committee approvals. Inclusion in this article does not imply such approvals are imminent or even likely.

Some of these initiatives are the result of CALLERLAB committee activity, others were created by CALLERLAB members independently of CALLERLAB, and still others were created by people with no CALLERLAB connection at all. Inclusion in this summary in no way implies that CALLERLAB officially endorses, recommends, or supports the system. This information is provided solely to acquaint you with known experimental systems.

In recent years a great deal of effort has been put into devising more effective teaching systems. These are primarily aimed at training new dancers more rapidly, and enabling multiple intakes of new dancers each year.

Following are some of the more prominent efforts:

Multi-Cycle

The term “multi-cycle” has been around for many years and has been applied to a variety of lesson systems. In general, the term implies that the teaching system in use permits new dancer intakes more than once a year. The term first evolved when adding a second intake in January was considered real progress. More recently, such systems aim to allow much more frequent intakes.

Click on the following link to see further knowledgebase articles on initiatives that could be considered “multi-cycle”: Multi-Cycle Articles

Condensed Teaching Order/Method

This system was devised by a CALLERLAB Ad Hoc Committee to include a condensed teach system of calls. The documentation includes the suggested calls to teach along with abbreviated definitions, teaching tips and other useful information. The strategy is to teach the most frequently used subset of Basic and MS calls first so that students can more quickly be integrated into an existing group already dancing MS.

Social Square Dance (SSD – formerly Sustainable Square Dance)

Social Square Dancing is the new name of the Sustainable Square Dance system championed by Jerry Story. It is based on Jerry’s experience in Iowa showing that teaching fewer calls more thoroughly, retaining new dancers in the entry level for a longer period, and exposing them to a broader range of call applications provides greater success.

Jerry’s design contains a number of parts, including a modified entry list that he calls Club Level 50 and a document that contains a detailed lesson plan containing sample choreography that illustrates both standard and extended applications. CALLERLAB created a Sustainable Square Dance Committee (now renamed the Social Square Dance Committee) charged with the task of creating this document. The committee completed its draft of the document in September of 2017 and it now has approval from the Board of Governors for formal publishing as a CALLERLAB document. Regardless of how well accepted the overall Social Square Dance initiative turns out to be, the SSD lesson plan document promises to be a valuable contribution to the activity.

At this point, even with the publishing of the lesson plan document, SSD still has the status of an Experimental Lesson System. Becoming a full CALLERLAB program such as Mainstream or Plus requires a vote of the full CALLERLAB membership, which, by design, is a lengthy process.

The NEST

The primary reason THE NEST system was developed was so prospective square dance students would no longer have to wait to take lessons. In other words, it was designed to encourage and facilitate the perpetual integration of new students into the classroom. Our goal has always been to create a learning environment so students could enroll anytime – thereby allowing us to recruit anytime – thus, enabling us to promote anytime. Never again having to tell folks they have to “wait ‘til September” or ????.

General Dance Program

This program was created by the Santa Clara Valley Square Dance Association (SCVSDA) as a means to integrate new dancers more quickly into their Plus community.

What is the General Dance Program?

GDP is three things:

  1. An easy and fun way to get more people square dancing
  2. A list of calls, about half the calls in the full program of Basic, Mainstream, and Plus
  3. A series of dances sponsored by SCVSDA using the GDP call list
Why should I come to GDP dances?

Because you want more square dancers. Learning the full Plus program takes a long time (particularly because most Plus clubs do at least some APD/DBD), and it’s clear from the declining size of the square dance community that this discourages many people from square dancing. It takes less than half the time to learn GDP, which gives us a chance to grow the community again.

Because you’ll have fun. The intent of GDP is “half the calls, ninety percent of the fun”. If you’re a Plus dancer who sometimes feels that Plus hoedowns are a bit too hard, you definitely want to come to a GDP dance.

What is missing from GDP?

For the most part, the missing calls are similar in function to other calls (e.g., Dive Thru), rarely used (e.g., Do Paso), or more complicated (e.g., Linear Cycle). GDP dances also use simpler choreography, avoiding APD/DBD and concentrating on “standard applications”.



Extended But Not Extreme – Plus

Article Type Event Date Presenter Links Description
Presentation CALLERLAB Convention 2015 Barry Clasper, John Marshall Extended But Not Extreme – Plus (Clasper Handout)

There are many calls for which we have well known “standard” applications, and we have even documented many of them in the Standard Applications documents. “Standard”, however, does not mean “easier” — it really means “more common”. There are many infrequently used applications that are not hard, they’re just infrequent. Because they’re infrequent, dancers bobble when they hear them, so we avoid them, so they stay infrequent: vicious circle. Some examples: Peel The Top from LH Cols; Cut/Flip The Diamond, Girls as Centers; Ping Pong Circulate with same-sexes in center wave. If you are interested in enriching your dancers’ experience with usages that are not hard, just infrequently used, this session is for you.