CALLERLAB Convention Audio Recording Index


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Year Title (Link) Description
1980 Advanced Creative 1980 CALLERLAB Convention, Americana Hotel, CREATIVE CHOREOGRAPHY – as affected by ATTITUDE and JUDGEMENT at the Advanced level with Ed Foote and Lee Kopman. There is a writeup elsewhere in this handout that presents some of the items to be discussed. This is the third in the series of ATTITUDE and JUDGEMENT as it affects choreography. This session will be taped and will be held in the BALLROOM.
1980 Business Taxes 1980 CALLERLAB Convention American Hotel
Business Taxes TAXES and RECORD KEEPING
Gregg Anderson. A special interest session that affects us all. Gregg presented this originally in St. Louis and is back by popular request. The meeting will include slides and script and will be taped. It will be held in the WESTHARD II & V meeting rooms on the Mezzanine level.
1980 Caller Training 1980 CALLERLAB Convention, Miami Beach, FL, EDUCATION (Caller Training Committee)
Jack Lasry. This session will deal with several kinds of education and perhaps a restructuring of the CALLERLAB organization. CALLER Training, Dancer Training as well as Caller Coach Training will all be addressed to some degree or other. This session will be taped
1980 Debate Complexity & Growth 1980 CALLERLAB Convention, Americana Hotel, Debate Complexity & Growth PROGRAMMING FOR SURVIVAL
Jim Mayo and Bill Peters. Jim and Bill will conduct a debate on the question whether the complexity in choreography is limiting the gowth potential of the activity. Jim will support the Pro side and Bill will support the Con side of this question.
1980 Festival Callers 1980 CALLERLAB Conv Miami Beach, FL
Festival Callers
Kip Garvey and Marshall Flippo. A discussion on some of the considerations in Festival calling. How to get started, what to do and what to avoid. Come and ask some of the foremost callers what they do and what they suggest.
1980 MC Duties 1980 CALLERLAB Conv Miami Beach, FL
DUTIES of an MC
Bob Van Antwerp, Al Brundage and Cal Golden. This Interest session is designed to familiarize you with some of the duties and responsibilities of being an MC at various type functions.
Come and learn what some successful callers have done over the years. Seek new research areas and ask questions.
1980 Monday Banquet Motivational Speaker Bjorn Secher 1980 CALLERLAB Convention Miami, FL
Monday Night Banquet – Motivational Bjorn Secher
Featured tonight will be BJORN SECHER, a specialist in Leadership and Motivation.
He will be addressing us during the banquet and after the banquet, he will conduct a workshop on Leadership for all of us in the BALLROOM
1980 Ms & QS Creative 1980 CALLERLAB Convention, Miami Beach, FL, Ms & QS Creative – CREATIVE CHOREOGRAPHY
at the Mainstream and Quarterly Selection levels as affected by Attitude and Judgement with Jack Lasry and Frank Lane. This session will be taped. For those of you who missed this last year, it was an outstanding session and we are putting this in the MAIN BALLROOM to handle the large attendance we expect.
1980 Partners Session 1 1980 CALLERLAB Convention, Miami Beach, FL
Callers’ Partners Session 1
Erna Egender, Chairman assisted by Kip Garvey, Ruthie Custer and Carole Manning. This session was a sellout for the past two years and will deal with a variety of topics. Kip Garvey will be making a special presentation on mic techniques for the partner. All of the panelists have years of experience and would welcome your attendance and input. The session will be held in the BALLROOM and we have provided for a continuation session if demand warrants it. This session will be taped.
1980 Partners Session 2 1980 CALLERLAB Convention, Miami Beach, FL
Callers’ Partner Session 2 (Continued)
Erna Egender, Ruthie Custer and Carole Manning. This is a continuation of the earlier session located in the BALLROOM. This session will be taped.
1980 Plus Creative 1980 CALLERLAB Convention, Miami Beach, FL, Plus Creative-CHOREOGRAPHY – ATTITUDE and JUDGEMENT
at the Plus levels with Jerry Schatzer and Bob Fisk. Since we presented this last year at the Mainstream level, there were many requests to have it for the Plus levels as well. Keep in mind, however, that our theme is the dominant force. It is the Attitude and Judgement that you display through the mike that affects the well being of the dancers. Come see how Jerry and Bob recommend this to be handled. Contribute your own thoughts as well. This meeting will be held in the BALLROOM. This session will be taped.
1980 STYLING (Session 1) 1980 CALLERLAB Convention, Miamai Beach, FL, STYLING Committee
Melton Luttrell Chairman. A continuation of the work begun last year and the first of three sessions this year to complete the Mainstream program. These sessions will all be taped.
CARIBBEAN SUITE on the Main lobby level near the main entrance.
1980 STYLING (Session 2) 1980 CALLERLAB Convention, Miamai Beach, FL, STYLING Committee
Melton Luttrell. A continuation of the first session. The session will be taped. Located in the CARIBBEAN SUITE on the Main Lobby level.
1980 STYLING (Session 3) 1980 CALLERLAB Convention, Miamai Beach, FL, STYLING COMMITTEE
Melton Luttrell in the CARIBBEAN room. This session is a continuation of the other two earlier sessions and will be taped.
1980 Teaching 1980 CALLERLAB Convention, Miami Beach, FL
Teaching
Ernie Kinney, Johnny LeClair and Colin Walton. This session will be taped and will be held in the FLORIDIAN room on the Lower Lobby level. Can we be more effective with our teaching? Can CALLERLAB lead the way in new techniques or provide research on how to improve? There will be opportunities for each of you to be heard on this important subject as well.
1981 FORMATIONS 1981 CALLELRAB Convention,Kansas City, The FORMATIONS Committee
Bill Davis as Chairman will meet in TRIANON A-B on the lower level.
This group developed the names for the first 53 formations currently in use and are looking at additional formations that can be created with standard calls. They will review the items passed on a one year trial basis last year and will again consider the single letter designation of the eXisting formations. If you have strong feelings one way or another for this aspect of choreography. please .attend this meeting and speak up.
1981 Business Taxes 1981 CALLERLAB Convention Kansas City, MO Business Taxes & Recording Keeping Rounding out this time segment is a special session on TAXES with Gregg Anderson. The session is set for the TRIANON A-B Room on the lower level and will feature a multi-media presentation by Gregg. He has conducted these before and they have ·been standing room only crowds. This session will be taped and is particularly important in view of the complexities of bookkeeping and records necessary to make accurate reports to Governmental agencies.
1981 Choreography Creative 1981 CALLERLAB Conv ention, Kansas City. MO, CREATIVE CHOREOGRAPHY
In the GRAND Ballroom during this H hour segment, we will have a session on CREATIVE CHOREOGRAPHY with Jerry Schatzer, Beryl Main,Mike Seastrom and Andy Cisna. This will include illustrations of choreography as well as discussions of theories. Limited dance demonstrations may also be shown. Here is a great opportunity for those of you interested in this aspect of the business to see some experts in action. This is an Interest Session and not a committee meeting. This session will be• taped.
1981 Choreography For Dancer Success 1981 CALLERLAB Convention, Kansas City, MO
Choreography For Dancer Success
The Grand Ballroom will hold the Interest Session Dancer Success on Choreography for Dancer Success. This session will be headed by Frank Lane and assisted by Jim Mayo, Dale McClary and Marshall Flippo. This will be taped. Both theiretical discussions as well as practical examples will be shown during this segment of the program. Come and observe some leaders in the field so you can see how they handle it.
1981 CONTINUING EDUCATION 1981 CALLERLAB Convention, Kansas City, MO, The CONTINUING EDUCATION Committee
Bill Peters as chairman ,Will meet in TRIANON C-D . This session will be taped. Bill’s committee deals with on-going education for callers, such as callers’ schools, clinics and operates under the overall EDUCATION & TRAINING Committee headed by Jack Lasry. There are many areas in which this time can be productively utilized by those members who are interested in working on an important committee.
1981 Contra 1981 CALLERLAB Convention, Kansas City, MO
A CONTRA Interest Session has been scheduled for the COLONIAL Ballroom right after the banquet. Depending on the total number of CALLERLAB members who attend, we may have to wait a few minutes before we can start this session to allow the hotel to clear the room. This session will be taped and will include dance demonstrations and practice. Leif Hetland heads up this group and has many able assistants to help show the “How To” of Contras.
1981 Monday Banquet 1981 CALLERLAB Convention Kansas City, MO
Monday Night Banquet
Doors open for the Banquet at 6:40 PM.
We will have selected Board Members greet you before you enter the IMPERIAL Ballroom. We would ask that you fill in the tables completely rather than save seats for friends. This will facilitate better service to you. Your name badge is required if you expect to eat since the hotel staff has been instructed not to serve anyone not wearing a badge. There will be a blessing prior to our eating. The Head Table will all enter together just before we start. Some special awards will be presented this evening and a photographer will be taking candid shots. There will be one Reserved Table for selected members of the Board not at the Head Table.
1981 Music Interest Session 1981 CALLERLAB Convention Kansas City,MO
Music Interest Session
A MUSIC Interest Session will be featured in the Colonial Ball room headed up by a talented staff of Curley Custer, Carl Anderson and Johnnie Wykoff. Since music is the basis of all that we do in square dancing, it is appropriate that this session be held. This will be a multi-media presentation as well as demonstrations of various techniques. This session will also be taped in case you cannot physically attend.
1981 Partners Less Than 10 Years 1981 CALLERLAB Convention, Kansas City, MO
CALLER’S PARTNER PART II(less than 10 years experience)
CALLERS’ PARTNER for those whose partners have less than 10 years experience will meet with Shirley Jones chairing the session and assisted by Jo Ann Mayo and Ann McMillan. This session will be taped and is designed to help the special concerns of 12 partners whose callers have less than 10 years experience. This will be a “How to” session by some very talented panelists with many years experience.
1981 Partners More Than 10 Years 1981 CALLERLAB Convention, Kansas City, MO
Partners More Than 10 Years
CALLER’S PARTNER PART III(more than 10 years experience)
CALLERS’ PARTNER for those whose partners have more than 10 years experience will meet with Marjorie LeClair will chair this session and will be assisted by Sharon Golden, Ruth Moody and June Cisna. This session will be taped and is designed to help with concerns that are special to partners of callers with greater than 10 years calling experience.
1981 Partners Session 1981 CALLERLAB Convention, Kansas City, MO
Partners Session, CALLER’S PARTNER PART I
The CALLERS’ PARTNER will hold the attention of all of the partners of those attending the convention this year. The ROYAL Hall will handle this group and it will be chaired by Marjorie LeClair and assisted by Shirley Jones, Sharon Golden and Ann McMillan. This session will be taped and is designed for all partners. The following sessions are designed for the partners based upon the experience level of their partners at a divider of under 10 years and over 10 years experience.
1981 Sight Calling 1981 CALLERLAB Convention, Kansas City, MO, SIGHT CALLING
Rounding out the morning sessions will be an Interest Session on SIGHT CALLING. Bill Peters heads up thi s group and will be ass i sted by panelists Dave Kenney and Gary Shoemake. This session will be held in the COLONIAL Ballroom and will be taped. A short history of Sight Calling will be reviewed as well as an up-date on the current trends of this aspect of our profession. All three of these panelists are eminently qualified to address this subject. Questions from the floor will be encouraged.
1981 Styling Session 1981 CALLERLAB Convention, Kansas City, MO
Styling
A STYLING INTEREST Session will start the morning in the GRAND Ballroom. This session will be headed by Melton Luttrell and assisted by Jerry Haag and Cal Campbell. It will include discussions and examples of how to teach styling in your classes and clubs. Dancing examples will illustrate some proper techniques that can be used by all callers. This session will be taped.
1981 Teaching 1981 CALLERLAB Convention, Kansas City, MO
Teaching
After the Banquet, we have scheduled five sessions dealing with popular topics. The important subject of TEACHING will be discussed in TRIANON ABCD with Ernie Kinney, Jack Lasry and Birdie Mesick. This session will be taped. This Interest session will deal with formal presentations by the panelists as well as permit questions from the floor. If you have a particular problem in teaching, ask one of the panelists or get opinions from others who may have experienced similar situations
1981 Timing Interest Session 1981 CALLERLAB Convention, Kansas City, MO
Timing Interest Session
Dick Leger, Nate Bliss, and Don Beck will meet in TRIANON C-D. This session is designed to show ways in which timing can be effectively utilized by callers as an aid to their teaching of classes. Itis not designed to review or discuss the Timing lists developed by the committee.
1981 Voice Interest Session I 1981 CALLERLAB Convention, Kansas City, MO
VOICE INTEREST SESSION PART I
This year we have a special guest V0ICE instructor by the name of Arden Hopkin. He is a Professor of Voice at Texas Christian University (TCU). Arden has conducted caller clinics in the North Texas area for various caller associations and does an excellent job. Since, as callers, our voice is our most valued possession, we felt it a great opportunity to bring in an outside expert to share his knowledge with us. Arden will be conducting three sessions for us. This first one is designed to discuss the theoretical aspects of the uses of the voice. During the other sessions he will be asking for volunteers to use the mic and he will offer critiques. This session will be taped.
1981 Voice Session III 1981 CALLERLAB Convention, Kansas City, MO
VOICE INTEREST SESSION PART III
VOICE Continued with Arden Hopkin The third and final session with our guest professor from TCU. This session will also feature volunteer callers who desire to be critiqued on the use of their voices, breathing techniques and other voice techniques. This session will also be taped to provide continued help in this area after the convention terminates and you go back to your home clubs.
1982 VARIETY 1982 CALLERALB Convention, Reno, NV, VARIETY – THE MYTH OF NOT ENOUGH TIME
This interesting panel will be held in the CAPITOL 2 Room with Mike Seastrom as the chainnan along with Chuck Stinchcomb of Maryland and Bronc Wise of California assisting. We often hear the plaintive cry that we can’t teach the dancers because we don’t have enough time. This panel is geared to show ways in which this can be handled. The session will be taped. This topic may include the use of Rounds and Mixers as well as Contras during the class period as a means of increasing the learning experience for the dancers. It may also include the use of variations in fonnations as well as positions in ,order to learn a basic from more than a single position. If you would like to attend ,this session, we ask that you do so with an open mind and offer questions and suggestions based on your experiences.
1982 Caller Cooperation
1982 Class To Club Transition 1982 CALLERLAB Convention, Reno, NV
CLASS TO CLUB TRANSITION
This panel will be chaired by Martin Mallard and he will be assisted by Dick Houlton and Bob Johnson from California, George Smith from Colorado and Fred Willings from Victoria, Canada. This session will include discussion on how the transition can and should be handled to reduce the drop-out rate of new dancers. Successful projects will be discussed as well as some suggestions on other techniques to be tried. This will also suggest that this’ is not a stand-alone type discusslon but relates to earlier sessions such as Caller Cooperation, Proper Teaching Techniques and Understanding Definitions. How is it working in your area? Do you have solutions that others could benefit from hearing? Attend this session and share your views. This topic will be held in CAPITOL 1. The session will be taped.
1982 Eliminating Bad Habits 1982 CALLERLAB Convention, Reno, NV
Eliminating Bad Habits
Jon Jones chairs this fun-type session and he will be assisted by Melton Luttrell from Texas and Harold Fleeman from California. Such things as Styling, how and when to teach it, festival experiences and how bad habits can affect them and what to do at closed weekends, etc., are among the many facets that could be discussed here. This session will be taped and held in CAPITOL 4. Do your dancers dance with some annoying habits? Have you tried (successfully or unsuccessfully) to change their habits? Share your ideas with the panel and attendees. Where do you draw the line on leadership versus dictatorship? How can you make changes without offending? .. Are you doing everything right? (IF SO, PLEASE ATTEND AND TELL US HOW.)
1982 How To Retain After Class 1982 CALLERLAB Convention, Reno, NV
HOW TO RETAIN AFTER CLASS
This topic is one which plagues all of us and will be chaired by Jim Mayo. He will be assisted by Gary Shoemake from Texas and Bob Wilson from Illinois. The questions that this topic raises are many and varied. The answers are not always simple. A philosophical as well as practical approach will be included in the discussion. Leadership, Judgment, Timing, Smoothness, Body Flow and many other aspects all affect the drop-out rate. What is your track record? Do you lose more dancers than you think reasonable? If you don’t lose any, please attend and share your secrets with the others. This session will be in the CENTURY-BIJOU Rooms. It will also be taped.
1982 How To Retain In Class 1982 CALLERLAB Convention, Reno, NV
HOW TO RETAIN IN CLASS
This topic will be presented in the CENTURY/BIJOU Rooms with John Saunders as the chairman, assisted by Bud Taylor from Nevada and Ed Mayall from Massachusetts. They will discuss what has worked in various areas and what has failed. Remember, no one has ever dropped out of class because they were having too much fun. Too serious? Too pontifical? Too much talk and not enough dance? Why are some callers more successful than others in recruiting and retaining members in class? These and other questions may be addressed by this panel and questioners from the floor. The session will be taped.
1982 Keeping Fun In Class 1982 CALLERLAB Convention, Reno. NV
Keeping Fun In Class
Chairman Bill Peters will be assisted by Jerry Haag from Texas. Have you ever heard of anyone dropping out of class because they were having too much fun? This topic will address ways to keep your dancers by showing how to keep fun in the classes. Discussion from the floor will be encouraged.
1982 Keeping MS Interesting 1982 CALLERLAB Convention, Reno, NV KEEPING MAINSTREAM INTERESTING
This interesting subject will be chaired by Elmer Sheffield, Jr., and he will be assisted by Jerry Jestin from Texas and Jim Chomondeley from Mi ssouri . The meetingwill be held in CAPITOL 2 and will be taped. There are so many variables and possibilities to this that you have to attend in order to find out just which they will be concentrating on. This subject, like the others, is not a stand-alone topic that can operate without many other facets of the calling profession coming into play. How do you handle this in your clubs? Can you share your ideas with others? Attend and learn how others handle it and discuss ways and means by which you could improve.
1982 Marketing – Promotion 1982 CALLERLAB Conv Reno, NV
Marketing – Promotion
This session will deal with various ways you can promote your classes and groups. The moderator for this session on is Osa Mathews and her panelists will include Stan Burdick from Ohio and Chuck Goodman from Louisiana. We urge you to get actively involved with the discussion after the presentations are over to share with the others what experiences you have had. Tell us what worked and what didn’t, etc. This is a golden opportunity to share a common problem we face – how to recruit for the class. Make it a learning experience for you.
1982 Music During Class 1982 CALLERLAB Convention, Reno, NV
Music During Class
The time period During Class is full of many important subjects. Perhaps, one of the most important is the subject of MUSIC – how it relates to the moods of the dancers and how you can use it for programming more to our advantage. ” This panel is chaired by Darryl McMillan, assisted by Daryl Clendenin of Washington and Pat Barbour of Texas. The session is scheduled and will be ,taped. Rhythms, tempos, pitch, melody, harmony and everything else you always wanted to know about music will be addressed. This session is not designed to answer questions about recording even though the panelists are all record producers in, their own rights. Phrasing will be discussed and some of the pitfalls of misuse will be pointed out.
1982 One Night Stands First Nighters 1982 CALLERLAB Convention, Reno NV,
FIRST NIGHTERS and ONE NIGHT STANDS
The final topic for this time period will be a discussion on First Nighters and One Night Stands by four well-qualified panelists. Jack Murtha will chair the session; he will be assisted by Earl Johnson from California, Pete Skiffins from England who earns his living primarily from this type of program and Paul Hartman from Maryland. With four panelists and only It hours, we will barely touch the “tip of the iceberg”. This will be taped and is scheduled for the STRAND-TIVOLI rooms. Demonstrations as well as theory will be presented.
1982 Partners Role After Class 1982 CALLERLAB Convention, Reno, NV
PARTNERS ROLE AFTER CLASS
This session dealing with the role of the partners After Class will be chaired by Gail Seastrom and assisted by Lilith Kopman of New York, Yvonne Clendenin of Oregon, and Erna Egender of Colorado. The cards that were provided for questions dealing with this time segment should be turned in to facilitate the answers you seek. If you do not wish to speak up in person, submit your questions to the panel for discussion and answers.
1982 Partners Role Before Class 1982 CALLERLAB Convention, Reno, NV
Partners Role Before Class
The moderator and panelists for this event include: Jeanne Briscoe, Chairman, with Becky Osgood, California, Mary Harris, Connecticut, and Babs Grymes, Texas. To facititate questions from the floor, we have provided a postcard type card for you to state the questions you would like to have addressed from the platform. We felt that this might offer a better way since so many of you have indicated that you would feel awkward speaking before such a large group. Please complete your cards and turn them in to one of the three! boxes marked. PARTNERS BEFORE, PARTNERS DURING and PARTNERS AFTER. , Also, we would ask that you let the Executive Committee know if you like this idea or not.
1982 Partners Role In Class 1982 CALLERLAB Convention, Reno, NV
Partners Role In Class
Jo Ann Mayo as the chairman; other panelists include Sherry Haag from Texas, Ann McMillan of Florida and Clarice Cross of North Dakota. Again, we urge you to fill out the small cards contained in your packets if you have questions pertaining to the role of the partners during class. Turn them into the boxes marked for that time segment. This session will be taped. It is designed as a session for exchange of ideas so please get involved and ask your questions or present your views.
1982 Self Evaluation 1982 CALLERLAB Convention, Reno, NV,
Self Evaluation
While this is a philosophical session, it is still vitally important. It raises the question – how do we evaluate ourselves and our programs to insure that what we are doing is best for the activity. The chairman of the session is Bob Van Antwerp and he will be assisted by Ted Nation of California and Johnny LeClair of Arizona.
1982 Teaching – Motivation 1982 CALLERLAB Convention, Reno, NV
Motivation of Dancers and Callers
This topic will be presented in the STRAND/TIVOLI Rooms with Bob Osgood as chairman with Cal Golden from Arkansas assisting. The important subject will deal with a philosophical approach to teaching and classes. It will address the problems from an attitudinal approach and not necessarily from the figures and terms approach. The session will be taped. This, too, could be a reason why people stay or drop out of classes – the attitude of the caller and his approach to class. Floor discussion will be encouraged.
1982 Teaching Techniques 1982 CALLERLAB Convention, Reno, NV
Demonstration of Teaching Techniques
This session will be held in CAPITOL 3 and will be chaired by Colin Walton and assisted by Ernie Kinney of California and Dick Leger from Rhode Is 1 and. The session will be taped. When we think of techniques we think of the many things involved but this topic is one in which we might ask some additional questions. How effective is my teaching? How could I improve my techniques? Are there other methods that might work better? Of course, there are many more. Attend this session and find some new ways in which to be more effective in our own teaching. This will be a multi-media presentation. Handouts will be included.
1982 Truth In Advertising 1982 CALLERLAB Conv Reno, NV
TRUTH IN ADVERTISING
This will be a topic about how we advertise our classes. This session will be held in CAPITOL 2 and will be taped. The topic is one which is sometimes delicate – how do you tell people that they will be committing themselves to a, year-long program of instruction? Is there another way? The moderator will be Ken Oburn with panelists Jim Lee from Canada and Betsy Gotta from New Jersey.
The same philosophies should probably bleed over into regular club advertising so it should be ,a lively discussion by all participants. Again, WE! urge you to get actively involved with the discussions.
1982 Understanding Definitions 1982 CALLERLAB Conv Understanding Definitions
UNDERSTANDING DEFINITIONS
Bob Fisk will chair this session and will be assisted by Tom Miller from Pennsylvania and Dick Siebenforcher from New Mexico. Are we, as callers, as effective in our teaching as we could be?
If we understood our definitions better, could we be more effective? Have we researched all avenues of reference to insure that what we are saying and teaching is correct?
This outstanding panel will address these and other aspects of this important topic. The session will be taped and is scheduled for CAPITOL 4.
1982 Voice Session 3 1982 CALLERLAB Convention, Reno, NV
Voice Session 3
The third session by Arden Hopkin will be held in the BROADWAY BALLROOM and will be taped. Arden will be seeking volunteers to illustrate selected points of voice coaching. If you are interested, please sign up with the moderator. He generally has the caller do the opener of a singing call. Arden will then make some general comments and offer a suggestion or two on how the delivery could be improved. He then will have the caller repeat the same portion of the call. We would suggest that if you were critiqued last year, you allow others to benefit from the experience. This will be another fun session in which you will see a pro at work. Arden and his wife, Lorraine, will be performing for us during the noon meal.
1983 a 1983 CALLERLAB Convention, Philadelphia, PA
Contra Program
Bob Osgood, Art Seele, Bill Johnston and Lannie McQuaide, will present information on Contra Program.
1983 Challenge Program 1983 CALLERLAB Convention, Philadelphia, PA
Challenge Program
Ed Foote, Dave Stevens and Tom Mohney, will present information on Challenge Program.
1983 Mainstream 1983 CALLERLAB Convention, Philadelphia, PA,
Mainstream
Martin Mallard, Elmer Sheffield, Mike Seastrom and Al Stevens.
1983 Music 1983 CALLERLAB Convention, Philadelphia, PA
Music
Don Williamson Moderator, Dr Carl Anderson, Wade Driver, panelist.
Discussion will be about Definition of Music, Programming with Music, Recording techniques for Music,
Convention DIRECTION is not available for description.
1983 New & Innovative Ideas 1983 CALLERLAB Convention, Philadelphia, PA
New & Innovative Ideas
Bob Van Antwerp Moderator, Gloria Roth, Kip Garvey, Clark Baker, Don Williamson and Decko Deck panelist, Discussion will be on topics such as Teaching Square Dance Classes, Use of Micro Computers, Money Management, How Computer relate to Square Dancing, Retaining Dancers, Year Round Recruitment of Dancers, Let’s get back to the heart of dancing,
Convention DIRECTION is not available for description.
1983 One Night Stands 1983 CALLERLAB Convention, Philadelphia, PA
One Night Stands
Orphie Easson, Melton Luttrell, Bob Howell
1983 Programming 1983 CALLERLAB Convention, Philadelphia, PA
Programming
Jerry Haag, Harold Bausch, Don Beck, and Wade Driver, will present information on programming lessons and dances.
1983 Programs Advanced Session 1 1983 CALLERLAB Convention, Philadelphia, PA
Advanced Session 1
Lee Kopman, Jim Mayo and Dave Taylor will present introduction to Advanced Dancing.
1983 Programs-Advanced Session 2 1983 CALLERLAB Convention, Philadelphia, PA
Advanced Session 2
Kip Garvey, Red Bates, Mike Callahan & Bob Comyn will present introduction to Advanced Dancing.
1983 Rounds 1983 CALLERLAB Convention, Philadelphia, PA
Rounds
Al Brundage, Herb Egender and Bob Frye.
1983 Teaching – Dance By Definition 1983 CALLERLAB Convention, Philadelphia, PA
Teaching – Dance By Definition
A copy of the 1983 Convention DIRECTION is not available. Therefore, a description of this audio is not available.
Ernie Kinney, Frank Lane, Ralph Trout, Buddy Allison
1983 Teaching By Definition Monday PM 1983 CALLERLAB Convention, Philadelphia, PA
Teaching By Definition Monday PM
A copy of the 1983 Convention DIRECTION is not available. Therefore, a description of this audio is not available.
Ernie Kinney and Frank Lane
1983 Teaching By Definition Tuesday AM 1983 CALLERLAB Convention, Philadelphia, PA
Teaching By Definition Tuesday AM
A copy of the 1983 Convention DIRECTION is not available. Therefore, a description of this audio is not available.
Ernie Kinney and Frank Lane
1983 Traditional 1983 CALLERLAB Convention, Philadelphia, PA
Traditional
Al Brundage, Jerry Helt, Dick Leger, Stew Shacklette
1984 Bussiness Side of Calling 1984 CALLERLAB Convention Chicago, IL Business Side of Calling
Moderator is Bill Peters assisted by Ted Frye (Square Tunes Records) and Francis Zeller (Zeller Enterprises). A look at how we operate as entrepeneurs in our business relations with other callers, clubs and in our financial dealing with others. This meeting will be held in AIR FRANCE. This session will be taped.
1984 Caller Training Committee (Session 1) 1984 CALLERLAB Convention, Chicago, IL, Caller Training Committee (Session 1)
Bill Peters, Chairman. This session is open to all Caller-Coaches, as well as those who are actively engaged in the training of other callers. Previous correspondence has been sent out encouraging each Callers’ Association to send a representative. A proposed Callers School Curriculum will be used as the starting point for discussion. It is hoped that we can resolve the wording and content to the satisfaction of
all who are present and get it to the membership for a vote. This is scheduled to start at 1: 30 PM but we have allocated two additional time slots to complete this important work. Sessions will be in AIR CANADA
1984 Caller Training Committee (Session 2) 1984 CALLERLAB Convention, Chicago, IL, Caller Training Committee (Session 2)
Bill Peters, Chairman. A continuation of the previous session in AIR CANADA.
1984 Caller Training Committee (Session 3) 1984 CALLERLAB Convention, Chicago, IL, Caller Training Committee (Session 3)
Bill Peters, Chairman. A continuation of the previous session in AIR CANADA.
1984 Communications Methods 1984 CALLERLAB Convention, Chicago, IL, Methods Jim Mayo is moderator assisted by Ernie Kinney and Jack Murtha. This meeting will be held in the ROSEMONT Ballroom sections CD.
This subject is designed to illustrate some of the key ingredients of our communications skills in teaching people how to dance and/or call. Communications is frequently overlooked and learning
does not necessarily occur just because we said something. Various methods will be shown and discussed by this panel. The session will be repeated again at 1: 30 PM for those whose last names begin with A – K. This session will be taped.
1984 Computers 1984 CALLERLAB Convention, Chicago, IL, Computers
Clark Baker moderator assisted by Pat Grymes. This subject drew a great deal of interest last year and we decided to repeat it again this year but in an expanded fashion. Clark has a handout and it is hoped that there will be a free interchange of ideas among those of you who are currently using computers somewhere in your calling. (CAUTION: Computers can become addictive – see cartoon to the right.) Session will be held in BOAC and will be taped.
1984 Leadership 1984 CALLERLAB Conv Chicago, IL
LEADERSHIP INTEREST SESSION
Stan Burdick moderator assisted by Norm Cross and Mike Seastrom. An analysis of leadership and how it relates to our jobs as callers. Dancers do not survive by choreography alone.
Find out how and why leadership makes the difference.
1984 Mainstream As A Foundation 1984 CALLERLAB Convention, Chicago, IL
Developing Mainstream As Foundation
Dave Taylor as moderator assisted by Bob Hester and Eddie Mayall. This session will deal with methods by which we can make mainstream a viable program in both our teaching and calling. Let the dancers enjoy mainstream so that when they get the inclination, they can then move into Plus programs with a minimum of difficulty. Session will be in SAS and will be taped.
1984 Music 1984 CALLERLAB Convention, Chicago, IL
Music
With Jerry Schatzer as moderator assisted by Jack Berg, Wade Driver and Dan Nordbye. This topic provides the basic tools we all work with – music. Jerry and his panel will show you how to improve your teaching with an understanding of music and how to enhance the learning experience by the proper selection and use of music. Various illustrations of selected type music will be used to bring out key points.
1984 Recreational Reinforcement 1984 CALLERLAB Convention, Chicago, IL,
Recreational Reinforcement
Jon Jones moderator assisted by Don Hanhurst and Jack Lasry. An will attend this session. The exhibit area will not be open at this time.
1984 Styling 1984 CALLERLAB Convention , Chicago, IL
Styling
Lois Wolfson as moderator assisted by Bob Comyn and Cris Crisler. This session will deal with how we introduce proper styling in our classes and the importance styling plays in dancer longevity. Some pitfalls to avoid as well as trouble spots will be emphasized by the panelists. As callers, our job is to teach correctly with proper definition and styling. Leadership is doing — not just talking about it.
1984 Teaching – Methods of Communication 1984 CALLERLAB Convention, Chicago, IL
Methods Of Communications
Jim Mayo is moderator assisted by Ernie Kinney and Jack Murtha. This meeting will be held in the ROSEMONT Ballroom sections CD. This subject is designed to illustrate some of the key ingredients of our communications skills in teaching people how to dance and/or call. Communications is frequently overlooked and learning does not necessarily occur just because we said something. Various methods will be shown and discussed by this panel. The session will be repeated again at 1: 30 PM for those whose last names begin with A – K. This session will be taped. AM Session
1984 Timing Interest Session 1984 CALLERLAB Convention, Chicago, IL
Timing Interest Session
Bob Bennett is moderator assisted by Don Beck and Mike Degmetich. This session will deal with methods by which you teach dancers to move to music and to dance to the music. It will use the approved timing list as the base and show how to go from there. Time permitting, it may also deal with the other aspect of timing, that is the delivery of the call to enable the dance to progress smoothly and effortlessly from one call to the next.
1984 Understanding Definitions (AM Session) 1984 CALLERLAB Conv Understanding Definitions (AM Session)
Understanding Definitions
Frank Lane moderator assisted by Jerry Haag and Don Beck. This meeting will be held in the ROSEMONT Ballroom. This subject Is designed to use a few specific fIgures-and make sure that we all understand what it is that we have to work with. Perhaps a few illustrative examples of some good and some bad uses as well as emphasis on correct teaching, styling and timing.
1984 Understanding Definitions (PM Session) 1984 CALLERLAB Conv Understanding Definitions (PM Session)
Understanding Definitions
Frank Lane moderator assisted by Jerry Haag and Don Beck.
This subject Is designed to use a few specific figures and make sure that we all understand what it is that we have to work with. Perhaps a few illustrative examples of some good and some bad uses as well as emphasis on correct teaching, styling and timing.
1985 Choreography Challenge 1985 CALLERLAB Convention, Phoenix, AZ, CHOREOGRAPHY CHALLENGE
Clark Baker & John Sybalsky The final choreographic session will deal with the Challenge Dance Program and will be taped.
1985 Caller Training 1985 CALLERLAB Convention, Phoenix, Az, Caller Training Committee
Bill Peters Joint with Caller-Coach Committee – Jon Jones
This session will deal with the committee work and recommendation for the Education Grant Program and the entire Caller-Coach Program. If you regularly work with the training of new callers or teach clinics and schools for experienced callers, please attend this session and get involved. Last year, in Chicago, this session was well attended and suggestions were made. This year, we expect to present the recommendations to the membership. If you are willing to work and help generate specific lesson plans for teaching callers and you have the experience
1985 Choreography Advanced 1985 CALLERLAB Convention, Phoenix, AZ Choreography Advanced
Anne Redden Uebelacker, & Dave Kenney
Completing the choreographic session for this early hour will be the session on the Advanced Program with the three callers listed above. This session will also be taped in the event that you want to attend more than one choreographic session.
1985 CHOREOGRAPHY PLUS 1985 CALLERLAB Convention, Phoenix, AZ CHOREOGRAPHY PLUS
Tony Oxendine, Bob Smith. Similar to the preceding two sessions but dealing with all calls and figures on the Mainstream and Plus Programs. As with all sessions during the Phoenix convention, the emphasis is on the music and its effect on the various programs we call and dance. The leaders include three fine callers and will be taped.
1985 General Stress 1985 CALLERLAB Convention, Phoenix, AZ.
Stress General – Partners Session
The third and final formal session by Dr & Mrs Jerry Downing dealing with STRESS. This session is geared to stress in general and will cover the remaining portions of the handout. The session will be taped and Jerry and Jean Downing have indicated a willingness to spend time in the partners’ room after they complete their formal presentations.
1985 Less Than Basic 1985 CALLERLAB Convention, Phoenix, AZ, CHOREOGRAPHY Less Than Basic
Bob Howell & Ken Kernen. Bob and Ken have a wealth of material to discuss and show you how to have a good time with less than the BASIC Program. It takes hard work on the part of the caller but the rewards of your efforts are well worth the time. The mechanics of conducting party night,One Night Stands, and dances for non-dancers will all be discussed.
1985 Mainstream 1985 CALLERLAB Convention, Phoenix, AZ, CHOREOGRAPHY MAINSTREAM
Mike Sikorsky, & Larry Letson. Similar to the above (Choreography – (Less than basic) but the emphasis is on those calls and figures included in the Mainstream Program. The leaders for this session include Gene Trimmer, Larry Letson and Mike Sikorsky. This session will also be taped.
1985 Orientation Session 1985 CALLERLAB Convention, Phoenix, AZ
Orientation Session
This session is planned to aid the first time attendees as well as those who haven’t been in attendance for a couple of years. All are welcome to attend. Selected members will be presenting various bits of information in a sequence organized by Bob Osgood. These members include: Johnny LeClair, Jack Murtha, Ken Kernen, Erna Egender and Herb Egender.
1985 Partners Stress For Partners 1985 CALLERLAB Convention, Phoenix, AZ
Partners Session – Stress For Partners
This second session on STRESS will address the specific considerations for partners of callers. The role of the partner, the importance of sharing and other special concerns will be included. This session will be taped and time wiII be set aside for questions. This session will be have Dr. Jerry Downing and Jean Downing leading the discussion.
1985 Programming Thru Music 1985 CALLERLAB Convention, Phoenix, AZ
Programming Thru Music
Jerry Haag & Don Williamson Our theme this year is MUSIC – OUR GREATEST ALLY and this topic ties into that very closely. This session will be taped and will discuss various techniques available to the caller to aid in programming the dances by variety in music. The staff for this important subject include some outstanding talents well qualified to talk about this technique.
1985 Self Improvement Techniques 1985 CALLERLAB Convention, Phoenix, AZ
Self Improvement Techniques
Mike Seastrom, Decko Deck, Wade Driver & Johnny LeClair
This interest session deals with the critical subject of Self-Improvement and is chaired by Mike Seastrom with assistance from Decko Deck and Johnny LeClair. Each of us should review our own performances and determine how we can best improve by capitalizing on our strengths and overcoming our weaknesses. This session will be taped and will include time for questions.
1985 Showmanship Duties Of MC 1985 CALLERLAB Convention, Phoenix, AZ
Duties of Master of Ceremonies & Showmanship
Cal Golden, Mike Degmetich, Frank Lane & Wayne McDonald
This final Interest session deals with the aspect of being an MC and the various elements of showmanship that enhance your overall performance. The session will be taped and will include four experienced callers who have demonstrated the desirable characteristics.
1985 Sight Resolution 1985 CALLERLAB Convention. Phoenix, AZ, Sight Resolution
Whitey Aamot & Art Springer
This session is billed as the ABC’s of Sight Calling and will tie in with our major theme of MUSIC – OUR GREATEST ALLY. It is not designed to show you how complex you can get but rather how to learn the fundamentals of sight calling while keeping the dancers dancing. It is designed to show you several different techniques available to each of you regardless of how experienced you may already be in sight calling. The session will be taped. It is staffed by three experienced callers.
1985 Stress – Performance Anxiety 1985 CALLERLAB Convention, Phoenix, AZ.
Stress – Performance Anxiety
This is the first of three sessions dealing with the subject of STRESS. Stress is a part of our daily lives and is especially critical to people who are center stage during all or part of their working hours. Dr & Mrs Downing have excellent credentials and are well aware of the specific needs of callers and their partners. This first subject is tailored to address the stress situations associated with the performing arts. This session will be taped by Convention Tapes International. The tapes will be available individually, in sets or some combinations of your choice and delivery will be prior to your departure from Phoenix.
1985 Techniques In The Use Of Music 1985 CALLERLAB Convention, Phoenix, AZ
Techniques In The Use Of Music
Daryl Clendenin, Dick Leger, & Max Forsyth
This session, dealing with various techniques of how to use music will be taped. It is chaired by one of our recording artists who is a member of the Board and he is assisted by well-qualified speakers on this important subject. When you consider the other aspects of Voice, Programming and Self-Improvement, this becomes the tie-in for all of them. Time will be set aside for questions.
1985 Voice Interest Session 1985 CALLERLAB Convention, Phoenix, AZ
Voice Interest Session
This session will deal with your most valuable possession – your voice. It is chaired by Jim Mayo who has written a book about this subject and will discuss the care and feeding of your voice to protect what you have. It will address some techniques on how to use your voice effectively as well as answer your questions about specific concerns. The session will be taped and tapes will be available during the convention prior to your departure.
This session will discuss the use of our voice.
1986 Choreography Challenge 1986 CALLERLAB Convention, Baltimore. MD, CHOREO CHALLENGE
Moderator – Mike Jacobs, Ed Foote. The fourth session in the convention center at this hour includes uses and combinations of material found on the Challenge Program lists. Since our theme is PROGRAMMING for PLEASURE, it is sure to include how and what we call at this dance program. The session will be taped.
1986 Recruiting 1986 CALLERLAB Convention, Baltimore, MD
Recruiting
Moderator – Darryl McMillan with Glenn Matthew and Buck Fish.
A look at various ideas that have been tried by callers in several areas of the country. The three panelists will give you some ideas and also advise you of some pitfalls to avoid. A microphone has been set up to enable you to ask questions of the panelists or provide.
1986 25 Week Programs 1986 CALLERLAB Convention, Baltimore, MD.
25 Weeks Learn To Dance Program
Moderator – Jack Lasry, with panelists Jim Hayes, Bob Johnston, & Gary Shoemake. We’ have all heard rumblings about the need to shorten the “Learning Cycle”. This panel will deal with the pros and cons of a need for change or just an attitudinal change on the part of the callers and the class sponsors. The panel covers large metropolitan areas, retirement areas, vacation and rural area considerations. Can we have a standard system for use everywhere?
1986 Choreography Advanced 1986 CALLERLAB Convention Baltimore, MD
Choreography Advanced Moderator – Art Springer, Bronc Wise. The choreographic content of this session will include calls and figures from the Advanced Program. As above, an opportunity to discuss and analyze flow, body mechanics and danceability of various combinations of material used in today’s calling. This session will be taped.
1986 Choreography Contra 1986 CALLERLAB Convention, Baltimore, MD, Choreography Contra
Moderator – Bob Osgood. Plans are underway to show you how to incorporate contras into your teaching program as a means of getting people to dance to music and use the flow for pure pleasure. Several other callers are. scheduled to prompt and show how they use contras to round out the program.
1986 Choreography Plus 1986 CALLERLAB Convention, Baltimore, MD Choreography Plus
Moderator – Eddie Mayall, Gloria Roth. Similar in format to the choreographic session above (Mainstream) except that the calls will include the figures and terms from the Plus Program. An analysis of the body mechanics and flow of various calls will be discussed. This session will be taped.
(Also includes presentation of Kaleidescope squares choreography).
1986 Drop Outs 1986 CALLERLAB Convention, Baltimore, MD
Drop Outs
Moderator – Bob Van Antwerp, with panelists Martin Mallard, Bob Poyner. A session designed to focus on a serious concern within the activity today. Since we invest so much time and effort in the recruiting and training’ of the new dancers, how can we do better in retaining them after they complete their initial learning’ period? A wide open discussion that should generate lots of ideas.
1986 Entertaining Dancers 1986 CALLERLAB Convention, Baltimore, MD
Entertaining The Dancers
Moderator – Jon Jones, Darryl McMillan & Wade Driver. “Programming for Pleasure” clearly reflects the entertainment value of the caller as it relates to the dancers’ pleasure. Certainly this panel reflects talented and experienced callers who can and have been entertaining the dancers for a long period of time. This session will be taped and is sure to be enjoyable for all who attend.
1986 Indoctrination 1986 CALLERLAB Conv Baltimore, MD
Indoctrination
Moderator – Dave Taylor with Dick Leger, Cris Crisler, Herb Egender & Marshall Flippo. This session is designed to familiarize all of our, first time attendees and apprentices with information on CALLERLAB – how, we got where we are. how we dance and several other important aspects of the calling profession. While this is-not designed primarily as a caller training session there will undoubtedly be many important facets of caller training discussed. The programs that CALERLAB has established over a period of time to include Timing, Styling, Definitions and List Composition will all be covered. A synopsis of the Caller Training Curriculum will also be covered. Some dancing will take place with the incomparable Marshall Flippo.
Anyone who is registered for the convention is welcome to attend this innovative first for CALLERLAB. This session will be taped and these tapes will be available.
1986 Mainstream 1986 CALLERLAB Convention, Baltimore, MD CHOREOGRAPHY MAINSTREAM
Moderator – Dale McClary, Jack O’Leary. A discussion and practical examples of today’s choreographic programs at the Mainstream Program. An opportunity to consider both the pros and cons of what and how we call selected.
1986 Orientation Session 1986 CALLERLAB Convention, Baltimore, MD
Orientation Session
Moderator – Bob Osgood,’ with panelists Gail Seastrom; Bob Howell, & Herb Egender. This is designed to familiarize all delegates who are in attendance with developments within CALLERLAB. It specifically will cover some of the background of CALLERLAB as well as provide input on how each calIer and partner can and should participate during the convention. It is desigried to answer. any questions you may have concerning “policies” voting procedures, accreditation, committees and a variety of other questions you may have. As a minimum, we encourage all first time attendees to attend as well as any members ,who haven’t attended the last convention or two. This session will be taped and if you have any questions, we ask that you step to a mic so as to have your question recorded.
1986 Resolution Debate Complicated Choreo 1986 CALLERLAB Convention, Baltimore, MD
DEBATE: PRO-CON
Resolved: Dancers want less complicated choreography
Moderator – Bob Van Antwerp. Pro-side of debate – Jim Mayo & Daryl Clendenin, Con-side of debate – Bill Peters & John Marshall. This debate will focus on several ways of looking at our responsibilities as callers. While there will be many thought provoking ideas presented, we do not intend to come to any preconditioned conclusions on what is right for each individual in his home program. We will focus on the central theme “Programming for Pleasure”. This session will be taped.
1986 Teaching For Pleasure 1986 CALLERLAB Convention, Baltimore, MD
Teaching For Pleasure
Moderator – Jack Murtha, Herb Egender, & John Marshall. This panel is designed to provide insights on our teaching responsibilities. All three of our panelists bring many years of experience to this subject and since we all teach to some degree or another, it should be a popular session. It will be taped.
1987 CDP Analysis & Feedback 1987 CALLERLAB Convention, New Orleans, LA
Community Dance Program Analysis/Feedback
Bob Osgood, Moderator & Bob Howell
There are also two of these sessions planned and by having two for each of the three major areas, it was felt that each attendee could attend the session(s) of his or her choice. This session will discuss the pros and cons of the new program as well as answer any questions you may have.
1987 Entertaining Dancers 1987 CALLERLAB Convention, New Orleans, LA
Entertaining the Dancer
Jack Berg, Moderator with Larry Letson & Jim Hayes
Jack Berg has put together an interesting session that will not only be enjoyable but educational as well. This session is of vital importance to all of us as callers and the title is what makes a considerable difference among callers. Showmanship can be an effective tool to bring great success to an otherwise mediocre presentation. Show Time!
1987 Implementation of CDP 1987 CALLERLAB Convention, New Orleans, LA
Considerations and Implementation of Community Dance Program
Bob Osgood, Moderator, with Bob Howell, Stew Shacklette, Bob Van Antwerp & Ken Kernen
This session is the first primer for this topic and reflects the work done by Ken Kernen and his committee. In March we sent you a copy of the proposal and this will be the first time it is discussed in detail. Please note that this program is NOT designed for current club dancers. It is aimed at non-dancers as a means of providing square dancing as the vehicle to provide enjoyment. Subsequent sessions may also demonstrate to you some of the dance routines.
1987 Mainstream & Plus Combined Implementation 1987 CALLERLAB Convention, New Orleans, LA
Mainstream & Plus Combined Implementation
Considerations and Implementation of Combined Mainstream & Plus
Mike Seastrom, Moderator with Honey Wolfson & Ken Ritucci
This session is designed to discuss how the combined program can be used most effectively. It is not a discussion on whether it is good or not. Other scheduled sessions will deal with an analysis of the desirability of the combined program. This panel will suggest ways in which this can best be implemented and some of the considerations to be used prior to making the decision to implement.
1987 Mainstream Bold Face & Italic Feedback Session 1 1987 CALLERLAB Convention, New Orleans, LA,
Mainstream Bold Face & Italic Feedback Session 1
Jack Lasry, Moderator & Daryl Clendenin
There are two of these sessions scheduled to enable all attendees to voice their opinions on what is good about the efforts by the Mainstream Committee during the past year. The panelists as well as the Board of Governors have been sent many letters from various parts of the country discussing what they like and dislike. One thing which these efforts did produce was an awakening of just how good the existing Mainstream Program currently is.
1987 Mainstream Bold Face & Italic Feedback Session 2 1987 CALLERLAB Convention, New Orleans, LA,
Mainstream Bold Face & Italic Feedback Session 2
Jack Lasry
There are two of these sessions scheduled to enable all attendees to voice their opinions on what is good about the efforts by the Mainstream Committee during the past year. The panelists as well as the Board of Governors have been sent many letters from various parts of the country discussing what they like and dislike. One thing which these efforts did produce was an awakening of just how good the existing Mainstream Program currently is.
This second session is for those who attended a different session during the last period.
1987 Mainstream Bold Face & Italic Implementation 1987 CALLERLAB Convention, Convention, New Orleans, LA
Mainstream Bold Face & Italic Implementation
Martin Mallard, Moderator with Jon Jones & Norm Choquette
This session is designed to review the resolution made in Baltimore as well as bring you up to date on actions since that time. It will provide ideas on how the Bold Faced and Italicized program can best be utilized by those who will be using it. It is not a discussion on whether it is good or not but rather how to use the program effectively. Other scheduled sessions will deal with the merits of this and other programs.
1987 Mechanics of Teaching Combined Mainstream & Plus 1987 CALLERLAB Convention, New Orleans, LA
Mechanics of Teaching Combined Mainstream & Plus
Wade Driver, Moderator with Red Bates & Gloria Roth
If you are going to use the combined program, how do you go about teaching and implementing this into your clubs? Attend this session with this distinguished panel and get their views on how it can be most effectively handled.
1987 MS & Plus Combined Feedback Session 1 1987 CALLERLAB Convention, New Orleans, LA
Mainstream & Plus Combined Feedback Session 1
Kip Garvey, Moderator & Darryl McMillan
There are two of these sessions scheduled to enable all attendees to voice their opinions on what they like or dislike about the effort to combine some calls from both Mainstream and Plus Programs into a single Experimental 25 Week Learn to Dance Program. A considerable amount of mail has been received on this and all letters were sent to the panelists and the full Board of Governors. If you have strong feelings – one way or the other – please attend and speak up.
1987 MS & Plus Combined Feedback Session 2 1987 CALLERLAB Convention, New Orleans, LA
Mainstream & Plus Combined Feedback Session 2
Kip Garvey
There are two of these sessions scheduled to enable all attendees to voice their opinions on what they like or dislike about the effort to combine some calls from both Mainstream and Plus Programs into a single Experimental 25 Week Learn to Dance Program. A considerable amount of mail has been received on this and all letters were sent to the panelists and the full Board of Governors. If you have strong feelings – one way or the other – please attend and speak up.
This second session is for those who attended a different session during the last period.
1987 Teaching – Mainstream Bold Face & Italic 1987 CALLERLAB Convention, New Orleans, LA
Mechanics of Teaching Mainstream Bold Faced & Italics
Jim Mayo, Moderator with Jerry Junck, Bob Wilson & Walt Cole
Just as we must all become better teachers, we must periodically review what it takes to do an effective job in teaching the program(s) we are actively engaged in. The panelists here are all experienced callers from different geographic areas.
1988 Business Taxes 1988 CALLERLAB Convention,Reno NV
Gregg Anderson, Presenter
1988 25 Week Combined MS & Plus 1988 CALLERLAB Convention, Reno, NV
25 Week Combined MS & Plus
Red Bates, Moderator with Kenny Farris & Mike Degmetich
This session is designed to evaluate the experimental program first started in Baltimore in 1986. There have been many letters showing strong feelings on this program with some feeling it is essential and others feeling it is not needed or desired. Your field experience would be appreciated before any resolution can be drawn up and voted upon. Please share your input so that we can cast an enlightened vote.
1988 After Party AFTER PARTIES – MORE THAN JUST CALLING
Max Forsyth, Moderator with Herb Egender & Bob Howell
A fun-filled session by some super entertainers. From time to time, we are all called upon to entertain in after parties and these masters can provide some great ideas as well as personal entertainment.
1988 CDP Session 1 1988 CALLERLAB Convention, Reno, NV
Community Dance Program Session 1
Ken Kernen, Moderator with Bob Howell, Stew Shacklette & Bob Van Antwerp. This session will review the status of the Community Dance Program, its successes and failures. It will include some points on how to get started and how to keep it interesting to all who participate. Some dancing may be included but square dance attire is not required.
1988 CDP Session 2 1988 CALLERLAB Convention, Reno, NV
Community Dance Program Session 2
Ken Kernen, Moderator with Bob Howell, Stew Shacklette & Bob Van Antwerp. This session will review the status of the Community Dance Program, its successes and failures. It will include some points on how to get started and how to keep it interesting to all who participate. Some dancing may be included but square dance attire is not required.
1988 Entertaining The Dancers 1988 CALLERLAB Convention, Reno, NV
Entertaining the Dancers
Bill Peters Moderator, Tony Oxendine and Craig Rowe, Panelist
This session is a repeat of one conducted last year with a different moderator and panelists. Callers are more than choreographers – they are entertainers and showmanship is what sets each caller apart from his or her peers . . IT’S SHOW TIME!
1988 Mainstream Bold Face & Italic 1988 CALLERLAB Convention, Reno, NV
Mainstream Bold Face & Italic
Moderator with Daryl Clendenin & Darryl McMillan
A review of the pros and cons of this experimental program and revisions as necessary. If you have tried this program during the past year. please attend and share your experience (good or bad). It is possible that a resolution will be developed to resolve this experimental program on a lasting basis.
1988 Music – Basis Of All We Do 1988 CALLERLAB Convention, Reno, NV
Music – Basis Of All We Do
Gary Shoemake, Moderator with Ernie Kinney & Mike Seastrom
This session is staffed by three knowledgeable callers and record producers. Since music is the single common ground of all we do, a thorough understanding is essential. If you only get one idea how to use it better, this session will have proved its worth.
1988 Programming Not Just Winging It 1988 CALLERLAB Convention, Reno, NV
Programming – Not Just Winging It
Daryl Clendenin, Moderator with Keith Rippeto & Brian Hotchkies. Of all of the areas most frequently ignored by callers, this has to be number one. When we speak about programming, It is far more than just choreographic ideas. It includes musical programming as well as progressive programs for entire evenings and dance seasons.
1988 Smoothness & Body Flow – Presentation Skills 1988 CALLERLAB Convention, Reno, NV
Smoothness & Body Flow – Presentation Skills
John Marshall, Moderator with Don Beck, Steve Edlund & Earl Johnston
While this is not another session on teaching as such, it certainly relates to the effectiveness of the individual caller and his or her presentation skills. How many ways should each of us have to explain any given figure? What is the importance of smooth body flow and forward motion? Does it help learning occur? Attend this session and learn from some very experienced callers.
1988 Teach Callers To Teach 1988 CALLERLAB Convention, Reno, NV
Teaching Callers To Teach
Jack Lasry, Moderator with Jack Murtha & Vaughn Parrish
The first of four independent sessions on the art and science of teaching. Let’s face it, some callers are better at teaching than others and this session is designed to help us all improve our teaching techniques.
1988 Teaching – Language of Square Dancing, Art of listening 1988 CALLERLAB Convention, Reno, NV
Teaching – Language of Square Dancing, Art of Listening
George White, Moderator with Brian Murdoch
This third session on teaching deals with the language of square dancing and the words we use to teach others how to dance and enjoy.
1988 Teaching For Fun Classes 1988 CALLERLAB Convention, Reno, NV
Teaching For Fun Classes
Bob Van Antwerp Moderator with Jim Hattrick & Roger Morris
This final session on teaching is designed to show how we can all improve our teaching techniques to make the classes more fun. It relates to previous sessions but is independent.
1989 After Party After Parties
Norm Cross, Moderator, Marshall Flippo & Jerry Helt
With the success of the session last year, this was a requested repeat but with different presenters. The session will be taped to enable you to get the maximum benefit from this session. A nice change of pace to some technical presentations. The presenters have many years’ experience in this sort of thing and if you want to be entertained, this is the place to be.
1989 Caller Training 1989 CALLERLAB Convention, Nashville, TN, Caller Training
Jim Mayo, Chairman
A very important meeting to vote final approval on the Timing Addendum and to discuss the next few segments that are ready to review. Methods of marketing the finished project will also be discussed. Ready to be considered and given tentative approval are the following subjects: Mechanics of Choreography and Programming. We also have preliminary papers on Methods of Choreographic Control, Music and Teaching. If you are active in caller training, you won’t want to miss this one.
1989 Formation Management 1989 CALLERLAB Convention, Nashville, TN Formation Management
Jon Jones, Moderator Bill Davis & John Marshall
A high-powered panel of knowledgeable callers will discuss how to introduce variety within your dances without sacrificing the success rate of the dancers. Too often, callers don’t recognize that the dancers are in an arrangement other than normal and make mistakes in trying to resolve the square. Symmetric choreography will be used to illustrate the key points. Various methods to “normalize” the formation/arrangement will be considered. These are the first two of the key elements on the state of the square – FASR. In the last issue of GUIDELINES, there was an article on the use of quadrants to complete the description of the state of the square. The session will be taped.
1989 History Heritage 1989 CALLERLAB Conv Nashville, TN
History Heritage
Bob Osgood, Moderator With Herb Egender & Bob Howell
This session was requested and was previously conducted at a LEGACY meeting in 1987. It will be taped and if possible, we will have one or more video cameras to record on a visual medium.
1989 Music 1989 CALLERLAB Convention, Nashville, TN
Music
Jack Berg, Moderator Jack O’Leary & Dick Waibel
This session is designed to discuss music and how it relates to the overall activity of square dancing. Can we use our music better to program our dances? Can we be more effective with our music. if we understand what music consists of in terms of instrumentation. rhythms and melodies? Can we be more effective if we understand the harmonies built in to the music? Does the rhythm selected for recording affect the dancing? What about tempo and its effect on the success rate?
1989 Programming 1989 CALLERLAB Convention, Nashville, TN
Programming
Jim Mayo, Moderator, Shawn Cuddy & Jim Lee Panelist,
Too often, we, as callers, overlook the importance of programming as a tool to improve our dances. This session, which will be taped, will underscore the value of programming not only for an evening. but for each tip as well as a season. The use of theme tips as well as the effect music has on programming will all be considered. The session will be taped.
1989 Showmanship 1989 CALLERLAB Convention, Nashville, TN
Showmanship
Tim Marriner, Moderator with Jerry Helt & Tom Miller
While some will undoubtedly refer to this as “The Tom & Jerry Show”, it is far more than that. Tim, Jerry & Tom will discuss the aspect of the ART of calling rather than just the mechanics of calling and choreography. This session will be taped and is repeated again this year with new panelists.
1989 Sight Resolution 1989 CALLERLAB Convention, Nashville, TN, Sight Resolution
Kip Garvey, Clinician. Kip, as an accredited Caller-Coach, is extremely well-qualified to conduct this clinic. He has written a paper for publication in the next issue of GUIDELINES on this subject. If you are just getting started or if you are having trouble, this should be for you. If you are already close to being the greatest sight-resolution caller, you might also want to attend to reinforce your skills and techniques. The session will be taped.
1989 Sound & Presentation 1989 CALLERLAB Convention, Nashville, TN
Sound & Presentation
Earl Johnston, Moderator Bill Heyman & Tony Oxendine
This session will discuss various sound systems and the principles of good sounding techniques for various types of halls. It is not designed as a selling presentation although some equipment will be discussed. Please be sure to visit our exhibitors who bring the equipment to CALLERLAB so that you may see and hear what the sound is really like. The session will be taped.
1989 Teaching Basic 1989 CALLERLAB Convention, Nashville, TN
Teaching Basic
Larry Letson, Moderator with Gregg Anderson, Rod Blaylock & Bob Poyner
This first of two teaching sessions continues to show the importance that is placed on proper teaching by CALLERLAB. It is critical to the survival of square dancing that we improve our teaching abilities. What better emphasis than on the teaching of the Basic Program! The need not to shortcut teaching time. the need to teach in accordance with the correct definition and the need to show proper timing and styling will all be included.
1989 Teaching Mainstream 1989 CALLERLAB Convention, Nashville, TN
Teaching Mainstream
Red Bates, Moderator John Paul Bresnan, Jerry Junck & Ken Ritucci
The second session on teaching but this time gearing the discussion to the second phase of the classes – Mainstream. It is incumbent on all of us to know and understand what is included in the Mainstream Program as well as how to teach the figures with the proper definitions, styling and timing. The session will be taped.
1989 Voice – Clinic 1989 CALLERLAB Convention, Nashville, TN
Voice – Clinic
Jim Mayo, Clinician. Jim is an Accredited Calier-Coach and extremely well-qualified to be the clinician for this session. Jim is changing the format this year. He plans to discuss just a little about the voice and then make it into a clinic for those who wish to seek help with voice problems or to check to see if you are doing things correctly. Please contact Jim if you wish to be scheduled for mike time. This session will be taped.
1990 Formation Management 1990 CALLERLAB Convention, Orlando, FL Formation Management
Mike Seastrom will moderate and be assisted by Ed Foote and Norm Wilcox. This session will be taped and deals with the various techniques used by callers to manage a variety of formations and arrangements with our recognized dance programs.
1990 Partners Communications 1990 CALLERLAB Convention, Orlando, FL, Committee – Partners – Communications
This session is a continuation of what Jim presented last year which was so popular. The session will be taped. Square Dancing is a people-oriented business and this session is designed to help you be a better communicator.
1990 Partners Leadership 1990 CALLERLAB Convention, Orlando, FL, Committee – Partners – Leadership
Jack and Carolyn Lasry & Art and Martha Springer will present their views on the necessary leadership aspects for partners. They will discuss it from the viewpoint of both the caller and the partner. This session will be taped.
1990 After Party AFTER PARTIES
Jon Jones will moderate this session and will be assisted by Shirley Bates, Bob & Becky Osgood. This session will be taped. During the past two conventions, the sessions on afterparties have been extremely well-received and we would anticipate another large crowd this year. We also videotaped the session last year and some V H S tapes are available through the home office. If all goes well this year, we will have a video of this session as well. In any case, an audio tape will be available before you leave the convention.
1990 Contra & Traditional 1990 CALLERLAB Convention, Orlando, FL, Committee – Contra & Traditional
Mona Cannell, Chairman, will lead a discussion and perhaps some contra dancing for any interested callers and their partners. This session will be taped.
1990 Music Management 1990 CALLERLAB Convention, Orlando, FL
Music Management
Tony Oxendine will serve as moderator and be assisted by Deborah Parnell & Don Williamson. The session will deal with how we, as callers, can use music more effectively as a programming tool as well as a “mood setter” for dancer enjoyment. The session will be taped. Various rhythms and record label arrangements will be discussed to show how variety can enhance the overall presentation by the caller.
1990 RPM Update 1990 CALLERLAB Convention, Orlando, FL
Recruit Promote Maintain Update
In order to keep you advised as to what has transpired since our 1989 convention, we have a group of people who have been successful in the use of the commercial videos produced by CALLERLAB. This session will be chaired by Jim Mayo and will include speakers Jack Berg, Chairman of the RPM Committee, Ernie Kinney. Chairman Designate for 1990-91, John Kwaiser, Chairman of the Accreditation Committee and Jerry Haag, former Board member and one of the catalysts for an interesting program in the valley area of Texas. We ask that if any of you have success stories to tell of how your recruiting efforts went as a result of something special you did to share your experiences with the rest of us. Please come up front so that we may schedule you to be a part of this presentation. We will also allow time for questions from the floor. This is a great opportunity for you to find out what others have done and what worked well in other areas. Perhaps, it might give you some ideas on how you can recruit better in the future. This session will be taped and is scheduled to end at 12:15 PM so that we can adjourn for lunch.
Remember, these commercial video tapes were made possible by the financial support each of you gave to the CALLERLAB FOUNDATION FOR THE PRESERVATION AND PROMOTION OF SQUARE DANCING! Your continued support is both needed and encouraged! Your ideas for future projects are also welcomed!
1990 Sight Resolution 1990 CALLERLAB Convention, Orlando, FL, Sight Resolution
Daryl Clendenin will moderate and be assisted by Mike Callahan and Tom Perry. This session will be taped and will deal with various techniques of sight resolution. It will include discussion on what takes place prior to resolution as well as how to add variety to your “get-outs”.
1990 Sound & Presentation Techniques 1990 CALLERLAB Convention, Orlando, FL
SOUND & PRESENTATION TECHNIQUES
Jack O’Leary will moderate this session and be assisted by Don Beck and Dale McClary. The session will be taped and will discuss various considerations in Sound and Presentation Techniques.
1990 Teaching Timing 1990 CALLERLAB Convention, Orlando, FL
Teaching Techniques
John Marshall will moderate assisted by Jerry Junck and John Kaltenthaler. One of the significant reasons why some dancers stop dancing is the lack of good timing by the callers. This session is designed to address that issue with a discussion on how we, as callers, can improve our calling skills for the dancers enjoyment. The session will be taped.
1991 Managing Formations/ Arrangements 1991 CALLERLAB Convention, Las Vegas, NV, Choreography Thru Managing Formations/ Arrangements
With Moderator Bill Peters, and panelists Jerry Junck and John Kwaiser. A discussion on how and when to use formation and arrangement variety in your programs. This sessions also ties in with the session on KISS and The Degree of Difficulty. The use of Dancing by Definition does not mean awkward or uncomfortable dancing. This is another method by which variety can be introduced without sacrificing dancer enjoyment.
1991 After Party 1991 CALLERLAB Convention Las Vegas, NV
After Party Games and Skits
Moderator Randy Dougherty and panelists Ken Jeffries and Bill Peterson. A collage of various after party games and skits. This session has been very popular in previous conventions with other moderators and presenters.
1991 BMI-Ascap Questions & Answers 1991 CALLERLAB Convention Las Vegas, NV
BMI/ASCAP Questions and Answers
With Moderator John Marshall and Panelist John Kaltenthaler. This session will review what has occurred to get us to the point where we now are. It will cover What the negotiated agreement does and does not cover.
1991 Business Side of Calling 1991 CALLERLAB Convention Las Vegas, NV
Dealing With The Business Side of Calling
Three sub-topics will b directed as follows: Tim Marriner on record keeping, books and finances; Gregg Anderson on taxes and record keeping for the IRS; and Larry Letson on promotional advertising and the Importance of Printing. This session will include explanations of how to keep the requisite records and methods of bookkeeping which can be used. It will also include an update on current IRS rules and regulations as they pertain to the square dance caller and related businesses and finally the importance and the effects of good promotion and the quality of printing. There will some discussion on how to get it done and helpful hints in each aspect of these three important subjects. This session will be taped.
1991 Contra 1991 CALLERLAB Convention, Las VEgas, NV, Contra Walt Cole Acting Chairman – During this session, simple contras are often danced by those who love contras.
Square dance attire is not required but a PA set is available. If you prompt contras, check in with Walt and get scheduled.
1991 Degree of Difficulty 1991 CALLERLAB Convention, Las Vegas, NV Degree of Difficulty moderator Red Bates and panelists Mike Seastrom and John Sybalsky. A discussion of what makes selected choreographic routines difficult or easy. There are certain combinations that make the degree of difficulty even more complex. In our calling, we must remember that the dancers must win. This session ties in with the session called KISS. This session will be taped.
1991 Fashion Flash Dance & Prairie Selections 1991 CALLERLAB Conv Fashion Flash Dance & Prairie Selections
The owner and designer and Vice President of Flash Dance Fashions will produce and direct this fashion show with models selected from CALLERLAB. Kathy Wilmeth, Kristi Kennedy and Midge Hicks will cover all aspects of the design and hints for sewing. They will include suggestions for easy skirts to be made, reversible outfits which can be used and of course the very elegant festive outfit for that special occasion. Midge Hicks will mingle in with the latest in Prairie skirt outfits from lace to denim. No mannequins will be used. Since this will be in the Bagdad Theater, we can take advantage of the physical set up with the various ramps for closer looks at these wonderful fashions.
1991 History Heritage 1991 CALLERLAB Conv Las Vegas
History Heritage
Melton Luttrell & Bob Osgood will conduct this segment on History and Heritage of the Southwest and the Appalachian Mountain regions.
Some limited dancing may be included.
1991 Making the Routine Fun 1991 CALLERLAB Convention, Las Vegas, NV, Making the Routine Fun Moderator Max Forsyth and panelists Laural Eddy and John Kwaiser. Here the emphasis will be on entertaining the dancers to keep them happy and having a good time. It is not designed as an exercise in choreographic wizardry not an excuse to show how much you can do or get away with. Think of our theme (DANCERS – THEIR FUN OUR FUTURE) and apply it to this subject. Some limited dance examples may be used. This session will be taped and if you want to ask questions, please be sure. to speak into a mike which is recording the session in order to get the question on tape.
1991 Partners Making A Winning Partnership 1991 CALLERLAB Convention, Las Vegas, NV
Partners Session – Making A Winning Partnership
Moderator, Jim Wheeler, Panelists Mike & Gail Seastrom, Stan & Cathie Burdick, Tony & Susan Oxendine and Keith & Karen Rippeto. This session is designed to talk about the different kinds of partner life styles as well as the role partners plays leaders in today’s square dance world. There will be four different situations with opinions from both the caller and partner on how their particular careers are handled.
1991 Showmanship 1991 CALLERLAB Convention, Las Vegas, NV
Showmanship
Moderator Tony Oxendine and speaker John Marshall. This session is designed to discuss various considerations in the art of Showmanship. It is not designed as a choreography session even though some specific techniques may be mentioned. This session will be taped SO if you ask a question during the performance of this session, please be sure that you move up front to speak into the mic.
1991 Successfully Simple 1991 CALLERLAB Convention, Las Vegas, NV, KISS – Keep It SUccessfully Simple –
Moderator Jim Mayo and panelists Marty Firstenberg, Jack O’Leary and AI Stevens. A review of variety versus complexity and the need to let the dancers win. This is both a philosophical discussion as well as demonstrations of what works and why. It is important to understand this session before attending the session on Degree of Difficulty (at 10: 45 AM). The session will be taped.
1991 Teaching Techniques 1991 CALLERLAB Convention, Las Vegas, NV
Teaching Techniques
Moderator Herb Egender with panelists Betsy Gotta, Mike Degmetich and Bill Donahue. This session will focus on several aspects of teaching new dancers how to dance and be square dancers. Limited demonstrations will be shown. The session will be taped.
1991 Texas Two Step 1991 CALLERLAB Convention, Las Vegas, NV
Jon Jones & Darlene Few – – A hands on demonstration and actual learning experience of how to conduct and use the Texas Two-step in your local programs and weekends. Various types and routines will be demonstrated and taught.
Bring your caller partner to this one and enjoy. This session will be taped.
1991 Voice 1991 CALLERLAB Convention, Las Vegas, NV
Voice
Martin Mallard and panelists John Marshall and Jim Mayo. A review of the care and feeding of the voice- your most important asset. Some hands on demonstrations may be done if time permits.
1992 Formation Management 1992 CALLERLAB Convention, Virginia Beach, VA Formation Management
Moderator Steve Kopman, panelists Larry Davenport and Randy Page. A discussion on how and when to use formation and arrangement variety in your programs. This session also ties in with the session on KISS and the Controlling Difficulty session. The use of DBD, Dance by Definition, does NOT mean awkward or uncomfortable dancing. This is another method by which variety can be introduced without sacrificing dancer enjoyment.
1992 After Party After Parties
Moderator Melton Luttrell, assisted by Tom Miller. A collage of various after-party games and skits. This session has been very popular at previous conventions. This session was video taped at the 1990 and 1991 conventions and VHS tapes are still available through the Home Ofice. If all goes well, the session will be video taped this year as well. In any case, an audio tape will be available before you leave.
1992 Choreography Controlling Difficulty 1992 CALLERLAB Convention, Virginia, VA Choreography Controlling Difficulty
Moderator John Kaltenthaler, panelists John Sybalsky, Mike Jacobs and Steve Kopman. A discussion of what makes selected choreographic routines difficult or easy. There are certain combinations that make the degree of difficulty even more complex. In our calling, we must remember that the dancer must win. This session ties in with the session called KISS and reinforces our theme for this year, Success By Design.
1992 Creative Choreography 1992 CALLERLAB Convention, Virgina, VA, Creative Choreography
Moderator Al Stevens, panelists Ken Ritucci and Lee Kopman. This session will discuss dancer success by designing creative but workable choreography that excites and fulfills the dancer without creating the stress of complex, challenging choreography.
1992 History Heritage 1992 CALLERLAB Conv Virginia Beach, VA
History Heritage
Moderator Jerry Helt, panelists Stew Shacklette and AI Brundage. Discussion on where we came from and how we got where we are.
Suggestions on incorporating some traditional dances into your local program will be included. Some limited dancing may also be included.
1992 How To Teach 1992 CALLERLAB Convention, Virginia Beach, VA
How to Teach
Moderator John Marshall and panelists Ken Ritucci and Walt Cooley. This session will focus on designing your teaching and work shopping sessions for maximum dancer success.
1992 Keep It Successfully Simple 1992 CALLERLAB Convention, Virginia Beach, VA, KISS (Keep It Successfully Simple)
Moderator Jerry Junck, panelists Jerry Haag and Kenny Farris. A review of variety versus complexity and the need to let the dancers win. This is both a philosophical discussion as well as demonstrations of what works and why.
1992 Music By Design 1992 CALLERLAB Convention, Virginia Beach, VA
Music By Design
Moderator Tony Oxendine, panelists Wade Driver and Darryl McMillan. This session will deal with how we, as callers, can use music more effectively as a programming tool as well as a “mood setter” for dancer enjoyment. Various rhythms and record label arrangements will be discussed to show how variety can enhance the overall presentation by the caller.
1992 Operation For Female Callers 1992 CALLERLAB Conv Operation For Female Callers
Audio Equipment Operation for Female Callers
Presented by Ben Goldberg. This session will discuss the use of modern square dance sound equipment for the female voice.
Caller-Coaches working with female callers should also find this session of interest.
1992 Partners Achieving Success 1992 CALLERLAB Convention, Virginia Beach, VA
Partners Session – Achieving Success as a Caller Partner
Moderator Jim Wheeler, panelists John Paul & Bobbi Bresnan, Jerry & Judy Biggerstaff, John & Midge Hicks, Deborah Parnell and Frank Lescrinier. This will be a continuation, for the third year, of a panel made up of both the caller and partner sharing ideas on how they deal with certain aspects of the square dancing world and everyday life.
1992 Partners Developing Personal Power 1992 CALLERLAB Convention, Virginia Beach, VA
Partner’s Session – Developing Personal Power
Guest speaker Julia Dodd. According to our speaker, the five most important points of power are: paying attention, speaking the truth, asking for what you want, taking responsibility for your experiences and keeping your agreements. Finding the best within ourselves and building confidence will be only a small part ofthis session.
1992 Partners Importance Of Success 1992 CALLERLAB Convention, Virginia Beach, VA
Partner’s Session – The Importance of Communication in Being Successful
Presented by Jim & Lynnea Wheeler. This session will examine communications styles as they pertain to dealing with people in difficult situations (or dealing with difficult people in normal situations). Participants will have an opportunity to determine their dominant communication style and the behavior that is necessary to communicate with another person whose behavior exhibits a dissimilar style.
1992 Partners Life After Work 1992 CALLERLAB Convention, Virginia Beach, VA
Partner’s Session – Life After Work
Humor Can Enhance Our Lives
Guest speaker Steve Greiner, Assistant Dean of Old Dominion University. His presentation will show how to make time for something other than all work and no play. It will include a segment on humor and how it affects your work and the people you meet.
1992 Programming For Fun 1992 CALLERLAB Convention, Virginia Beach, VA
Programming for Fun
Moderator Martin Mallard, panelists Laurel Eddy and Norm Wilcox. Here the emphasis will be on entertaining the dancers to keep them happy and having a good time. It is not designed as an exercise in choreographic wizardry nor an excuse to show how much you can do or get away with. Think of our theme, Success By Design, and apply it to this subject.
1992 Selling CDP 1992 CALLERLAB Convention, Virginia Beach, VA
Selling the Community Dance Program
Moderator Cal Campbell, panelists Bob Howell and Jack Murtha. Callers are beginning to look to the Community Dance Program as a way to get non-dancers interested in the square dance activity without the commitment required of a normal class. This panel will discuss various successes and provide information on how YOU can sell the CDP in your area.
1992 Showmanship 1992 CALLERLAB Convention, Virginia Beach, VA
Showmanship
Moderator Darryl McMillan, panelists Deborah Parnell and Tim Crawford. This session is designed to discuss various considerations in the art of showmanship. It is not designed as a choreography session even though some specific techniques may be mentioned.
1992 Sight Resolution 1992 CALLERLAB Convention, Virginia Beach. VA, Sight Resolution
Moderator Keith Rippeto, panelists Bill Davis, Mike Jacobs and Lee Kopman. This session will deal with the various techniques of sight resolution. It will include discussion on what takes place prior to resolution as well as how to add variety to your “get-outs” by designing them for success.
1992 Smoothless Workshop 1992 CALLERLAB Convention, Virginia Beach, VA Smoothness Workshop
Moderator Don Beck, panelists Jim Mayo and Gregg Anderson. This session will focus on designing smoothness into your calling by considering the effects of good and bad timing. Examples will be demonstrated.
1992 Sound Enhancement 1992 CALLERLAB Conv Sound Enhancement
Sound Enhancement Systems
Moderator Ben Goldberg, panelists Wade Driver and Jack Murtha. This session will be of particular interest to callers working with senior citizens or others that have problems hearing your commands.
Various types of sound enhancement systems will be discussed and demonstrated. Availability, compatibility, costs, etc. will be covered.
1992 Teaching – Advanced 1992 CALLERLAB Convention, Virginia Beach, VA
Teaching the Advanced Program
Moderator John Marshall, panelists Randy Dougherty and Steve Kopman will discuss program similarities and differences that must be considered when teaching the Advanced programs.
1992 Texas Two Step 1992 CALLERLAB Convention, Virginia Beach, VA
Texas Two-Step
With Darryl McMillan & Jon Jones. A hands-on demonstration and actual learning experience of how to conduct and use the Texas Two-Step in your local programs and weekends. Various dances will be demonstrated and taught.
Bring your partner to this one and enjoy!
1992 The Use of Standard Applications 1992 CALLERLAB Convention, Virginia Beach, VA
The Use of Standard Applications
Moderator Jerry Reed, panelists Ralph Kornegay and Doren Mc Broom. This session will demonstrate how callers should use the Standard Mainstream and Plus Applications documents. The recently completed Standard Plus Applications document and the Standard Mainstream Applications document, completed last year, will be the focus of this session. They are available for purchase at the Registration Office.
1992 Voice Female Callers (Session 1) 1992 CALLERLAB Convention, Virginia Beach, VA
Female Caller’s Voice Session
Guest speaker, Debbie Wittrup, This session is designed specifically for female callers but will also be of interest to caller-coaches working with female callers. Debbie will follow up the general voice session with specific information for female voices. As time permits, she will also conduct individual voice critiques.
1993 Formation Management 1993 CALLERLAB Convention, Louisville, KY Formation Management Moderator John Kaltenthaler, panelists Mike Jacobs and Al Stevens. A discussion on how and when to use formation and arrangement variety in your programs. This session also ties in with the Degree of Difficulty session. The use of DBD, Dance by Definition, does NOT mean awkward or uncomfortable dancing. This is another method by which variety can be introduced without sacrificing dancer enjoyment.
1993 Line & Solo Dances 1993 CALLERLAB Convention, Louisville, KY, Line & Solo Dances Dances presented by Mike Seastrom, Jim Cholmondeley, Dee Dee Dougherty-Lottie, Bud Garrett and Tim Marriner. A hands-on demonstration and actual learning experience of how to conduct line or solo dances in your
local programs and weekends. Various dances will be demonstrated and taught. Bring your partner to this one and enjoy! This promises to be one of the most popular sessions of the convention.
1993 After Party AFTER PARTY ORGANIZATION
Carole & Ray Aubut, Lem & Sue Gravelle and Jack Berg. This session will be quite different than in past years. This year we are focusing on organizing and planning an after-party instead of the show itself.
1993 Business Session1 1993 CALLERLAB Convention Louisville, KY
Business Session1
BUSINESS II
Moderator Stan Burdick and panelists Ruth Murray and Bill Peterson will discuss organizing and conducting square dance weekends and the behind-the-scenes aspects of planning for cruises and tours.
1993 Business Session2 1993 CALLERLAB Convention Louisville, KY
Business Session1
BUSINESS II
Gregg Anderson, Roy Gotta and George White. This session will present important information on federal income taxes, bookkeeping, using a computer to keep records and information about CALLERLAB’s insurance programs.
1993 CDP Dance Session 1993 CALLERLAB Convention, Louisville, KY CDP Dance Session The CDP Committee will host a dance session highlighting the Community Dance Program. This session will be video taped and made available at cost through the Home Office after the convention.
1993 Choreography Contra Traditional Basics 1993 CALLERLAB Convention, Louisville, KY, Choreography Contra Traditional Basics Moderator Jim Howatt and panelists Jerry Helt and Stew Shacklette will teach the basics of contra and traditional dancing. Dancing will be on carpet. Learn the basic steps here, then attend the Tuesday night contra and traditional dance session following the banquet.
1993 Degree of Difficulty 1993 CALLERLAB Convention, Louisville, KY Degree of Difficulty Moderator John Sybalsky, panelists Mike Jacobs and Kenny Reese. A discussion of what makes selected choreographic routines difficult or easy. There are certain combinations that make the degree of difficulty even more complex. In our calling, we must remember that the dancer must win. This session reinforces our theme for this year, Improving the Dance Experience.
1993 Developing Your Creative Abilities 1993 CALLERLAB Conv Developing Your Creative Abilities
Presented by Jim Wheeler. Every one of us is a creative person. Learn how to develop the ability to reach new and useful approaches to those mundane, routine events or solutions to those recurring problems.
The emphasis is not on choreography; however, the same principles may be applied to creating routines that are unique to your program.
1993 Female Callers – In Male Dominated Field 1993 CALLERLAB Conv Louisville KY
Female Callers – In Male Dominated Field
A presentation by Gail Gordon. This session will be geared toward female callers. It will include an overview of how male dominant societies shape womens ways of being in the world, as well as a discussion about ways women may further empower themselves.
1993 Female Callers – Music Adaption 1993 CALLERLAB Conv Louisville KY
Female Callers – Music Adaption
Moderator Grace Wheatley, panelists Dee Dee Dougherty-Lottie, Laural Eddy and Wade Driver. This session will examine how female callers adapt music produced for a male dominated activity to their specific needs. Wade Driver will present a record producers view of music adaptation.
1993 How To Program A Dance 1993 CALLERLAB Convention, Louisville, KY
How To Program A Dance
Moderator Tim Crawford, panelists Tim Marriner, Jim Mayo and Jerry Story. This session discusses how to program a dance by developing a theme for each tip as well as setting the mood of the dance by the proper selection of music.
1993 Leadership 1993 CALLERLAB Conv Louisville, KY
Leadership Solutions – Moderator Ernie Kinney, panelists Wayne McDonald and Jim Wheeler will discuss leadership solutions, promoting sociability, caller’s involvement with clubs and how to deal positively with difficult people.
1993 ONE NIGHT STANDS 1993 CALLERLAB Convention, Louisville, KY, ONE NIGHT STANDS
Moderator Gregg Anderson, panelists Ray Aubut and Stan Burdick. This is a dancing session-bring your partner. This session will teach you how to conduct a one-night stand, including what material to use.
1993 Partners Partnership 1993 CALLERLAB Convention, Louisville, KY
Partners Partnership
Martin & Terri Mallard, Bill & Peggy Heyman and Lem & Sue Gravelle will conduct this session for callers and their partners. The subject of this session will be interpersonal communications – how to say what you want to say without putting up a barrier between you.
1993 Partners Session III 1993 CALLERLAB Convention, Louisville, KY
Partners Session III
Moderator Karen Rippeto, panelists Carla Driver, Pam Dougherty, Margaret Sparks and Gail Seastrom. This session will focus on the importance and role of the partner in the success of the caller’s career.
1993 Salesmanship For Callers 1993 CALLERLAB Conv Louisville, KY
Salesmanship For Callers
This presentation by Ken Ritucci relates salesmanship skills to the calling profession. In particular, the way in which these skills influence the caller’s actions at a dance, both on and off stage.
The five rules of selling and the way they apply to an actual evening of calling is explained on a tip by tip basis.
1993 Showmanship 1993 CALLERLAB Convention, Louisville, KY
Showmanship
Showmanship – Moderator Tony Oxendine and panelists Randy Dougherty, Jerry Murray and Jerry Story will discuss various considerations in the art of showmanship in patter calling as well as in singing calls. It is not designed as a choreography session even though some specific techniques may be mentioned.
1993 Sight Resolution 1993 CALLERLAB Convention, Louisville, KY, Sight Resolution Moderator Red Bates, panelists Bill Davis and Al Stevens. This session will deal with the techniques of sight resolution for newer callers. A distinction will be made between sight calling and sight resolution. Adding variety to your “get-outs” to improve the dance experience will also be discussed.
1993 Smoothness in Dancing 1993 CALLERLAB Convention, Louisville, KY, Smoothness in Dancing Moderator Don Beck and panelists Shawn Cuddy, Jerry Reed and Wayne Morvent discuss how smoothness in dancing contributes to the dance experience. Body flow, hand availability, tempo and timing are an important part of smoothness.
1993 Successful Choreography 1993 CALLERLAB Convention, Louisville, KY, Successful Choreography Moderator Tony Oxendine and panelists Jerry Junck, Bronc Wise and Jack O’Leary will discuss how callers can present choreography that will have a positive effect on the dance experience.
1993 Teaching Techniques 1993 CALLERLAB Convention, Louisville, KY
Teaching Techniques
Moderator Mac Marcellus, panelists Wade Driver and Bob Newman. This session will focus on improving the dance experience by designing your teaching and work shopping sessions for maximum dancer success.
1993 Timing & Praising 1993 CALLERLAB Convention, Louisville, KY, Timing & Praising Moderator John Kaltenthaler and panelists Decko Deck and Dick Leger will discuss timing and phrasing. Giving the dancers a chance to dance on the first beat of a phrase contributes more to the dance experience than generally believed. This session will show you the ‘why’ and ‘how’ of giving the dancers that first beat.
1993 Use and Care of your Voice 1993 CALLERLAB Convention, Louisville, KY
Use and Care of your Voice
Guest speaker Debbie Wittrup will talk about the use and care of your voice. Vocal exercises and preventive maintenance techniques will help you keep your voice in top shape for your calling activities. Debbie’s presentation at our 1992 convention was very successful so we have invited her again in 1993.
1993 Use Of Equipment 1993 CALLERLAB Conv Use Of Equipment
Moderator Bill Heyman (Supreme Audio), panelists Tom Dillander (Palomino Records), Dick Henschel (Hilton Audio) and Ervin Gross (Yak Stack).
What these fellows don’t know about equipment operation does not need to be known!
1993 Voice Critiques 1993 CALLERLAB Convention, Louisville, KY
Voice Critiques
Debbie Wittrup, our guest speaker and voice coach, will conduct this session for caller coaches and caller trainers only. The subject will be the mechanics of conducting a voice critique of student callers. If you are involved in this type of caller training, be sure to attend this informative session.
1993 Working With Music 1993 CALLERLAB Convention, Louisville, KY
Working With Music
Moderator Jack Berg, panelists Wade Driver, Elmer Sheffield, Jr. and Tom Perry. This session will deal with how callers can use music more effectively as a programming tool as well as a “mood setter” for improving the dance experience. Various rhythms and record label arrangements will be discussed to show how variety can enhance the overall presentation by the caller.
1994 BMI & ASCAP and Insurance 1994 CALLERLAB Convention Vancouver, BC, Canada
BMI/ASCAP and Insurance Program Update
George White, CALLERLAB’s Executive Secretary, will discuss the new agreement recently negotiated with BMI and ASCAP. Information on teaching Country Western dances will be presented and discussed. An update on CALLERLAB’s group liability insurance programs will also be presented. If you have any. Questions about your BMI/ASCAP license or your insurance coverage, this is the place to get the answers.
1994 Degree of Difficulty 1994 CALLERLAB Convention, Vancouver, Canada, Degree of Difficulty (Planning For Dancer Safety)
Moderator John Sybalsky, panelists Kip Garvey and Mike Jacobs. A discussion of what makes selected choreographic routines difficult or easy. There are certain combinations that make the degree of difficulty even more complex. In our calling, we must remember that the dancer must win. We can assure this by planning our choreography in such a way as to promote dancer safety.
1994 Overseas Callers 1994 CALLERLAB Convention, Vancouver, Canada, Overseas Mainstream Showcase
Board member Al Stevens will MC a Mainstream dance, called by overseas callers. You’ve all heard reports about the success of the Basic and Mainstream Programs overseas.
Here’s your chance to experience square dancing as overseas dancers experience it.
1994 Showmanship 1994 CALLERLAB Convention, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Showmanship
Tony Oxendine and Tim Marriner will discuss various techniques of showmanship in patter calling as well as in singing calls. This is not a choreography session. Specific techniques may be demonstrated, however.
1994 Sight Resolution 1994 CALLERLAB Convention, Vancouver, Canada Sight Resolution
Moderator Randy Dougherty, panelists John Marshall and Daryl Clendenin. This session will deal with the techniques of sight resolution as a useful tool in teaching. A distinction will be made between sight calling and sight resolution.
1994 Sound – Problem Halls 1994 CALLERLAB Convention, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Sounding Problem Halls
Moderator Bert Swerer (Hilton Audio), panelists Don Beck and Ervin Gross (Yak Stack). Having trouble sounding a problem hall? Let the experts explain why some halls are hard to sound. Understanding your equipment will help you get the best sound available for a particular situation.
1994 Square Dance Promotion 1994 CALLERLAB Conv Vancouver, BC, Canada
Square Dance Promotion
Moderator Bill Heyman, panelists Otto Warteman and Brian Elmer. This session brings together two media experts with extensive experience in using television and cable TV to recruit new dancers.
Also learn how to market square dancing through radio and newspaper advertising.
1994 Teaching – Smooth Dancing 1994 CALLERLAB Convention, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Teaching – Smooth Dancing
Moderator Daryl Clendenin and panelist Jerry Reed discuss how to teach smooth dancing. Body flow, hand availability, tempo and timing are all important parts of smoothness. Smoothness is an important part of the dance.
1994 Teaching People Skills 1994 CALLERLAB Convention, Vancouver, BC, Canada
People Skills in Teaching
Moderator Stan Burdick, panelists Mitch Blyth and Red Bates. This session will explore the importance of ‘people’ skills in presenting the technical aspects of square dancing. Your ability to ‘reach’ the people is as important as your ability to ‘teach’ the people.
1994 Timing and Phrasing In Class 1994 CALLERLAB Convention, Vancouver, Canada Timing and Phrasing In Class
Moderator Martin Mallard and panelists John Kaltenthaler and Larry Davenport will discuss timing and phrasing as it should be used in teaching new dancers. Giving new dancers a pleasurable experience of music and dance will contribute to a better acceptance of the more rigid technical aspects of square dancing.
1995 Line & Solo Dances 1995 CALLERLAB Convention, Pittsburg, PA, Physical Education 102 – Line/Solo Dances
Dances will be presented by Tom & Pam Dillander and Wyane & Mary Ann Simpson who will provide a you-are-involved demonstration and actual learning experience. Their session will show how to conduct line or solo dances in your local programs and on weekends. Various dances will be shown and taught. Bring your partner to this one and enjoy! This session will also be equipped with sound enhancing equipment. Check out the Student Union following the dance!
1995 After Party After Party
Your hosts, Jon Jones, Marshall Flippo and Bill Peterson invite you to relax for the evening and enjoy several after-party skits that you can take back to your dancers. After parties have been a highlight of many CALLERLAB conventions. This one should be no exception. Visit the Student Union after the show.
1995 CDP Dance Session 1995 CALLERLAB Convention, Pittsburg, PA, CDP Dance Session
The CDP Committee will host a dance session highlighting the Community Dance Program. This session will be equipped with sound enhancing equipment. If you have hearing impaired dancers in your clubs, this equipment should be of interest to you.
1995 Choreography Advanced & Challenge 1995 CALLERLAB Convention, Pittsburgh, PA Choreography Advanced & Challenge – Successful Choreography 103
Moderator Mike Jacobs, panelists Jack Borgstrom and Tim Crawford. This session will focus on how to help dancers succeed with choreography in the Advanced and Challenge programs while still maintaining the interest, variety, and challenge that make these programs appealing.
1995 Contra 1995 CALLERLAB Convention, Pittsburg, PA, Physical Education 102 – Contra
Tony McUmber will MC this dance session for all who would like to dance contra. All dances will be walked thru prior to dancing. Callers seeking accreditation as an Accredited Contra Caller will be given priority in the calling sequence.
Callers wishing to be accredited at this session should leave their name at the registration office before the dance.
1995 Contra Basic Interest Session 1995 CALLERLAB Convention, Pittsburgh, PA
Contra Vocational Education 103 – Contra Basic Interest Session
Moderator Betsy Gotta, panelists Tony McUmber and Bob Howell. The panelists will discuss the basics of contra dancing. This session is for callers interested in including contra in their square dance program, but do not know how to set up contra lines or need help in understanding contra terms.
1995 How To Use CDP 1995 CALLERLAB Convention, Pittsburgh, PA
Vocational Education 102 – How To Use The CDP Program
Moderator Ken Kernen, panelists Mike Seastrom and Bob Riggs. There is a groundswell of interest in the Community Dance Program as a way to get nondancers interested in the square dance activity without the commitment required of a normal class. This panel will discuss several successful programs and provide information on how YOU can use the CDP in your area.
1995 Managing A Home Program 1995 CALLERLAB Conv Pittsburgh, PA
Self Improvement 103 – Managing a Home Program
Moderator Martin Mallard, panelists Chuck Jaworski and Gary Mahnken. Most callers travel very little. For them, the home or local program is of utmost importance.
How do I keep the dancers coming back week after week becomes a crucial question. An equal concern is how do I keep them from becoming bored with my choreography?
This session may have the answers you’re looking for.
1995 Marketing Salemanship 1995 CALLERLAB Conv Pittsburgh, PA
Self Improvement 102 – Salesmanship
Moderator Mike Jacobs, panelists Kip Garvey and Ken Ritucci. This presentation relates salesmanship skills to the calling profession.
The sales impact of a caller’s actions at a dance, both on and off stage will be discussed.
1995 One Night Stands 1995 CALLERLAB Convention, Pittsburg, PA, Marketing 102 – One Night Stands
Moderator Jerry Helt, panelists Les Henkel and Walt Cooley, Jr .. This is a dancing session–bring your partner. The panelists will show you how to conduct a non-dancer party using choreography that will leave the dancers with a favorable impression of square dancing.
1995 Overseas Callers 1995 CALLERLAB Convention, Pittsburgh, PA, Physical Education 101 – Overseas Mainstream Showcase
Stefan Sidholm will be the Master of Ceremonies for a Mainstream dance, called by overseas callers. You’ve all heard reports about the success of the Basic and Mainstream programs overseas. Here’s your chance to experience square dancing as overseas dancers experience it. This session will be equipped with sound enhancing equipment. If you have hearing impaired dancers in your clubs, this equipment should be of interest to you. Check out the Student Union after the dance!
1995 Partners Everything About Taxes 1995 CALLERLAB Convention, Pittsburgh, PA
Management 101 – Everything You Want To Know About…. Taxes, etc.
Constance Eads
Information will be provided on new items, such as filing guidelines and deductions for the caller and partner. Techniques will be discussed for proper record keeping. Changes over the past few years will be described, as will methods for setting up an office in the home. Constance has a vast knowledge of U.S. tax rules and a keen sense of humor. She promises to make this dullest of subjects most interesting.
1995 Partners Leadership 1995 CALLERLAB Convention, Pittsburgh, PA
Management 103 – Today’s Leadership Role of the Partner
Moderator Karen Rippeto, panelists Judy Biggerstaff, Ellen Cole and Peggy Broadway. This session will provide insight into today’s partner leadership role. Topics to be covered include: The importance of partners to their callers and to the square dance activity; Opinions about important qualities for partners; and Helping produce better leaders for the future. We hope to use real life situations in role playing demonstrating, we hope, the best to be found in all of us as well as some things to be avoided.
1995 Partners Positive Communications & Problem Solving 1995 CALLERLAB Convention, Pittsburgh, PA
Management 102 – Positive Communication and Problem Solving Conversation.
This Partner’s Session will be conducted by Dr. Jerry Moore. He specializes in assertiveness, humor with the public, leadership training, communication skills and empowerment. Dr. Moore has a keen sense of humor and is a real people pleaser.
1995 People Skills 1995 CALLERLAB Convention, Pittsburgh, PA
Self Improvement 104 – People Skills
Moderator Mike Seastrom, panelists Mitch Blyth and Stan Burdick. This session will explore the importance of people skills in presenting the square dancing to our long-time customers and to the students in our classes.
1995 Self Improvement Techniques 1995 CALLERLAB Convention, Pittsburgh, PA
Selflmprovement 101 – Techniques for Self Improvement
Moderator Gregg Anderson, panelists Laural Eddy and Tom Miller. This session will present several methods of improving your skills as a caller. A list of resources will be included, as well as suggestions about what materials you should have on your bookshelf. The panel will also discuss caller schools and what to expect from them.
1995 Showmanship 1995 CALLERLAB Convention, Pittsburgh, PA
Self Improvement 105 – Showmanship
Moderator Kenny Reese and panelists Jerry Helt and Richard Bjork. These leaders will discuss various techniques of showmanship in both patter calling and in singing calls. Specific techniques you can use at your clubs back home will be demonstrated.
1995 Sight Calling Techniques (session 1) 1995 CALLERLAB Convention, Pittsburgh, PA, Sight Calling Techniques (session 1) Self Improvement 301 – Advanced Techniques of Sight Calling
Panelists Bill Davis and Kip Garvey. This session will deal with advanced techniques of sight calling … the techniques used in moving the dancers through various formations prior to going for the resolution. The session will be of particular interest to callers already proficient at resolution who want to develop a better understanding of theories and practical applications of visual formation management.
1995 Sight Calling Techniques (session 2) 1995 CALLERLAB Convention, Pittsburgh, PA, Sight Calling Techniques (session 2) Self Improvement 302 – Advanced Techniques of Sight Calling
Panelists Bill Davis and Kip Garvey. This session will deal with advanced techniques of sight calling … the techniques used in moving the dancers through various formations prior to going for the resolution. The session will be of particular interest to callers already proficient at resolution who want to develop a better understanding of theories and practical applications of visual formation management.
1995 Singing Call Adaptation 1995 CALLERLAB Convention, Pittsburgh, PA, Music 102 – Singing Call Adaptation
Moderator Ken Ritucci, panelists Bill Harrison and Dee Dee Dougherty-Lottie. This session will demonstrate how to adapt singing call figures from one record to another. This session will be of particular interest to newer callers and callers teaching new dancers who want to provide singing calls with terms they have taught in class.
1995 Sound Enhancement 1995 CALLERLAB Conv Sound Enhancement
Acoustics 101 – Sound Enhancement
Moderator Bill Heyman, panelists Doreen Sillery and Jack Murtha. Here’s your chance to discuss these systems with a panel of callers that have many hours of experience with various systems.
Equipment will be available for demonstration and hands-on inspection.
1995 Square Dance Promotion 1995 CALLERLAB Conv Pittsburg, PA
Marketing 101 – Square Dance Promotion
Moderator Keith Rippeto, panelist Stan Burdick. This session will explore various methods used to promote square dancing–some successful, some not so successful. Callers with successful programs are encouraged to attend and share their experience with others.
1995 Successful Basic & MS 1995 CALLERLAB Convention, Pittsburgh, PA, Successful Choreography 101 – Basic and Mainstream
Moderator Larry Cole, panelists Bill Peterson and Jim Mayo. This session will focus on how to make interesting choreography successful in the Basic or Mainstream program. Techniques for developing choreographic themes will be demonstrated.
1995 Successful Plus 1995 CALLERLAB Convention, PIttsburgh, PA, Successful Choreography 102 – Plus
Moderator Stefan Sidholm, panelists Kenny Farris and Mitch Blyth. Panelists will bring an international choreography in the Plus program.
1995 Teaching In Schools 1995 CALLERLAB Convention, Pittsburgh, PA
Teaching 102 – Teaching In Schools
Moderator Cal Campbell, panelists Mike Callahan and Jim Wass. This session will discuss possible methods of updating square dance programs in public and private school systems. If you have had or know of any successes and/or failures in your area, please come prepared to share your experience at this session.
1995 Teaching Techniques 1995 CALLERLAB Convention, Pittsburgh, PA
Teaching 101 – Teaching Techniques
Moderator Jerry Junck, panelists John Kaltenthaler and Jack Murtha. This session will help you to improve your teaching skills. The panelists will present techniques that have proven to be very effective in classes or workshops.
1995 Voice 101 – Calling With Confidence and Care (Session 1) 1995 CALLERLAB Convention, Pittsburgh, PA
Voice 101 – Calling With Confidence and Care (Session 1)
Jan Wilson, a voice instructor from Altoona, Pennsylvania, will present an enjoyable session designed to boost confidence and instruct you in the proper use of your voice. Vocal exercises and preventive maintenance techniques will be offered to help you keep your voice in top shape.
1995 Voice 102 – Calling With Confidence and Care (Session 2) 1995 CALLERLAB Convention, Pittsburgh, PA
Voice 102 – Calling With Confidence and Care (Session 2)
This is the second session by voice instructor Jan Wilson. This session will expand on the material presented in the morning session.
1995 Working With Music 1995 CALLERLAB Convention, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Music 101 – Working With Music
Moderator Pat Carnathan, panelists Wayne Morvent and Jack Berg. This session will examine the structure of music and how records are produced. Practical advice about harmony and harmonizing will be presented.
1996 After Party After Party
Your hosts, Jon Jones, Jerry Junck, John Kaltenthaler, John Saunders, Les Henkel, Randy Dougherty, Melton Luttrell, and Marshall Flippo invite you to relax for the evening and enjoy several after-party skits that you can take back to your dancers. After-parties have been a highlight of many CALLERLAB conventions. This one should be no exception.
1996 Alternate Dance Programs Debat 1996 CALLERLAB Convention, Kansas City, MO
Alternate Dance Programs – A Debate
Leader Mike Seastrom, debaters Jerry Story (Pros), Jon Jones (Cons). In the early days of CALLERLAB, many issues were resolved by presenting several viewpoints for membership consideration. For many years there have been private debates within our membership about the impact of our dance programs on the success of square dancing. The debate in this year’s convention program returns to that earlier format, presenting both sides of a proposal to restructure the CALLERLAB square dance programs. A proposed change would eliminate the Plus Program by moving the entire Plus Program into a unified Advanced Program. The Advanced Program would be consolidated into a single program combining all the present Plus calls and the present A-1 and A-2 calls. The debate will not focus on the details of the proposed change. Rather it will consider whether a change like this would have a positive effect on square dancing in the long run. The debaters for both sides feel strongly about this issue and the program promises to set you thinking about your own views. There will be adequate time following the debate for a question and answer period.
1996 Choreography Choreo Development 1996 CALLERLAB Convention, Kansas City, Mo, Choreography Choreo Development
Panelists Jerry Story and Johnny Preston. Choreographic Development is the process by which skilled callers lead the dancers from the most basic uses of a call to success with unexpected setups. This second session will show how to lead dancers from the common use to the more unusual and unexpected sequences that provide excitement in the programs of the most successful callers.
1996 How to Call MS Emphasis 1996 CALLERLAB Convention,Kansas City, MO, How to Call MS Emphasis – Choreographic Development I
Panelists Jerry Story and Johnny Preston. Choreographic Development is the process by which skilled callers lead the dancers from the most basic uses of a call to success with unexpected setups. Using the Mainstream Emphasis Calls from the past few years, the first of these sessions will show effective ways of using the calls with dancers who are not familiar or comfortable with them. The goal is to be sure that they are successfully completing the action of the call.
1996 Opening Session 1996 CALLERLAB Convention Opening Session, Kansas City, MO
Tony Oxendine, Chairman of the Board, presiding. John Sybalsky, parliamentarian. Your Board of Governors and representatives from ROUNDALAB, LEGACY, United Square Dancers of America, the National Executive Committee, USAWest, the 47th National Square Dance Convention, the Canadian Square & Round Dance Society, CONTRALAB, the Lloyd Shaw Foundation, and the American Caller’s Association will be introduced. Newly elected members of the Board will be sworn in. Chairman Oxendine will present a summary of the Sunday Board of Governors meeting. Several committee chairmen will be introduced and given an opportunity to report on subjects to be discussed at their scheduled meetings. The Executive Director will present an overview of the convention and announce any changes to the schedule.
1996 Partners Past vs Present Experiences 1996 CALLERLAB Convention, Kansas City, MO
Partners Session III – Working Relationships, Experiences Of The Past vs Those Of The Present
Panelists Bob & Becky Osgood, Frank & Barbara Lane, and Herb & Cathy Egender. Leadership is one of the most important aspects of the calling profession. A working relationship which contributes to the role of leadership and being a ‘people’ person is of utmost importance. Three couples who have been extremely successful in both aspects will present their views.
1996 Showmanship Through Presentation 1996 CALLERLAB Convention, Kansas City, MO
Showmanship Through Presentation
Moderator Jim Mayo, panelists Deborah Parnell and Tom Miller. This session will deal with the presentation techniques that help to make a caller “stand out from the pack” in the dancers’ minds. Techniques of stage presence, and the styling of singing calls are but two of the subjects to be presented and discussed.
1996 Showmanship Thru Choreography Session 1 1996 CALLERLAB Convention, Kansas City, MO
Showmanship Through Choreography
Moderator Randy Dougherty, panelists Bronc Wise and Jerry Jestin. This session will concentrate on the choreographic ways that callers can improve the show, and therefore the pleasure of the dancers.
1996 Showmanship Thru Choreography Session 2 1996 CALLERLAB Convention, Kansas City, MO
Showmanship Through Choreography Session 2
Moderator Kip Garvey, panelists Wayne Morvent and Larry Cole. This session will concentrate on the choreographic ways that callers can improve the show, and therefore the pleasure of the dancers. This is the same subject as the 10:45 AM session but features different panelists presenting their point of view.
1996 Teaching Techniques Basic & Mainstream 1996 CALLERLAB Convention, Kansas City, MO
Teaching Techniques Basic & Mainstream
Moderator Laural Eddy, panelists Jack Murtha and Jerry Junck. This is the first of four sessions on Teaching Techniques. In this session, presentation methods will be discussed and demonstrated for calls from the Basic & Mainstream programs. The focus will be on how to make the initial presentation of the call so that dancers understand the definition, executed.
1996 Teaching Techniques Basic & Mainstream (1) 1996 CALLERLAB Convention, Kansas City, MO
Teaching Techniques Basic & Mainstream 1
Moderator Laural Eddy, panelists Jack Murtha and Jerry Junck. This is the first of four sessions on Teaching Techniques. In this session, presentation methods will be discussed and demonstrated for calls from the Basic & Mainstream programs. The focus will be on how to make the initial presentation of the call so that dancers understand the definition, execute
1996 Teaching Techniques Extended Skills 1996 CALLERLAB Convention, Kansas City, MO
Teaching Techniques III – Extended Skills
Moderator Jerry Junck, panelist John Kwaiser. This session will explore ways to extend the class experience to include style, flow, timing, counter dancing, and the “feel” of dancing. These are the skills that make the dancer feel he’s been ‘dancing’ rather than ‘drilling’.
1996 Teaching Techniques Plus 1996 CALLERLAB Convention, Kansas City, MO
Teaching Techniques IV – Plus
Moderator Martin Mallard, panelists Jack Pladdys and Shane Greer. In this session, presentation methods will be discussed and demonstrated for calls from the Plus Program. The focus will be on how to make the initial presentation of the call so that dancers understand the definition, execute the call successfully, and learn the common setups from which it is used.
1997 After Party After Party Session
Your host Jon Jones along with Stan & Cathie Burdick, Gloria Roth, Brian Dalton, Geoff Hinton, Melton Luttrell, Mike & Gail Seastrom, Herb Egender, Johnny Preston, Randy Dougherty, and Dick & Betty Parrish, invite you to relax for the evening and enjoy several after-party skits that you can take back to your dancers. After-party sessions have been a highlight of many CALLERLAB conventions. This one should be no exception. Come enjoy the fun!
1997 CDP Dance Session 1997 CALLERLAB Convention, Los Angeles, CA, CDP Dance Session
The CDP Committee, Gregg Anderson and Paul Moore emceeing, will host a dance session highlighting the Community Dance Program. If you are using the CDP or are interested in learning more about this program, come join the fun.
1997 Chinese Dancers 1997 CALLERLAB Convention, Los Angeles, CA, Chinese Dancers Demonstration and Dance
A group of Chinese dancers will provide a short dance demonstration called by Madam Tang Xialing from Bejing. A dance for all with Jack Murtha, Jon Jones, and Betsy Gotta will follow the demonstration.
All are invited to join the Chinese . dancers during this dance. Come join the fun at this unique dance.
1997 Choreography CDP Timing 1997 CALLERLAB Convention, Los Angeles, CA, Choreography Challenge Timing & Musical Phrasing In the CDP
Moderator Cal Campbell and panelists Bob Osgood and Paul Moore, will demonstrate how to make the dancers aware of the “flow” of well timed dance action and the special feeling of actions that start with the first beat of the musical phrase. The emphasis in the CDP is less on choreographic challenge and more on the sensation of dancing. This session will demonstrate techniques to help callers make full use of this important part of the square dance experience.
1997 Festival Calling 1997 CALLERLAB Conv Los Angeles, CA
Festival Calling
Panelists Tony Oxendine and Jerry Story. This session was one of the most popular last year in Kansas City. This year Tony and Jerry will be discussing the differences between calling at major festivals and weekend institutes versus calling for local area clubs. The session will examine what is expected of the festival caller, both in choreographic material and in presentation technique, and how this differs from the expectations of the club from their club caller. Another aspect of the same subject is the guest caller for a local area club.
1997 History – The Way We Were 1997 CALLERLAB Conv Los Angeles, CA
History – The Way We Were
Moderator Bob Osgood and panelists Lee Helsel, Arnie Kronenberger, and Bob Van Antwerp. These Gold Card Members were the driving force behind the creation of CALLERLAB.
Their forward thinking ideas and concern for the square dance activity were crucial in the early days of CALLERLAB. They will be available to share some thoughts about the way things were and why it was so important to develop an international association of square dance callers. This will be a unique opportunity to meet and talk with the men who were instrumental in the establishment of CALLERLAB.
1997 How People Learn 1997 CALLERLAB Convention, Los Angeles, CA
Teaching Examples – How People Learn
Moderator Laural Eddy-Moseley and panelist Gerry Hardy-and Doren McBroom. This session will open with a brief discussion of teaching learning principles. The session will then be opened to contributions from the floor. Do you have a good technique for presenting a particular call? This is the place to share it. We hope to start a growing collection of good teaching “bits.” As an example of the things we are looking for, Jack Lasry taught students that Follow Your Neighbor was exactly the same action for those facing out as for those facing in. The difference is only that the outfacers have to turn with an imaginary person.
1997 Multi-Cycle 1997 CALLERLAB Convention, Los Angeles, CA
Multi-Cycle Programming
Moderator Mike Seastrom and panelist Nasser Shukayr. A committee, under Mike Seastrom’s Chairmanship, has been working for the past year to explore alternative ways of teaching new dancers. There are many variations of the plan which starts a new class every 10, 12 or some other number of weeks. The goal of these new systems is to make access to square dancing available to new recruits more frequently. This session will present information about systems that have worked, explaining how they were set up and what methods worked well in this new format. If you know of successful multi-cycle programs, join in the discussion and let us know your thoughts.
1997 Music – Techniques & Harmony 1997 CALLERLAB Convention, Los Angeles, CA
Music – Techniques and Harmony
Moderator Pat Carnathan, panelists Mike Seastrom and Vic Karria. The goal of this session is to help callers learn how to sing in harmony with each other and with recorded music. The fundamentals of music – melody, harmony, and rhythm will be presented. A demonstration of singing thirds and fifths and a chance for some of those present to try singing in harmony may add to the presentation.
1997 Partners Family In Crisis 1997 CALLERLAB Convention, Los Angeles, CA
Partners’ Session-Family in Crisis (At Least Under Pressure)
Moderator Cathie Burdick, panelists Ellen Cole, Gail Seastrom, Pat Anthony, and Roy Gotta. Cathie, will open this session with a brief introduction of the topic and the panelists. Ellen will provide some tips for staying sane while traveling and calling. Gail will discuss coping with teenagers. Pat will examine the concerns with managing the constant shortage of time. Roy will address the subj ect of scheduling and planning meals. All partners are invited to this session which promises to be very informative.
1997 Partners New Tricks For An Old Dog-New Looks 1997 CALLERLAB Convention, Los Angeles, CA
Partners’ Session-New Tricks For An Old Dog – New Looks At The Partners’ Role
Moderator Cathie Burdick, panelists Judy Campbell, Chris Kenmille, Dr. Terese Farrar, April Kendall, and AI Chock. Cathie will open this session with a brief introduction of the topics and panelists. Judy will discuss how to take care of #1 (that’s YOU!) and how to deal with dancer’s expectations of partners. Chris will examine how to add some spice to the calling team. Terese will consider the subject being, or not being, a voting member of the caller association. April will provide some points for creating beauty around us to combat stress (how to use flowers). Al will talk about a new role for partners who might like to teach in schools. All partners are invited to attend this informative session and perhaps share a few thoughts.
1997 Showmanship 1997 CALLERLAB Convention, Los Angeles, CA
Showmanship
Moderator Tim Crawford, panelist Jerry Jestin. This session is designed to discuss various considerations in the art of showmanship. It is not intended as a choreography session even though some specific examples may be presented. The leaders will discuss various techniques of showmanship in both patter calling and in singing calls. The focus will be on things YOU can use at your clubs back home.
1997 Smoothness Body Flow 1997 CALLERLAB Convention,Los Angeles, CA, Body Flow and Smoothness
Moderator John Sybalsky, panelists Mike Jacobs & Gloria Roth. Last year in – Kansas City a small group got together to ask whether there was more to be . learned about these important sUbjects. They agreed that there was much more and this session – by people who were there – will try to pass on some of what was . learned and to consider how we might search for better understanding in the … future.
1997 Solving Our Problems – What Are Choices 1997 CALLERLAB Convention, Los Angeles, CA
Solving Our Problems – What Are The Choices?
Panelists Tony Oxendine and Jerry Story. The square dance world is considering some major changes. Nearly everyone recognizes that there is a problem. Growth has slowed and groups are shrinking. Callers, in particular are trying to understand the problems and do something about them. Many different approaches have been proposed. Some of these conflict with others. All are weakened by a lack of agreement on what is best. Tony and Jerry will discuss some of these, approaches, including the pros and cons. Your thoughts and participation are invited during this stimulating session.
1997 Standard Applications 1997 CALLERLAB Convention, Los Angeles, CA
Standard Application Showcase
Daryl Clendenin, Jerry Junck, John Kaltenthaler, Tony Oxendine, Johnny Preston, Mike Seastrom, and Jerry Story.
This will be a non-stop dance featuring uses of the concept of Standard Applications
1997 Standard vs Extended 1997 CALLERLAB Convention, Los Angeles, CA, Standard Choreo Vs Extended Applications – Mainstream “Different Vs Difficult”
Panelists Jerry Story and Tony Oxendine. Choreographic Development is the process by which skilled callers lead the dancers from the most basic (Standard) uses of a call to success with Extended Applications. Using selected Mainstream calls, this session will show effective ways of using the calls with dancers who are completely comfortable with them. The goal is to be sure that they are successfully completing the Standard Applications of the call. Techniques for assuring success with the Extended Applications will also be shown.
1997 Standard vs Extended Plus 1997 CALLERLAB Convention, Los Angeles, CA, Standard Choreo Vs Extended Applications – “Different Vs Difficult”
Panelists Larry Cole and Mike Seastrom. Choreographic Development is the process by which skilled callers lead the dancers from the most basic (Standard) uses of a call to success with Extended Applications. Using selected Plus calls, this .. session will show effective ways of using the calls with dancers who are completely comfortable with them. The goal is to be sure that they are successfully completing the Standard Applications of the call. Techniques for assuring success with the Extended Applications will also be shown.
1997 Standard vs Extended Basic 1997 CALLERLAB Convention, Los Angeles, CA, Standard Choreo V s Extended Applications – Basic – “Different Vs Difficult”
Panelists Daryl Clendenin and Johnny Preston. Choreographic Development is the process by which skilled callers lead the dancers from the most basic (Standard) uses of a call to success with Extended Applications. Using selected Basic cans, this session will show effective ways of using the calls with dancers who are completely comfortable with them. The goal is to be sure that they are successfully completing the Standard Applications of the call. Techniques for assuring success with the Extended Applications will also be shown.
1997 Standard vs Extended Mainstream 1997 CALLERLAB Convention, Los Angele, CA, Standard Choreo Vs Extended Applications – Mainstream “Different Vs Difficult”
Panelists Jerry Junck and Jerry Jestin. Choreographic Development is the process by which skilled callers lead the dancers from the most basic (Standard) uses of a call to success with Extended Applications. Using selected Mainstream calls, this session will show effective ways of using the calls with dancers who are completely comfortable with them. The goal is to be sure that they are successfully completing the Standard Applications of the call. Techniques for assuring success with the Extended Applications will also be shown.
1997 Teaching Callers To Use Contra 1997 CALLERLAB Convention, Los Angeles, CA, Teaching Callers To Use Contra
Moderator Yona Chock, panelists Doris Howatt and Bob Howell. The panelists will discuss the basics of contra dancing. This session is for those callers who are interested in including contra in their square dance program.but do not know how to set up contra lines, prompt ahead of the musical phrase or who need help in understanding some of the contra terms used.
1997 Teaching Techniques – Presentation 1997 CALLERLAB Convention, Los Angeles, CA
Teaching Techniques – Presentation
Moderator Walt Cooley and panelists Wayne Morvent and Doren McBroom. In this . session, presentation methods will be discussed and demonstrated for calls from the Basic & Mainstream Programs. The focus will be on how to make the initial presentation of the call so that dancers understand the definition, execute the call successfully, and learn the common setups from which it is used.
1997 Timing and Musical Phrasing in Class 1997 CALLERLAB Convention, Los Angeles, CA, Timing and Musical Phrasing in Class
Moderator John Kaltenthaler and panelist Larry Davenport. If square dancing is truly to be considered dancing then our actions must fit the music. The place to start making dancers understand this fit is in class. That’s the time to make them aware of the “flow” of well timed dance action and the special feeling of actions that start with the first beat of the musical phrase. This session will demonstrate techniques that you can use to make students conscious of these important parts of the square dance experience.
1997 Understanding Technical Zeros 1997 CALLERLAB Conv Los Angles, CA
Understanding Technical Zeros
Moderator Kip Garvey and panelist Lorenz Kuhlee. This session will present information about the technical zero – what it is, how it affects the caller’s choreography and how to use it effectively. Many callers who use modular methods of choreographic control have been victims of a failure to understand the difference between ‘technical” zeros and true zeros.
This session will help you to “make friends” with technical zeros.
1997 Using and Caring For Your Voice 1997 CALLERLAB Convention, Los Angeles, CA
Using and Caring For Your Voice
Professor Arden Hopkin will demonstrate various techniques used to correct voice problems and will provide important information on the care of your voice. Professor Hopkin has spoken at several previous conventions and is familiar with the unique vocal requirements of callers.
1997 Voice Critique (Session 1) 1997 CALLERLAB Convention, Los Angeles, CA
Voice Critique (Session 1)
Our voice expert, Professor Arden Hopkin, will provide a brief voice critique of selected calIers. This is a tremendous opportunity to experience/witness an expert impartial voice evaluation. This has been a very popular session during past conventions.
1997 Voice Critique (Session 2) 1997 CALLERLAB Convention, Los Angeles, CA
Voice Critique (Session 2)
During this second critique session, our voice expert, Professor Arden Hopkin will provide a brief voice critique of various callers. This is a tremendous opportunity to experience or witness an expert impartial voice evaluation. This has been a very popular session during past conventions. Volunteers have been selected for this unique opportunity.
1997 Voice Critiquing – For Caller Trainers 1997 CALLERLAB Convention, Los Angeles, CA
Voice Critiquing – For Caller Trainers
Professor Arden Hopkin from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah will conduct this session designed for caller coaches and caller trainers. The subject will be the mechanic!! of conducting a voice critique of student callers. If you are involved in this type of caller training, you will certainly want to attend this informative session.
1997 ontra 1997 CALLERLAB Convention,Los Angeles, CA, Contra
Emcee Yona Chock along with Doris Howatt and Bob Howell. This will be a dance session for all who would like to dance contra and traditional dances and become more familiar with these dance forms.
All dances will be walked through before dancing them. Contra and traditional callers sign up at the stage if you have a dance to present.
1998 Mainstream Showcase 1998 CALLELRAB Convention, Cincinnati, OH, Mainstream Showcase
Jim Mayo, Lori Morin, Jerry Helt, Jack Murtha, and Laural Eddy-Moseley. This will be a non-stop dance featuring uses of the Mainstream program. Come see how much fun this type dancing can be.
1998 After Party After Party Session
Your host Jon Jones along with Carl Brandt, Jerry Helt, Bob Howell, Vernon Jones, Ernie Kinney, Melton Luttrell, Deborah Parnell, Bill Peterson, Gloria Roth, and Bill Williamson invite you to relax for the evening and enjoy several after-party skits that you can take back to your dancers. After-party sessions have been a highlight of many CALLERLAB conventions. This one should be no exception. Come enjoy the fun!
1998 CDP Dance Session 1998 CALLERLAB Conv, DAllas, TX, CDP Dance Session
The CDP Committee, George Rollow emceeing, will host a dance session highlighting the Community Dance Program. If you are using the CDP or are interested in learning more about this program, come join the fun.
1998 Community Dance Program Interest Session 1998 CALLERLAB Convention, Cincinnati, OH
Community Dance Program Interest Session
Moderator Calvin Campbell. Explore the unique world of leading dances for beginners including adults, teenagers, elementary students, retired persons, non-English speaking persons and others. It is a different but very rewarding experience in many ways. There are great opportunities for those willing to learn the skills needed.
1998 Contra and Traditional Showcase 1998 CALLERLAB Convention, Cincinnati, Ohio, Contra and Traditional Showcase
Emcee Yona Chock. This will be a dance session for all who would like to dance contra and traditional dances and become more familiar with these dance forms. All dances will be walked thru before dancing them.
Contra and traditional callers sign up at the stage if you have a dance to present.
1998 Goal Setting & Future Planning 1998 CALLERLAB Conv Cincinnati, OH
Goal Setting & Future Planning Jon Jones, Moderator with Elmer Sheffield, Jr & Tony Oxendine. So often we see callers who are super on stage but have never considered where they will be a few years down the road. This session is designed to help each caller focus on the future and how each can achieve his/her individual goals and objectives.
1998 Harmony Techniques 1998 CALLERLAB Convention, Cincinati, OH
Music – Harmony Techniques
Moderator Gerry Hardy. The goal of this session is to help callers learn how to sing in harmony with each other and with recorded music. The fundamentals of music -melody, harmony, and rhythm will be presented. A demonstration of singing thirds and fifths and a chance for some of those present to try singing in harmony may add to the presentation.
1998 How People Learn 1998 CALLERLAB Convention, Cincinnati, OH
Teaching – How People Learn
Panelists Jerry Junck and Mike Jacobs. In this session you will learn three “styles of learning” and how each effects the way we present information in a square dance class. The session will include examples of call presentations and analysis of how each presentation applies what we know about the different ways people learn.
1998 How To Manage Home Program 1998 CALLERLAB Conv Cincinnati, OH
How To Manage A Home Program
Moderator Jack & Sherry Pladdys, panelists Paul & Nita Walker, and Dana & Donna Schirmer. This session will provide information about various forms of home programs.
Including those run by callers and those operated by dance committees. The advantages and disadvantages of each type program will be discussed. Techniques for solving typical Problems, and examples of successes in dance program operation will also be presented and discussed.
1998 How To Use The Basic Program 1998 CALLERLAB Convention, Cincinnati, OH
Teaching – How To Use The Basic Program
Moderator Jerry Helt, panelists Jerry Haag and Jack Murtha. Callers in the U.S are beginning to look at the Basic Program as a way to get non-dancers into the square dance activity. The program has proven to be very successful overseas and may be very useful for any area that is willing to consider new ways of recruiting new dancers. The panel will discuss various successes and provide information on how YOU can use the Basic Program in your area.
This session is a discussion of Teaching more than it is a discussion of the Use of Basic
1998 Improving Vocal Quality I 1998 CALLERLAB Convention, Cincinnati, OH
Improving Vocal Quality I
Our voice expert, Professor Arden Hopkin, has identified two areas of vocal training which are very important to the improvement of vocal delivery by a caller. These two areas are: 1) Vocal Range and 1) Vocal Quality. Professor Hopkin will be presenting two session on each of these topics during the convention. This is the first of two sessions on Improving Vocal Quality conducted by Professor Hopkin. Come and observe the techniques for improving your vocal quality. This is a companion to the sessions on Improving Vocal Range. The second Vocal Quality session is scheduled for 10:45am Tuesday.
1998 Improving Vocal Quality II 1998 CALLERLAB Convention, Cincinnati, OH
Improving Vocal Quality II
Our voice expert, Professor Arden Hopkin, has identified two areas of vocal training which are very important to the improvement of vocal delivery by a caller. These two areas are: 1) Vocal Range and 2) Vocal Quality. This is the second of two sessions on Improving Vocal Quality conducted by Professor Hopkin. Come observe the techniques for improving your vocal quality. This is the second session on improving vocal range and is a companion to the sessions on vocal range.
1998 Improving Vocal Range (Session1) 1998 CALLERLAB Convention, Cincinnati, OH
Improving Vocal Range I
Our voice expert, Professor Arden Hopkin from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah has identified two areas of vocal training which are very important to the improvement of vocal delivery by a caller. These two areas are: 1) Vocal Range and 2) Vocal Quality. Professor Hopkin will be presenting two session on each of these topics during the convention. Come observe the techniques for improving your vocal range. This session will be the first of two sessions on Improving Vocal Range. The second session is scheduled for 9:00am Tuesday.
1998 Improving Vocal Range II 1998 CALLERLAB Convention, Cincinnati, OH
Improving Vocal Range II
Our voice expert, Professor Arden Hopkin has identified two areas of vocal training which are very important to the improvement of vocal delivery by a caller. These two areas are: 1) Vocal Range and 2) Vocal Quality. This session will be the first of two sessions on Improving Vocal Range. Come observe the techniques for improving your vocal range. This is the second session on improving vocal range and is a companion to the sessions on vocal quality.
1998 Mental Image 1998 CALLERLAB Convention, Cinncinati, OH Mental Image Interest Session
Moderator Don Beck. This session will describe and discuss the mental image system of choreographic control. Don will show how it works, demonstrate that it does work, and suggest that even experienced sight callers can still find it a valuable technique. Come and learn how to find your corner even when all your key squares breakdown.
1998 Multi-Cycle 1998 CALLERLAB Convention, Cincinnati, OH
Multi-Cycle Teaching
Panelists Mike Seastrom, Dana Schirmer, and Nasser Shukayr will discuss alternative ways of teaching new dancers. There are many variations of the plan which starts a new class every 10, 12, or some other number of weeks. The goal of these systems is to make access to square dancing available to new recruits more frequently. The session will present information about systems that have worked, explaining how they were set up and what methods worked well in this new format. If you know of successful multi-cycle programs, join the discussion and let us know your thoughts.
1998 New Markets For The CDP 1998 CALLERLAB Convention, Cincinnati, OH
New Markets For The Community Dance Program
Moderator Cal Campbell, panelists George Rollow, and Bob Howell. This panel of experts in the Community Dance Program will discuss ways to start and maintain dance programs using a limited set of square dance basics. Methods will include the open program approach, beginner parties, retirement centers, youth groups, and others. The goal will be to educate leaders on means and materials and will include some demonstrations.
1998 Partners Difficult Communications 1998 CALLERLAB Convention, Cincinnati, OH
Partners’ Session – Difficult Communications
Moderator Kathy Davenport, Partners Committee Chairman, will open this session with a brief introduction of the topic. This session is planned as a discussion forum to provide attendees the opportunity to discuss personal experiences and to develop a method for dealing with difficult communicators. Kathy will start the discuss of how to get through to the non-communicator. We all know them, they think they are the only ones who could possibly be right, or at least, you couldn’t possibly have any good ideas. Do you live with him/her? Do you work with that person? Or is that person the club president or trouble maker? Or perhaps, they are your children. Come join us in our search for ways to get through to these persons, without being a “nag”. All partners are invited to this session which promises to be very informative.
1998 Partners In The 90s & Beyond 1998 CALLERLAB Convention, Cincinnati, OH
Partners’ Session – Partners In The 90’s and Beyond
Moderator Kathy Davenport, panelists Gloria Roth, John Kaltenthaler, and Larry Davenport. Kathy, Partners Committee Chairman, will open this session with a brief introduction of the topic and the panelists. Gloria will do a short session on the value of the partner. John will discuss how to help the caller sound a hall. Larry will talk about how to cope with stress. Kathy will condense several previous Partners session topics on the role of the partner. The variety of topics should give everyone something to think about. We plan to allow time for discussion of the subjects presented. Come, share your thoughts. All partners are invited to this session which promises to be very interesting and informative.
1998 Progressive Squares (Dance & Teaching) 1998 CALLERLAB Convention, Cincinnati, Ohio, Progressive Squares (Dance & Teaching)
Host Jerry Helt will provide a look at progressive squares. This specialized calling skill can be a dancer-pleasing show piece for the caller. To experience moving from square to square during a dance and then find yourself back where you started is exciting. Jerry will show you how to set up the floor and keep track of the moves so that YOU can give your dancers this thrill.
1998 T2000 Proposal Debate Session 1 1998 CALLERLAB Convention, Cincinnati, OH
Debate on The T2000 Proposal (1 of 2)
Moderated by Jerry Junck. Panelists for part one are Jim Mayo and Mike Jacobs; panelists for part two are Gregg Anderson and Mike Seastrom; and panelists for part three are Daryl Clendenin and Kip Garvey. This is the first of two sessions designed to provide the opportunity for attendees to review, discuss, and debate the three parts of the T2000 proposal. All attendees are invited to join in the discussion to exchange ideas and to discuss the Pro and Con side of this proposal.
1998 T2000 Proposal Debate Session 2 1998 CALLERLAB Convention, Cincinnati, OH
T2000 Proposal Debate Session 2
Moderated by Jerry Junck. Panelists for part one are Jim Mayo and Mike Jacobs; panelists for part two are Gregg Anderson and Mike Seastrom; and panelists for part three are Daryl Clendenin and Kip Garvey. This is the second of two sessions designed to provide the opportunity for attendees to review, discuss, and debate the three parts of the T2000 proposal. All attendees are invited to join in the discussion to exchange ideas and to discuss the Pro and Con side of this proposal.
1998 T2000 Proposal Presentation 1998 CALLERLAB Convention, Cincinnati, OH
Presentation of T2000 Proposal
Moderator Jerry Junck; three panels as follows: panelists for part one, Jim Mayo and Mike Jacobs, panelists for part two, Gregg Anderson and Mike Seastrom; and panelists for part three, Daryl Clendenin and Kip Garvey. The three parts of the proposal are defined below:
Part 1 – The proposed first dance program shall contain calls from the existing Basic Program which can be taught from Standard Applications in 12 two hour sessions. This will require some major changes that offer possible advantages and possible disadvantages. Come and hear the panelists take both sides. Then, during the Debate Sessions, share your thoughts and try to make up your mind about what is best for square dancing.
Part 2 – The second part of the proposal is a proposed second dance program which shall contain calls that are currently listed in the existing Mainstream and Plus Programs, or calls from the Basic Program that were not selected for inclusion in the proposed first dance program, if any, that can be readily taught from Standard Applications in 12 additional two hour session after the entry program has been learned. This will not be a discussion of which calls are to be dropped or kept. Rather the panelists will try to explain the advantages and disadvantages of this step. Later, during the Debate Sessions, you will be invited to contribute your own thinking as we try to decide how to vote.
Part 3 – The third part of the proposal is a third dance program which shall contain the Extended Applications of all calls listed in the proposed first two dance programs. The proposed third dance program could be taught in no less than 25 additional 2 hour sessions. This plan calls fofor the first two programs to be based on common usage (Standard Applications) of the calls. The “Extended Applications” would be separately identified and offered for those who wish to have more challenging dancing. The panelists will try to explain what the term “Extended Applications” means, and how we might make use of this concept in the “real” square dance world. Later, during the Debate Sessions, your contributions will be encouraged and everyone will have a chance to join the discussion.
1998 Teaching Callers To Use Contra 1998 CALLERLAB Convention, Los Angeles, CA, Teaching Callers To Use Contra
Moderator Yona Chock, panelists Mona Cannel, and Les Henkel. The panelists will discuss the basics of contra dancing. This session is for those callers who are interested in including contra in their square dance program but do not know how to set up contra lines, prompt ahead of the musical phrase or who need help in understanding some of the contra terms.
1998 Teaching Ideas – Your Successful Methods 1998 CALLERLAB Convention, Cincinnati, OH
Teaching Ideas – Your Successful Methods
Moderator Larry Davenport. This session will start to build a library of teaching ideas that have been successful. Larry will ask for your best teaching gimmicks. As an example of the kind of idea we are looking for consider the trick of a dollar bill in the middle of the square and asking everyone to keep an eye on it as they do a SQUARE THRU. Come share your best methods.
1998 Understanding Technical Zeros 1998 CALLERLAB Conv Cincinnati, OH
Understanding Technical Zeros
Moderator Kip Garvey. This session will present information about the technical zero – what it is, how it affects the caller’s choreography and how to use it effectively.
Many callers who use modular methods of choreographic control have been victims of failure to understand the difference between “technical” zeros and true zeros.
This session will help you to “make friends” with technical zeros.
1998 Voice Critique Session I 1998 CALLERLAB Convention, Cincinnati, OH
Voice Critique Session I
Our voice expert, Professor Arden Hopkin, will provide a voice critique for of selected callers. Volunteers for this critique MUST have attended both the Improving Vocal Range and the Improving Vocal Quality sessions earlier today. This is a tremendous opportunity to experience or witness an expert impartial voice evaluation. This has been one of the most popular sessions during past conventions. Critique participants and observers have gained excellent insight into improving vocal delivery. If you are interested (willing) to take part in this session you put your name in the hat. Those to be critiqued will be drawn from the hat. All are welcome to learn by observing. The second critique session is scheduled for 1:30pm Tuesday.
1998 Voice Critique Session II 1998 CALLERLAB Convention, Cincinnati, OH
Voice Critique Session II
This is the second of two Voice Critique Sessions. Our voice expert, Professor Arden Hopkin, will provide a voice critique of selected callers. Volunteers for this critique MUST have attended the Improving Vocal Range AND the Improving Vocal Quality sessions provided yesterday and earlier today. This is a tremendous opportunity to experience or witness an expert impartial voice evaluation. This has been one of the most popular sessions during past conventions. Critique participants and observers have gained excellent insight into improving vocal delivery. If you are interested (willing) to take part in this session you put your name in the hat. Those to be critiqued will be drawn from the hat. All are welcome to learn by observing.
1999 Business Taxes 1999 CALLERLAB Convention, Dallas TX Tax Returns – A Spreadsheet Solution
Moderator Ron Markus. Taxes are an important part of the business side of calling. During this session Ron will provide valuable information about how to keep track of your tax situation on a month by month basis rather than having a big surprise at the end of the year.
1999 After Party After Party Session
Your host Herb Egender invites you to relax for the evening and enjoy several after-party skits that you can take back to your dancers. After-party sessions have been a highlight of many CALLERLAB conventions. This one should be no exception. Come enjoy the fun!
1999 Basic Showcase 1999 CALLERLAB Convention, DAllas, TX, Basic Showcase Dance
Emcee Jack Mutha and staff Al Stevens, Doug Bennett, Jeanette Steauble, Jerry Jestin, and Randy Dougherty. This will be a non-stop dance featuring the Basic Program. The callers
will show you different ways to use the Basic Program.
1999 CDP Interest Session 1999 CALLERLAB Convention, Dallas, TX,
CDP Interest Session
Moderator Les Henkel and Panelist Tom Crisp and Dennis Sutherland. Explore the unique world of leading dances for beginners including adults, teenagers, elementary students, retired persons, non-English speaking persons and others. It is a different but very rewarding experience in many ways. There are great opportunities for those willing to learn the skills needed.
1999 Contra and Traditional Showcase 1999 CALLERLAB Convention, DAllas, TX, Contra and Traditional Showcase
Emcee Yona Chock. This will be a dance session for all who would like to dance contra and traditional dances and become more familiar with these dance forms. All dances will be walked thru before dancing them.
Contra and traditional callers sign up at the stage if you have a dance to present.
1999 Contra Traditional Session 1999 CALLERLAB Convention, Dallas, TX
Contra/Traditional Interest Session
Moderator Chuck Jaworski and Panelists Betsy Gotta, Bob Howell and Les Henkel. The panelists will discuss the basics of contra dancing. This session is for those callers who are interested in including contra in their square dance program but do not know how to set up contra lines, prompt ahead of the musical phrase or who need help in understanding some of the contra terms.
1999 Harmony Techniques 1999 CALLERLAB Convention, Dallas, TX
Music – Harmony Techniques
Moderator Gerry Hardy and Panelist Chuck Hardy. The goal of this session is to help callers learn how to sing in harmony with each other and with recorded music. The fundamentals of music -melody, harmony, and rhythm will be presented. A demonstration of singing thirds and fifths and a chance for some of those present to try singing in harmony may add to the presentation.
1999 How to Sell a Workshop 1999 CALLERLAB Convention, Dallas, Texas How To Sell A Workshop
Moderator Kip Garvey and Panelists Jerry Story and Vernon Jones. Some dancers like workshops more than dances. The word “workshop” means different things in different areas. Are your workshops “work”? Is that what the dancers want? Come to this session to hear more about what workshops can be – and what they should not be.
1999 Keep Em Theme Tips 1999 CALLERLAB Convention, Dallas, TX,
How To Keep Em’ – With Theme Tips
Moderator Tony Oxendine and Panelists Randy Dougherty and Doug Bennett. Some callers do not give much thought to what they are going to call until they put the needle on the record. There is another way. The tip can be planned well in advanced and can use any of several techniques to develop a choreographic theme. Well planned tips increase the dancer’s success and enjoyment. Attend this session to learn more about how to do this.
1999 Keep Em With Patter 1999 CALLERLAB Convention, Dallas, TX,
How To Keep Em’ – With Patter
Moderator Gregg Anderson and Panelists Kip Garvey and Marshall Flippo. Patter is different from singing – or is it? There are techniques for organizing and presenting the patter part of your dance evening that can help dancers enjoy it more. Here we have a strong local club caller, a well known festival caller, and one of the most travelled callers together to explain how they use patter to give the dancers a good time.
1999 Keep Em With Singing Calls 1999 CALLERLAB Convention, Dallas, TX,
How To Keep Em’ – With Singing Calls
Moderator Tim Marriner and Panelists Gerry Hardy and Johnny Wycoff. Many think the singer is the caller’s chance to show off. This session will go into detail to show you how to make your singing calls even more effective. The tools of this trade include choreography, musicianship, and showmanship. Used well together they can make a great show.
1999 Modules 1999 CALLERLAB Conv Dallas, TX
Modules
Moderator John Kaltenthaler and Panelists Johnny Wycoff and Calvin Campbell. Caller training often focuses on sight calling as the callers’ key to success.
These experienced leaders will tell you that effective use of modules is even more important than sight. Most callers use sight techniques primarily for resolution.
Most successful callers use modules for the truly interesting parts of their program. Do you know where to find modules and how to use them? Come to this session and learn.
1999 Multi-Cycle 1999 CALLERLAB Convention, Dallas TX
Multi-Cycle Teaching
Panelists Mike Seastrom, Dana Schirmer, and Nasser Shukayr will discuss alternative ways of teaching new dancers. There are many variations of the plan which starts a new class every 10, 12, or some other number of weeks. The goal of these systems is to make access to square dancing available to new recruits more frequently. The session will present information about systems that have worked, explaining how they were set up and what methods worked well in this new format. If you know of successful multi-cycle programs, join the discussion and let us know your thoughts.
1999 Music – A Marketing Tool 1999 CALLERLAB Convention, Dallas, TX
Music – A Marketing Tool
Moderator Tim Marriner and Panelists Deborah Parnell and Jon Jones. Is square dance music old fashioned? Is the music of the 50’s experiencing a renaissance? Could we sell square dancing better if we used different music? Is there a particular type of music that fits you? Should you try to use music that you don’t find comfortable? These are the questions and these leaders will draw on their considerable experience to suggest the answers.
1999 Opening Session 1999 CALLERLAB Conv Opening Session, Dallas TX
Larry Cole, Acting Chairman of the Board, presiding. John Sybalsky, parliamentarian. Your Board of Governors and representatives from ROUNDALAB, LEGACY, United Square Dancers of America, the National Executive Committee, the Canadian Square & Round Dance Society, National Dance Association, CONTRALAB, Canadian Western Dance Instructors Association, and the Lloyd Shaw Foundation will be introduced. Newly elected members of the Board will be sworn in. Acting Chairman Larry Cole will present a summary of the Sunday Board of Governors meeting. Several committee chairmen will be introduced and given an opportunity to report on subjects to be discussed at their scheduled meetings. George White, Executive Director, will present an overview of the convention and announce any changes to the schedule.
1999 Partners Help With Promotion 1999 CALLERLAB Convention, Dallas, TX
Partners’ Session – Helping With Promotion
Moderator Kathy & Larry Davenport, Partners Committee Chairman and Panelists Mary Ann and Mike Alexander. Kathy will open this session with a brief introduction of the topic. How can the caller’s partner help with promotion? Should the caller’s partner be involved in the club’s promotion? There may be multiple answers to these questions. Come find out how others feel about this important issues. Partners have long been recognized as an integral part of many calling teams. There are some calling teams in which the partner takes a very limited role and still others where the partner takes no active role at all. This session will focus on how the Partners can help with the promotion of classes, club dances, festivals, and other events.
1999 Partners Session 1999 CALLERLAB Convention, Dallas, TX
Partners’ Session – Discussion Topics
Moderator Kathy & Larry Davenport, Partners Committee Chairman and Panelists Mary Ann and Mike Alexander, Partner’s Committee Vice Chairman and Jerry Junck, Past Chairman of the Board. Kathy will open this session with a brief introduction of the topic and the panel. This session will include discussions of several topics including 1) Organizing Your Life, 2) How Do You Handle …, 3) The Role of the Partner, and 4) Booking Agent – To Be Or Not To Be. This sessions promises some lively discussion. Please come and join us. Your comments and suggestions will be most welcome.
1999 Presenting Fun Night Dances 1999 CALLERLAB Convention, Dallas TX, Presenting Fun Night Dances, One Night Stand Dance Party
Bob Howell and Gregg Anderson will host a dance session highlighting the value of the One Night Stand Party Dances. This fine staff will present interesting material and pointers on how to help sell square dancing during these events, come join the fun.
1999 Recruiting Find Em From Dance Parties 1999 CALLERLAB Convention, Dallas, TX,
How To Find Em’ – Recruiting From Dance Parties
Moderator Chuck Jaworski and Panelist Les Henkel. Most callers do non-dancer parties. Are these a good way to interest people in becoming square dancers? That may depend on what we do at these parties. This session will consider how we can make the square dance party into a good recruiting tool for club dancing.
1999 Recruiting Find Em Media Promotion 1999 CALLERLAB Convention, Dallas, TX,
How To Find Em’ – Media Promotion
Moderator Ed Juaire and Panelist Mike Seastrom. Few callers are familiar with the techniques of public information media. If we are to recruit successfully we will have to learn to get the most from the money we spend on publicity. There may also be ways to get square dancing mentioned in the media without spending money. This session will show how to make our use of the media more effective.
1999 Recruiting Hook Em Concern For Our Clients 1999 CALLERLAB Convention, Dallas, TX,
How To Hook Em’ – Concern For Our Clients
Moderator Jerry Junck and Panelists Terry Mallard, Martin Mallard. In this age when Customer Service is a top priority for commercial enterprises of all kinds we should ask whether we are showing enough concern for the customers. This session will show you what that means in square dancing. Concern comes in many forms like knowing their name, keeping track of birthdays, and making sure they succeed in their dancing. You’ll learn even more in this session.
1999 Recruiting Hook Em Dancing Is Learning 1999 CALLERLAB Convention, Dallas, TX,
How To Hook Em’ – Dancing Is Learning
Moderator Tony Oxendine and Mike Jacobs and Wayne Morvent. Square dancing is a continuous learning process. One of the unique things about it is the continuing experience of new ways to use the calls we have learned. In this session you will learn how to make that experience comfortable. You will learn how to make learning fun for the dancers.
1999 Recruiting Hook Em Teaching Is Dancing 1999 CALLERLAB Convention, Dallas, TX,
How To Hook Em’ – Teaching Dancing
Moderator Jerry Junck and Panelists Daryl Clendenin, Jerry Story, and Lanny Weaklend. After you have taught the definition and explained it’s application in several setups, have they learned? Maybe it takes more than that. It is not enough to “get through” the action. They have to DANCE the moves. This session will stress the importance of converting the calls from actions they can execute into the experience of dancing.
1999 Recruiting Hook Em’ – Through Sociability 1999 CALLERLAB Convention, Dallas, TX,
How To Hook Em’ – Through Sociability
Moderator Jerry & Janice Jestin and Panelists Art & Collett McMullen. Sociability is an important aspect, if not the most important, of square dancing for many people. In the past we have focussed on the intricacies of choreography, program lists, and dancing styles while forgoing emphasis on enjoying other people who participate in square dancing simply because they enjoy interacting with other people. This session will focus on the importance of “teaching” new dancers the art of socializing through the dance as well as other club and group activities. The goal is to remind dance leaders that we must lead people toward fun through a variety of means, not all of them revolving around the dance.
1999 Recruiting Where Do They Come From 1999 CALLERLAB Convention, Dallas, TX,
How To Find Em’ – Where Do They Come From
Moderator Jack Murtha and Panelists Mike Jacobs and Dana Schirmer. In promoting square dancing we haven’t always searched as widely as we might have. This session will expand your recruiting horizons. Ed Gilmore said that we must “Find some people and do what we have to do to get them.” This session will explore the first part of that instruction.
1999 Retention Keep Em With Smoothness 1999 CALLERLAB Convention, Dallas, TX,
How To Keep Em’ – With Smoothness
Moderator Jim Mayo and Panelists Larry Davenport and Nasser Shukayr. We call it square DANCING but do we call so people CAN dance? The tools we have that can improve the dance experience include choreographic smoothness, timing, selection of music, delivery style, and others. In this session you will see, hear, and experience the difference between executing calls and dancing.
1999 Use Of Equipment 1999 CALLERLAB Conv Use Of Equipment
Use Of Equipment
Moderator Bill Heyman and Panelists Dick Henschel and Tom Dillander. Our equipment is the “tools of our trade”. Do you know how to get the most out of your investment?
The folks who make and sell our equipment have knowledge to share. Come with your questions and hear their advice.
1999 Using The Basic Program 1999 CALLERLAB Convention, Dallas, TX
Using The Basic Program
Moderator Jack Murtha and Panelists Al Stevens and Vernon Jones. Many callers in the U.S. have begun to look at the Basic Program as a way to get non-dancers into the square dance activity. The program has proven to be very successful overseas and may be useful for any area that is willing to consider new ways of recruiting new dancers. This panel will discuss various successes and provide information on how YOU can use the Basic Program in your area.
1999 Voice Critiques-Part 1 1999 CALLERLAB Convention, Dallas, TX
Voice Session III – Voice Critiques
This is the first of two Voice Critique Sessions. Our voice expert, Professor Arden Hopkin, will provide a voice critique of selected callers. This is a tremendous opportunity to experience or witness an expert impartial voice evaluation. This has been one of the most popular sessions during past conventions. Critique participants and observers have gained excellent insight into improving vocal delivery. If you are interested (willing) to take part in this session you put your name in the hat. Those to be critiqued will be drawn from the hat. All are welcome to learn by observing.
2000 New Dancer 2000 CALLERLAB Convention, Las Vegas, NV, New Dancer Dance – for all
Emceed by Gregg Anderson and assisted by Mike Seastrom. One of the most important dances we ever call is the one for folks who have never (or seldom) danced before. This is an opportunity to sell square dancing and we must make the most of it. Gregg does many of these each year and has developed techniques that assure that everyone has a good time. He will share this experience with you as he presents the program as he calls it. Come prepared to take part as a dancer.
2000 After Party After Party Session
Your host Jon Jones invites you to relax for the evening and enjoy several after-party skits that you can take back to your dancers. After-party sessions have been a highlight of many CALLERLAB Conventions. This one should be no exception. Come enjoy the fun!
2000 CDP & Contra/Traditional Dance (part 1) 2000 CALLERLAB Convention, Las Vegas, NV, CDP & Contra/Traditional Dance (part 1)
The CDP and Contra/Traditional Committees, with Bob Riggs and Yona Chock emceeing, will highlight the CDP and Contra/Traditional programs.
If you are interested in learning more about these programs and adding them to your program, come join in the fun.
2000 CDP & Contra/Traditional Dance (part 2) 2000 CALLERLAB Convention, Las Vegas, NV, CDP & Contra/Traditional Dance (part 2)
The CDP and Contra/Traditional Committees, with Bob Riggs and Yona Chock emceeing, will highlight the CDP and Contra/Traditional programs.
If you are interested in learning more about these programs and adding them to your program, come join in the fun.
2000 Choreography Advanced & Challenge 2000 CALLERLAB Convention, Las Vegas, NV Advanced & Challenge Choreography Moderator Mike Jacobs and panelist John Marshall will explore different approaches in teaching the Advanced list and expanding on positions that are interesting and danceable by the majority of Advanced dancers.
2000 Choreography Choreo Development 2000 CALLERLAB Convention,Las Vegas, NV Choreography Choreo Development
Moderator Jim Mayo and panelists Kip Garvey and Jerry Story. The most interesting choreography fails to impress the dancers if they can’t get through it successfully. The key to dancer success is preparation – preparing the dancers to succeed and preparing the caller to present the routine well. In this session the panel will explain how they make sure that their best choreography succeeds.
2000 Contra/Traditional Session 2000 CALLERLAB Convention, Las Vegas, NV, Contra/Traditional Session
Moderator Cal Campbell with panelists Yona Chock and Betsy Gotta, will discuss the basics of contra and traditional dancing. This session is for those callers who are interested in including contra and traditional dances in their square dance program, but do not know how to set up contra lines, prompt ahead of the musical phrase, or who need help in understanding some of the contra and traditional terms.
2000 Dance to the Classics 2000 CALLERLAB Convention, Las Vegas, NV, Dance to the Classics
Tony Oxendine will emcee. Come and enjoy some of the great classics of square dancing.
2000 Digital Music 2000 CALLERLAB Convention, Las Vegas, NV
Digital Music
Moderator Pat Carnathan and panelists Bill Heyman and Don Wood, will explain the various options for digital transfers of music. MiniDisc, Compact Disc, and internet downloads will be explained and demonstrated. What’s a .WAV file? An .mp3 file? A .MID file? Examples of digital media and recording devices along with “plain English” explanations will increase your knowledge and help you to make informed decisions when vinyl records become history.
2000 Improving Vocal Range 2000 CALLERLAB Convention, Las Vegas, NV
Voice II Session – Improving Vocal Range
Professor Arden Hopkin has identified two areas of vocal training which are very important to the improvement of vocal delivery by a caller. These two areas are, Vocal Range and Vocal Quality. This session includes valuable information on each of these topics. Attendees will hear how to improve both vocal range and quality.
2000 Marketing 101 2000 CALLERLAB Conv Las Vegas, NV
Marketing 101 – For All
Jim Hensley and Mike Seastrom. Jim has been designated as a consultant to the Square Dance Foundation to help develop an active, effective marketing program for the square dance activity.
This session is designed to allow him to explain, in detail, the plans he has in mind. The session will also give you a chance to let Jim know your thoughts about how we can do a better job of selling the square dance activity.
2000 Modules 2000 CALLERLAB Conv Las Vegas, NV
Modules
Moderator Calvin Campbell, with panelists Deborah (Parnell) Carroll and Norm Wilcox. Caller training often focuses on sight calling as the caller’s key to success. These experienced leaders will tell you that effective use of modules is even more important than sight. Most callers use sight techniques primarily for resolution. Most successful callers use modules for the truly interesting parts of their program. Do you know where to find modules and how to use them?
2000 Multi-Cycle 2000 CALLERLAB Convention, Las Vegas, NV
Multi-Cycle Programming
Moderator Mike Seastrom, and panelists Dana Schirmer and Bruce Mitchell will discuss alternative ways of teaching new dancers. There are many variations of the plan which starts a new class every 10, 12, or some other number of weeks. The goal of these systems is to make square dancing available to new recruits more frequently and to enhance recruiting by having the enthusiastic new dancers bring their friends and dance with them immediately. The session will present information about systems that have worked, explaining how they were set-up, and what methods worked well in this new format. If you know of successful multi-cycle programs, join in the discussion and let us know your thoughts.
2000 Program Policy Open Forum 2000 CALLERLAB Convention, Las Vegas, FL, Program Policy Open Forum
Kip Garvey, Moderator. The Program Policy Committee has been working for two years on proposals to change the current CALLERLAB Program Policy. You have the new policy description in your convention packet. The PROGRAM POLICY STATEMENT and PROGRAM POLICY MAINTENANCE plan will be discussed. This session gives you the chance to be heard. Your views are important and will be considered in the final decision on this important issue.
2000 Programming Theme Tips 2000 CALLERLAB Convention, Las Vegas, NV
Theme Tips
Moderator Tim Crawford and panelist Tony Oxendine. Some callers do not give much thought to what they are going to call until they put the needle on the record. There is another way. The tip can be planned well in advance and can use any of several techniques to develop a choreographic theme. Well planned tips increase the dancers’ success and enjoyment. Attend this session to learn more about how to do this.
2000 Smoothness 2000 CALLERLAB Convention, Las Vegas, NV
Smoothness
Moderator Jerry Junck and panelists Jeanette Staeuble and Larry Davenport. We call it square DANCING, but do we call so that people CAN dance? The tools we have that can improve the dance experience include choreographic smoothness, timing, selection of music, delivery style, and others. In this session you will see, hear, and experience the difference between executing calls and dancing.
2000 Teaching 2000 CALLERLAB Convention, Las Vegas, NV
Teaching
Moderator Mike Jacobs and panelist John Marshall. Much recent research in the field of teaching has made us aware of the several ways in which people learn. Some of our best teachers have included several styles of presentation in their classes for many years – often without knowing exactly why they did it. This session will make you aware of how learning styles differ. You will also learn how to make your teaching more effectively reach the wide variety of students you are likely to find in your classes.
2000 Use and Care of Your Voice 2000 CALLERLAB Convention, Las Vegas, NV
Voice Session I – Use and Care of Your Voice
Our voice expert, Professor Arden Hopkin, from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, will demonstrate various techniques used to correct voice problems and will provide important information on the care of your voice. Professor Hopkin has spoken at several previous conventions and is familiar with the unique vocal requirements of callers. Voice sessions have proven to be some of the more popular sessions at past conventions.
2000 Using the Basic Program 2000 CALLERLAB Convention, Las Vegas, NV
Using the Basic Program
Moderator Dick Mazziotti, panelists Al Stevens and Jerry Jestin. Many callers in the U.S. have begun to look at the Basic Program as a way to get non-dancers into the square dance activity. The program has proven to be very successful overseas and may be useful for any area that is willing to consider new ways of recruiting new dancers. This panel will discuss various successes and provide information on how YOU can use the Basic Program in your area.
2000 Voice Session III – Voice Critiques 2000 CALLERLAB Convention, Las Vegas, NV
Voice Session III – Voice Critiques
This is the first of two Voice Critique Sessions. Our voice expert, Professor Arden Hopkin, will provide a voice critique of selected callers. This is a tremendous opportunity to experience or witness an expert impartial voice evaluation. This has been one of the most popular sessions during past conventions. Critique participants and observers have gained excellent insight into improving vocal delivery. If you are willing to take part in this session, come and enjoy. All are welcome to learn by observing.
2000 Voice Session IV – Voice Critiques 2000 CALLERLAB Convention, Las Vegas, NV
Voice Session IV – Voice Critiques
This is the second of two Voice Critique Sessions. Our voice expert, Professor Arden Hopkin, will provide a voice critique of selected callers. This is a tremendous opportunity to experience or witness an expert impartial voice evaluation. This has been one of the most popular sessions during past conventions. Critique participants and observers have gained excellent insight into improving vocal delivery. If you are willing to take part in this session come and ENJOY! All are welcome to learn by observing.
2001 New Dancer 2001 CALLERLAB Convention, ST. Louis, MO, New Dancer Emceed by Gregg Anderson and assisted by Betsy Gotta. One of the most important dances we ever call is the one for folks who have never (or seldom) danced before. This is an opportunity to sell square dancing and we must make the most of it.
Gregg does many of these each year and has developed techniques that assure that everyone has a good time. He will share this experience with you as he presents the program as he calls it. Come prepared to take part as a dancer.
2001 After Party After Party Session
Your host Jon Jones invites you to relax for the evening and enjoy several after-party skits that you can take back to your dancers. After-party sessions have been a highlight of many CALLERLAB conventions. This one should be no exception. Come enjoy the fun!
2001 Choreography Advanced & Challenge 2001 CALLERLAB Convention, St. Louis, MO Advanced & Challenge Choreography Moderator John Marshall and panelist Mike Jacobs will explore different approaches in teaching the Advanced list and expanding on positions that are interesting and danceable by the majority of Advanced dancers.
2001 Choreography Best Kept Secret 2001 CALLERLAB Convention, St. Louis, Mo, Choreography Best Kept Secret Moderator Elmer Claycomb, and panelists will discuss the CALLERLAB publication Choreographic Guidelines, an excellent reference for improving calling skills, with which few callers seem to be familiar. The panel will include some of the original con-tributors and editors of the booklet. If you are already using the booklet, please come with your evaluation of the Guidelines to share with others.
2001 Community Dance 2001 CALLERLAB Convention, St. Louis, MO, Community Dance
Bob Riggs and the CDP Committee will host a dance session highlighting the Community Dance Program. Come and Enjoy! If you use the CDP, sign up to call a tip. A variety of interesting material will be presented.
2001 Contra and Traditional Showcase 2001 CALLERLAB Convention, St. Louis, MO, Emcee Yona Chock. This will be a dance session for all who would like to dance con-tra and traditional dances and become more familiar with these dance forms. All dances will be walked through before dancing them.
Contra and traditional callers sign up at the stage if you have a dance to present.
2001 Contra-Traditional Interest Session 2001 CALLERLAB Convention, St Louis, MO
Contra/Traditional Interest Session
Moderator Jerry Helt, Panelists Mona Cannell, and Stew Shacklette. The panelists will discuss the basics of contra dancing. This session is for those callers who are interested in including contra in their square dance program but do not know how to set up contra lines, prompt ahead of the musical phrase, or who need help in understanding some of the contra terms.
2001 Convention Attendance (Discuss By Laws) 2001 CALLERLAB Convention, St. Louis, MO, Convention Attendance (Discuss By Laws) Moderator and panel from the Executive Committee. The focus of this session will be an “open forum” type discussion of the proposed bylaws change to eliminate the requirement to attend a convention (annual meeting) to become
or remain a “Voting Member”. This sessions promises some lively discussion and your input is important. Come join the discussion and share your thoughts on this very important topic.
2001 Demographic Surveys 2001 CALLERLAB Conv St Louis, MO
Demographic Surveys
Moderator Mike Jacobs and panelists Terry Wheeler (R&D Committee Chairman), Marty Mayo (StarWorks), and Tim Scholl (R&D Committee Vice Chairman). Who are we?
That is the question that the Research and Development Committee has been ex-ploring this past year. We have talked often about the possibility of corporate sponsor-ship.
A first step in seeking this kind of help is to be able to describe the square dance population in terms of age, income, interests and products consumed. Marty will discuss the overall strategy of demographic surveys and the importance of doing this task correctly. The research is an early stage in our marketing effort. Come and find out what we’ve learned, what we have planned, and how you can help.
2001 Develop Step-By-Step 2001 CALLERLAB Convention, St. Louis, MO, Develop Step-By-Step Moderator Jim Mayo, panelists Larry Davenport and Jerry Jestin. The most interesting choreography fails to impress the dancers if they can’t get through it successfully. The key to dancer success is preparation – preparing the dancers to succeed and preparing the caller to present the routine well. In this session the panel will explain how they make sure that their best choreography succeeds.
2001 Different Not Difficult 2001 CALLERLAB Convention, St Louis, MO
Different Not Difficult (Choreo Applications)
Moderator Tony Oxendine and panelist Jerry Junck. This description of choreography gets a lot of “lip service.” What does it really mean? Tony and Jerry will discuss and demonstrate how to keep dancers interested without making the less-than-strong miserable. We accept squares breaking down as part of MWSD, but does that mean that difficult choreography is necessary to keep folks coming back? Could it be that the caller’s interest in challenging the floor is excessive? Tony and Jerry will demonstrate how to keep them “on their toes” and successful at the same time.
2001 Digital Music 2001 CALLERLAB Convention, St Louis, MO
Digital Music
Moderator Vic Ceder and panelists Tom Dillander, and Bill Heyman, will explain the various options for digital transfers of music. MiniDisc, Compact Disc, and Internet downloads will be explained and demonstrated. What’s a .WAV file? An .mp3 file? A .MID file? Examples of digital media and recording devices along with “plain English” explanations will increase your knowledge and help you to make informed decisions when vinyl records become obsolete.
2001 International Callers 2001 CALLERLAB Convention, ST. Louis,MO, International Callers Emcee Jeannette Steauble and a staff of overseas callers. This will be a non-stop dance featuring our overseas members.
Come see how much fun these callers can provide.
2001 Marketing Afternoon Session 2001 CALLERLAB Conv ST Louis, MO
Marketing
This is a repeat of the session presented at 10:45 AM this morning. Moderator Larry Cole and panelists Mike Seastrom, Chairman of the Marketing Committee; and Jim Hensley, Foundation Marketing Director. Larry will discuss unity, Mike will provide examples of cooperation & growth, and Jim will discuss Phase II of the Phoenix Plan. This session will provide current information about the CALLERLAB marketing program. We have completed a variety of research efforts. These have given us new and verifiable information about ourselves and about the folks we would like to bring into square dancing. We are also working with other organizations in square dancing to coordinate our efforts. Our Chairman, our Director of Marketing, and the Chairman of our Marketing Committee will bring you up to date on these exciting projects.
2001 Marketing Morning Session 2001 CALLERLAB Conv St Louis, MO
Marketing – Morning Session
This session will be repeated at 1:30 PM this Afternoon. Moderator Larry Cole and panelists Mike Seastrom, Chairman of the Marketing Committee; and Jim Hensley, Foundation Marketing Director.
Larry will discuss unity, Mike will provide examples of cooperation & growth, and Jim will discuss Phase II of the Phoenix Plan. This session will provide current information about the CALLERLAB marketing program. We have completed a variety of research efforts. These have given us new and verifiable information about ourselves and about the folks we would like to bring into square dancing. We are also working with other organizations in square dancing to coordinate our efforts. Our Chairman, our Director of Marketing, and the Chairman of our Marketing Committee will bring you up to date on these exciting projects.
2001 Modulars & Sights 2001 CALLERLAB Convention, St. Louis, MO Modulars & Sights Moderator Wayne Morvent and panelist Jerry Story. We have many choreographic management tools available to us. Many callers seem to believe that the only important tool for this job is sight. Wayne and Jerry will explain and demonstrate that even skilled sight callers can improve their program with the effective use of modules. In fact, they’ll tell you that not using modules is a serious mistake.
2001 Multi-Cycle 2001 CALLERLAB Convention, St Louis, MO
Multi-Cycle Teaching
Moderator Mike Seastrom, and panelists Dana Schirmer and Milt Floyd will discuss alternative ways of teaching new dancers. There are many variations of the plan which starts a new class every 10, 12, or some other number of weeks. The goal of these systems is to make square dancing available to new recruits more frequently and to en-hance recruiting by having the enthusiastic new dancers bring their friends and dance with them immediately. The session will present information about systems that have worked, explaining how they were set-up, and what methods worked well in this new format. If you know of successful multi-cycle programs, join in the discussion and let us know your thoughts.
2001 Non-standard Music 2001 CALLERLAB Convention, St Louis, MO
Non-standard Music
Several callers who use non-traditional and non-standard music as part of their patter calling will demonstrate some of their most unusual music. Come and listen, and watch the effect of this music on a square of dancers. We often hear that callers need/use different, and more modern music to attract younger dancers. This music has been successfully used by these callers as one tool to entertain dancers of all ages.
2001 Partners Dealing With People 2001 CALLERLAB Convention, St Louis, MO
Partners Dealing With People
Moderator Kathy Davenport, Panelists Gail Seastrom and Betty Vaile. Kathy will open this session with a brief introduction of the topic and the panel. Have you had to deal with difficult people? This session will include discussions of ways to interact successfully with people. This session promises some lively discussion. Please come and join us. Your comments and suggestions will be most welcome.
2001 Partners Role Of The Partner 2001 CALLERLAB Convention, St Louis, MO
Partners Role Of The Partner
Moderator Kathy & Larry Davenport, Partners Committee Chairman and Panelists John & Freddie Kaltenthaler and Elmer & Linda Claycomb. Kathy will open this session with a brief introduction of the topic. Partners have long been recognized as an integral part of many calling teams. There are some calling teams in which the partner takes a very limited role and still others where the partner takes no active role at all. This session will focus on the issue of the different rolls the partner can play as part of the calling team.
2001 Selling Off Stage 2001 CALLERLAB Conv St Louis, MO
Marketing – Selling Off Stage
Moderator Tim Crawford and panelists Chuck & Gerry Hardy, and Paul Walker. The callers selling job is only partly done from the stage. Much of our sales work is done down on the floor between tips. Ours is a social activity and the customers like one-on-one interaction. Those callers who run their own programs or classes do direct marketing work to get folks through the door.
These panelists will discuss ways of making this kind of selling more effective.
2001 Showmanship 2001 CALLERLAB Convention, St Louis, MO
Showmanship
Co- Moderators Mike Jacobs and Al Stevens, panelists John Kaltenthaler, and Jerry Helt. There are many aspects to showmanship. Singing well is certainly part of it, but so is choreography, communication and entertainment. this panel will be com-posed of panelists who will illustrate different styles and examples of Showmanship. This panel will also include analysts who will try to show methods of applying these styles and examples to your calling and to give you a new insight into the tools of our trade.
2001 Square Dancing In The 1960’s 2001 CALLERLAB Convention, ST. Louis, MO,
Square Dancing In The 1960’s
Emcee Jim Mayo. The early 1960’s have been described as the “Golden Years” of square dancing. Classes and clubs were full and folks were flocking to try this activity. Have you ever wondered what was different about our dancing then?
This dance will show how we were doing it in those days. We weren’t using as many calls and we were moving a bit faster. Some of the callers who were doing it then will present the “core” choreography of that time along with a few of the classic singing calls of that era.
2001 Successful Clubs 2001 CALLERLAB Convention, St Louis, MO
Successful Clubs (How To Keep Em)
Moderators Betty & Gene Baker, panelists Bob Baier, and Ron Markus. Some clubs are surviving – even successful – in these difficult times. These panelists all call for clubs that are clearly healthy. They will tell you about how they operate. You can learn from their techniques and apply those tools in your own groups.
2001 Target Marketing 2001 CALLERLAB Conv St Louis, MO
Target Marketing
Moderator Vernon Jones, and panelist Otto Wartemen. There are groups which lend themselves to an introduction to square dancing. Identifying and locating these groups in your area can lead to more interest in square dancing. Conducting “New Dancer Dances” for these groups is an excellent way to spread the word about the fun available through square dancing. Come listen to this panel discuss their success in this area. Bring your own experiences and share them with the group.
2001 Teaching 2001 CALLERLAB Convention, St Louis, MO
Teaching
Moderator Paul Henze, panelists Gloria Roth and Virgil Forbes. Modern square danc-ing is complicated. To sell it to a wide market we must make it easy to learn. The bet-ter job we do of teaching the more our new recruits – and those already experienced – will enjoy it. Your panelists have many decades of experience and will share with you the techniques they have learned.
2001 What Do They Say (About Us) 2001 CALLERLAB Conv St Louis, MO
What Do They Say (About Us)
Moderator Mike Seastrom and panelists Marty Mayo and Jim Hensley. The Foundation has invested thousands of dollars in this kind of marketing research. This session will explain what we did, who we did it with, and what we have learned. Our goal is to do a better job of selling our product. Market research is a tool used extensively by industry and business. We have hired one of their research firms to explore our potential market. This session will let you know what they have discovered.
2001 Yodeling BOF 2001 CALLERLAB Convention, St Louis, MO
Yodeling BOF – Moderated by Joe Frisella
This will be an introduction to yodeling. Joe has been involved with yodeling for about 12 years and has helped several callers learn this talent. If you are interested in learning more about this art form, plan to attend. If you plan to attend, Joe recommends that you also attend the Voice I session with Arden Hopkin.
2002 12th Night Dance 2002 CALLERLAB Convention, Richmond VA, 12th Night Dance
Emcee Larry Cole and staff Jim Mayo, Jerry Helt, Jerry Jestin, Joe Casey, Stew Shacklette, Milt Floyd, and Mike Seastrom. This will be a dance designed to display the type dancing and entertainment which is available on the 12th night of a new dancer group. Come prepared to take part as a dancer, learn how to entertain this type group, and ENJOY!
2002 After Party 2002 CALLERLAB Convention Richmond VA
After Party Session
Your host, Jon Jones, invites you to relax for the evening and enjoy several after-party skits that you can take back to your dancers. After-party sessions have been a highlight of many CALLERLAB conventions. This one should be no exception. Come enjoy the fun!
2002 All Marketing Is Local 2002 CALLERLAB Conv Richmond, VA
All Marketing Is Local
Moderator Jim Hensley, with panelists Gerry & Chuck Hardy and Paul Walker. This presentation will explore what local clubs and callers can do to promote square dancing in their communities. While nationwide advertising may help to make people aware of square dancing, it will always be the encouragement of local people bringing their neighbors to their first dance. This session will present ideas that you can use to build your local programs.
2002 Alternative Music Dance 2002 CALLERLAB Convention, Richmond VA, Alternative Music Dance
Emcee Clark Baker and a staff of talented callers. The alternative music interest sessions we have had in the past have been very popular. This dance will be your opportunity to experience music that is different during an actual dance. Come enjoy the dancing and music. Perhaps you will come away with a new appreciation for this different side of our music.
2002 CDP Dance Session 2002 CALLERLAB Convention, Richmond, VA, CDP Dance Session .
2002 Choreography 12th Night Dance 2002 CALLERLAB Convention, Richmond Virginia Choreography 12th Night Dance
Moderator Milt Floyd with panelists Mike Seastrom and Chris Pickham. This panel will show the type dancing which will entertain at a dance for people who have finished 12 nights in a beginner group. Most important is the success of the dancers. Calling techniques and dance material are both important and will be discussed.
2002 Choreography Advanced & Challenge 2002 CALLERLAB Convention, Richmond, VA Advanced & Challenge Choreography Moderator Frank Lescrinier and panelists Ed Foote and John Sybalsky. This panel will explore different approaches in teaching the Advanced Program and expanding on positions that are interesting and danceable by the majority of Advanced dancers. If you call for Advanced or Challenge groups or are interested in learning more about this segment of the activity, plan to attend.
2002 Choreography Contra Traditional 2002 CALLERLAB Convention, Richmond VA, Choreography Contra Traditional
Moderator Stew Shacklette with panelists Mona Cannell, and Jerry Helt. The panelists will discuss the basics of contra dancing. This session is for those callers who are interested in including contra in their square dance program but do not know how to.
2002 Contra and Traditional Showcase 2002 CALLERLAB Convention, Richmond, VA Contra and Traditional Showcase
Emcee Stew Shacklette. This will be a dance session for all who would like to dance contra and traditional dances and become more familiar with these dance forms. All dances will be walked through before dancing them.
Contra and traditional callers sign up at the stage if you have a dance to present.
2002 Different Not Difficult 2002 CALLERLAB Convention, Richmond, VA, Different Not Difficult (Choreography)
Moderator Tom Miller with panelists Larry Davenport and Bill Helms. This descrip-tion of choreography gets a lot of “lip service.” What does it really mean? Tom, Bill, and Larry will discuss and demonstrate how to keep dancers interested without mak-ing the less-than-strong miserable. We accept squares breaking down as part of MWSD but does that mean that difficult choreography is necessary to keep folks com-ing back? Could it be that the caller’s interest in challenging the floor is excessive? The panel will demonstrate how to keep them “on their toes” and successful at the same time.
2002 Digital Music 2002 CALLERLAB Convention, Richmond, VA
Digital Music
Moderator Vic Ceder and panelist Kris Jensen, will explain the various options for digital transfers of music. MiniDisc, Compact Disc, and Internet downloads will be explained and demonstrated. What’s a .WAV file? An .mp3 file? A .MID file? Examples of digital media and recording devices along with “plain English” explanations will increase your knowledge and help you to make informed decisions when vinyl records become history.
2002 First Class Night 2002 CALLERLAB Convention, Richmond, VA
First Class Night
Moderator Jim Mayo, with panelists Jerry Helt and Jerry Jestin. The first night of a new dancer program is, perhaps, the most important. This is when we either make continuing friends of square dancing or drive away the folks who had decided to give it a try. Your panelists will show what they do to guarantee success and an entertaining evening for everyone who comes through the door.
2002 First Club Night 2002 CALLERLAB Convention, Richmond, VA
First Club Night
Moderator Larry Cole with panelists Betsy Gotta and Tom Rudebock. The first dance at a club with members of the new-dancer program in attendance is an important event. The new dancers are scared and the experienced dancers are not sure they want their squares intruded on by these new dancers. This panel will explore how to make this first encounter less traumatic for everyone.
2002 Fun Nights Party 2002 CALLERLAB Convention Richmond, VA
Fun Nights Party
Moderator Stew Shacklette and panelist Joe Casey. Your panelists will discuss and demonstrate techniques that you can use to make your one-night parties more success-ful. These parties are different from the first night of a class. The panel will show you how to use the calling skills you already have to make square dancing fun for folks encountering it for the first time.
2002 Handicapable Groups BOF 2002 CALLERLAB Conv Richmond, VA
Handicapable Groups BOF
Moderated by Michelle Jacobs. This will be a gathering of those members & partners who are interested in the challenges and rewards of working with the handi-capable.
This will be an excellent opportunity to share ideas and experiences.
2002 Improving Vocal Range & Quality 2002 CALLERLAB Convention, Richmond, VA
Voice Session II – Improving Vocal Range & Quality
Professor Arden Hopkin has identified two areas of vocal training which are very im-portant to the improvement of vocal delivery by a caller. These two areas are, Vocal Range and Vocal Quality. Attendees will hear how to improve both Vocal Range and Quality.
2002 Modules 2002 CALLERLAB Conv Richmond, VA
Modules
Moderator Al Stevens, with panelists Norm Wilcox and Calvin Campbell. We have many choreographic management tools available to us. Many callers seem to believe that the only important tool for this job is sight. Norm and Cal will explain and dem-onstrate that even skilled sight callers can improve their program with the effective use of modules. In fact, they’ll tell you that not using modules is a serious mistake.
2002 Multi-Cycle 2002 CALLERLAB Conv Richmond, VA
Multi-Cycle
Moderator Dana Schirmer, with panelists Randy Page and Kenny Farris will discuss alternative ways of teaching new dancers.
There are many variations of the plan which starts a new class every 10, 12, or some other number of weeks. The goal of these systems is to make square dancing available to new recruits more frequently and to enhance recruiting by having the enthusiastic new dancers bring their friends and dance with them immediately. The session will present information about systems that have worked, explaining how they were setup, and what methods worked well in this new format. If you know of successful multi-cycle programs, join in the discussion and let us know your thoughts
2002 Opening Session 2002 CALLERLAB Conv Opening Session, Richmond, VA
Jim Mayo, Chairman of the Board, presiding. Your Board of Governors and representa-tives from ROUNDALAB, LEGACY, United Square Dancers of America, The National Executive Committee, ECTA (European Callers and Teachers Association), Square Dance Callers Club of Great Britain, CONTRALAB, American Callers Association (ACA), International Association of Gay Square Dance Clubs, and the representative from upcoming NSDC?s, will be introduced. Newly elected members of the Board will be sworn in. Chairman, Jim Mayo, will present a summary of the Sunday Board of Governors meeting. Several committee chairmen will be introduced and given an opportunity to report on subjects to be discussed at their scheduled meetings. Jerry Reed, Executive Director, will present an overview of the convention and announce any changes to the schedule.
2002 Orientation Session 2002 CALLERLAB Convention, Richmond, VA
Orientation Session
Gregg Anderson, past Board of Governors Member, will moderate this session along with panelists Bev & Dave Sutter, Chairman of the Partner’s Committee and John & Freddie Kaltenthaler, Board of Governors Member. This session is designed to bring everyone up to date on the history & heritage of CALLERLAB and how we got where we are. It is designed to be an informative session for all first-time attendees, but it is also a good review for at-tendees who haven’t been to a convention for some time. There will be an opportunity to ask questions after the formal session is over. We encourage you to ask any questions you may have about the convention or about CALLERLAB.
2002 Partners CPR 2002 CALLERLAB Convention, Richmond, VA
Partners’ Session II – (Introduction To CPR)
Bev Sutter, Moderator and Dave Sutter Panelist. This session will include a “hands on” CPR demonstration. Recent news and information reports have pointed out that the person needing CPR may be the one closest to you or someone you know. Dave is well qualified to provide this life saving information and will bring ResuciAnnie for people to practice the technique.
2002 Partners History Of Dance Attire 2002 CALLERLAB Convention, Richmond, VA
Partners’ Session I – (History OF Square Dance Attire)
Moderator Bev Sutter, Partners Committee Chairman and Panelist Ann Wass. Bev will open this session with a brief introduction of the topic. Ann returned to square dancing in 1988, in the midst of her costume history studies, and found that no one has compiled a comprehensive history of square dance apparel. Using square dance and popular publications, extant garments, and personal recollections, she has pieced together the history of women’s square dance apparel. (Men’s apparel is still in progress.) This slide illustrated talk will evoke memories for some and enlighten others on an aspect of our history and heritage.
2002 Recruiting Close The Deal 2002 CALLERLAB Convention, Richmond, VA,
Recruiting, Close The Deal
Moderator Tim Crawford with Panelists Ron Markus. If we can get non-dancers to that First Night we have a better chance of getting them to come back for more. This presentation will explore methods and words to help “close the deal” to get non dancers to commit to attending that ever important First Night. If you have thoughts on this crucial aspect of square dance marketing, come to this session.
2002 Recruiting Talk The Talk 2002 CALLERLAB Convention, Richmond, VA,
Talk The Talk
Moderator Jim Hensley, with panelists Mike Seastrom and Mike Hogan. The words we use to “spread the word” about square dancing are very important. This panel will ex-plore ways to motivate people to help square dancing grow through the use of proper words. Many times saying the wrong thing can turn people off, while using the right words can get “em hooked.
2002 Showmanship 2002 CALLERLAB Convention, Richmond, VA
Showmanship
Moderator Laary Davenport (for Martin Mallard) with panelists Tim Marriner and Tom Miller. There are many aspects to showmanship. Singing well is certainly part of it but so is choreography, communication and entertainment. This panel will illustrate different styles and examples of Showmanship. This panel will try to show methods of applying these styles and examples to your calling and to give you a new insight into the tools of our trade.
2002 Sight Before Resolution 2002 CALLERLAB Convention, Richmond VA, Sight Before Resolution
Moderator John Marshall and panelist Bill Harrison. For many callers “sight” calling is a process of getting dancers back to their proper corner and sequence after the get-in setup. This panel will make the point that there should be some interesting dancing between the get-in and the resolve. They will show techniques for planning this interesting dancing and for presenting it so that the dancers succeed and have fun.
2002 Song To Singing Call 2002 CALLERLAB Convnetion, Richmond, VA
Song To Singing Call (BOF) – Moderated by Jack O’Leary
This will be a gathering of those members & partners who are interested in the learning about how to turn a song into a singing call. The techniques include writing the choreography and matching the words to the music – a process called metering. Come learn some of the “inside” tricks of the trade.
2002 Use of Standard Applications 2002 CALLERLAB Convention, Richmond, VA
Use Of Standard Applications Books
Moderator Elmer Claycomb, and Panelist Ron Counts. This session will demonstrate how callers can use the Standard Applications documents. Both books (Standard Mainstream Applications and Standard Plus Applications) are being reviewed by the Choreographic Applications Committee. This session will be your opportunity to comment on how you use the books or to provide your input on how the books should be used. Both books are available for purchase at the Registration Office.
2002 Voice – Caller Coaches 2002 CALLERLAB Convention, Richmond, VA
Voice Session III – (Caller Coaches)
Voice Coach Arden Hopkin. Most every caller school includes some attention to proper care and use of the voice. In this session Arden will work with caller coaches – whether or not they are accredited – to help them understand how to be more effective in this area. Of particular importance are the issues of “safe” voice use. Arden will share his experience in bringing out the best in vocal presentation.
2002 Voice – Women In Calling 2002 CALLERLAB Convention, Richmond, VA
Voice Session IV – Women In Calling
Professor Arden Hopkin will be presenting information of particular interest to women callers. Women who call have some unique vocal issues. Records are not routinely available that easily fit the female vocal range. Keeping the voice healthy while using it to call can be more of a problem for women. Arden will address these concerns and show effective ways to handle the particular needs of women callers. If you would like to learn more, attend this session.
2002 Voice Session I – Care and Use of Your Voice 2002 CALLERLAB Convention, Richmond, VA
Voice Session I – Care and Use of Your Voice
Our voice expert, Professor Arden Hopkin from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, will demonstrate various techniques used to correct voice problems and will provide important information on the care of your voice. Professor Hopkin has spoken at several previous conventions and is familiar with the unique vocal requirements of callers. Voice sessions have proven to be some of the more popular sessions at past conventions.
2002 Yodeling BOF 2002 CALLERLAB Convention, Richmond, VA
Yodeling BOF – Moderated by Joe Frisella
This will be an introduction to yodeling. Joe has been involved with yodeling for over 13 years and has helped several callers learn this talent. If you are interested in learning more about this art form, plan to attend. Joe recommends that you also attend the Voice I session with Arden Hopkin.
2003 After Party 2003 CALLERLAB Convention San Antonio TX
After Party Session
Your host, Jon Jones, invites you to relax for the evening and enjoy several after-party skits that you can take back to your dancers. After-party sessions have been a highlight of many CALLERLAB conventions, and Jon is an exceptional host. This one should be no exception. Come enjoy the fun!
2003 Alternative Patter Music 2003 CALLERLAB Convention, San Antonio, TX
Alternative Patter Music
Clark Baker Moderator and Panelists Scott Byars, Pat Carnathan, Eric Henerlau, Jerry Jestin, and Andy Shore. Several callers who use alternative music as part of their patter calling will demonstrate how they use this music and the effect it has on the dancers. We often hear that callers need to use different, and more modern music to attract younger dancers. This music has been successfully used by these callers as one tool to entertain dancers of all ages. Perhaps you will come away with a new appreciation for this different side of our music.
2003 By Laws Change 2003 CALLERLAB Convention San Antonio, TX By Laws Change Moderator and panel from the Board and Home Office. The focus of this session will be an “open forum” type discussion of the proposed bylaws change to reduce the number of dance events required to obtain and retain Active (Voting) Member category. This sessions promises some lively discussion and your input is important. Come join the discussion and share your thoughts on this very important topic.
2003 Caller Judgement 2003 CALLERLAB Convention San Antonio, TX Caller Judgement Larry Davenport, Moderator and Panelists Tim Crawford and John Marshall. Most of what’s wrong with modern square dancing has been blamed at some time or other on poor caller judgement. It’s easy to point the finger of blame but how do we develop good judgement. This session will identify the kind of decisions we all face all the time and will offer advice about how to make the right choices in those situations.
2003 Choreography Advanced & Challenge 2003 CALLERLAB Convention, San Antonio, TX, Choreography Advanced & Challenge Moderator Ed Foote with panelists Dave Towry and Daryl Lipscomp.
This panel will explore different approaches in teaching the Advanced and Challenge Program and expanding on positions that are interesting and danceable by the majority of Advanced dancers. If you call for Advanced or Challenge groups or are interested in learning more about this segment of the activity, plan to attend.
2003 Community Dance 2003 CALLERLAB Convention, San Antonio, TX, Community Dance Bob Riggs and the Committee for Community Dance (CCD) will host a dance session highlighting Community Dance material. Come and Enjoy! If you use CD material, sign up to call a tip. A variety of interesting material will be presented.
2003 Contra and Traditional Showcase 2003 CALLERLAB Convention, San Antonio, TX Contra / Traditional Dance
Emcee Stew Shacklette. This will be a dance session for all who would like to dance contra and traditional dances and become more familiar with these dance forms. Most dances will be walked through before dancing them.
Contra and traditional callers sign up at the stage if you have a dance to present.
2003 Dance Mechanics & Styles 2003 CALLERLAB Convention, San Antonio, TX Dance Mechanics & Styles Larry Cole, Moderator and Panelists, Jim Mayo and Jeannette Steauble. This session will explore what choreographic factors affect the smoothness and flow of modern square dance figures. Too often body position and hand availability are being overlooked as we concentrate on making our routines “interesting.” Your panelists will suggest how to improve the quality of the dance experience that your choreography provides.
2003 Digital Music 2003 CALLERLAB Convention, San Antonio, TX
Digital Music
Kris Jensen, Moderator and Panelists Vic Ceder and Dick Henschel. The panel will explain the various options for digital transfers of music. Mini-Disc, Compact Disc, and Internet downloads will be explained and demonstrated. What are .WAV files, .mp3 files, and .Mid files? Examples of digital media and recording devices along with “plain English” explanations will increase your knowledge and help you to make informed decisions when vinyl records become history.
2003 Handicapable 2003 CALLERLAB Conv San Antonio, TX
Handicapable
Michelle Jacobs, Moderator and Panelist Jerry Yerby . This session will provide a discussion of interest to those members and partners who are interested in the challenges and rewards of working with the handicapable. This will be an excellent opportunity to share ideas and experiences.
2003 Hexagon Squares BOF 2003 CALLERLAB Conv San Antonio, TX
Hexagon Squares BOF
Moderator Clark Baker and Panelist Bill Eyler will show two types of dancing in a true hexagon formation. Bill has been actively using hexagons for the past 16 years and includes it in his home program and at festivals. Bill will show the ground rules and how he sets up and calls a typical tip. Clark will show how a hexagon square can dance all the calls while the caller is calling to regular four couple squares.
2003 How To Get Parties 2003 CALLERLAB Convention San Antonio, TX
How To Get Parties
Gregg Anderson, Moderator and Panelist, Otto Warteman. Party nights are one of the most effective ways to introduce square dancing to the non-dancing public. They provide an opportunity to show off our activity in the best light. During a party night, we can provide fun, entertainment, and information in one very nice package. The panel will discuss how you can market yourself to join those callers who do these dance events on a regular basis. If you are interested in learning more about this potentially lucrative market, this is the session for you.
2003 How to Prompt Contra 2003 CALLERLAB Convention, San Antonio, TX How to Prompt Contra Bob Riggs, Moderator and Panelist, Stew Shacklette. Prompting a Contra takes skills which are somewhat different from calling a square dance. These skills can be learned and practiced to bring the joy of Contra dancing to both the caller/prompter and the dancers. The panelists will discuss the skills required to prompt a Contra and share some of their experiences with this dance form. If you are interested in learning more about this topic and would like to learn a new skill, come join the fun.
2003 Keep Fresh New Ideas 2003 CALLERLAB Convention, San Antonio, TX, Keep Fresh New Ideas Dick Mazziotti, Moderator and Panelist, Jerry Jestin. Callers worry constantly about dancer boredom. A common reaction is to provide some tricky, but often difficult, choreography. This panel will offer suggestions for keeping dancers interested without stretching their choreographic skill to the breaking point. If you are looking for ways to keep the dancers interested with “Fresh Ideas” come join the discussion.
2003 Mainstream (Creative) 2003 CALLERLAB Convention, San Antonio, TX, Mainstream (Creative) Panelist, Lone Blume and Doug Bennett. This session will provide information about how to create successful Mainstream choreography. As callers, we should be aware that trying to become “too” creative with our choreography…especially while calling the Mainstream Program can cause serious problems for the dancers. This creativity often results in formations, arrangements, and choreography which are too difficult and complex for the average Mainstream dancer.
2003 Marketing TRIAD 2003 CALLERLAB Conv San Antonio, TX
Marketing – TRIAD (PR RPM Marketing)
Mike Seastrom, Public Relations Officer, Tom Rudebock, Chairman, RPM Committee, and Mike Hogan, Chairman, Marketing Committee. These three committees form our Marketing TRIAD.
This session will provide current information about CALLERLAB and Foundation marketing efforts, plans, and projects. We have completed a variety of research projects. These have given us new and verifiable information about ourselves and about the folks we would like to bring into square dancing. We are also working with other organizations in square dancing to coordinate our efforts. Our Marketing “TRIAD” will be available to provide information, answer your questions, and discuss your concerns.
2003 Modules 2003 CALLERLAB Convention, San Antonio, TX, Modules Tony Oxendine, Moderator and Panelists, Cal Campbell and Jerry Junck. We have many choreographic management tools available to us. Many callers seem to believe that the only important tool for this job is sight. The panelists will explain and demonstrate that even skilled sight callers can improve their program with the effective use of modules. In fact, they’ll tell you that not using modules is a serious mistake.
2003 Multi-Cylce 2003 CALLERLAB Convention, San Antonio, TX
Multi-Cylce
Randy Page, Moderator and Panelists Dana Schirmer and Chris Pinkham will discuss alternative ways of teaching new dancers. There are many variations of the plan which starts a new class every 10, 12, or some other number of weeks. The goal of these systems is to make square dancing available to new recruits more frequently and to enhance recruiting by having the enthusiastic new dancers bring their friends and dance with them immediately. The session will present information about systems that have worked, explaining how they were setup, and what methods worked well in this new format. If you know of successful multi-cycle programs, join in the discussion and let us know your thoughts.
2003 New Caller Session 2003 CALLERLAB Convention, San Antonio, TX,
New Caller Session
Larry Cole, Moderator and Panelists, Patty Greene and Martin and Terry Mallard. If you have been calling 6 – 8 years OR LESS, this session is especially for you. We have added this session as a place for you to seek answers to your special concerns and to be among your peers. Join this group and the helpful panel to share your experiences. Ask questions about CALLERLAB, how it works and what it does. Ask questions about the art of calling or any other related subject. Remember, there are no stupid questions and hopefully no dumb answers.
2003 One Call Dance 2003 CALLERLAB Convention, San Antonio, TX, One Call Dance Gregg Anderson, Moderator and Panelist Otto Warteman. The panel will introduce and discuss how much variety can be provided with a very limited number of calls. In addition to showing what can be done, the panelists will discuss how to deliver this type of material wisely. The panel will discuss how we can entertain dancers using a very limited number of calls. Even though we have named this session “One Call Dance” the panel will use more than one call. Entertaining dancers with a limited number of calls is challenging to say the least. This panel will show how it can be done. As a follow-up to this session, we have scheduled a “Fun Night Dance” on Tuesday night which will feature some of the ideas presented during this session.
2003 One Night Stands – With What You Know 2003 CALLERLAB Convention One Night Stands, San Antonio TX
With What You Know
Betsy Gotta, Moderator and Panelist Gerry Hardy and Tom Miller. Many callers don’t take “Fun Night” party dance jobs because they think it takes special skills they do not possess. These panelists will show you how to use the skills you already have to do an effective job calling a party for non-dancers. Come learn some of the tricks of the trade for these fun and lucrative events.
2003 Orientation Session 2003 CALLERLAB Convention, San Antonio, TX
Orientation Session
Gregg Anderson, past Board Member will moderate this session along with panelists John and Freddie Kaltenthaler, Board of Governors Member, Bev & Dave Sutter, Chairman of the Partner’s Committee, and Roy Gotta, Vice Chairman of the Partners Committee. This session is designed to bring everyone up to date on the history and heritage of CALLERLAB. It is designed to be an informative session for all first-time
attendees, but it is also a good review for attendees who haven’t been to a convention for some time. There will be an opportunity to ask questions after the formal session is over. We encourage you to ask any questions you may have about the convention or about CALLERLAB.
2003 Partners CPR Training 2003 CALLERLAB Convention, San Antonio, TX
Partners CPR Training
Bev Sutter, Moderator and Panelist, Dave Sutter. This session will include a “hands on” CPR demonstration. Recent news and information reports have pointed out that the person needing CPR may be the one closest to you or someone you know. Dave is well qualified to provide this life saving information and will bring ResuciAnnie for people to practice the technique.
2003 Recruiting Tips 2003 CALLERLAB Convention, San Antonio, TX
Recruiting Tips
Tom Rudebock, Moderator and Panelist, Will Eades and Judy Ballard. Everybody knows that square dance problems would shrink if we could recruit large classes again. That sometimes seems impossible but there are techniques that work even in today’s market. Your panelists share a great deal of experience and considerable success. Come and let them share with you their approach and how you too can be more effective in selling square dancing.
2003 Should We Change Our Product 2003 CALLERLAB Conv San Antonio, TX
Should We Change Our Product
Mike Jacobs, Moderator and Panelists, Tim Crawford and Jim Hensley. Discover original thinking and fresh ideas about why Square Dancing may well be the perfect, “new” product in today’s marketplace.
This enlightening exchange of ideas about contemporary ways of looking at both our dance activity, and the mind set of a ‘new’ generation of dancers, will provide fresh insight into why the time has never been better to be a caller, to share the fun. The panel offers valuable and useful information about innovative approaches that can help every caller better understand.
2003 Showmanship 2003 CALLERLAB Convention, San Antonio, TX
Showmanship
Tony Oxendine, Moderator and panelists Lone Blume and Skip Brown. There are many aspects to showmanship. Singing well is certainly part of it but, so is choreography, communication and entertainment. This panel will illustrate different styles and examples of Showmanship. This panel will try to show methods of applying these styles and examples to your calling and to give you a new insight into the tools of our trade.
2003 Sight Before Resolution 2003 CALLERLAB Convention, San Antonio, TX, Sight Before Resolution Frank Lescrinier, Moderator and Panelist, Bill Harrison. For many callers sight calling is a process of getting dancers back to their proper corner and sequence after the get-in setup. This panel will point out there should be some interesting dancing between the get-in and the resolve. They will show techniques for planning this interesting dancing and for presenting it so that the dancers succeed and have fun.
2003 Yodeling BOF 2003 CALLERLAB Convention, San Antonio, TX
Yodeling BOF – Moderated by Joe Frisella
This will be an introduction to yodeling. Joe has been involved with yodeling for over 13 years and has helped several callers learn this talent. If you are interested in learning more about this art form, plan to attend.
2003 Youth Calling 2003 CALLERLAB Convention, San Antonio, TX
Youth Calling
Bruce Mitchell, Moderator and Panelist, Tim Tyl. Getting more young people into modern square dancing is a widely shared dream. For these panelists its more than a dream. They call for young people and know what it takes to make them love square dancing. Calling for youth groups is different from calling for other groups. There are some aspects of programming and planning which require a slightly different perspective. The panel will discuss the issues involved with working with youth groups. Come join the discussion and share your experiences.
2004 Contra and Traditional Showcase 2004 CALLERLAB Convention, Reno, NV, Contra/Traditional Dance
Paul Moore, MC – This will be a dance session for all who would like to dance contra and traditional dances and become familiar with these dance forms. All dances will be walked through before dancing.
2004 After Party 2004 CALLERLAB Convention Reno NV
After Party Session
Your host Randy Dougherty invites you to relax for the evening and enjoy several after party skits that you can take back to your dancers. After-party sessions have been a highlight of many CALLERLAB Conventions. This one should be no exception. Come enjoy the fun!
2004 Alternative Music BOF 2004 CALLERLAB Convention, Reno, NV
Alternative Music
Moderator Scot Byars – This is the third year we have offered this unique interest session. Alternative music as part of patter calling will be demonstrated. How to use the music and the effect it has on the dancers will be considered. We often hear that callers should use different, and more modern music to attract younger dancers. This music has been successfully used as one tool to entertain dancers of all ages. Perhaps you will come away with a new appreciation for this different side of our music.
2004 Calling For Handicapable 2004 CALLERLAB Conv Reno, NV
Calling For Handicapable
Moderator Michelle Jacobs and Panelist Jerry Yerby – This session will provide a discussion of interest to those members and partners who are interested in the challenges and rewards of working with the handicapable. This will be an excellent opportunity to share ideas and experiences.
2004 Calling For Youth 2004 CALLERLAB Convention, Reno, NV
Calling For Youth
Bruce Mitchell, Moderator and Panelist, Kristy Jacobs, – Getting more young people into modern square dancing is a widely shared dream. For these panelists its more than a dream. They call for young people and know what it takes to make them love square dancing. Calling for youth groups is different from calling for other groups. There are some aspects of programming and planning which require a slightly different perspective. The panel will discuss the issues involved with working with youth groups. Come join the discussion and share your experiences.
2004 Calling In Schools 2004 CALLERLAB Convention Reno, NV. Calling in Schools
Moderator Mike Callahan and Panelists Betsy Gotta and Eric Henerlau – Discover original thinking and fresh ideas about why Square Dancing may well be the perfect, “new” product in today’s marketplace. This enlightening exchange of ideas about contemporary ways of calling to youth in schools and the mind set of a “new” generation of dancers, will provide fresh insight into why the time has never been better to be a caller, to share the fun. The panel offers valuable and useful information about innovative approaches which can help a caller better understand the unique aspects of calling in schools. Come join this important and informative session.
2004 Canadian Callers Dance 2004 CALLERLAB Convention, Reno NV, Canadian Callers Dance
Tim Crawford, MC – This Mainstream dance will feature Canadian callers who are attending the convention. Come enjoy the calling of our Canadian members and take home some of the interesting choreography offered.
This dance promises to be a highlight of the convention.
2004 Choreography Advanced 2004 CALLERLAB Convention, Reno NV Choreography Advanced
Moderator Ed Foote and Panelist Bill Harrison- Discussion during this session will explore different approaches in teaching and calling the Advanced Program. Discussions will include ways of expanding on positions which are interesting and danceable by the majority of Advanced dancers. This panel is very well qualified in this topic. This session will be of special interest to callers who call the Advanced Program or who are interested in learning to call this program.
2004 Choreography Challenge 2004 CALLERLAB Convention, Reno, NV, Challenge Choreography
Moderator Mike Jacobs and Panelist John Marshall – Discussion during this session will explore different approaches in teaching and calling the Challenge Programs. Discussions will include ways of expanding on positions that are interesting and danceable by the majority of Challenge dancers.
2004 Community Dance 2004 CALLERLAB Convention, Reno, NV, CCD Dance
Bob Riggs and the Committee for Community Dance (CCD) will host a dance session highlighting Community Dance material. Come and Enjoy! If you use Community Dance material, sign up to call a tip.
A variety of interesting material will be presented.
2004 Creative Mainstream Choreography 2004 CALLERLAB Convention, Baltimore, MD Creative Mainstream Choreography
Moderator Vernon Jones and Panelists, Randy Dougherty and Jerry Reed
This session will provide information about how to create successful Mainstream choreography. As callers, we should be aware that trying to become “too” creative with our choreography…especially while calling the Mainstream Program can cause serious problems for the dancers. This creativity often results in formations, arrangements, and choreography which are too difficult and complex for the average Mainstream dancer.
2004 Dancing Before Resolution 2004 CALLERLAB Convention, Reno, NV Dancing Before Resolution
Moderator Mike Jacobs and panelist John Marshall – For many callers “sight” calling is a process of getting dancers back to their proper corner and in sequence after the getin setup. This panel will make the point that there should be some interesting dancing between the get-in and the resolve. They will show techniques for planning this interesting dancing and for presenting it so that the dancers succeed and have fun.
2004 Digital Music 2004 CALLERLAB Convention, Reno, NV
Digital Music
Moderator Kris Jensen and Panelist Bill Harrison and Dick Henschel – Moderator and panelists, will explain the various options for digital transfers of music. MiniDisc, Compact Disc, and Internet downloads will be explained and demonstrated. What’s a .WAV file? An .mp3 file? A .MID file? Examples of digital media and recording devices along with “plain English” explanations will increase your knowledge and help you to make informed decisions when vinyl records become history.
2004 Duet Dance 2004 CALLERLAB Convention,Reno, NV, Duet Dance
MC – Jon Jones and Deborah Carroll-Jones – This dance will feature some of the finest “Duets ” in the business. This dance promises to be exciting and entertaining. Come join the festivities at this Mainstream Dance.
2004 Hexagon Squares BOF 2004 CALLERLAB Conv Reno NV
Hexagon Squares BOF
Moderator Clark Baker and Panelist Bill Eyler This will be similar to the very popular BOF session we had in San Antonio last year. We will show two types of dancing in a true hexagon formation.
Bill has been actively using hexagons for the past 16 years and includes them in his home program and at festivals. He will show us the ground rules and how he sets up and calls a typical tip.
Clark will show how a hexagon square can dance all the calls while the caller is calling to regular 4-couple squares.
2004 History Heritage 2004 CALLERLAB Conv Reno NV
History Heritage
Moderator Jim Mayo and Panelists Herb Egender, Bob Van Antwerp, Jon Jones History, Heritage, and Tradition are very important aspects of our activity.
This information is sometimes overlooked as we deal with the “puzzle” aspects of modern day choreography. This panel is well qualified to provide information about our past and the rich heritage of square dancing and calling. Come join us to learn more about how we got to where we are today.
2004 How to Prompt Contra 2004 CALLERLAB Convention, Reno, NV How to Prompt Contra
Moderator Paul Moore and Panelist Herb Egender- Prompting a Contra takes skills which are somewhat different from calling a square dance. These skills can be learned and practiced to bring the joy of Contra dancing to both the caller/prompter and the dancers. The panelists will discuss the skills required to prompt a Contra and share some of their experiences with this dance form. If you are interested in learning more about this topic and learning a new skill, come join the fun.
2004 Marketing Works 2004 CALLERLAB Conv Reno, NV
Marketing Works (RENO)
Moderator Tim Crawford and Panelists Mike Hogan and Tom Rudebock – This panel from the Marketing TRIAD will discuss efforts and methods to attract new dancers through marketing “New Opportunities.” They will present ideas which work and can bring new dancers through the efforts of clubs, associations, dancers, and callers. This session will supplement other recruiting information sessions including Multi-Cycle, Winning Ways, and Calling for Youth. Come learn how to help square dancing grow and share your ideas
2004 Multi-Cycle 2004 CALLERLAB Convention, Reno, NV
Selling Multi-Cycle Programming (RENO)
Moderator Mike Seastrom and Panelists Chris Pinkham and Wil Eades – This panel will discuss alternative ways of scheduling sessions for new dancers. They will discuss how this can work and how to “sell” it to clubs. There are many variations of the plan which starts a new class every 10, 12, or some other number of weeks. The goal of these systems is to make square dancing available to new recruits more frequently and to enhance recruiting by having the enthusiastic new dancers bring their friends and dance with them immediately. This session will present information about systems that have worked, explaining how they were setup, and what methods worked well in this new format. If you know of successful multi-cycle programs, join in the discussion and let us know your thoughts.
2004 Newer Caller 6 To 8 Year 2004 CALLERLAB Convention Newer Caller 6 To 8 Year, Reno, NV
Newer Caller Information
Moderator Mike Seastrom and Panelists, Patty Greene and Bob Jones – If you have been calling 6 – 8 years OR LESS, this session is especially for you. We have added this session as a place for you to get answers to your special concerns. Join this group and the helpful panel to share your experiences. Ask questions about CALLERLAB, how it works and what it does. Ask questions about the art of calling or any other related subject. Remember, there are no stupid questions and hopefully no dumb answers.
2004 One Square Dance Party Tips 2004 CALLERLAB Convention Square Dance Party Tips, Reno NV,
Square Dance Party – You Can Do It
Moderator Betsy Gotta and Panelists Tom Miller, and Buddy Weaver – Many callers don’t take Square Dance Party jobs because they think it takes special skills they haven’t got. Many times these one time dance events can be more lucrative than a regular club dance and many times lead to follow-up bookings. We have found that the skills needed for Party Night dances are similar to the skills we bring to a club dance. These panelists will show you how to use the skills you already own to do an effective job calling a party for non-dancers.
2004 Orientation Session 2004 CALLERLAB Convention, Reno, NV
Orientation Session
John and Freddie Kaltenthaler, past Board Member will moderate this session along with panelists Mike Seastrom, Past Chairman of the Board, and Roy Gotta, Vice Chairman of the Partners Committee. This session is designed to bring everyone up to date on the history and heritage of CALLERLAB. It is designed to be an informative session for all first-time attendees, but it is also a good review for attendees who haven’t been to a convention for some time. There will be an opportunity to ask questions after the formal session is over. We encourage you to ask any questions you may have about the convention or about CALLERLAB.
2004 Programming 2004 CALLERLAB Convention, Reno, NV
Programming
Moderator Larry Davenport and Panelists John Kaltenthaler and Norm Wilcox – Programming is part of the “Art” of calling square dances. This aspect of calling involves decisions about WHAT to call and WHEN to call it. Usually we have a full evening in which to achieve the goal but programming shorter or longer times must also be considered. These shorter or longer times include the single tip performance at a festival and the season-long program that club callers provide for groups they call to regularly. One of the goals of good programming is to offer a dance experience that is satisfying to the people on the floor. This panel will provide insight into this very important facet of the art of calling.
2004 Recruiting Tips 2004 CALLERLAB Convention, Reno, NV
Recruiting Tips (RENO)
Moderator Eric Henerlau and Panelists Mike Seastrom and Andy Shore- Everybody knows that square dance problems would shrink if we could recruit large classes. That sometimes seems difficult but there are techniques which work even in today’s market. Your panelists share a great deal of experience and considerable success. Come and let them tell you how to be more effective in selling square dancing. If you have had recruiting successes, come share your experiences.
2004 Showmanship 2004 CALLERLAB Convention, Reno, NV
Showmanship
Moderator Clark Baker and Panelist, Robert Hurst and Wade Driver – There are many aspects to showmanship. Singing well is certainly part of it but so is choreography, communication and entertainment. This panel will be comprised of panelists who will illustrate different styles and examples of Showmanship. This panel will try to show methods of applying these styles and examples to your calling and to give you a new insight into the tools of our trade.
2004 Smooth Dancing Sells 2004 CALLERLAB Convention, Reno, NV
Dancing Sells (The Activity)(RENO)
Moderator Dana Schirmer and Panelist Jeannette Staeuble and Randy Page – Most people come to the activity expecting to dance and are met with the challenge of solving puzzles. This panel will discuss and demonstrate smooth dancing which can be an effective tool to “sell” the activity. Come, learn how to keep ’em coming back by using smooth choreography and enjoyable dancing
2004 Surprise Resolution BOF 2004 CALLERLAB Convention, Reno NV, Surprise Resolution
Moderator Jerry Jestin – This session will be of special interest to callers who are intrigued by surprise or “gimmick” get-outs. These specialty choreographic tools can provide variety, fun, and challenge to the dancers. The session will include advice on selecting material that dancers can accomplish successfully. If you are interested in learning more about this side of calling, plan to attend.
2004 Voice – Caller Coaches 2004 CALLERLAB Convention, Reno, NV
Voice – Caller Coaches
Voice Coach Arden Hopkin. This is the first of a series of voice sessions for Caller-Coaches which will lead to a certificate of completion for a Progressive Voice program. Most every caller school includes some attention to proper care and use of the voice. In this session Arden will work with caller coaches – whether or not they are accredited – to help them understand how to be more effective in this area. Of particular importance are the issues of “safe” voice use. Arden will share his experience in bringing out the best in vocal presentation.
2004 Voice – Women In Calling 2004 CALLERLAB Convention, Reno, NV
Voice (Women In Calling)
Professor Arden Hopkin will be presenting information of particular interest to women callers. Women who call have some unique vocal issues. Records are not routinely available that easily fit the female vocal range; although MP3 files and Pitch changers have made this situation much easier. Arden will address the concerns and show effective ways to handle the particular needs of women callers. This is the first of a series of voice sessions for women callers which will lead to a certificate of completion for a Progressive Voice program. If you would like to learn more, attend this session.
2004 Voice General 2004 CALLERLAB Convention, Reno, NV
Voice General
Our voice expert, Professor Arden Hopkin from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, will demonstrate various techniques used to correct voice problems and will provide important information on the care of your voice. Professor Arden Hopkin has identified two areas of vocal training which are very important to the improvement of vocal delivery by a caller. These two areas are Vocal Range and Vocal Quality. Attendees will hear how to improve both Vocal Range and Quality. This is the first of series of voice sessions for General Callers which will lead to a certificate of completion for a Progressive Voice program.
2004 Winning Ways New Ideas 2004 CALLERLAB Convention, Reno, NV
Winning Ways – New Ideas (RENO)
Moderator Tom Rudebock and Panelists Dana Schirmer, Al Shaw and Lyle Beck – We have implemented a plan to collect “Winning Ways” success reports from the square dance activity. These reports come from clubs, associations, dancers, callers, and others. We would like to hear about your recruiting success, no matter how great or small. The purpose is to share successful ideas and to recognize clubs, associations, and federations which have been successful and are growing. We have found that a positive attitude is very helpful in our efforts to recruit new dancers. This panel will share “Winning Ways” reports and provide insight into how you can help the clubs in your area grow. Come join us to learn more and to share your recruiting ideas which have worked for you.
2005 After Party 2005 CALLERLAB COnvention Louisville, KY
After Party Session
Your host Jon Jones invites you to relax for the evening and enjoy several after-party skits that you can take back to your dancers. After-party sessions have been a highlight of many CALLERLAB Conventions. This one should be no exception. Come enjoy the fun!
2005 Alternate Teaching Order 2005 CALLERLAB Convention, Louisville KY
Alternative Teaching Order
Moderator Dick Mazziotti, and Panelists, Don Beck and Tim Marriner – There have been proposals to modify the CALLERLAB Mainstream teaching order to teach the most important and commonly used calls early. The remainder of the Mainstream Program, as desired in the local area program could be added through workshop tips during regular club dances. How do you, or DO YOU, use the CALLERLAB suggested teaching order? Have you revised it yourself to fit your own teaching style for your area dancers? Come and bring your teaching experiences to what should be a very lively discussion!
2005 Business Side of Calling 2005 CALLERLAB Convention Louisville, KY
Business Side of Calling
Moderator, Bill Heyman and Panelist, Ron Markus – Even if you just call for your own enjoyment, if you get paid for your services, there are certain things that you should know about IRS Tax laws, reporting income, expenses and general business. Do you have a question about what kind of business expenses you can claim? Do you need advice about how to set up a small business ledger? Can your partner be considered an employee of your calling business? Our panelists, both business professionals, will answer your questions and provide information about tax matters. If you have questions related to calling as a business, don’t miss this session.
2005 Calling For Handicapable 2005 CALLERLAB Conv Louisville, KY
Calling For Handicapable
Moderator, Michelle Jacobs and Panelists, Charley Wheatly and Tom Miller – This session will provide a discussion of interest to those members and partners who are interested in the challenges and rewards of working with the handicapable. This will be an excellent opportunity to share ideas and experiences.
2005 Calling For Youth Groups 2005 CALLERLAB Convention, Louisville, KY
Calling for Youth Groups
Moderator, Bob Riggs and Panelist, Kristy Jacobs – Young people in modern square dancing is a widely shared dream. For these panelists its more than a dream. They call for young people and they know what it takes to make them love square dancing. Calling for youth groups is different from calling for other groups. There are some aspects of programming and planning which require a slightly different perspective. The panel will discuss the issues involved when working with youth groups. Come join the discussion and share your experiences.
2005 Calling in Schools 2005 CALLERLAB Convention Louisville, KY Calling in Schools
Moderator, Tom Miller and Panelists, Eric Henerlau and Cory Geis – It has been reported that school administrators are putting more emphasis on the need for exercise and team building in schools. This panel will provide ideas for original thinking and fresh ideas about why square dancing may well be the perfect, “new” product for today’s school Physical Education programs. This enlightening exchange of ideas about contemporary ways of calling to youth in schools and the mind set of a new generation of dancers, will provide fresh insight into why the time has never been better to be a caller, to share the fun. The panel offers valuable and useful information about innovative approaches of not only “getting your foot in the school door” but also an understanding of the unique approaches to calling for the various grade levels in schools. Come join this important and informative session.
2005 Choreography Advanced 2005 CALLERLAB Convention, Louisville, KY Choreography Advanced
Moderator, Ed Foote and Panelists, Bill Harrison and Dave Clay – Discussion during this session will explore different approaches in teaching and calling the Advanced Program. Discussions will include ways of expanding on positions which are interesting and danceable by the majority of Advanced dancers. This panel is very well qualified in this topic. This session will be of special interest to callers who call the Advanced Program or who are interested in learning to call this program.
2005 Choreography Call Analysis 2005 CALLERLAB Convention, Louisville, KY, Choreography Call Analysis Water Poet
Moderator, Norm Wilcox and Panelists, John Kaltenthaler and Kris Jensen – This session will explore how we can analyze a call to determine how to best use that call in our choreography. Knowing the mechanics, hand usage, and flow of the calls we use can help us create a smooth flowing and enjoyable dance experience. This promises to be an excellent session for those who may be thinking of running a callers’ school or becoming a caller-coach. Come and join the discussion of this technical side of calling.
2005 Choreography Changing Singing Call Figures 2005 CALLERLAB Convention, Louisville, KY,
Choreography Changing Singing Call Figures Moderator, Tim Marriner and Panelists, Jon Jones and Paul Henze – Changing singing call figures is probably one of the most difficult things for a new caller to learn. The panel is made up of three Accredited CALLERLAB Caller-Coaches who can give you ideas and tips on how to do this whether you are calling for a square dance party, teaching a beginners’ class, or calling any of the CALLERLAB dance programs. This is a valuable session for all callers whether new or experienced!
2005 Community Dance 2005 CALLERLAB Convention, Louisville, KY, CCD Dance
Bob Riggs and the Committee for Community and Traditional Dance (CCTD) will host a dance session highlighting Community Dance material. Come and Enjoy! If you use Community Dance material, sign up to call a tip.
A variety of interesting material will be presented.
2005 Dealing With Difficult People 2005 CALLERLAB Convention, Louisville, KY
Dealing with Difficult People
Moderator, Jerry Reed and Panelists, Tim Crawford and Kathy Davenport – There are situations where we deal with people who hold differing views from our own.
Some of these situations can bring us into contact with “difficult people”. A “difficult person” in this case is interpreted to mean a person who not only has a different view, but one who also becomes difficult to deal with. If not handled in a mature rational way these situations can become unmanageable and cause harm. These panel members will provide insight into how to handle these difficult people and situations.
Many times a calm, mature, and well reasoned presentation of a point of view is all that is needed, in other cases an agreement to disagree is the result.
Come join the discussion for input into how to handle these difficult people and situations.
2005 Digital Music 2005 CALLERLAB Convention, Louisville, KY
Digital Music
Moderator, Bill Harrison and Panelists, Jeff Priest, Tom Dillander- Moderator and panelists, will explain the various options for digital transfers of music. MiniDisc, Compact Disc, and Internet downloads will be explained and demonstrated. What’s a .WAV file? An .mp3 file? A .MID file? Examples of digital media and recording devices along with “plain English” explanations will increase your knowledge and help you to make informed decisions when vinyl records become history.
2005 Fast Track BOF 2005 CALLERLAB Conv Fast Track BOF
Jim Wass – Moderator and Kris Jensen -Panelist, “Fast-Track” refers to lessons delivered using a teaching schedule that significantly decreases the calendar time to achieve a program destination.
Examples of this are all-day weekend classes or multiple nights/days per week. Kris and Jim will describe their fast track-lessons and invite you to contribute your experiences and questions to the discussion.
2005 Gimmicks BOF 2005 CALLERLAB Conv Louisville, KY
Gimmicks BOF
Moderator, Clark Baker – Gimmicks — Clark Baker will present his views on Gimmick choreography. Questions to be answered include: what is a gimmick, when are gimmicks appropriate, are there bad gimmicks, what are the risks to using gimmicks, and are there categories of gimmicks. While Clark will provide some examples, we are looking for audience participation, both in gimmicks and in dancing them.
2005 Hexagon Squares BOF 2005 CALLERLAB Conv Louisville, KY
Hexagon Squares BOF
Clark Baker – Moderator – Think outside the square! Clark Baker will present two approaches to allowing 6 couples to dance in the shape of a hexagon while still performing their usual rectilinear calls.
Everything will be taught, and there will be dancing. Come for your own entertainment or to learn a gimmick for your dancers. This is not rectangle dancing (4 heads and 2 sides), it is hexagon dancing (3 heads and 3 sides)
2005 History Heritage 2005 CALLERLAB Conv Louisville, KY
History Heritage
Moderator, Jim Mayo and Panelists, Jerry Helt and Bob Howell – This was one of the most popular sessions in Reno during the 2004 CALLERLAB convention.
The History, Heritage, and Tradition of our activity are very important aspects. This information is sometimes overlooked as we deal with the “puzzle” aspects of modern day choreography.
This panel is well qualified to provide information about our past and the rich heritage of square dancing and calling. Come join us to learn more about how we got to where we are today.
2005 Make Your Teaching Fun With Showmanship 2005 CALLERLAB Convention, Louisville, KY
Make Your Teaching Fun with Showmanship
Moderator, Betsy Gotta and Panelists, Andy Shore -Teaching is one of the most important things we do as callers. We are all looking for tips to help us teach better and make our classes fun for new dancers. Showmanship isn’t just for special dances and festivals. It can also be a very important and useful teaching tool. Let the panelists show you how to use showmanship in your beginners’ classes to help keep the new dancers coming back week after week
2005 Milestone Recipients 2005 CALLERLAB Convention, Louisville, KY, Milestone Recipients Dance
MC, Mike Seastrom This dance will be called by Past Milestone Recipients.
2005 Newer Callers Forum 2005 CALLERLAB Convention Newer Callers Forum, Louiseville, KY
Newer Callers Forum
Moderator, Bob Jones, and Panelists, Patty Greene and Larry Cole – If you have been calling 5 years OR LESS, this session is especially for you. This is the place for you to get answers to your special concerns and to be among your peers. Join this group and the helpful panel to share your experiences. Ask questions about CALLERLAB, how it works and what it does. Ask questions about the art of calling or any other related subject. Remember, there are no stupid questions and hopefully no dumb answers.
2005 Orientation Session 2005 CALLERLAB Convention, Louisville, KY,
Orientation Session
Mike Seastrom, past Board Member will moderate this session along with panelists Bev Sutter, Chair of the Partners Committee, and Martin and Terry Mallard, past Board Member. This session is designed to bring everyone up to date on the history and heritage of CALLERLAB. It is designed to be an informative session for all first-time attendees, but it is also a good review for attendees who haven’t been to a convention for some time. There will be an opportunity to ask questions after the formal session is over. We encourage you to ask any questions you may have about the convention or about CALLERLAB.
2005 Partners How To Help With Recruitiung with Tim Marriner 2005 CALLERLAB Convention, Louisville, KY
Partners How To Help With Recruitiung, Partners Session
Tim Marriner – This session will include a discussion of how Partners may help with new dance recruiting and classes.
2005 Partners Session with Mike Seastrom 2005 CALLERLAB Convention, Louisville, KY
Partners Session with Mike Seastrom
Mike Seastrom will address “How to Work Together or Making It All Work for You”. This will be an interesting session for callers and partners who work with each other at every turn of the square dance activity.
2005 Progressive Squares (Dance & Teaching) 2005 CALLERLAB Convention, Louisville, KY, Dance Progressive Squares
Jerry Helt and Bob Howell will provide a look at progressive squares. This specialized calling skill can be a dancer-pleasing show piece for the caller. To experience moving from square to square during a dance and then find yourself back where you started is exciting. Jerry will show you how to set up the floor and keep track of the moves so that YOU can give your dancers this thrill.
2005 Smooth Creative Plus 2005 CALLERLAB Convention, Louisville, KY, Smooth But Creative Plus
Moderator, Vernon Jones and Panelists, Buddy Weaver and Norm Wilcox – For many dancers smooth but creative choreography is the ultimate dance experience. But can it be both creative and smooth? How creative is “too creative”? The panel will concentrate on this seeming paradox with choreographic examples from the Plus Program. The panel will also provide critiques of examples or sequences offered by the audience. If you call Plus dances and are looking for ways to provide danceable, creative, and smooth Plus choreography this is the session for you.
2005 Square Dance Party Tips 2005 CALLERLAB Convention, Louisville, KY
Square Dance Party Tips
Moderator, Michelle Jacobs and Panelists, Bob Riggs – Many callers don’t take Square Dance Party Night jobs because they think it takes special skills they haven’t got. Many times these one-time dance events can be more lucrative than a regular club dance and lead to follow-up bookings. We have found that the skills needed for party night dances are similar to the skills we bring to a club dance. These panelists will show you how to use the skills you already own to do an effective job calling a party for non-dancers.
2005 Squares & Rounds 2005 CALLERLAB Convention, Louisville, KY
Square Dance Callers and Round Dance Leaders – A Team Effort
Moderator, Tim Crawford and Panelists, Al and Linda Shaw and Brent and Judy Moore -When both Square and Round Dancing are on the same program, whether at a club dance or at a festival, callers and cuers should work as a team to create an enjoyable experience for the dancers. Cooperation and professional courtesy can do much to help in this process. Have you been in a situation where this was not the case? How did you (or DID you) resolve it? The panel will also provide personal experiences.
2005 Steal A Peek 2005 CALLERLAB Convention, Louisville, KY
Steal A Peek
Moderator, John Marshall and Panelists, Francois Lamoureaux, Deborah Carroll Jones, John Kaltenthaler and Tom Rudebock -“Without music there is no dance.” Music is an integral part of showmanship. Do you have the feeling that your music is “stale” Need some ideas for different patter and singing call music? Join this unique session to “Steal-A-Peek” into the record boxes of our panel made up of regional, festival and international callers! They will give you examples of the music they use and include words about where and why they use it. You will want to “hit the record vendors” after this session!
2005 Survey Information 2005 CALLERLAB Convention, Louisville, KY
Survey Information
BOF Session – Survey Information
Moderator, Mike Jacobs and Panelists, Tom Rudebock – Several questions have been received about the Focus Group Surveys, The Demographic Survey and the the various Dancer Surveys. All of these surveys provide us information about us and our activity. The information will help us obtain sponsors and help our marketing and recruiting efforts. This panel will discuss the surveys and answer questions about the development, implementation and results of each. Please attend and share your thoughts.
2005 The Winners Circle 2005 CALLERLAB Convention, Louisville, KY
Winning Ways – The Winners Circle
Moderator, Tom Rudebock and Panelists, Mike Hogan and Paul Walker – We have implemented a plan to collect “Winning Ways” success reports from the square dance activity. These reports come from clubs, associations, dancers, callers, and others. We would like to hear about your recruiting successes, no matter how great or small. The purpose of our Winning Ways program is to share successful ideas and to recognize clubs, associations, and federations which have been successful and are growing. We have found that a positive attitude is very helpful in our efforts to recruit new dancers. This panel will share “Winning Ways” reports and provide insight into how you can help the clubs in your area grow. Come join us to learn more and to share recruiting ideas which have worked for you.
2005 Voice PVS Basic 2005 CALLERLAB Convention, Louisville, KY
Voice PVS Basic
Our voice expert, Professor Arden Hopkin from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, will be continuing the Progressive Voice Seminar which began during the 2004 CALLERLAB Convention. This is the first of a series of voice sessions for callers which will lead to a certificate of completion for a Progressive Voice program. Participants in this session will receive instruction covering the basics of healthy singing in the areas of the following: 1) Sound production (flow phonation techniques); 2) Resonance enhancement (placement paradigms and jaw release); 3) Range extension; and 4) Voice maintenance (practice techniques; healthy care).
2005 Voice PVS Intermediate 2005 CALLERLAB Convention, Louisville, KY
Voice – PVS – Intermediate
Our voice expert, Professor Arden Hopkin from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, will be continuing the Progressive Voices Seminar which began during the 2004 CALLERLAB Convention. This is the second in a series of voice sessions for General Callers which will lead to a certificate of completion for a Progressive Voice program. Participants in this session will receive instruction covering the intermediate skills of good singing: 1) Sound production (breath suspension support techniques); 2) Resonance enhancement (vowel enunciation and consonant articulation); 3) Additional range extension; and 4) Basic harmonization techniques.
2005 Why Squares Breakdown 2005 CALLERLAB Convention, Louisville, KY, Why Squares Breakdown
Moderator, Mike Jacobs and Panelist, Jim Mayo and John Marshall – Why can some callers call the exact same choreography as other callers and yet have much more dancer success? How can you improve your calling to achieve optimum dancer success? You may be surprised to learn there are many other factors involved in dancer success other than just the choreography. This panel of experienced festival callers will give you first-hand knowledge on how to achieve dancer success not only with your own clubs but also when calling for other groups.
2005 You Can Prompt Contra 2005 CALLERLAB Convention, Louisville, KY, You Can Prompt Contra
Moderator, Clark Baker and Panelists, Betsy Gotta and Mike Seastrom – Have you ever wished that you had a couple of contras in your repertoire for that special Square Dance Party? Prompting a contra takes skills which are somewhat different from calling a square dance. These skills can be learned and practiced to bring the joy of contra dancing to both the caller/prompter and the dancers. The panelists will discuss the
skills required to prompt a contra and share some of their experiences with this dance form. If you are interested in learning more about this topic and learning a new skill, come join the fun.
2006 Business Where We Dance 2006 CALLERLAB Convention Charlotte, NC New Venues – Where we Dance
Moderator, Tim Marriner and Panelist – Bob Riggs – This session is one of the “Outside the Square” theme sessions. There are a wide variety of venues we use for square dancing. We use schools, recreation centers, churches, specially constructed buildings, and many others. Not only availability but rental costs can be a major concern for dance event sponsors. This session promises a discussion of other less traditional possible venues. These may include: commercial exercise centers, corporate recreation centers, corporate or company common areas, retreat or resort facilities, history or heritage centers, civic centers, and a wide variety of other possibilities. We invite you to share your thoughts and concerns.
2006 Calling For Handicapable 2006 CALLERLAB Conv Charlotte, NC
Calling For Handicapable
Moderator, Michelle Jacobs and Panelists – Lee and Barbi Ashwill, Tom Miller – Working with handicapable dancers takes a special type of person. This session will provide a discussion of importance to those members and partners who are interested in the challenges and rewards of working with the handicapable. This will be an excellent opportunity to share ideas and experiences.
2006 Calling For Youth 2006 CALLERLAB Convention, Charlotte, NC
Calling For Youth
Moderator, Tom Miller and Panelist – Kristy Jacobs – Young people in modern square dancing is a widely shared dream. For these panelists it’s more than a dream. They call for young people and they know what it takes to make them love square dancing. Calling for youth groups is different from calling for other groups. There are some aspects of programming and planning which require a slightly different perspective. The panel will discuss the issues involved when working with youth groups. Come join the discussion and share your experiences.
2006 Calling in Schools 2006 CALLERLAB Convention Charlotte, NC Calling In Schools
Moderator, John Marshall and Panelists – Mike Callahan, Eric Henerlau and Tom Miller This session is one of the “Outside the Square” theme sessions. It has been reported that school administrators are putting more emphasis on the need for exercise and team building in schools. This panel will provide ideas for original thinking and fresh ideas about why square dancing may well be the perfect “new” product for today’s school physical education programs. This enlightening exchange of ideas about contemporary ways of calling to youth in schools and the mind set of a new generation of dancers, will provide fresh insight into why the time has never been better to be a caller, to share the fun. The panel offers valuable and useful information about innovative approaches of not only “getting your foot in the school door” but also an understanding of the unique approaches to calling for the various grade levels in schools. Come join this important and informative session.
2006 Choreography Advanced 2006 CALLERLAB Convention, Charlotte, NC Choreography Advanced
Moderator, Bill Harrison and Panelists – Randy Dougherty and Dottie Welch – The panel will explore different approaches in teaching and calling the Advanced Program. Discussions will include ways of expanding on positions which are interesting and danceable by the majority of Advanced dancers. This panel is very well qualified in this topic. This session will be of special interest to callers who call the Advanced Program or who are interested in learning to call this program.
2006 Choreography CRaMS 2006 CALLERLAB Convention, Charlotte, NC Controlled Resolution and Manipulation System (CRaMS)
Moderator, Jon Jones and Panelists Deborah Carroll-Jones, Randy Dougherty and Jerry Story – Are you predominately a sight caller? Ever felt like you’re “flying by the seat of your pants” or “you’re flying blind” when your pilot squares crash? By adding certain mental-like techniques to both sight and modular methodology, CRaMS may be the most versatile “Combination” system currently available. A major advantage of CRaMS is that it is easy to learn. Callers learn to have MUCH more cohesive control of their choreography. The CRaMS system takes in most modern forms of calling and wraps them into a complete and comprehensive art form. Have you ever wondered how some callers can call without relying on sight calling? Have you ever wondered how some callers can “Snapshot sight resolve”? Have you ever wondered how some callers seem to have total control over the dancers? If so, this session is for you.
2006 Community Dance 2006 CALLERLAB Convention, Charlotte, NC
CCTD Dance
Bob Riggs and the Committee for Community and Traditional Dance (CCTD) will host a dance session highlighting Community Dance material. Come and Enjoy!
If you use Community Dance material, sign up to call a tip.
A variety of interesting material will be presented.
2006 Competition Dancing 2006 CALLERLAB Convention, Charlotte, NC, Competition Dancing
Moderator, Mike Jacobs and Panelists – Dan Prosser and Keith Stevens – This session is one of the “Outside the Square” theme sessions. We have heard for years there was no competition in square dancing. While this is true for most areas of the activity, there has been competition among youth groups in the northwest USA for several years. This competition involves youth competing based on time danced during measured dance events. This session will explore other possibilities including competition at Senior Games or part of a school physical exercise program, including home schooling programs. The panel will provide information about these various possibilities and how you might become involved in this exciting aspect of the activity.
2006 Contra and Traditional Showcase 2006 CALLERLAB Convention, Charlotte, NC, Contra/Traditional Dance
Calvin Campbell, MC, This dance is hosted by the Committee for Community and Traditional Dance. It is for all who would like to dance “community”, contra, and traditional dances and for those who would like to become familiar with these dance forms.
Dances may be walked through before dancing them. Callers who would like to participate are asked to sign up at the stage if you have a dance to present.
2006 Declining Capabilities BOF 2006 CALLERLAB Convention, Charlotte NC
Declining Capabilities BOF Session
Moderators, Barry and Pam Clasper – This session will be a gathering of those interested in discussing strategies for dealing with dancers who are suffering a decline in mental or physical capabilities which make them unable to cope with the dance programs they are used to attending. Their inability to perform impacts the dancing experience of others, but on the other hand, for many people giving up a long-standing dance night means losing a large part of their social life. Also, in many cases the dance activity is actually positive therapy for their ailment. Barry and Pam will lead a discussion to generate ideas on how best to balance the needs of dancers suffering physical or mental declines against the rights of other dancers to an enjoyable dance experience.
2006 Digital Music – Beginners 2006 CALLERLAB Convention Charlotte, NC
Digital Music – Beginners
Moderator, Jeff Priest and Panelists – Kris Jensen and Tom Dillander – This has been one of the most popular sessions at recent CALLERLAB conventions and this year should be no different. We are trying something different this year in that we are offering two sessions on this topic, one for the callers who are new to using digital music and a second session for those callers who have been using this media for some time. Use of digital music and related equipment has been increasing over the past few years. This growth has brought some interesting innovations to our activity and how we present our music. The panel will explain the various options for digital transfers of music. Examples of digital media and recording devices along with “plain English” explanations will increase your knowledge and help you to make informed decisions about your music needs.
2006 Digital Music – Experienced Users 2006 CALLERLAB Convention, Charlotte, NC
Digital Music – Experienced Users
Moderator, Jeff Priest and Panelists – Kris Jensen and Tom Dillander – This is the second of two sessions on this topic. This session is for those callers who have been using digital music for some time and wish to learn more. Attendees should have at least limited experience with using digital music and some understanding of the equipment used to play this music. The panel will expand on the information presented in the session for New Users and will provide more in-depth information designed for the more experienced digital music user.
2006 Ethics & Etiquette 2006 CALLERLAB Conv Charlotte, NC
Ethics & Etiquette
Moderator, Martin Mallard and Panelists – Bill Heyman and John Kaltenthaler – Ethics are very important to us as callers and CALLERLAB Members.
We take pride in our Code of Ethics and the few number of ethics complaints we have had. The subject of Ethics is sometimes passed over in caller training programs.
It is important to note that CALLERLAB has included this subject as one of the ten “Essential” topics in the Curriculum Guidelines, thus giving it a very high level of importance.
The panel will discuss this topic in terms of a caller’s day-to-day activities. The effect of ethical behavior – or the lack of it – on a caller’s career will be covered.
The panel will touch on the following aspects: The Meaning of Ethics and the application of the CALLERLAB Ethics Code, including the CALLERLAB Ethics procedures.
2006 Gimmicks 2006 CALLERLAB Convention,Charlotte, NC Gimmicks
Moderator, Clark Baker, and Panelist – Randy Dougherty – Gimmick choreography can provide variety, interest, challenge, and entertainment to your calling. There are serious pitfalls, however, when using this type of choreography. This session will include discussion of how gimmicks can be used effectively and some of the pitfalls to look out for. Questions to be answered include: what is a gimmick, when are gimmicks appropriate, are there bad gimmicks, what are the risks to using gimmicks, and are there categories of gimmicks. While the panel will provide some examples, we are also looking for audience participation, both in sharing gimmicks and in dancing them.
2006 History Heritage 2006 CALLERLAB Conv Charlotte, NC
History Heritage
Moderator, Martin Mallard and Panelists – Jim Mayo and Gloria Rios Roth – The History – Heritage session this year will feature the playing of tips taken from actual dances called by some of the best-known callers during the early days of Modern Western Square Dancing. These tips are from tapes in the collection of the Square Dance Foundation of New England.
They have been transferred to CDs to make them more accessible. The panelists will comment on their own memories of both the callers and the choreography of that time.
If there is enough interest, there will be an opportunity to dance to some of this material.
2006 National Dance Association 2006 CALLERLAB Convention, Charlotte, NC
National Dance Association
Moderator, Tim Crawford and Panelists – Calvin Campbell and Yona Chock – CALLERLAB has been affiliated with the NDA for several years. This open forum will provide the opportunity for representatives of the NDA and CALLERLAB to discuss mutual benefits of the affiliation.
2006 Orientation Session 2006 CALLERLAB Convention, Charlotte, NC,
Orientation Session
Mike Seastrom, past Board Member will moderate this session along with panelists Bev Sutter, Chair of the Partners Committee, and Martin and Terry Mallard, past Board Member. This session is designed to bring everyone up to date on the history and heritage of CALLERLAB. It is designed to be an informative session for all firsttime attendees, but it is also a good review for attendees who have not been to a convention recently. There will be an opportunity to ask questions after the formal session is over. We encourage you to ask any questions you may have about the convention or about CALLERLAB.
2006 Outside the Square 2006 CALLERLAB Convention, Charlotte, NC, Dance – Outside the Square MC – Dick Mazziotti
This year we would like to provide dances which are “Outside the Square”. This dance will include some “Outside the Square” theme tips. The possibilities for ideas are almost endless and include such ideas as “Horsing Around”, Various Gimmicks, “Elastic Squares”, some type of competition, and others. We hope this dance will provide you with some ideas for your calling to help you call “Outside the Square.”
2006 PPI Dance Without Destination 2006 CALLERLAB Convention, Charlotte, NC
PPI Dance Without Destination
Moderator Dana Schirmer, and Panelists – Tony Oxendine and Norm Wilcox – This session is one of the “Outside the Square” theme sessions. The Program Policy Initiative (PPI) was introduced at the 2005 CALLERLAB Convention. The purpose of the PPI is to encourage experimentation with different ways and methods of introducing square dancing to the non-dancing public. This experimentation can take many forms including Special Party Nights, use of Standard Applications only, dance programs with a limited number of calls, and many, many others. The number and variety of these experiments are only limited by the imagination of the caller or club sponsoring the experiment. The common thread of this discussion will be that there does NOT need to be a traditional “destination” for these new dancers. Come join the discussion and bring your own thoughts and experiences.
2006 Recruiting 2006 CALLERLAB Convention, Charlotte, NC,
Recruitment
Moderator, Tim Crawford and Panelists – Tom Rudebock and Paul Walker – This session is one of the “Outside the Square” theme sessions. Marketing and recruitment remain the top challenges facing us today. This panel is well aware of these challenges and will include discussion of ways to explore different promotional, marketing, and recruiting ideas and methods. The panel will challenge you to venture “Outside the Square” when considering this topic. Come join the discussion and bring your own ideas to the table.
2006 Showmanship 2006 CALLERLAB Convention, Charlotte, NC
Showmanship
Moderator, Tony Oxendine and Panelist – Skip Brown. There are many aspects to showmanship. Singing well is certainly part of it, but so is choreography, communication, and entertainment. This panel will illustrate different styles and examples of Showmanship. This panel will try to show methods of applying these styles and examples to your calling and to give you a new insight into the tools of our trade. If you are looking for ways to add a little “kick” to your calling, attend this interesting and educational session and enjoy.
2006 Sight Before Resolution 2006 CALLERLAB Convention, Charlotte, NC Sight Before Resolution
Moderator, John Marshall and Panelists – Dave Clay and Jerry Reed – For many callers “sight” calling is a process of getting dancers back to their proper corner and in sequence. This panel will make the point that there should be some interesting dancing between the get-in and the resolve. They will show techniques for planning this interesting dancing and for presenting it so that the dancers succeed and have fun.
2006 Smooth Dancing 2006 CALLERLAB Convention, Charlotte, NC, Smooth Dancing
Moderator, John Kaltenthaler and Panelists – Larry Davenport and Jeanette Staeuble – Smoothness is an important part of the dance. The panel will discuss how smoothness in dancing contributes to the dance experience and how to teach smoothness. Body flow, hand availability, tempo, and timing are important parts of smoothness. This session will also explore how we can analyze a call to determine how best to use that call in our choreography. Knowing the mechanics, hand usage, and flow of the calls we use can help us create a smooth flowing and enjoyable dance experience. This promises to be an excellent session for those who may be thinking of running a caller’s school or becoming a caller-coach. Come and join the discussion of this technical side of calling.
2006 Sound Equipment Maintenance 2006 CALLERLAB Conv Sound Equipment Maintenance
Moderator, Dick Henschell and Panelist – Tom Dillander – This session will include a discussion of how to “sound” various events and venues. Selection of proper equipment and placement
of that equipment will be covered. Also included will be information on how to set up the Williams Sound Enhancement system.
2006 Sound Equipment Maintenance 2006 CALLERLAB Conv Sound Equipment Maintenance
Sound Equipment
Moderator, Dick Henschell and Panelist – Tom Dillander – This session will include a discussion of how to “sound” various events and venues. Selection of proper equipment and placement
of that equipment will be covered. Also included will be information on how to set up the Williams Sound Enhancement system.
2006 Steal A Peek 2006 CALLERLAB Convention, Charlotte, NC
Steal A Peek
Moderator – John Marshall and Panelists – Barry Clasper, Ron Markus, Dick Mazziotti and Doren McBroom – This is the second year we have provided this topic. It was very popular last year in Louisville. It has been said that “Without music there is no dance.” Music is an integral part of showmanship. Do you have the feeling that your music is “stale”? Need some ideas for different patter and singing call music? Join this unique session to “Steal-A-Peek” into the record boxes of our panel made up of regional, festival and international callers! They will give you examples of the music they use and include words about where and why they use it. You will want to “hit the record vendors” after this session!
2006 Talent Show 2006 CALLERLAB Convention, Charlotte, NC
Talent Show
Your hosts, John Swindle and Patty Greene, invite you to relax for the evening and enjoy the entertainment provided by some of our talented members. These sessions have been a highlight of many CALLERLAB Conventions. This one should be no exception. Come enjoy the fun!
2006 Teaching – Methods 2006 CALLERLAB Convention, Charlotte, NC
Teaching Methods
Moderator, Randy Page and Panelists – Vernon Jones and Scot Byars – This session is one of the “Outside the Square” theme sessions. Until quite recently the method (or plan) used to teach square dancing has been more or less a standardized process. That is, the method (process) would consist of a schedule which typically started in September and would meet once a week for a set number of weeks. During the past few years other methods of teaching, including “Multi-Start” plans have been tried. If we venture “Outside the Square” we find there can be a wide variety of methods available to teach square dancing. The panel will speak to some of these other Teaching Methods such as: 1) “Fast Track”, 2) “Blast Classes”, 3) “Multi-Cycle”, and 4) possibly others. If you are looking for new methods to teach square dancing, plan to attend this session which promises to be informative.
2006 Under 5 Years Experience 2006 CALLERLAB Convention, Charlotte, NC
New Callers Dance
Mike Seastrom, MC
This year we would like to provide dances which are “Outside the Square.” This dance will be called by members who have been calling five years or less. We are providing this opportunity for the attendees to recognize and support some of our newest callers. Please bring your enthusiasm to this dance which promises to be entertaining and exciting.
2006 Voice – PVS Advanced 2006 CALLERLAB Convention, Charlotte, NC
Voice – PVS Advanced
Our voice expert, Professor Arden Hopkin will be continuing the Progressive Voice Seminar which began during the 2004 CALLERLAB Convention. This is the third and final in a series of voice sessions for General Callers which will lead to a Certificate of Completion for a Progressive Voice Program. Participants in this session MUST have attended the Basic and Intermediate sessions. They will receive instruction covering the advanced skills of good singing: 1) Resonance enhancement (vibrato and other forms of vibrancy); 2) Range extension of two octaves; 3) Enhanced expression (phrasing and dynamics); and 4) Strategies for lifetime singing
2006 Voice I PVS Basic 2006 CALLERLAB Convention, Charlotte, NC
Voice I – PVS – Basic
Our voice expert, Professor Arden Hopkin from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, will be continuing the Progressive Voice Seminar which began during the 2004 CALLERLAB Convention. This is the first of a series of voice sessions for callers which will lead to a Certificate of Completion for a Progressive Voice program. Participants in this session will receive instruction covering the basics of healthy singing in the following areas: 1) Sound production (flow phonation techniques); 2) Resonance enhancement (placement paradigms and jaw release); 3) Range extension; and 4) Voice maintenance (practice techniques; health care).
2006 Voice II PVS Intermediate 2006 CALLERLAB Convention, Charlotte, NC
Voice II – PVS – Intermediate
Our voice expert, Professor Arden Hopkin, will be continuing the Progressive Voice Seminar which began during the 2004 CALLERLAB Convention. This is the second in a series of voice sessions for General Callers which will lead to a certificate of completion for a Progressive Voice program. Participants in this session will receive instruction covering the intermediate skills of good singing: 1) Sound production (breath suspension support techniques); 2) Resonance enhancement (vowel enunciation and consonant articulation); 3) Additional range extension; and 4) Basic harmonization techniques.
2006 Why Squares Break Down 2006 CALLERLAB Convention, Charlotte, NC, They’re Not Dancing – Now What? – Why Squares Break Down
Moderator, Tim Marriner and Panelists – Mike Jacobs and Jim Mayo – Why can some caller’s call the exact same choreography as other callers and yet has much more dancer success? There are times when we are calling and a square (or more) breaks down and stops moving. The question we must ask ourselves is “Now What?” It is our responsibility to be aware of the situation and take action. We need to determine why
squares break down and know what our responsibilities are to help resolve the situation. How can you improve your calling to achieve optimum dancer success? You may be surprised to learn there are many other factors involved in dancer success other than just the choreography. This panel of experienced callers will give you first-hand knowledge of how to achieve dancer success not only with the clubs you call for regularly but also when calling for other groups.
2007 4P And The D 2007 CALLERLAB Conv Colorado Springs, CO
4 P’s and the D
Moderator Tim Crawford – Panelist Mike Hogan – Marketing is the root of all growth and commerce – including square dancing. This session will investigate a basic marketing principle called the 4P’s and the D. The panel will discuss the effective applications of this Tried and True marketing approach. Come and learn what the four P’s and the D are, and how they can help reach potential new customers.
2007 Choreography Advanced 2007 CALLERLAB Convention, Colorado springs, CO. Choreography Advanced
Moderator Tim Crawford – Panelist John Marshall – The panel will explore different approaches in calling the Advanced Program. Discussions during this session will explore ways of expanding on positions which are interesting and danceable by the majority of Advanced dancers. This session will be of special interest to callers who call the Advanced Program or who are interested in learning to call this program.
2007 Choreography CRaMS 2007 CALLERLAB Convention, Colorado SPrings, CO, CRaMS
Moderator Jon Jones – Panelists Randy Dougherty and Jerry Story – This was a popular session last year in Charlotte. Are you a sight caller? Ever felt like you’re “flying by the seat of your pants” or “you’re flying blind” when your pilot squares crash? By adding certain mental-like techniques to both sight and modular methodology, CRaMS may be the most versatile “Combination” system currently available. Callers can learn to have MUCH more cohesive control of their choreography. The CRaMS system uses most modern forms of calling and wraps them into a complete and comprehensive art form. Have you ever wondered how some callers can call without relying on sight calling and seem to have total control over the dancers? Or wondered how some callers can “Snapshot sight resolve”? If so, this session is for you.
2007 Community Dance 2007 CALLERLAB Convention, Colorado Springs, CO
CCTD Dance
Bob Riggs and the Committee for Community and Traditional Dance (CCTD) will host a dance session highlighting Community Dance material. Come and Enjoy!
If you use Community Dance material, sign up to call a tip.
A variety of interesting material will be presented.
2007 Contra /Traditional Dance 2007 CALLERLAB Convention, Colorado SPrings, CO, Contra /Traditional Dance
MC Calvin Campbell – This dance is hosted by the Committee for Community and Traditional Dance. It is for all who would like to dance “community”, contra, and traditional dances and
for those who would like to become familiar with these dance forms. Dances may be walked through before dancing them. Callers who would like to participate are asked to sign up at the stage if you have a dance to present.
2007 Dancing Without Destination 2007 CALLERLAB Convention, Colorado Springs, CO
Dance Without Destination (TOOLS)
Moderator Bob Riggs -and Panelist Otto Warteman – This session is one of the “Tools For Success” theme sessions. This was one of the most popular sessions at the 2005 convention. The panel will discuss some of the aspects of the Program Policy Initiative (PPI). The purpose of the PPI is to encourage experimentation with different ways and methods of introducing square dancing. The common thread of this discussion will be that there does NOT need to be a traditional “destination” for these new dancers. Come join the discussion and bring your own thoughts and experiences.
2007 Dealing With Declining Capabilities BOF 2007 CALLERLAB Convention, Colorado Springs, CO
Dealing with Declining Dancer Capabilities BOF
Moderators Barry and Pam Clasper – This session will be a gathering of those interested in discussing strategies for dealing with dancers who are suffering a decline in mental or physical capabilities which make them unable to cope with the dance programs they are used to attending. Their inability to perform impacts the dancing experience of others, but on the other hand, for many people giving up a long-standing dance night means losing a large part of their social life. Also, in many cases the dance activity is actually positive therapy for their ailment. Barry and Pam will lead a discussion to generate ideas on how best to balance the needs of dancers suffering physical or mental declines against the rights of other dancers to an enjoyable dance experience.
2007 Dealing With Difficult People 2007 CALLERLAB Convention Colorado Springs, CO
Dealing with Difficult People
Moderator Mike Jacobs – Panelist Kathy Davenport – There are situations where we deal with people who hold differing views from our own.
Some of these situations can bring us into contact with “difficult people”. A “difficult person” in this case is interpreted to mean a person who not only has a different point of view, but one who also becomes difficult to deal with. If not handled in a mature rational way these situations can become unmanageable and cause harm.
These panel members will provide insight into how to handle these difficult people and situations. Many times a calm, mature, and well reasoned presentation of a point of view is all that is needed, in other cases an agreement to disagree is the result. Come join the discussion for input into how to handle these difficult people and situations.
2007 Did you Know? Music Licensing 2007 CALLERLAB Convention, Colorado Springs, CO
Did You Know? Music Licensing
Moderator Bill Heyman – Panelists Tom Dillander and Elmer Sheffield – This is a follow-up session to the many questions regarding the legalities surrounding music licensing raised in Charlotte at the 2006 CALLERLAB Convention. Our panelists deal with music licensing on an ongoing basis, and will discuss questions you may have. Have you ever wondered: 1) Who or what is Harry Fox?; 2) Can I copy my CD’s to my laptop?; 3) Can I give my friend digital copies of records he owns?; 4) Can I give copies of records I own to my friend?; or 5) Is my CD of me doing singing calls a legal CD? If you have ever wondered about these issues this is the session where you will find the answers.
2007 Digital 1 – New Users 2007 CALLERLAB Convention Colorado Spring, CO
Digital 1 – New Users
Moderator Kris Jensen – Panelist Bill Harrison – This has been one of the most popular sessions at recent CALLERLAB conventions and this year should be no different. This year we are again offering two sessions on this topic, one for the callers who are new to using digital music and a second session for those callers who have been using this media for some time. Use of digital music and related equipment has been increasing over the past few years. This growth has brought some interesting innovations to our activity and how we present our music. The panel will explain the various options for digital transfers of music. Examples of digital media and recording devices along with “plain English” explanations will increase your knowledge and help you to make informed decisions about your music needs.
2007 Digital 2 – Experienced Users 2007 CALLERLAB Convention, Colorado Springs, CO
Digital 2 – Experienced Users
Moderator Kris Jensen – Panelist Bill Harrison – This is the second of two sessions on this topic. This session is for those callers who have been using digital music for some time and wish to learn more. Attendees should have at least limited experience with using digital music and some understanding of the equipment used to play this music. The panel will expand on the information presented in the session for New Users and will provide more in-depth information designed for the more experienced digital music user.
2007 Equipment Quirks 2007 CALLERLAB Conv Equipment Quirks (TOOLS)
Moderator Bill Heyman – Panelist Tom Dillander – This session is one of the “Tools For Success” theme sessions. How many times have you had a concern about how to hook up equipment or had a problem after the equipment is set up? The panel will discuss equipment adaptability and conflicts. A wide range of equipment will be discussed including amplifiers,
MP3 Players, computers, and others. Come learn and share your experiences with two of the best in the business.
2007 Ethics And Etiquette 2007 CALLERLAB Conv Colorado Springs, CO
Ethics And Etiquette
Moderator Jim Mayo – Panelists Martin Mallard and Tim Crawford – Ethics and Etiquette are both very important to us as callers and CALLERLAB Members.
We take pride in our Code of Ethics and the few number of ethics complaints we have had. The subject of Ethics is sometimes passed over in caller training programs. It is important to note that CALLERLAB has included this subject as one of the ten “Essential” topics in the Curriculum Guidelines, thus giving it a very high level of importance.
Etiquette put simply, is good manners. The panel will discuss how important these topics are in terms of a caller’s day-today activities. The effect of ethical behavior and application of good manners – or the lack thereof – on a caller’s career will be covered. The panel will touch on the Meaning of Ethics and of Etiquette and the application of the CALLERLAB Ethics Code, including our Ethics procedures.
2007 FAS Before 2007 CALLERLAB Convention, Colorado SPrings, CO, FAS Before F. A. S. B 4 R (TOOLS)
Moderator Mike Jacobs – Panelist Buddy Weaver – This session is one of the “Tools For Success” theme sessions. For many callers “sight” calling is a process of getting dancers back to their proper corner and in sequence. This panel will make the point that there should be some interesting dancing between the get-in and the resolve. They will discuss techniques for calling interesting choreography and for presenting it so that the dancers succeed and have fun. Come and learn what F, A, S, and R are, and how they can help you understand the choreography you call.
2007 First – Time Attendee’s Dance 2007 CALLERLAB Convention, Colorado Springs, CO, First – Time Attendee’s Dance
MC Larry Davenport – Do you remember your first CALLERLAB convention? This Mainstream dance will feature members who are attending their very first CALLERLAB convention. Come support our first timers and “research” some new choreography to take home. This dance promises to be a highlight of the convention.
2007 Games Dance 2007 CALLERLAB Convention, Colorado Srings, CO, Games Dance
MC Vernon Jones – This dance will feature some unusual “game” tips which can provide variety to our calling. The possibilities are almost endless and include such ideas as Horsing Around, Elastic Squares, Bar Stool Dancing, No Hands,
Air Raid, Last Square Standing, Rotating Squares, Same Sex Squares, and others. Dances will be explained before dancing them. We hope this dance will provide you with some fun ideas to help increase your tools for success.
2007 Handicapable Session 2007 CALLERLAB Conv Colorado Springs, CO
Handicapable Session
Moderator Michelle McCarty – Panelists Tom Miller and Corben Geis – Working with handicapable dancers takes a special type of person. This session will provide a discussion of importance to those members and partners who are interested in the challenges and rewards of working with the handicapable. This will be an excellent opportunity to share ideas and experiences.
2007 History Heritage 2007 CALLERLAB Conv Colorado Springs, CO
History Heritage
Moderator Calvin Campbell – Panelist Bob Riggs – Our History-Heritage are an important part of who we are. Colorado played an important role in regards to the history of our activity.
This is where Lloyd “Pappy” and Dorothy Shaw had a great influence. This panel has a unique perspective of our history and the Shaw’s contributions to our activity.
The panelist will comment on memories and provide an interesting and educational discussion.
2007 How We Look 2007 CALLERLAB Conv Colorado Springs, CO
How We Look
Moderator Mike Seastrom – Panelists Betsy Gotta and Justin Russell – The panel will discuss the aspects of the activity which influence how the non-dancing public views square dancing.
Among the topics considered will be discussion of how we dress, including traditional square dance attire. Also included will be discussion of music issues, such as the music we use and how our public image is influenced by that music.
2007 Inside The Definitions 2007 CALLERLAB Conv Inside The Definitions
Inside the Definitions (TOOLS)
Moderator Clark Baker – Panelist Lanny Weaklend – This session is one of the “Tools For Success” theme sessions. The definitions are the guide for explanation of square dance calls.
They offer a wealth of information on the execution of the calls we use. Some callers are unaware of the complete meaning of our definitions. As an example, How does Do Paso end?
Or is there actually a call named “LEFT SCOOT BACK?” This session will provide insight into several definitions which will help make callers more knowledgeable of the definition and use of the calls.
2007 Leadership 2007 CALLERLAB Conv Colorado Springs, CO
Providing Leadership
Moderator Larry Davenport – Panelists Jim Maczko and Jerry Reed – Leadership is one of the factors which can contribute to the success of a club or association.
The panel will discuss how callers can contribute to this success by providing consistent leadership. Various club structures, including board run and caller run, will be discussed.
The panel will provide insight into leadership issues and how these issues can be applied to the success of a club or association.
2007 Learning Should Be Fun 2007 CALLERLAB Convention, Colorado Springs, CO
Learning Should be Fun (TOOLS)
Moderator Deborah Carroll-Jones – Panelist Jerry Junck – This session is one of the “Tools For Success” theme sessions. Teaching is one of the most important things we do as callers. It is not only important to teach all of the material, it is also very important to keep the learning experience fun and enjoyable. Having fun while learning will enhance the experience and help retain the new dancers. A caller with the right skills can motivate the class to learn and make the class period the best night of the week. The panel will share their experiences and provide tips to help you make the learning experience fun. If you are looking for other tools to make learning fun, this session is for you.
2007 Newer Caller BOF 2007 CALLERLAB Convention, Colorado Springs, CO
Newer Callers (BOF)
Moderator John Marshall – If you have been calling five years OR LESS, this session is especially for you. This is the place for you to get answers to your special concerns and to be among your peers. Join this group and the helpful panel to share your experiences. Ask questions about CALLERLAB, how it works and what it does. Ask questions about the art of calling or any other related subject. Remember, there are no stupid questions and hopefully no dumb answers.
2007 NSDC Informal 2007 CALLERLAB Convention NSDC Informal, Colorado Springs, CO
National Square Dance Convention Informal
Hosts, Gene & Connie Triplett – David & Sherry Hubbard – This is a follow-up to discussions during the Planning Meeting last year in Charlotte. This is your opportunity to visit with representatives of the National Executive Committee (NEC) and various board members of National Square Dance Conventions (NSDC). Meet the folks who host the annual NSDC to voice your opinions.
2007 Opening Session 2007 CALLERLAB Conv Opening Session, Colorado Springs, CO
Tim Marinner, Chairman of the Board presiding, along with Jerry Reed, the Executive Director, Dana Schirmer, Assistant Executive Director, and Gail Swindle, Executive Assistant. Your Board of Governors and representatives from various square dance organizations will be introduced. Newly elected members of the Board will be sworn in. Committee Chairmen may report on subjects to be discussed at their scheduled meetings. There will be a special presentation by Richard Marold from Colorado Springs. Richard provides an impression of Pappy Shaw. He dresses and talks about what it was like to be a school leader in the 1930’s. Jerry Reed, Executive Director, will present an overview of the convention and announce any changes to the schedule.
2007 Orientation Session 2007 CALLERLAB Convention, Colorado Srpings, CO
Orientation Session
Mike Seastrom, past Chairman of the Board will moderate this session along with panelists Kenny Reese, Chairman of the Overseas Advisory Committee and Bev Sutter, Chair of the Partners Committee. This session is designed to bring everyone up to date on the history and heritage of CALLERLAB. It is designed to be an informative session for all first-time attendees, but it is also a good review for attendees who haven’t been to a convention for some time. There will be an opportunity to ask questions after the formal session is over. We encourage you to ask any questions you may have about the convention or about CALLERLAB.
2007 Overseas Callers 2007 CALLERLAB Convention, Colorado Springs, CO, Overseas Callers Dance
MC Kenny Reese – This Mainstream dance will feature overseas callers who are attending the convention. Come enjoy the calling of our Overseas Members and take home some of the interesting choreography offered.
This dance promises to be a highlight of the convention.
2007 Party Dances 2007 CALLERLAB Convention Colorado Springs, CO
Party Dances (TOOLS)
Moderator Gregg Anderson – Panelist Bob Riggs – This session is one of the “Tools For Success” theme sessions. Dance Parties are one of the primary ways non-dancers are introduced to square dancing. The panel will discuss these parties and new ways to entertain the people at these events. Included will be a discussion of the difference between a Dance Party and an introduction to Square Dancing or the first Class Dance session. They will include information about the following aspects of these dances : 1) Various types of dance parties; 2) How to gather information about the dance; 3) How to prepare for the dance; and 4) How to conduct the dance and the importance of being flexible. Come learn about this important part of our activity.
2007 Program Policy Initative 2007 CALLERLAB Convention, Colorado Springs, CO,
Program Policy Initative Open Forum
Moderator and Program Policy Vice Chairman Larry Davenport, Panelists Skip Brown and Dana Schirmer – This session will be an Open Forum discussion of the Program Policy Initiative (PPI). The PPI was introduced at the 2005 CALLERLAB Convention with the purpose of encouraging experimentation with different methods to introduce square dancing to non-dancers. This experimentation can take many forms including Special Party Nights, use of Standard Applications only, dance programs with a limited number of calls, and many, many others. The number and variety of these experiments are only limited by the imagination of the caller or club sponsoring the experiment. This Open Forum is intended to encourage discussion of the PPI and to share experiences and encourage all members to try different approaches to introducing square dancing. Come share your experiences or learn how others have used the PPI.
2007 Recruiting Demolitions 2007 CALLERLAB Convention, Colorado Springs, CO,
Demo-lition (TOOLS)
Moderator Vernon Jones – Panelist Patty Greene – This session is one of the “Tools For Success” theme sessions. For years square dance demonstrations have been performed in the hope of attracting potential new dancers. Many believe that even a bad demonstration is better than none at all. Are we doing what is best for our activity by doing a demonstration just for the sake of doing one? Demonstrations should be planned and targeted towards the people for whom we are performing. This session will provide tools which will enable you to better perform dance demonstrations.
2007 Retention 2007 CALLERLAB Convention, Colorado Springs, CO
Retention (TOOLS)
Moderator Tom Rudebock – Panelist Dave Clay – This session is one of the “Tools For Success” theme sessions. Getting new dancers into class is the first step in our quest for more dancers. Retention is equally, if not more important to this process. The panel will discuss methods to retain and maintain club membership. These methods include social activities, music variety, entertaining choreography, recognition of club members, and others. The key is to keep things fresh, exciting, and feeling new. Come learn some of the tools you can use in the retention task.
2007 Showmanship 2007 CALLERLAB Convention, Colorado Springs, CO
Showmanship
Moderator Jerry Junck – Panelists Scot Byars and Charlie Robertson – There are many aspects to showmanship and many ways to display good showmanship. Singing well is certainly part of it, but so are choreography, stage presence, and a caller’s overall personality. The panel will illustrate different styles and examples of Showmanship in their “tool box”. This panel will try to show methods of applying these styles and examples to your calling and to give you fresh insights into the tools of our trade. If you are looking for ways to add a little “kick” to your calling, attend this interesting and educational session and enjoy.
2007 Simple SIght 2007 CALLERLAB Convention, Colorado SPrings, CO, Simple Sight (TOOLS)
Moderator Tim Marriner – Panelist Randy Dougherty – This session is one of the “Tools For Success” theme sessions. Do we need all the calls on the full Basic or Mainstream Programs to sight call? This panel says NO! The panel will describe how to sight call with a limited number of calls. They will explore several sight calling methods including Isolated Sight, Burnt Image Sight, and others. If Sight Calling for any dance program.
2007 Steal A Peek 2007 CALLERLAB Convention, Colorado Springs, CO
Steal-A-Peek
Moderator John Marshall – Panelists Jerry Jestin, Tom Miller and Mike Seastrom – “Without Music There Is No Dance.” Music is an integral part of showmanship. Do you have the feeling that your music is “stale”? Need some ideas for different patter and singing call music? Join this unique session to “Steal-A-Peek” into the record boxes of our panel made up of regional, festival and international callers! They will give you examples of the music they use and include words about where and why they use it. You will want to “hit the record vendors” after this session!
2007 Voice PVS Advanced 2007 CALLERLAB Convention, Colorado Springs, CO
Voice PVS Advanced
Professor Arden Hopkin will continue the Progressive Voice Seminar which began during the 2004 CALLERLAB Convention. The Advanced session will cover: 1) developing consistent quality throughout range, 2) extending the range upwards and downwards, 3) Yodeling, and 4) Harmonization. Pre-requisites: BASIC and INTERMEDIATE.
2007 Voice I PVS Basic 2007 CALLERLAB Convention, Colorado Springs, CO
Voice I – PVS Basic
Professor Arden Hopkin our voice expert, from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, will continue the Progressive Voice Seminar which began during the 2004 CALLERLAB Convention. Caller participants, who take part in the BASIC, INTERMEDIATE and ADVANCED classes will receive a Certificate of Completion of Progressive Voice Seminar. The BASIC session will cover the following topics: 1) Healthy Sound Production, 2) Resonance Enhancement, 3) Breath Support, and 4) Singer’s Posture.
2007 Voice II PVS Intermediate 2007 CALLERLAB Convention, Colorado Springs, CO
Voice II – PVS Intermediate
Professor Arden Hopkin will continue the Progressive Voice Seminar which began during the 2004 CALLERLAB Convention. Caller participants, who take part in the BASIC, INTERMEDIATE AND ADVANCED classes will receive a Certificate of Completion of the progressive voice seminar. The intermediate session will cover the topics of 1) breath management, 2) voice placement, 3) dynamic contrasts (loud and soft singing) and 4) speech diction. Pre-requisite: BASIC.
2008 Caller Associations What Works 2008 CALLERLAB Convention Los Angeles, CA Caller Association (What Works?)
Moderator Skip Brown and Panelist Deborah Carroll-Jones – Some caller associations are successful in keeping members interested and attending meetings; others are not. What are the successful associations doing, what tricks do they have, and how do they keep their members interested and their association healthy? The panel will discuss the problem facing caller associations and how you may be able to help your local association. Come, join the discussion and share your experiences.
2008 Choreography Advanced 2008 CALLERLAB Convention, Los Angeles, CA Advanced Choreography
Moderator Ed Foote and Panelist Bill Eyler – The panel will explore different approaches in calling the Advanced Program. Discussions during this session will explore ways of expanding on positions which are interesting and danceable by the majority of Advanced dancers. This session will be of special interest to callers who call the Advanced Program or who are interested in learning to call this program.
2008 Choreography Changing Singing Call Figures 2008 CALLERLAB Convention, Los Angeles, Choreography Changing Singing Call Figures
Moderator Tony Oxendine and Panelist Betsy Gotta – All square dance music comes with a cue sheet which includes the choreography and words from the song as used by the recording caller. There are times when programming considerations (such as classes or when calling to new dancers) make it desirable to change the choreography provided with the cue sheet. There are many callers who do not realize nor appreciate the difficulty in doing this in a way which will create well timed and workable choreography. The panel will provide information about how to create signing call figures, either for an original or to change existing figures on a cue sheet.
2008 Choreography CraMS 2008 CALLERLAB Convention, Los Angeles, CA Controlled Resolution and Manipulation System (CRaMS)
Moderator Jon Jones and Panelist Jerry Story – This was a very popular session at each of the past two conventions. Are you predominately a sight caller? Ever felt like you’re “flying by the seat of your pants” or “you’re flying blind” when your pilot squares crash? By adding certain mental-like techniques to both sight and modular methodology, CRaMS may be the most versatile “Combination” system currently available. Callers can learn to have MUCH more cohesive control of their choreography. The CRaMS system uses most modern forms of calling and wraps them into a complete and comprehensive art form. Have you ever wondered how some callers can call without relying on sight calling and seem to have total control over the dancers? Do you want to “Snapshot sight resolve”? If so, this session is for you.
2008 Community Dance 2008 CALLERLAB Convention, Los Angeles, CA, CCTD Dance
Bob Riggs and the Committee for Community and Traditional Dance (CCTD) will host a dance session highlighting Community Dancing. Sign up to present a dance or two for the enjoyment of our convention
attendees if you use Community Dance material. A variety of interesting material will be presented. All dances will be taught.
2008 Dance – Contra/Traditional 2008 CALLERLAB Convention, Los Angeles, CA, Dance – Contra/Traditional
MC – Calvin Campbell – This dance will feature a staff of some of the finest callers of Contra/Traditional dance materials. If you enjoy Contra/Traditional dancing this is the place for you.
If you would like to learn more, please attend and enjoy. Dances may or may not be walked through before dancing them.
2008 Dance – Duets and Trios 2008 CALLERLAB Convention, Los Angeles, CA, Dance – Duets and Trios
MC – Mike Seastrom – This dance will feature some of the finest “Duets” and “Trios” in the business. This dance promises to be exciting and entertaining. Come join the festivities at this Mainstream Dance.
2008 Dealing With Dancers With Declining Abilities 2008 CALLERLAB Convention, Los Angeles, CA
Dealing With Declining Capabilities
Moderator Barry Clasper and Panelists Pam Clasper and Roy Gotta – This session has been held as a BOF for the past two years.
The purpose of the BOF was to allow attendees to share and discuss their experiences with situations where one or more dancers become unable to dance in their regular groups due to illness, injury, or simple aging. Our hope was that the discussion would yield suggestions for coping with this situation in a manner that provided the strongest possible support for the dancer involved while at the same time protecting the ability of the club to still function as a dance group. In each of the past two years the discussion was strong and enthusiastic, and seemed to serve a cathartic purpose for those involved. But little in the way of strategies or approaches that could be formalized and passed on to others has been realized to date.
This year as a full session, we hope to make some steps toward organizing this topic area and deciding whether there are things we can do to capture experience and provide possible guidance for those facing this problem in the future.
2008 Did You Know ?? Music Licensing 2008 CALLERLAB Convention Los Angeles, CA
Did You Know ?? Music Licensing
Moderator Tom Dillander and Panelist Buddy Weaver – This was a popular session in Colorado Springs last year. This is a follow-up session to the many questions regarding the legalities surrounding music licensing raised in the past. Our panelists have a vast knowledge and understanding of music licensing and will discuss questions you have regarding all aspects of the music licensing industry.
2008 Digital Music – New Users 2008 CALLERLAB Convention, Los Angeles, CA
Digital Music – New Users
Moderator Kris Jensen and Panelist Buddy Weaver – This has been one of the most popular sessions at recent CALLERLAB conventions and this year should be no different. This year we are again offering two sessions on this topic, one for the callers who are new to using digital music and a second session for those callers who have been using this media for som time and are interested in learning more about editing digital music. Use of digital music and related equipment has been increasing over the past few years. This growth has brought some interesting innovations to our activity and how we present our music. The panel will explain the various options for digital transfers of music. Examples of digital media and recording devices along with “plain English” explanations will increase your knowledge and help you to make informed decisions about your music needs.
2008 Equipment Quirks 2008 CALLERLAB Conv Equipment Quirks
Equipment Quirks
Moderator Bill Heyman and Panelist Dick Henschel – How many times have you had a concern about how to hook up equipment or had a problem after the equipment is set up?
This session is intended to help answer some of these concerns. The panel will discuss equipment adaptability and conflicts. A wide range of equipment will be discussed including amplifiers,
MP3 players, computers, and others. Come learn and share your experiences with two of the best in the business.
2008 Grow Your Business 2008 CALLERLAB Conv Los Angeles, CA
Grow Your Business
Moderator Bill Heyman and Panelist Paul Walker – We are business people; we provide a service and receive compensation. Most of us wonder how can we attract more business, call more dance events, and get better known in the activity? There are smart ways to grow our business and other ways which are not so smart. Some of the not so smart ways can actually hurt our efforts. The panel will discuss various ways to help you in marketing yourself and your business. Come learn some of the tricks of the trade.
2008 History – War Stories 2008 CALLERLAB Conv Los Angeles, CA
History – War Stories
Moderator Tim Crawford – We all have had interesting and exciting, or even scary experiences during our calling career. This session promises to be interesting, entertaining, and possibly poignant as we hear others share their experiences over the years. Come share your story or just enjoy those of others.
2008 History Heritage 2008 CALLERLAB Conv Los Angeles, CA
History Heritage
Moderator Mike Seastrom and Panelist Ernie Kinney – This has been one of the most popular sessions during past conventions.
These are very important aspects of our activity and this information is often overlooked in the hustle and bustle of today’s fast paced life.
This panel is well qualified to provide information about our past and the rich heritage of square dancing and calling.
Come join us to learn more about how we got to where we are today.
2008 How People Learn 2008 CALLERLAB Convention, Los Angeles, CA
How People Learn
Moderator Mike Jacobs and Panelist John Sybalsky – Teaching dancers (both new and experienced) is one of the most important things we do as square dance callers. There are three distinct ways in which people learn. It is vitally important for callers to understand that these differences exist and how best to utilize each while teaching. The panel will provide information about these learning methods and ways to employ them during your teaching. Come join this panel to learn more about how people learn and how we can help them learn.
2008 Inside The Definitions 2008 CALLERLAB Conv Inside The Definitions
Inside the Definitions
Moderator Clark Baker and Panelist Bill Harrison – The definitions are the guides for explanation of square dance calls. They offer a wealth of information in the execution of the calls we use.
Some callers are unaware of the complete meaning of our definitions. As an example, How does Do Paso end? Or is there actually a call named “LEFT SCOOT BACK”?
This session will provide insight into several definitions which will help make callers more knowledgeable of the definitions and use of the calls. This was a very popular session in Colorado Springs last year and resulted in some very interesting discussion.
2008 Leadership 2008 CALLERLAB Conv Los Angeles, CA
Leadership
Moderator Larry Davenport and Panelists Gene and Connie Triplett – Leadership is one of the factors which can contribute to the success of a club or association.
The panel will discuss how callers can contribute to this success by providing consistent leadership. Various club structures, including board run and caller run, will be discussed.
The panel will provide insight into leadership issues and how these issues can be applied to the success of a club or association.
2008 Learning Should Be Fun 2008 CALLERLAB Convention, Los Angeles, CA
Learning Should Be Fun
Moderator Betsy Gotta and Panelist Bear Miller – Teaching is one of the most important things we do as callers. It is not only important to teach all of the material. It is also very important to keep the learning experience fun and enjoyable. Having fun while learning will enhance the experience and help retain the new dancers. A caller with the right skills can motivate the class to learn and make the class period the best night of the week. The panel will share their experiences and provide tips to help you create a fun learning experience. If you are looking for other tools to make learning fun, this session is for you.
2008 Marketing – Applications 2008 CALLERLAB Conv Los Angeles, CA
Marketing Applications
Moderator Tim Crawford and Panelist Tom Rudebock – Marketing is the root of all growth and commerce; including square dancing. This session will investigate basic marketing principles.
The panel will discuss the effective application of those principles to help our recruiting efforts. Come and learn how to apply marketing techniques and how they can help reach potential new customers.
2008 Opening Session 2008 CALLERLAB Conv Opening Session, Los Angeles, CA
Tim Marriner, Chairman of the Board will be presiding, along with Jerry Reed (Executive Director), Dana Schirmer (Assistant Executive Director), and Gail Swindle (Executive Assistant). Your Board of Governors and representatives from various square dance organizations will be introduced. Newly elected members of the Board will be sworn in. Committee Chairmen may report on subjects to be discussed at their scheduled meetings. Jerry Reed will present an overview of the convention and announce any changes to the schedule.
2008 Orientation Session 2008 CALLERLAB Convention, Los Angeles, CA
Orientation Session
Mike Seastrom Past Chairman of the Board will moderate this session. Jon Jones also a Past Chairman of the Board and Janet Olivieri, Vice Chairman of the Partners Committee will join Mike as Panelists. This session is designed to bring everyone up to date on the history and heritage of CALLERLAB. It is designed to be an informative session for all first-time attendees, but it is also a good review for attendees who haven’t been to a convention for some time. There will be an opportunity to ask questions after the formal session is over. We encourage you to ask any questions you may have about the convention or about CALLERLAB.
2008 Overseas Callers 2008 CALLERLAB Convention, Los Angeles, CA, Overseas Callers Dance
MC Don Casper – This Mainstream dance will feature overseas callers who are attending the convention. Come enjoy the calling of our Overseas Members and take home some of the interesting choreography offered.
This dance promises to be a highlight of the convention.
2008 Overseas Open Forum 2008 CALLERLAB Convention, Los Angeles, CA
Overseas Open Forum
Moderator Francois Lamoureux and Joe Kromer, Chairman of the Overseas Advisory Committee, will host this open forum. The issues facing our Overseas Members are certainly similar to those facing our members from North America. However, there are other issues such as language which our members from overseas must deal with. This session will provide the opportunity for you to join a discussion of common concerns and those unique to those members living outside North America. Come join the discussion and share your thoughts.
2008 PPI Open Forum 2008 CALLERLAB Convention, Los Angeles, CA
PPI Open Forum
Moderator Larry Davenport and Panelist Tom Rudebock – This session will be an Open Forum discussion of the Program Policy Initiative (PPI). The PPI was introduced at the 2005 CALLERLAB Convention with the purpose of encouraging experimentation with different methods to introduce square dancing to non-dancers. This experimentation can take many forms including Special Party Nights, use of Standard Applications only dance programs with a limited number of calls, and many, many others. The number and variety of these experiments are only limited by the imagination of the caller or club sponsoring the experiment. This Open Forum is intended to encourage discussion of the PPI and to share experiences and encourage all members to try different approaches to introducing square dancing. Come share your experiences or learn how others have used the PPI.
2008 Putting U In Fun 2008 CALLERLAB Convention, Los Angeles, CA
Putting “U” In Fun – Social Aspects Forum
Moderator Jim Mayo and Panelist Tim Crawford – This session will feature an open forum with emphasis on how we can help create a more social atmosphere in the activity, starting in a local club and spreading to the larger activity. Most callers recognize the impact of the choreography we use and the value of creating a successful and entertaining dance experience. Over the past few years we have come to recognize and appreciate more the importance of the social aspects of the activity. Please attend this session to share your experiences and to gain new insights into this very important aspect of square dancing.
2008 Sharing The Spotlight 2008 CALLERLAB Convention, Los Angeles, CA
Sharing The Spotlight
Moderator Randy Dougherty and Panelist Charlie Robertson – The panel will explore how to work with other callers when sharing a dance program. The program may be a single dance or it could be a festival or week-end event. The panel will look at ways to work with another caller and how to make the dance experience enjoyable for the dancers. If you would like to learn more about working with other callers, come join the discussion.
2008 Showmanship 2008 CALLERLAB Convention, Los Angeles, CA
Showmanship
Moderator Charlie Robertson and Panelist Dan Nordbye – There are many aspects to showmanship and many ways to display good showmanship. Singing well can be a part of it, but so are choreography, stage presence, and a caller’s overall personality. They will also show methods of applying these styles and examples to your calling and give you fresh insights into this important aspect if our calling. If you are looking for ways to add a little “kick” to your calling, attend this interesting and educational session and enjoy.
2008 Simple Sight 2008 CALLERLAB Convention, Los Angeles, CA, Simple Sight
Moderator Tim Marriner and Panelist Daryl Clendenin – This session was a popular session in Colorado Springs last year. The question: Do we need all the calls on the full Basic or Mainstream Programs to sight call? This panel says NO! They will describe how to sight call with a limited number of calls. They will explore several sight calling methods including Isolated Sight, Burnt Image Sight, and others. If Sight Calling for any dance program interests you, this session is for you. Come, learn how Simple Sight can add to your calling skills.
2008 Steal A Peek 2008 CALLERLAB Convention, Los Angeles, CA
Steal A Peek
Moderator John Marshall and Panelists Phil Farmer, Bill Harrison and Jeannette Staeuble. This has been a very popular session during past conventions. It has been said that “Without music there is no dance.” Music is an integral part of showmanship at every program we call. Would you like some ideas for different patter and singing call music? Join this unique session to “Steal-A-Peek” into the record case of our panel. They will give you examples of the music they use and include words about where and why they use it. You will want to “hit the record vendors” after this session!
2008 Teaching – Methods 2008 CALLERLAB Convention, Los Angeles, CA
Teaching Methods
Moderator Vernon Jones and Panelist Norm Wilcox – There are various methods to teach square dancing. The panel will explore some of the different methods for teaching. The discussion will include specific examples of how to employ these teaching methods and may also include information about other teaching
factors such as Multi-Cycle, Blast, or other non-traditional teaching methods.
2008 Teaching – Order Principles 2008 CALLERLAB Convention, Los Angeles, CA
Teaching Order Principles
Moderator Dottie Welch and Panelist Don Beck – We have had various Teaching Orders for our dance programs for many years. Many callers also create their own from the Teaching Orders recommended by CALLERLAB. This session will feature a discussion of a new document titled “Teaching Order Design Principles.” This document provides details, philosophies, and information about those factors which should be looked at when considering creating your own dance program teaching order. These panel members have spent many hours researching, discussing, and writing about this very important topic. If you would like to learn what factors should be considered when creating a Teaching Order, this is the session for you.
2008 VIP Open Forum 2008 CALLERLAB Convention, Los Angeles, CA
VIP Open Forum
Moderator Gene and Connie Triplett and Panelists Wayne and Janice Bowman will participate. This session is an open forum and is your opportunity to join a discussion and visit with representatives of the other organizations we have invited to attend the convention. Meet the folks who help make things happen in the activity to get their input and voice your opinions.
2008 Voice – Caller Coach 2008 CALLERLAB Convention, Los Angeles, CA
Voice – Caller Coach
Voice Coach Arden Hopkin. Every caller’s school includes some attention to proper care and use of the voice. In this session Arden will work with caller coaches – whether or not they are accredited – to help them understand how to be more effective in this area. Of particular importance are the issues of “safe” voice use. Arden will share his experience in bringing out the best in vocal presentation.
2008 Voice – Women In Calling 2008 CALLERLAB Convention, Los Angeles, CA
Voice – Women in Calling
Professor Arden Hopkin will be presenting information of particular interest to women callers. Women callers have some unique vocal issues. Arden will address special concerns for women and show effective ways to handle the needs of women callers. If you would like to learn more, attend this session.
2008 Voice General 2008 CALLERLAB Convention, Los Angeles, CA
Voice – General Session
Professor Arden Hopkin our voice expert, from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, will demonstrate various techniques used to correct voice problems and will provide important information on the care of your voice. Professor Hopkin has spoken at several previous conventions and is familiar with the unique vocal requirements of callers. Voice sessions have proven to be some of the more popular sessions at past conventions.
2008 Wind in Your Face 2008 CALLERLAB Convention, Los Angeles, NV, Wind in Your Face
Moderator Mike Seastrom and Panelist Wade Driver – Smooth dancing has long been recognized as one of the joys of dancing. The term “Wind In Your Face” has been used to describe this type of calling and dancing. The panel includes two of the best in presenting smooth and flowing choreography. Come learn how the panel members do this and how you can improve this important element of your calling.
2008 Winning Ways 2008 CALLERLAB Convention, Los Angeles, CA
Winning Ways
Moderator Jim Mayo and Panelist Dennis O’Neal – Wining Ways success stories provide us with information from all around the square dance world. These stories provide ideas implemented by clubs or callers to recruit new dancers, retain dancers, run classes, and many other aspects of the activity. The panel will open the discussion and provide time for you to share your stories and experiences. We want to learn what you or the others in you areas have done in the way of Winning Ways. Please come share your experiences.
2009 Beat Math 2009 CALLERLAB Convention Kansas City, MO
Beat Math
Moderator Clark Baker and Panelist Tim Marriner – This workshop will start with a brief review of timing. Next we will discuss a methodology for measuring how many beats a call will take and use this methodology on a few calls to see if it gets the same answer as our existing timing charts. Finally we will see if “beat math” really works. Can we simply stick calls together, adding up their beats, and expect the sequence to dance in that many beats? If not, how are we supposed to use our timing numbers?
2009 Choreography Advanced 2009 CALLERLAB Convention, Kansas City, MO Choreography Advanced
Moderator Ed Foote and Panelist Bill Harrison – The panel will explore different approaches in calling the Advanced Program. Discussions during this session will explore ways of expanding on positions which are interesting and danceable by the majority of Advanced dancers. This session will be of special interest to callers who call the Advanced Program or who are interested in learning to call this program.
2009 Community Dance 2009 CALLERLAB Convention, Kansas City, MO, CCTD Dance
Bob Riggs and the Committee for Community and Traditional Dance (CCTD) will host a dance session highlighting Community Dancing. Sign up to present a dance or two for the enjoyment of our convention attendees
if you use Community Dance material. A variety of interesting material will be presented.
2009 CPR For Clubs 2009 CALLERLAB Convention, Kansas City, MO, CPR For Clubs
Moderator Jim Mayo and Panelist Virgil Forbes – NO! This is not mouth to mouth with club members. Recognizing many clubs are looking for ideas and help with recruiting and retaining dancers, in this session we hope to provide information about methods clubs may look at and try to help them grow. There are many Winning Ways reports and the panel will discuss some of these. Come listen and share your experiences.
2009 Dance – Past Chairman 2009 CALLERLAB Convention, Kansas City, MO, Dance Past Chairman
Tim Marriner will MC this dance featuring the Past Chairman of CALLERLAB. The Past Chairmen are honored to host the after dinner dance this evening. The dance will feature a wide variety of calling styles and entertainment as provided by our Past Chairman. Please join the fun to top off .
2009 Dance Party Calling 2009 CALLERLAB Convention Kansas City, MO
Dance Party Calling
Moderator Chris Pinkham and Panelist John Swindle – The first experience a large number of people have with square dancing is during a Dance Party. Making this experience fun and entertaining will help create a positive image of the activity and MAY encourage new dancers to join the activity. The panel will discuss ways to make a Dance Party this kind of dance.
2009 Demo-Lition 2009 CALLERLAB Conv Kansas City, MO
Demo-lition
Moderator Vernon Jones and Panelist Patty Greene – This session is one of the “Lights, Camera, Action” theme sessions. For years square dance demonstrations have been performed in the hope of attracting potential new dancers. Many believe that even a bad demonstration is better than none at all. Are we doing what is best for our activity by doing a demonstration just for the sake of doing one? Demonstrations should be planned and targeted toward the people for whom we are performing. This session will provide tools which will enable you to better perform dance demonstrations.
2009 Digital Music Editing 2009 CALLERLAB Convention, Kansas City, MO
Digital Music Editing
Moderator Kris Jensen and Panelist Clark Baker – This is the second of two sessions on this topic. This session is for those callers who have been using digital music for some time and wish to learn more about how to edit digital music. Attendees should have experience with using digital music and some understanding of the equipment used to play this music. The panel will expand on the equipment and processes which can be used to edit digital music. This session will provide more in-depth information designed for the more experienced digital music user.
2009 Do More With Less 2009 CALLERLAB Convention, Kansas City, MO Do More With Less Moderator Bob Riggs and Panelist Larry Davenport – Can we call creative and interesting choreography with fewer calls? The panel says YES, The challenge is to use fewer calls in creative ways which will be entertaining and keep the dancers dancing. Is this something we do all the time? Probably not. Is it easy and will not take any extra effort? Probably not. Can callers learn to use this type choreography? Definitely YES! Will the caller and the dancers benefit? Again, YES. Come listen, learn, and take home some new choreography tips.
2009 History – War Stories 2009 CALLERLAB Conv Kansas City, MO
History – War Stories
Moderator Tim Crawford – As callers we each have had interesting, exciting, or even scary experiences during our calling career. This session promises to be interesting, entertaining, and possibly poignant as we hear others share their experiences over the years. Come share your story or just enjoy those of others.
This was one of the popular session in Los Angeles last year and this year promises to be even more entertaining.
2009 History Heritage 2009 CALLERLAB Conv Kansas City, MO
History Heritage
Moderator Johnny Wedge, Panelists Wade Driver, Marshall Flippo and Jim Mayo – History, Heritage, and Tradition are very important aspects of our activity.
Veering from the normal, this year’s session will consist of an interview of three respected callers of our time. Be prepared for a small surprise.
This session will prove to be quite lively and entertaining.
2009 Inside the Definitions 2009 CALLERLAB Conv Inside the Definitions
Inside Definitions
Moderator Barry Clasper and Panelist John Sybalsky – The definitions are the guide for explanation of square dance calls. They offer a wealth of information on the execution of the calls we use.
Some callers are unaware of the complete meaning of our definitions. As an example, How does “Do PaSo” end? Or is there actually a call named “Left Scoot Back”?
This session will provide insight into several definitions which will help make callers more knowledgeable of the definition and use of the calls. This was a very popular session in Los Angles last year and resulted in some very interesting discussion.
2009 Lady Callers 2009 CALLERLAB Convention, Kansas, MO, Lady Callers
Lynn Nelson, Kansas City, KS, will be the MC for the dance this evening. For your entertainment this year CALLERLAB is featuring the talents of the Lady Callers attending the convention.
2009 Learning Should Be Fun 2009 CALLERLAB Convention, Kansas City, MO
Learning Should Be Fun
Moderator Bear Miller and Panelist Dennis Young – The time dancers spend learning is when they are most receptive. This time can be tedious and hard work OR it can be a fun and enjoyable time. It is not only important to teach all the material, it is very important to keep the learning experience fun and enjoyable. Having fun while learning will enhance the experience and help retain the new dancers. A caller with the right skills can motivate the class to learn and make the class period the best day of their week. The panel will share their experiences and provide tips to help you make the learning experience fun. If you are looking for other tools to make learning fun, this session is for you.
2009 Make Your Business Grow 2009 CALLERLAB Conv Kansas City, MO
Make Your Business Grow
Moderator Tom Rudebock and Panelist Bill Boyd – We are business people; we provide a service and receive compensation. Most of us wonder how can we attract more business, call more dance events, and get better known in the activity. There are smart ways to grow our business and other ways which are not so smart. Some of the not so smart ways can actually hurt our efforts. The panel will discuss self improvement to promote yourself, through marketing and promotion techniques. Come learn some of the tricks of the trade.
2009 Modular Calling 2009 CALLERLAB Conv Kansas City, KS
Modular Calling
Moderator Calvin Campbell and Panelist Paul Henze – There are many choreographic management tools available to us. Many callers seem to believe that the only important tool for this job is sight.
The panelists will explain and demonstrate that even skilled sight callers can improve their program with the effective use of modules. Come learn how modules can help you.
2009 New Initiatives 2009 CALLERLAB Convention, Kansas City, MO
Winning Ways – New Initiatives
Moderator, Larry Davenport and Panelist Tom Rudebock – At the 2005 CALLERLAB Convention an initiative to encourage experimentation of different methods to introduce square dancing to non-dancers was introduced. CALLERLAB has determined that input from callers and clubs trying these new initiatives is very important. The number and variety of these experiments are only limited by the imagination of the caller or club sponsoring the experiment. This session will be an Open Forum discussion of these different methods. It is intended to encourage discussion of different initiatives and encourage all members to try different approaches to introducing square dancing. Come share your experiences or learn what others are doing.
2009 Opening Session 2009 CALLERLAB Conv Opening Session, Kansas City, MO
John Marshall, Chairman of the Board will be presiding, along with Jerry Reed Executive Director, Dana Schirmer, Assistant Executive Director, and Gail Swindle. Your Board of Governors and representatives from various square dance organizations will be introduced. Newly elected members of the Board will be sworn in. Committee Chairmen may report on subjects to be discussed at their scheduled meetings. Jerry Reed will present an overview of the convention and announce any changes to the schedule. A keynote address will be presented by Ed Foote.
2009 Orientation Session 2009 CALLERLAB Convention, Kansas City, MO
Orientation Session
Mike Seastrom, Past Chairman of the Board will moderate this session. John Kaltenthaler, Past Member of the Board and Janet Olivieri, Vice Chairman of the Partners Committee will join this session. This session is designed to bring everyone up to date on the history and heritage of CALLERLAB. This session is designed to be an informative session especially for the first-time attendee, but it is also a good review for attendees who haven’t been to a convention for some time. There will be an opportunity to ask questions after the formal session is over. We encourage you to ask any questions you may have about the convention or about CALLERLAB.
2009 Putting U In Fun 2009 CALLERLAB Convention, Kansas City, MO
Putting U in Fun (Social Aspects) Forum
Moderator Vernon Jones and Panelist Bear Miller – This session will feature an open forum with emphasis on how we can help create a more social atmosphere in the activity beginning at the local club and spreading to the larger activity. Most callers recognize the impact of the choreography we use and the value of creating a successful and entertaining dance experience. Over the past few years we have come to recognize and appreciate more the importance of the social aspects of the activity. Please attend this session to share your experiences and to gain new insights into this very important aspect of square dancing.
2009 Showmanship 2009 CALLERLAB Convention, Kansas City, MO
Showmanship
Moderator Jerry Story and Panelist Mike Seastrom – There are many aspects to showmanship and many ways to display good showmanship. Singing well can be a part of it, but so are choreography, stage presence, and a caller’s overall personality. The panel will illustrate different styles and examples of showmanship which they use to enhance their calling and the dance experience for the dancers. This panel will try to show methods of applying these styles and examples to your calling and to give you fresh insights into this important aspect of our calling. If you are looking for ways to add a little “kick” to your calling, attend this interesting and educational session and enjoy.
2009 Simple Sight 2009 CALLERLAB Convention, Kansas City, MO, Simple Sight
Moderator Mike Jacobs and Panelist John Sybalsky – The question: Do we need all the calls on the full Basic or Mainstream Programs to sight call? This panel says NO! They will describe how to sight call with a limited number of calls and explore several sight calling methods including Isolated Sight, Burnt Image Sight, and others. If sight calling for any dance program interests you, this session is for you. Come, learn how Simple Sight can add to your calling skills.
2009 Smoothness And Timing 2009 CALLERLAB Convention, Kansas City, MO
Smoothness & Timing
Moderator John Kaltenthaler and Panelist Don Casper – Smoothness is often a major factor impacting the fun of dancing. Smooth dancing allows the dancers to glide from one figure to the next without having to wait, stop and start, or rush to complete the figures the caller is calling. One of the most important factors is Timing. Other factors to be considered include: body position, hand availability, space, environmental conditions, anticipation, degree of difficulty, and others. The panel will discuss many of these factors and provide some insight into the importance of these factors and how they impact the dancers.
2009 Steal A Peek 2009 CALLERLAB Convention, Kansas City, MO
Steal A Peek
Moderator Mary Hutchinson and Panelists Jerry Junck, Wade Driver and Rich Reel. This has been a very popular session during past conventions. It has been said that “Without music there is no dance.” Music is an integral part of showmanship at every program we call. Would you like some ideas for different patter and singing call music? Join this unique session to “Steal-A-Peek” into the record case of our panel. They will give you examples of the music they use and include words about where and why they use it. You will want to “hit the record vendors” after this session!
2009 Sussing The Floor 2009 CALLERLAB Convention, Kansas City, MO
Sussing The Floor
Moderator Barry Clasper and Panelist Deborah Carroll-Jones and Mike Jacob – What is Sussing you might ask? Sussing is a picturesque way of expressing the notion of reading a floor during the first tip to help determine the choreography which will provide the best dance experience for the dancers. Many, if not most, callers believe they do this. However, trying to explain how we do this is not an easy task. The panel will provide their input and ideas of how we do this important task.
2009 Teaching – Dancer Responsibilities 2009 CALLERLAB Convention, Kansas City, MO
Teaching – Dancer Responsibilities
Moderator John Marshall and Panelist Ron Markus – Teaching is one of the most important things we do as callers. We certainly must teach dancers the proper execution of the calls. However, there are other things we should teach including history, heritage, the social aspects of the activity, and others. One facet we may overlook in teaching the new dancer is they have the responsibility to remember whether they are Heads or Sides and who their partner and corner are. Teaching the inactive dancers to be ready to do their part of the choreography is equally important. For example, men have to be ready to do their part of Ladies Chain or Flutter Wheel. Other examples would be the Sides must be ready for the next call after Heads Square Thru. The basic idea is that dancers have a certain amount of responsibility for executing calls above and beyond simply getting the call right. Many examples exist. These are but a few.
2009 Teaching – Square Dance Not Scrambling 2009 CALLERLAB Convention, Kansas City, MO
Teaching – Square Dance Not Scrambling
Moderator, Jim Mayo and Panelist Jerry Junck – In our transition from the early days of MWSD to the complexity we have today the feel of dancing has suffered. This session will review some of the smoothness, accuracy and styling points that we used to teach. Today the number of calls and the complex ways they are used makes us leave those “dancing” subjects out of too-short classes. They can still be covered in workshops and at club nights. This session will discuss and demonstrate some of these. The panel will provide samples of this type calling for you to experience.
2009 Two Couple Calling 2009 CALLERLAB Convention, Kansas City, MO, Two Couple Calling
Moderator Jerry Reed, Panelist Vic Ceder- There are times when we want to use Two Couple Calling as programming or showmanship tools. There are other times when we may have less than two full squares and we want to get as many dancing as we can. This session will provide insight on how to effectively utilize this type of calling and will include some of the pitfalls as well. The panel will provide information about when and why they use Two Couples choreography and show some examples. Join the fun.
2009 Use Your Music 2009 CALLERLAB Convention, Kansas City, MO
Use Your Music
Moderator Elmer Sheffield and Panelist Wade Driver – Music is the glue which binds the dancers, the caller, and the dance together. How we use our music can have a major impact on the dance experience. Music can lift the excitement of the dance or it can be used to provide a pleasant and relaxing feel. This panel is well qualified to provide insight how to use our music effectively.
2009 Voice – Caller Coach 2009 CALLERLAB Convemtion, Kansas City, MO
Voice – Caller Coach
Voice Coach Arden Hopkin – Almost every caller school includes some attention to proper care and use of the voice. In this session Arden will work with caller coaches – whether or not they are accredited – to help them understand how to be more effective in this area. Of particular importance are the issues of “safe” voice use. Arden will share his experience in bringing out the best in vocal presentation.
2009 Voice – Women In Calling 2009 CALLERLAB Convention, Kansas City, MO
Voice – Women In Calling
Professor Arden Hopkin Will be presenting information of particular interest to women callers. Women callers have some unique vocal issues. Arden will address special concerns for women and show effective ways to handle the needs of women callers. If you would like to learn more attend this session.
2009 Wind in Your Face 2009 CALLERLAB Convention, Kansas City, MO, Wind in Your Face
Moderator Mike Seastrom and Panelist Jerry Junck – Smooth dancing has long been recognized as one of the joys of dancing. The term “Wind In Your Face” has been used to describe this type calling and dancing. The panel includes two of the best in presenting smooth and flowing choreography. Come learn the methods the panel uses and how you can improve this important element of our calling.
2009 Working With Alternative Music 2009 CALLERLAB Convention, Kansas City, MO
Working With Alternative Music
Moderator Tim Marriner and Panelist Scot Byars – This unique interest session will discuss Alternative Music as part of patter calling and samples will be demonstrated. How to use the music and the effect it has on the dancers will be considered. We often hear that callers should use different and more modern music to attract younger dancers. This music has been successfully used as one tool to entertain dancers of all ages. Perhaps you will come away with a new appreciation for this different side of our music.
2009 Youth – Competative Dancing 2009 CALLERLAB Convention, Kansas City, MO
Square Dancing – A Competitive Sport?
Moderator Stephen Cole, Panelists Bret Kappenman and Ann Skoe – Have you ever considered what it would take to make square dancing a “contact sport?” In the Pacific Northwest, a group of dancers has, in fact, been doing this for more than 50 years, the Pacific Northwest Teen Square Dance Festival (PNTSDF). This festival of teenagers (and pre-teens) is a competition of both square and round dancers with the young people not only dancing but also calling and cuing. This session will feature a discussion of how the PNTSDF functions, how the teens and pre-teens are grouped by ability and age, how they are scored as dancers and as dance leaders, and how they are rewarded at the end of the competition. Please attend this session to learn how the PNTSDF creates and maintains a strong interest in square dancing and see how you may be able to use their ideas and encourage growth in your home area.
2009 Zesty Contra 2009 CALLERLAB Convention, Kansas City, MO
Dance – Zesty Contra
Clark Baker, MC – If you enjoy smooth, connected, energetic dancing with lots of swinging, this dance is your dance. Featuring traditional and alternative music, each dance is composed of simple figures and may be walked through beforehand. Experience dancing to the phrase of compelling dance music instead of the commands of a caller. The term “zesty contras” was coined by Boston dance leader Larry Jennings who promulgated a style of contra dancing featuring strong connections among dancers, meticulous phrasing, vigorous swings, and smooth transitions from one figure to another. Get your aerobic workout and dance fix at the same time.
2010 Alternative Music 2010 CALLERLAB Convention, Niagara Falls, NY
Alternative Music
Moderator Vic Ceder and Panelists Scot Byars and Buddy Weaver – This unique interest session will discuss Alternative Music as part of patter calling and samples will be demonstrated. How to use the music and the effect it has on the dancers will be considered. We often hear that callers should use different, and more modern music to attract younger dancers. This music has been successfully used as one tool to entertain dancers of all ages. Perhaps you will come away with a new appreciation for this different side of our music.
2010 Caller Coaches Voice 2 2010 CALLERLAB Convention, Niagara Falls, NY
Caller Coaches Voice 2
Dr. Arden Hopkin – Most every caller school includes some attention to proper care and use of the voice. In this session, Arden will work with caller coaches – whether or not they are accredited – to help them understand how to be more effective in this area. Of particular importance are the issues of “safe” voice use. Arden will share his experience in bringing out the best in vocal presentation.
2010 Canadian Callers Dance 2010 CALLERLAB Convention, Niagara Falls, NY, Canadian Callers Dance
Norm Wilcox will be MC for this dance featuring our Canadian Caller Members.
2010 Chant Calling BOF 2010 CALLERLAB Convention, Niagara Falls, NY Chant Calling BOF Deborah Carroll-Jones and Jeannette Staeuble will moderate this session. This will be an interesting Bird of the Feathers Session for Lady Callers wanting to share and improve some of their abilities to “chant” and phrase their commands as opposed to simply verbally saying the calls/commands while calling. Chanting and working with the music, whether traditional or contemporary will also be discussed. As well as chanting versus singing your choreography. Ladies, here is your chance to improve your calling presentations while sharing your experiences with others.
2010 Choreography 3,5,6 Couples 2010 CALLERLAB Convention, Niagara Falls, NY Choreography 3,5,6 Couples Moderator Elmer Sheffield and Panelists Clark Baker and Bob Elling – There are times when we need to use this method of programming or showmanship tool. There are other times when we may have less than two full squares and we want as many dancers on the floor as possible. This session will provide insight into how to effectively utilize this type of calling and will include some of the pitfalls as well. The panel will provide information about when and why they use this choreography and show some examples. Come join the fun.
2010 Choreography Advanced 2010 CALLERLAB Convention, Niagrara FAlls, NY Choreography Advanced Moderator John Marshall and Panelist Michael Maltenfort – The panel will explore different approaches in calling the Advanced Program. Discussions during this session will explore ways of expanding on positions which are interesting and danceable by the majority of Advanced dancers. This session will be of special interest to callers who call the Advanced Program or who are interested in learning to call this program.
2010 Choreography Assymetrical 2010 CALLERLAB Convention, Niagrara Falls, NY, Choreography Assymetrical Moderator Vic Ceder and Panelist Randy Dougherty – Nearly 100% of the choreography we use is symmetrical. In a symmetric set, a line drawn from any dancer through the flagpole center of the set will also intersect that dancers’ diagonal opposite dancer. Also, symmetric choreography directs opposites to do corresponding and equal maneuvers. An additional characteristic of symmetric choreography is balance. In symmetric squares there will always be exactly four dancers (two boys and two girls) in any half of the set. The other half of the set will include only the diagonal opposite counterparts of these four, and each group of four will be positioned in exactly the same way. Any set that lacks this balance is unsymmetrical.
This seminar will discuss non-symmetrical choreography, or asymmetrical calling. This is a form of balance in the square in which dancers on either side of the axis are not identical but can be placed to create a feeling of balance.
Come be introduced to calling which rarely gets addressed in callers’ schools. Learn to create variety without complexity while putting a spark in your calling. Learn setups and get-outs for the following formations and arrangements: 1) 4 boys facing 4 girls, in lines; 2) 3 boys and 1 girl and 3 girls and 1 boy in parallel waves; 3) T-formations, Hformations, L-formations, U-formations; 4) Perpendicular waves; and 5) Heptagon, pentagons, isosceles/equilateral triangles. Learn techniques and tips to help you call outside the box.
2010 Choreography Challenge Introduction 2010 CALLERLAB Convention, Niagrara Falls, NY, Choreography Challenge Introduction Moderator Barry Clasper and Panelist Ed Foote – Discussion during this session will explore approaches in calling and teaching the Challenge Programs. This session will provide ideas for callers who are new to calling Challenge or have the desire to begin calling the Challenge Program. The presenters will provide advice and answer questions as it pertains to becoming a Challenge caller.
2010 Community Dance 2010 CALLERLAB Convention, Niagara Falls, NY, CCTD Dance Bob Riggs and the Committee for Community and Traditional Dance (CCTD) will host a dance session highlighting Community Dancing. Sign up to present a dance or two for the enjoyment of our convention attendees if you use Community Dance material. A variety of interesting material will be presented.
2010 Contra 2010 CALLERLAB Convention, Niagrag Falls, NY, Contra Calvin Campbell, MC – This dance will feature a staff of some of the finest callers of Contra/Traditional dance materials. If you enjoy Contra/Traditional dancing this is the place for you. If you would like to learn more, please attend and enjoy.
Dances may or may not be walked through before dancing them.
2010 Different Not Difficult 2010 CALLERLAB Convention, Niagrara Falls, NY Different Not Difficult Moderator Ken Ritucci and Panelist Jeannette Staeuble – This description of choreography gets a lot of “lip service.” What does it really mean? Ken and Jeannette, will discuss and demonstrate how to keep dancers interested without making the less than- strong miserable. We accept squares breaking down as part of MWSD but does that mean that difficult choreography is necessary to keep folks coming back? Could it be that the caller’s interest in challenging the floor is excessive? The panel will demonstrate how to keep them “on their toes” and be successful at the same time.
2010 Don’t Share Music 2010 CALLERLAB Convention, Niagara Falls, NY
Don’t Share Music
Moderator John Marshall and Panelists Wade Driver, Roy Gotta, and Elmer Sheffield – With more callers using digital music, it makes it very easy for some individuals to wrongfully copy their music and share with others. This trend has decimated the recording company’s abilities to produce new square dance tunes as many of these producers are finding impossible to cover the expense of producing quality music. This panel will discuss the issues and what can be done to prevent the illegal sharing of music. If you want to learn more about this problem and what you can do to insure the continuation of new square dance music, come to this session and participate with this panel.
2010 Extended Applications 2010 CALLERLAB Convention, Niagara Falls, NY, Extended Applications Moderator Jerry Reed and Panelists Vic Ceder and Jon Jones – CALLERLAB has published a report of the Mainstream and Plus applications which are called most often. These applications are known as the “Standard Applications” and are contained in the “Standard Applications” books. This session will explore some of the applications which are NOT Standard and are, therefore, known as extended applications. The panel will provide information and samples of some extended applications, including tips on how to help the dancers succeed with this type choreography. If you are looking for some challenging Mainstream and Plus choreography, this session is for you. Come and enjoy.
2010 Games 2010 CALLERLAB Conv Niagara Falls, NY
Games
Moderator Clark Baker and Panelists Corbin Geis, Vernon Jones, and Bear Miller – Add a little spice to the dance by utilizing unique games to entertain the dancers.
Games are especially useful to club callers wanting to provide something different to their regular club dances without over challenging those dancers interested in something amusing, different and entertaining. This panel brings a youthful presentation of various games that can be played as part of the dance fun.
2010 General Voice 1 2010 CALLERLAB Convention, Niagara Falls, NY
Voice 1 General
Voice Coach Dr. Arden Hopkin from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, will demonstrate various techniques used to correct voice problems and will provide important information on the care of your voice. Dr. Hopkin has identified two areas of vocal training which are very important to the improvement of vocal delivery by a caller. These two areas are Vocal Range and Vocal Quality. Attendees will hear how to improve both.
2010 History Heritage 2010 CALLERLAB Conv Niagara Falls, NY
History Heritage
Moderator Norm Wilcox and Panelists Jerry Helt , Melton Luttrell, and Ernie Kinney- The History, Heritage, and Tradition of our activity are very important aspects of our activity.
This information is sometimes overlooked as we deal with the “puzzle” aspects of modern day choreography. This panel is well qualified to provide information about our past and the rich heritage of square dancing and calling. Come join us to learn more about how we got to where we are today.
2010 How to Use Music 2010 CALLERLAB Convention, Niagara Falls, NY
How to Use Music
Moderator Buddy Weaver and Panelist Ernie Kinney – This session explores how we use our music and will cover rhythm structures (boom-chuck, shuffle, 6/8) in their simplest form, and more importantly how it affects the dancers. Orchestration, musical showmanship programming is also included.
2010 Image Makeover 2010 CALLERLAB Conv Niagara Falls, NY
Image Makeover
Moderator Betsy Gotta and Panelists Gene and Connie Triplett – The panel will discuss the aspects of the activity which influences how the public views square dancing.
Among the topics considered will be discussion of how we dress, including square dancing “costume” attire. Also included will be discussion of Music issues and how the public image is influenced by that music.
2010 Make Your Business Grow 2010 CALLERLAB Conv Niagara Falls, NY
Make Your Business Grow
Moderator Bill Boyd and Panelists Ron Markus and Ken Ritucci – We are business people; we provide a service and receive compensation. Most of us wonder how can we attract more business, call more dance events, and get better known in the activity? There are smart ways to grow our business and other ways which are not so smart. Some of the not so smart ways can actually hurt our efforts. The panel will discuss self-improvement to promote yourself, through marketing and promotion techniques. Come learn some of the tricks of the trade.
2010 Modular Calling 2010 CALLERLAB Conv Niagara Falls, NY
Modules Modular Calling
Moderator Calvin Campbell and Panelist Paul Henze – There are many choreographic management tools available to us. Many callers seem to believe that the only important tool for this job is sight.
The panelists will explain and demonstrate that even skilled sight callers can improve their program with the effective use of modules. Come learn how modules can help you.
2010 Monday Banquet 2010 CALLERLAB Convention Niagara Falls, NY
Monday Night Banquet
Mike Callahan will be MC for the evening. Our blessing will be given by Louis and Nancy Friedlander, Chairman of the 60 NSDC. Committee Chairmen and Vice the Chairmen will be seated at the head table. Small World Awards, Quarter and Half Century Certificates, and Awards of Excellence will be presented.
2010 Newer Caller Tips 2010 CALLERLAB Convention, Niagara Falls, NY
Newer Caller Tips
Moderator John Swindle and Panelists Paul Henze and Ron Markus – If you have been calling five years OR LESS, this session is especially for you. This is the place for you to get answers to your special concerns and to be among your peers. Join this group and the helpful panel to share your experiences. Ask questions about CALLERLAB, how it works and what it does. Ask questions about the art of calling or any other related subject. Remember, there are no stupid questions and hopefully no dumb answers.
2010 Opening Session 2010 CALLERLAB Conv Opening Session, Niagara Falls, NY
John Marshall, Chairman of the Board will be presiding, along with Dana Schirmer Executive Director, and Jerry Reed, Assistant Executive Director. Your Board of Governors and representatives from various square dance organizations will be introduced. Newly elected members of the Board will be sworn in. Dana will present an overview of the convention and announce any changes to the schedule. Bill Boyd will present our keynote address.
2010 Phrase Craze 2010 CALLERLAB Convention, Niagara Falls, NY
Phrase Craze
Moderator Clark Baker and Panelist Jim Mayo – This workshop will explore the relationship of patter and singing calling to the musical phrase. We start with a brief definition of terms, and move into some dancing. Does a style of delivery in which the caller gives the dancers the first beat in a phrase better? How often can a skilled caller “hit the phrase”? How can you acquire this skill? What are some examples of strongly phrased music.
2010 Programming Festivals & Conventions 2010 CALLERLAB Convention, Niagara Falls, NY
Programming Festivals & Conventions
Moderator Dottie Welch and Panelist Ken Ritucci – This panel will discuss and give insight into methods of programming an effective dance program for Festivals and Conventions. Learn how to schedule callers fairly and equally while providing dancers a great dance program. The task of programming a major festival or convention provides all types of challenges which the panel will attempt to cover in this session.
2010 Recording Artists 1999 CALLERLAB Convention, Dallas, TX Remember When Dance
Emcee Melton Lutrell and staff Jim Mayo, Jon Jones, Marshall Flippo, Johnny Wycoff, Frank Lane, and Bob Howell. This will be a non-stop dance featuring some of square dancing’s biggest hits from years past. Some of our members with many decades of experience will offer examples of the type of dancing we did when square dancing drew the biggest crowds. You’ll hear – and dance to – some of the biggest crowd pleasers from the golden years of modern square dancing. Come and decide for yourself whether today’s dancing is better.
2010 Showmanship 2010 CALLERLAB Conv, Niagara Falls, NY
Showmanship
Moderator Mike Seastrom and Panelists Randy Dougherty and Tom Miller – There are many aspects to showmanship and many ways to display good showmanship. Singing well can be a part of it, but so are choreography, stage presence, and a caller’s overall personality. The panel will illustrate different styles and examples of Showmanship which they use to enhance their calling and the dance experience for the dancers. This panel will try to show methods of applying these styles and examples to your calling and to give you fresh insights into this important aspect of our calling. If you are looking for ways to add a little “kick” to your calling, attend this interesting and educational session and enjoy.
2010 Singing Call Applications 2010 CALLERLAB Convention, Niagara FAlls, NY, Singing Call Applications Moderator Jon Jones and Panelists Deborah Carroll-Jones and Wade Driver – All square dance music comes with a cue sheet which includes the choreography and words from the song as used by the recording caller. There are times when programming considerations (such as classes or when calling to new dancers) make it desirable to change the choreography provided with the cue sheet. There are many callers who do not realize nor appreciate the difficulty in doing this in a way which will create well timed and workable choreography. This panel will provide information about how to create signing call figures, either for an original or to change existing figures on a cue sheet.
2010 Smooth Winds 2010 CALLERLAB Convention, Niagara FAlls, NY, Smooth Winds Moderator John Marshall and Panelist Paul Henze – Smoothness is an important part of the dance. Our panelists will discuss how smoothness in dancing contributes to the dance experience and how to teach smoothness. Body flow, hand availability, tempo and timing are an important part of smoothness. This session will also explore how we can analyze a call to determine how to best use that call in our choreography. Knowing the mechanics, hand usage, and flow of the calls we use can help us create a smooth flowing and enjoyable dance experience. This promises to be an excellent session for those who may be thinking of running a callers’ school or becoming a caller-coach. Come and join the discussion of this technical side of calling.
2010 Social Scene 2010 CALLERLAB Convention, Niagara Falls, NY
Social Scene
Moderator Jim Mayo and Panelists Janet Olivieri and Mike Seastrom – This session will look for ways to encourage more social interaction within a club or group. We have neglected the social side of our activity for too many years and that may have contributed to lower retention rates. Lasting friendships have always been one of square dancing’s most valuable rewards. Folks tend to be more forgiving and enjoy square dancing more when they are among friends. We will brainstorm as many ideas as possible looking for ways to build friendship among club members new and old.
2010 Something From Nothing 2010 CALLERLAB Convention, Niagara Falls, NY
Something From Nothing
Moderator Lottie Ainsworth and Panelists Virgil Forbes and Gordon and Susan White – For many years callers have been learning to call and later acquiring an existing club. There are existing callers that seem to be eager to become a club caller but are unable to due to the lack of availability. There seems to be a lack of initiative and awareness of how to start something from nothing. This session will provide an overview of all the possibilities and options of forming a new group of dancers without the aid of the existing dancer base. Putting this in cooking terms, sort of like starting a club from scratch.
2010 Steal A Peek 2010 CALLERLAB Convention, Niagara Falls, NY
Steal A Peek
Moderator Mary Hutchinson and Panelists Eric Henerlau, Kris Jensen, and Tim Marriner – “Without Music There Is No Dance.” Music is an integral part of showmanship. Do you have the feeling that your music is “stale”? Need some ideas for different patter and singing call music? Join this unique session to “Steal-A-Peek” into the record boxes of our panel made up of regional, festival and international callers! They will give you examples of the music they use and include words about where and why they use it.
2010 Sussing the Floor 2010 CALLERLAB Convention, Niagara Falls, NY
Sussing the Floor
Moderator Barry Clasper and Panelists Deborah Carroll-Jones and Ed Foote – “What is Sussing?” you might ask. Well, Sussing is a picturesque way of expressing the notion of reading a floor during the first tip to help determine the choreography which will provide the best dance experience for the dancers. Many, if not most, callers believe they do this. However, trying to explain how we do this is not an easy task. The panel will provide their input and ideas of how we do this important task.
2010 Teaching – Fun Lessons 2010 CALLERLAB Convention, Niagara Falls, NY
Teaching – Fun Lessons
Moderator Vernon Jones and Panelist Bear Miller – The time new dancers spend learning can be tedious and hard work OR it can be a fun and enjoyable time. It is not only important to teach all of the material, it is also very important to keep the learning experience fun and enjoyable. Fun while learning will enhance the experience and help retain the new dancers. A caller with the right skills can motivate the class to learn and make the class period the best part of their week. The panel will share their experiences and provide tips to help you make the learning experience fun. If you are looking for other tools to make learning fun, this session is for you.
2010 Tech Marketing 2010 CALLERLAB Conv Niagara Falls, NY
Tech Marketing
Moderator Kris Jensen and Panelists Stephen Cole and Patty Greene – This panel will explore the possibilities of using modern technologies to contact and communicate with people.
Discussion will cover how to market square dancing by using Email, Web Sites, Texting, Twitter, Skype, Facebook, MySpace, Kindle, and more. Come take a look into the future of how we can better communicate using new technologies.
2010 Tuesday Banquet 2010 CALLERLAB Convention Niagara Falls, NY
Tuesday Banquet
Eric Henerlau will be MC for the evening and our blessing will be given by John and Karen Herr, General Chairman of Roundalab. The Executive Committee, the Board of Governors, and Home Office Staff will be seated at the head table. Special Awards, and Milestone Awards, if any, are presented at this banquet. All award recipients please stay for photographs immediately following the banquet.
2011 After Party 2011 CALLERLAB Convention Las Vegas NV
After Parties
Moderator, Skip Brown and Panelists, Lottie Ainsworth and Rod Shuping: This panel will discuss and demonstrate after party’ preparation, programming, and performance. Learn how to blend talent with skits, how to involve the audience, and how to judge the appropriateness of skits to be presented to the audience. After parties can be great social events with a mixture of laughter and talent. Now ?That’s Entertainment?!
2011 Assn Revitalization 2011 CALLERLAB Convention Las Vegas NV
Association Revitalization
Moderator, Betsy Gotta and Panelists, Arnold Gladson and Jim Maczko: Some callers’ and dancers’ associations are successful in keeping members interested and attending meetings; others are not. What are the successful associations doing, what tricks do they have, and how do they keep their members interested and their association healthy? The panel will discuss the problems facing various associations and how you may be able to help your local association. Come, join the discussion and share your experiences.
2011 Basic 1 & 2 2011 CALLERLAB Convention, Las Vegas, NV
Basic 1 & 2
Moderator, Betsy Gotta and Panelists, Masaharu (Doc) Hiraga and Tom Rudebock: The Mainstream Committee recently revised the Basic/Mainstream Teach List and in doing so has categorized the Basic Program into two parts. The first is identified as Part 1 and consists of 30 calls. The second is identified as Part 2, and consists of 21 calls. This panel will discuss how to use these categories to help stair step dancers as they learn to dance.
2011 Call Evolution 2011 CALLERLAB Conv Las Vegas, NV
Call Evolution
Moderator, Clark Baker and Panelist, Don Beck: Burleson’s Square Dancer’s Encyclopedia lists over 5,000 square dance calls! Who wrote all the calls, and why? Where did our square dance calls come from?
Did new calls appear fully formed or did they evolve? What did it take to write and publish a new call? Who came up with the names? Why did a few calls “make it” while most failed?
Why aren’t there any new calls today? Your panelists will discuss these questions and more.
2011 Caller Judgement 2011 CALLERLAB Convention Las Vegas, NV Caller Judgment
Moderator, Jim Mayo and Panelist, Masaharu (Doc) Hiraga and Doren McBroom: Discussions of certain calling topics (e.g., choreography, teaching) often end with “and you need to use good judgment.” We will define judgment, the places in calling where one makes these informed decisions, and explain how this ability can be acquired and improved. Our panelists will pre-sent examples of both good and bad decisions for your discussion. As Josh Billings said, “There is nothing so easy to learn as experience and nothing so hard to apply.”
2011 CCTD Dance 2011 CALLERLAB Convention, Las Vegas, NV, CCTD Dance
Bob Riggs and the Committee for Community and Traditional Dance (CCTD) will host a dance session highlighting Community Dancing. If you use Community Dance material, please sign up to present a dance or two for the enjoyment of our Convention attendees . A variety of interesting information and ideas will be presented.
2011 Choreography Advanced 2011 CALLERLAB Convention, Las Vegas NV Choreography Advanced
Moderator, Bill Harrison and Panelists, Skip Cleland and Michael Maltenfort: The panel will explore different approaches in calling the Advanced Program. Discussions during this ses-sion will explore ways of expanding on positions which are interesting and danceable by the majority of Advanced dancers. This session will be of special interest to callers who call the Advanced Program or who are interested in learning to call this program.
2011 Choreography Assymetrical 2011 CALLERLAB Convention, Las Vegas, NV Choreography Asymmetrical Dancing
Moderator, Barry Clasper and Panelist, Vic Ceder: Nearly 100% of the choreography we use is symmetrical. In a symmetric set, a line drawn from any dancer through the flagpole center of the set will also intersect that dancers diagonal opposite dancer. Also, symmetric choreography directs opposites to do corresponding and equal maneuvers. An additional characteristic of symmetric choreography is balance. In symmetric squares there will always be exactly four dancers (two boys and two girls) in any half of the set. The other half of the set will include only the diagonal opposite counterparts of these four, and each group of four will be positioned in exactly the same way. Any set that lacks this balance is unsymmetrical. This seminar will discuss non-symmetrical choreography, or asymmetrical calling. This is a form of balance in the square in which dancers on either side of the axis are not identical but can be placed to cre-ate a feeling of balance. Come and be introduced to calling which rarely gets addressed in call-ers’ schools. Learn to create variety without complexity while putting a spark in your calling. Learn set-ups and get-outs for the following formations and arrangements: 1) 4 boys facing 4 girls, in lines; 2) 3 boys and 1 girl and 3 girls and 1 boy in parallel waves; 3) T-formations, H-formations, L-formations, U-formations; 4) Perpendicular waves; and 5) Hexagon, pentagons, isosceles/equilateral triangles. Learn techniques and tips to help you call outside the box.
2011 Choreography Choreo Buildup 2011 CALLERLAB Convention, Las Vegas, NV, Choreography Choreo Buildup
Moderator, John Marshall and Panelist, Bryan Clark: This session will discuss and present information about building the difficulty of choreography as we call. The panel will discuss how to start with easy (standard) choreography and add a little difficulty moving toward ex-tended applications. This can be done as a single sequence, single tip, a full dance or a work-shop.
2011 Choreography Plus 2011 CALLERLAB Convention, Las Vegas, NV, Choreography Plus
Moderator, John Swindle and Panelists, Paul Bristow and Skip Brown: Discussion during this session will explore different approaches in teaching and calling the Plus Program. Discus-sions will include ways of expanding on positions which are interesting and danceable by the majority of Plus dancers. This panel is very well qualified in this topic. This session will be of special interest to callers who call the Plus Program or who are interested in learning to call this program.
2011 CRaMS – Controlled Resolution and Manipulation System 2011 CALLERLAB Convention, Las Vegas, NV
CRaMS – Controlled Resolution and Manipulation System
 Moderator, Vernon Jones and Panelist, Bob Elling: Are you predominately a sight caller? Ever felt like you’re “flying by the seat of your pants” or you’re ―flying blind” when your pilot squares crash? By adding certain mental-like techniques to both sight and modular methodology, CRaMS may be the most versatile “Combination” system currently available. A major advantage of CRaMS is that it is easy to learn. Callers learn to have much more cohesive control of their choreography. The CRaMS system takes in most modern forms of calling and wraps them into a complete and comprehensive art form.
2011 Different Not Difficult 2011 CALLERLAB Convention, Las Vegas, NV Different Not Difficult
Moderator, Jeannette Staeuble and Panelists, Paul Bristow and Robert Hurst: This de-scription of choreography gets a lot of “lip service.” What does it really mean? The panel will discuss and demonstrate how to keep dancers interested without making the ?less than strong? miserable. We accept squares breaking down as part of modern western square dancing, but does that mean that difficult choreography is necessary to keep folks coming back? Could it be that the caller’s interest in challenging the floor is excessive? The panel will demonstrate how to keep them ?on their toes? and be successful at the same time.
2011 Digital Music 2011 CALLERLAB Convention, Las Vegas, NV
Digital Music
Moderator, Kris Jensen and Panelists, Scott Bennett and Arnold Gladson: This session is for those callers who are interested in using digital music and wish to learn more about how to edit digital music. Attendees will have a chance to ask general/basic questions on the use of laptops. The panel will discuss equipment and processes which can be used to edit digital music. This session will provide general information designed for the beginner user of digital music.
2011 Disposable Calls 2011 CALLERLAB Convention, Las Vegas, NV, Disposable Calls Moderator, Clark Baker: How do you keep your calling to the same weekly group fresh and interesting? One tool is to quickly teach them a new call, and play with it for a tip or two. We identify these as “disposable calls” because the dancers are not responsible for them after the tip ends. While the creation of new calls has virtually stopped, this talk will explore some great calls from the past which work well in this format.
2011 Extended Applications 2011 CALLERLAB Convention, Las Vegas, NV Extended Applications
Moderator, Jon Jones and Panelists, Bill Eyler and Ted Lizotte: CALLERLAB has pub-lished a report of the Mainstream and Plus applications which are called most often. These ap-plications are known as the Standard Applications and are contained in the Standard Applications books. This session will explore some of the applications which are not standard and are therefore known as extended applications. The panel will provide information and samples of some extended applications, including tips on how to help the dancers succeed with this type of choreography. If you are looking for some challenging Mainstream and Plus choreography, this session is for you. Come and enjoy!
2011 Games 2011 CALLERLAB Convention, Las Vegas, NV
Games
Moderator, Clark Baker and Panelists, Vernon Jones, and Bear Miller: Add a little spice to the dance by utilizing unique games to entertain the dancers. Games are especially useful to club callers wanting to provide something different to their regular club dances without over challenging those dancers interested in something amusing, different and entertaining. This panel brings a youthful presentation of various games that can be played as part of the dance fun.
2011 History Heritage 2011 CALLERLAB Conv Las Vegas, NV
History Heritage
Moderator, Jerry Junck and Panelists, Marshall Flippo, Cal Golden, Jon Jones and Frank Lane: History, Heritage, and Tradition are very important aspects of our activity.
This information is sometimes overlooked as we deal with the ?puzzle solving? of modern day chore-ography. This panel is well qualified to provide information about our past and the rich heri-tage of square dancing and calling. This has been one of the most popular sessions during past Conventions.
2011 How People Learn 2011 CALLERLAB Convention, Las Vegas, NV
How People Learn
Moderator, Jerry Reed and Panelists, Mike Callahan and Dottie Welch: It has been said that teaching is one of the most important jobs we do as callers. Teaching has been described as the transfer of knowledge from the instructor (you) to the student. Research in the field of teaching has made us aware of several different ways in which people learn. Some of our best teachers have included several different styles of presentation in their classes, often not knowing why they did it or what those different styles are. This session will help you become aware of how learning styles differ and how different people learn in different ways. You will also learn how to make your teaching more effective to help you reach and teach the wide variety of students you are likely to find in your classes. If you want to discover how people learn and how to apply that knowledge to your teaching, this is the session for you.
2011 Mental Image 2011 CALLERLAB Convention, Las Vegas, NV Mental Image
Moderator, Ken Ritucci and Panelist, Don Beck: This panel will discuss one of the basic call-ing systems known as Mental Image. Learn how to follow dancers through the square using mental abilities to track and resolve. How does this work? You will need to attend the session to find out. Enhance your abilities by using your mind.
2011 Modernized Square Dance Parties 2011 CALLERLAB Convention Las Vegas, NV
Modernized Square Dance Parties
Moderator, Eric Henerlau and Panelists, Scot Byars and Rick Hampton: Dance Parties are one of the primary ways non-dancers are introduced to square dancing. The panel will discuss these parties and new ways to entertain people at these events. The panel will present new ap-proaches to after parties and include information about the following aspects of these dances: 1) Various types of dance parties; 2) How to gather information about the dance; 3) How to prepare for the dance; and 4) How to conduct the dance and the importance of being flexible. Come learn about this important part of our activity.
2011 Music – Alternative 2011 CALLERLAB Convention, Las Vegas, NV
Alternative Music
Moderator Buddy Weaver and Panelist Ted Lizotte and Rick Hampton – This unique inter-est session will discuss Alternative Music as part of patter calling and samples will be demonstrated. How to use the music and the effect it has on the dancers will be considered. We often hear that callers should use different, and more modern music to attract younger dancers. This music has been successfully used as one tool to entertain dancers of all ages. Perhaps you will come away with a new appreciation for this different side of our music.
2011 Novelty & Theme Dances 2011 CALLERLAB Convention, Las Vegas, NV Novelty & Theme Dances
Moderator, Deborah Carroll-Jones and Panelist, Bear Miller: This session will provide in-sight into interesting ?Novelties? and ?Themes? to add a little more intrigue and fun to your dances. Learn some new ideas to ?spice up? interest in your dances. The panel will present various Novelty and Theme ideas and explain how to best use them without becoming a distraction to the square dance.
2011 Opening Session 2011 CALLERLAB Conv Opening Session, Las Vegas, NV
Tim Marriner, Chairman of the Board, will preside along with Dana Schirmer, Executive Director, and Jerry Reed, Assistant Executive Director. The Board of Governors and representatives from various square dance organizations will be introduced. Newly elected members of the Board will be sworn in. Dana will present an overview of the Convention and announce any changes to the schedule. Mike Seastrom will present the Keynote Address.
2011 Rectangles 2011 CALLERLAB Convention, Las Vegas, NV Rectangles
Moderator, Ron Markus and Panelist, Bob Elling: There are times when we use rectangles for program fun. There are other times when we may have less than two full squares and we want as many dancers on the floor as possible. This session will provide insight into how to effectively utilize rectangles and will include some of the pitfalls as well. The panel will provide information about when and why they use this choreography and show some examples. Come join the fun!
2011 Retention Attention 2011 CALLERLAB Convention, Las Vegas, NV
Retention Attention
Moderator, Tom Rudebock and Panelists, Bill Boyd, and Dana Schirmer: This session will explore the methods of keeping dancers involved in the activity longer. Once you have recruited new dancers in class and they are on their way to becoming club level dancers, how do you retain them? Come hear the panel explain how to focus attention on the retention of dancers during lessons, when they transition from class to club, and how to keep them dancing.
2011 Round & Contra Introduction 2011 CALLERLAB Convention, Las Vegas, NV
Round and Contra
Moderator, Chris Pinkham and Panelists, John Herr and Susan Morris: Have you ever wished that you had a couple of rounds and/or contras in your repertoire for that special Square Dance Party? Prompting a Contra or cuing a Round takes skills which are somewhat different from calling a square dance. These skills can be learned and practiced to bring more variety of dancing to the dancers. The panelists will discuss the skills required to cue Rounds and/or prompt a Contra and share some of their experiences. If you are interested in learning more about this topic and learning a new skill, come join the fun.
2011 Showmanship 2011 CALLERLAB Convention, Las Vegas, NV
Showmanship
Moderator, Wade Driver and Panelists, Scot Byars and Mike Sikorsky: There are many aspects to showmanship and many ways to display good showmanship. Singing well can be a part of it, but so are choreography, stage presence, and a caller’s overall personality. The panel will illustrate different styles and examples of showmanship which they use to enhance their calling and the dance experience for the dancers. This panel will try to show methods of apply-ing these styles and examples to your calling and to give you fresh insights into this important aspect of calling. If you are looking for ways to add a little ?kick? to your calling, attend this interesting and educational session and enjoy!
2011 Singing Call Adaptation 2011 CALLERLAB Convention, Las Vegas, NV, Singing Call Adaptation
Moderator, Joe Saltel with Panelists, Frank Lescrinier and Tom Rudebock: All square dance music comes with a cue sheet which includes the choreography and words from the song as used by the recording caller. There are times when programming considerations (such as classes or when calling to new dancers) make it desirable to change the choreography provided with the cue sheet. There are many callers who do not realize nor appreciate the difficulty in doing this in a way which will create well timed and workable choreography. This panel will provide information about how to create signing call figures, either for an original or to change existing figures on a cue sheet.
2011 Soap Box 2011 CALLERLAB Convention, Las Vegas, NV
Soap Box
Ron Markus, Moderator: Did you ever have an idea or suggestion you wanted other people to hear? Well here is your chance to get on the “soap box” and tell people your constructive thoughts on how to help the square dance activity or CALLERLAB. Sign up for a five minute segment and “speak your mind”. Come to this session and listen to people express their ideas and suggestions. This could become very exciting and provide some topics not covered by other sessions during the Convention. This session will be recorded and comments and ideas presented will be shared with the Board of Governors, Committee Chairmen, and Vice Chairmen. Please be sure to sign in with the moderator. Time on the “soap box” may be limited based upon the number of those wishing to speak.
2011 Speciality Get-Outs 2011 CALLERLAB Convention, Las Vegas, NV, Specialty Get-outs
Moderator, Tim Marriner and Panelists, Calvin Campbell, Randy Dougherty, and Bill Harrison: This panel will discuss and present how to develop unique Get-outs. They will be sharing some of their favorite Get-Outs as well as requesting participation from the audience. Come have a good time!
2011 Squares & Rounds Cooperation 2011 CALLERLAB Convention, Las Vegas, NV
Squares and Rounds Coop – A Team Effort
Moderator, Eric Henerlau and Panelists, John and Karen Herr, and Ron and Georgine Woolcock: When both Squares and Round Dancing are on the same program, whether at a club dance or at a festival, callers and cuers should work as a team to create an enjoyable experience for the dancers. Cooperation and professional courtesy can do much to help in this process. Have you been in a situation where this was not the case? How did you resolve it, or did you? The panel will also provide personal experiences.
2011 Steal A Peek 2011 CALLERLAB Convention, Las Vegas, NV
Steal A Peek
Moderator, John Marshall and Panelists, Patty Greene, Randy Dougherty and Buddy Weaver: It has been said that ?Without music there is no dance.? Music is an integral part of showmanship at every program we call. Would you like some ideas for different patter and singing call music? Join this unique session to ?Sneak-A-Peek? into the record case of our panel. They will give you examples of the music they use and include words about where and why they use it. You will want to ?hit the record vendors? after this session!
2011 Sussing The Floor 2011 CALLERLAB Convention, Las Vegas, NV
Sussing The Floor
Moderator, Ed Foote and Panelist, Buddy Weaver: What is “Sussing” you might ask. Well, “Sussing” is a picturesque way of expressing the notion of reading a floor during the first tip to help determine the choreography which will provide the best dance experience for the dancers. Many, if not most, callers believe they do this. However, trying to explain how we do this is not an easy task. The panel will provide their input and ideas of how we do this important task.
2011 Target Marketing 2011 CALLERLAB Conv Las Vegas, NV
Target Marketing
Moderator, Mike Hogan and Panelists, John Herr and Ken Ritucci: This panel will discuss and provide ideals on how to market square dancing to best reach those people you wish to bring into lessons. How to target these potential dancers, knowing your customers precisely, and the most effective ways to reach them are the keys to successful marketing. What’s my approach?
What tools should I use? Come find out as the panel provides some insight to target marketing.
2011 Tech Marketing 2011 CALLERLAB Conv Las Vegas, NV
Tech Marketing
Moderator, Stephen Cole and Panelists, Brian Jarvis and Kris Jensen: This panel will ex-plore the possibilities of using modern technologies to contact and communicate with people.
Discussion will cover how to market square dancing by using e-mail, websites, texting, Twitter, Skype, Facebook, MySpace, Kindle, and more. Come take a look into the future of how we can better communicate using new technologies.
2011 Voice – Caller Coach 2011 CALLERLAB Convention, Las Vegas, NV
Voice – Caller Coach
Dr. Arden Hopkin: Most every caller school includes some attention to proper care and use of the voice. In this session, Arden will work with caller coaches (whether or not they are accred-ited) to help them understand how to be more effective in this area. Of particular importance are the issues of ?safe? voice use. Arden will share his experience in bringing out the best in vocal presentation.
2011 Voice – Women in Calling 2011 CALLERLAB Convention, Las Vegas, NV
Voice – Women in Calling
Dr. Arden Hopkin will be presenting information of particular interest to women callers. Women callers have some unique vocal issues. Arden will address special concerns for women and show effective ways to handle the needs of women callers. If you would like to learn more, attend this session.
2011 Voice General 2011 CALLERLAB Convention, Las Vegas, NV
Voice General
Voice Coach Dr. Arden Hopkin will demonstrate various techniques used to correct voice problems and will provide important information on the care of your voice. Dr. Hopkin has identified two areas of vocal training which are very important to the improvement of vocal delivery by a caller. These two areas are Vocal Range and Vocal Quality. Attendees will hear how to improve both.
2011 Wind in Your Face 2011 CALLERLAB Convention, Las VEgas NV, Wind in Your Face
Moderator, Mike Seastrom and Panelists, Jerry Junck and Jim Mayo: Smooth dancing has long been recognized as one of the joys of dancing. The term – Wind In Your Face? has been used to describe this type calling and dancing. The panel includes two of the best in presenting smooth and flowing choreography. Come learn the methods the panel uses and how you can improve this important element of your calling.
2011 hant Calling 2011 CALLRLAB Convention, Las Vegas NV Chant Calling
Moderator, Deborah Carroll-Jones and Panelists, Ron Nelson and Jeannette Staeuble: The panel will discuss how to improve abilities to “chant” and phrase commands as opposed to simply verbally saying the calls/commands while calling. Chanting and working with the music, whether traditional or contemporary, will be discussed, as well as chanting versus singing your choreography. Here is your chance to improve your calling presentations while sharing your experiences with others.
2011 irst – Time Attendee’s Dance 2011CALLERLAB Convention, Las Vegas, NV, First Time Attendees’ Dance
Mike Seastrom will be MC for this dance featuring Members attending their first CALLERLAB Convention. Please attend and dance to the calling of new faces at the Conven-tion.
Let’s show them our support and make them feel welcome!
2012 Cadence Calling 2012 CALLERLAB Convention Nashville, TN Conv Cadence Calling Moderator, Ken Ritucci and Panelists, Deborah Carroll-Jones, Marshall Flippo and Jon Jones. The panel will discuss how to improve abilities to add cadence and phrase commands as opposed to simply verbally saying the calls/commands while calling. Cadence and working with the music, whether traditional or contemporary will also be discussed, as well as chanting versus singing your choreography. Here is your chance to improve your calling presentations while sharing your experiences with others.
2012 Caller Judgement 2012 CALLERLAB Convention Nashville, TN Caller Judgment
Moderator, Clark Baker and Panelists, Lottie Ainsworth and Lanny Weaklend. Discussions of certain calling topics (e.g., choreography, teaching) often end with “and you need to use good judgment.” We will define judgment, the places in calling where one makes these informed decisions, and explain how this ability can be acquired and improved. Our panelists will present examples of both good and bad decisions for your discussion. As Josh Billings said, “There is nothing so easy to learn as experience and nothing so hard to apply.”
2012 Calling with Alternative Music 2012 CALLERLAB Convention, Nashville, TN
Calling with Alternative Music
Moderator, Scot Byars and Panelists, Paul Cote and Ben Goldberg. This unique interest session will discuss Alternative Music as part of patter calling and samples will be demonstrated. How to use the music and the effect it has on the dancers will be considered. We often hear that callers should use different and more modern music to attract younger dancers. This music has been successfully used as one tool to entertain dancers of all ages. Perhaps you will come away with a new appreciation for this different side of our music.
2012 CCTD Dance 2012 CALLERLAB Convention, Nashville, TN CCTD Dance
Bob Riggs and the Committee for Community and Traditional Dance (CCTD) will host a dance session highlighting Community Dancing. Sign up to present a dance or two for the enjoyment of our Convention attendees if you use Community Dance material. A variety of interesting material will be presented.
2012 Choreography Activator Stream Patter Calling 2012 CALLERLAB Convention, Nashville, TN Activator Stream Patter Calling
Mike Sikorsky will teach you the Activator Stream Patter Calling system by demonstrating how an Activator is a Box Module with one or more variables, giving you 10 or 20 different ways to call it, and how to pre-plan WOW “get outs” by knowing in which quadrant the #1 man will finish.
2012 Choreography Assymetrical 2012 CALLERLAB Convention, Niagrara Falls, NY, ChoreographyAsymmetrical
Moderator, Hal Barnes and Panelist, Randy Dougherty. Nearly 100% of the choreography we use is symmetrical. In a symmetric set, a line drawn from any dancer through the flag pole center of the set will also intersect that dancer’s diagonal opposite dancer. Also, symmetric choreography directs opposites to do corresponding and equal maneuvers. An additional characteristic of symmetric choreography is balance. In symmetric squares there will always be exactly four dancers (two boys and two girls) in any half of the set. The other half of the set will include only the diagonal opposite counterparts of these four, and each group of four will be positioned in exactly the same way. Any set that lacks this balance is not symmetrical. This session will discuss non-symmetrical choreography, or asymmetrical calling. This is a form of balance in the square in which dancers on either side of the axis are not identical, but can be placed to create a feeling of balance.
2012 Choreography Choreo Buildup 2012 CALLERLAB Convention, Nashville, TN Choreography Choreo Buildup
Moderator, Darryl McMillan and Panelists, Bryan Clark and Ted Lizotte. This session will present information about building the difficulty of choreography as we call. The panel will discuss how to start with easy (standard) choreography and add a little difficulty moving toward extended applications. This can be done as a single sequence, single tip, or a full dance/workshop.
2012 Choreography CRaMS 2012 CALLERLAB Convention, Nashville, TN, CRaMS
Moderator, Jon Jones and Panelists, Deborah Carroll-Jones and Barry Johnson. Are you predominately a sight caller? Ever felt like you’re “flying by the seat of your pants” or “you’re flying blind” when your pilot squares crash? By adding certain mental-like techniques to both sight and modular methodology, CRaMS may be the most versatile “Combination” system currently available. A major advantage of CRaMS is that it is easy to learn. Callers learn to have much more cohesive control of their choreography. The CRaMS system takes in most modern forms of calling and wraps them into a complete and comprehensive art form.
2012 Customer Satisfaction 2012 CALLERLAB Convention, Nashville TN, Customer Satisfaction
Moderator, Barry Clasper and Panelists, Bill Heyman and Paul Walker. As callers ,we view our relationship with our dancers through a variety of lenses. Sometimes we are a teacher and the dancers are students. Sometimes we are an entertainer and the dancers are an audience. Sometimes we are a social director and the dancers are there for a party. Suppose we look at ourselves as service providers and the dancers as customers? There is a wealth of documentation and opinion available on how businesses should manage the relationship between service providers and customers. If we view our relationship through that lens, where might that lead? Follow our panelists to see what insights that perspective might generate.
2012 Dance Party Choreo 2012 CALLERLAB Convention Nashville, TN
Dance Party Choreo
Moderator, Chris Pinkham and Panelist, Ron Nelson. The first experience a large number of people have with square dancing is during a Dance Party. Making this experience fun and entertaining will help create a positive image of the activity and may encourage new dancers to join the activity. The panel will discuss Party Night choreography to help make a successful event.
2012 Digital Transitions 2012 CALLERLAB Convention, Nashville, TN
Digital Transitions
Moderator, Bill Harrison and Panelist, Kris Jensen. This session is for those callers who are interested in using digital music and wish to learn more about how to transition from vinyl records to digital music. Attendees will have a chance to ask general/basic questions on the use of laptops. How to arrange music folders? How to download music? What square dance management software is available? The panel will discuss equipment and processes which can be used to edit digital music. This session will provide general information designed for the beginner user of digital music.
2012 Effective Teaching 2012 CALLERLAB Convention, Nashville, TN
Effective Teaching
Moderator, Jerry Reed and Panelists, Tom Sellner and Dottie Welch. It has been said that teaching is one of the most important jobs we do as callers. Teaching has been described as the transfer of knowledge from the instructor (you) to the students. Research in the field of teaching has made us aware of several different ways in which people learn. Some of our best teachers have included several different styles of presentation in their classes, often not knowing why they did it or what those different styles are. This session will help you become aware of how learning styles differ and how different people learn in different ways. You will also learn how to make your teaching more effective to help you reach and teach the wide variety of students you are likely to find in your classes. If you want to discover how people learn and how to apply that knowledge to your teaching, this is the session for you.
2012 Games 2012 CALLERLAB Conv Games
Moderator, Bear Miller and Panelists, Randy Dougherty, Jerry Jestin, and Jerry Helt. Add a little spice to the dance by utilizing unique games to entertain the dancers.
Games are especially useful to club callers wanting to provide something different to their regular club dances without over challenging those dancers interested in something amusing, different, and entertaining. This panel brings a youthful presentation of various games that can be played as part of the dance fun.
2012 Grand Ole Basic 2012 CALLERLAB Convention, Nashville, TN Grand “Ole” Basic
Moderator, Walt Burr and Panelists, Masaharu “Doc” Hiraga and Mike Seastrom. Can we call creative and interesting choreography with fewer calls? The panel says, “YES!” The challenge is to use fewer calls in creative ways which will be entertaining and keep the dancers dancing. Is this something we do all the time? Probably not. Is it easy and will not take any extra effort? Probably not. Can callers learn to use this type of choreography? Definitely YES! Will the caller and the dancers benefit? Again, YES. Come listen, learn, and take home some new choreography tips.
2012 Great Expectations 2012 CALLERLAB Conv Nashville, TN
Great Expectations
Recent research has demonstrated that the human brain is a pattern-matching machine without peer. Our brains are constantly looking for patterns in what is going on around us and creating expectations in our minds for what should happen next. Barry Clasper will discuss how this information can be applied to square dancing. How can we manage our dancers’ expectations to create a pleasurable dancing experience? When teaching dancers, how can we set their expectations to make them more successful dancers? How do dancers’ expectations affect their perception of what is “creative” choreography? How do their expectations affect their perception of difficulty? By understanding what dancers’ expectations actually are, and how they might be altered, callers can be more effective entertainers and teachers. Come and join Barry to explore this fascinating perspective on our dance activity.
2012 Mental Image 2012 CALLERLAB Convention, Nashville, TN Mental Image
Moderator, Jeannette Staeuble and Panelists, Don Beck and Darryl McMillan. This panel will discuss one of the basic calling systems known as “Mental Image”. Learn how to follow dancers through the square using mental abilities to track and resolve. How does this work? You will need to attend the session to find out. Enhance your abilities by using your mind.
2012 Modules 2012 CALLERLAB Conv Nashville, TN
Modules
Moderator, Jerry Junck and Panelists, Paul Henze and Mike Seastrom. There are many choreographic management tools available to us. Many callers seem to believe that the only important tool for this job is sight. The panelists will explain and demonstrate that even skilled sight callers can improve their program with the effective use of modules. Come learn how modules can help you.
2012 Music Piracy 2012 CALLERLAB Convention, Nashville, TN
Music Piracy Q and A (Questions and Answers)
Moderator, Paul Bristow and Panelists, Wade Driver and Mike Seastrom. This panel will explain issues caused by music piracy and entertain questions from attendees as to what constitutes music piracy; how to handle awkward situations where someone asks for a copy of your music; how to curtail music piracy, as well as many other issues pertaining to this topic. Help save our music! Attend and participate in this important session.
2012 Music Producers 2012 CALLERLAB Convention, Nashville, TN, Music Producers Dance
The Music Producers Committee will provide your Sunday night entertainment this year. CALLERLAB is featuring the talents of the Recording Artists in our organization who are attending the Convention.
Donations to the Foundation will be encouraged.
2012 Musical Showmanship 2012 CALLERLAB Convention, Nashville, TN
Musical Showmanship
Moderator, Elmer Sheffield and Panelists, Tom Miller and Tony Oxendine. There are many aspects to showmanship and many ways to display good showmanship. Singing well can be a part of it, but so are choreography, stage presence, and a caller’s overall personality. The panel will illustrate different styles and examples of showmanship which they use to enhance their calling and the dance experience for the dancers. This panel will try to show methods of applying these styles and examples to your calling and to give you fresh insights into this important aspect of our calling. If you are looking for ways to add a little “kick” to your calling, attend this interesting and educational session and enjoy.
2012 Opening Session 2012 CALLERLAB Conv Opening Session, Nashville, TN
Elmer Sheffield, Chairman of the Board, will be presiding along with Dana Schirmer, Executive Director. The Board of Governors and representatives from various square dance organizations will be introduced. Newly elected members of the Board will be sworn in. Dana will present an overview of the Convention and announce any changes to the schedule. This year, Kid Billy Music will be a part of our Monday morning opening session. This group of songwriters from the Nashville area will provide motivational talents to help send the Convention off to a roaring start by encouraging attendees to participate. The cost for this group is partially paid for by a grant from the 57th National Square Dance Convention, Wichita, KS.
2012 Orientation Session 2012 CALLERLAB Convention, Nashville, TN
Orientation Session
Pam Clasper will moderate this session. Ron Markus, Vice Chairman of Caller Training, and Janet Olivieri, Vice Chairman of the Partners Committee, will join this session. This session is designed to be an informative session especially for the first-time attendee, but it is also a good review for attendees who have not been to a Convention for some time. There will be an opportunity to ask questions after the formal session is over. We encourage you to ask any questions you may have about the Convention or about CALLERLAB.
2012 Rectangles 2012 CALLERLAB Convention, Nashville, TN, Rectangles
Moderator, Tom Miller and Panelists, Don Beck and Bob Elling. There are times when we use rectangles for program fun. There are other times when we may have less than two full squares and we want as many dancers on the floor as possible. This session will provide insight into how to effectively utilize rectangles and will include some of the pitfalls as well. The panel will provide information about when and why they use this choreography and show some examples. Come join the fun.
2012 Retention Attention 2012 CALLERLAB Convention, Nashville, TN
Retention Attention
Moderator, Mike Hogan and Panelists, Bill Boyd and Virgil Forbes. This session will explore the methods of keeping dancers involved in the activity longer. Once you have recruited new dancers in class and they are on their way to becoming club level dancers, how do you retain them? Come hear the panel explain how to focus attention on the retention of dancers during lessons, when they transition from class to club and how to keep them dancing.
2012 Simple Sight 2012 CALLERLAB Convention, Nashville, TN, Simple Sight
Moderator, Bear Miller and Panelists, Gary Felton and Lee Kopman. The question is: Do we need all the calls on the full Basic or Mainstream programs to sight call? This panel says, “NO!” They will describe how to sight call with a limited number of calls. If Sight Calling for any dance program interests you, this session is for you. Come learn how Simple Sight can add to your calling skills.
2012 Singing Call Adaptation 2012 CALLERLAB Convention, Nashville, TN, Singing Calls Adaptaton
Moderator, Paul Henze and Panelists, Jon Jones and Vernon Jones. All square dance music comes with a cue sheet which includes the choreography and words from the song as used by the recording caller. There are times when programming considerations (such as classes or when calling to new dancers) make it desirable to change the choreography provided with the cue sheet. There are many callers who do not realize nor appreciate the difficulty in doing this in a way which will create well timed and workable choreography. This panel will provide information about how to create singing call figures, either for an original or to change existing figures on a cue sheet.
2012 Singing Calls Harmony 2012 CALLERLAB Convention, Nashville, TN
Singing Calls Harmony
Moderator, Wade Driver and Panelists, Tony Oxendine and Elmer Sheffield. This session will explore how callers harmonize with other callers. The panel will discuss and workshop ways that callers can harmonize with themselves, duets, or groups of callers and enhance their abilities to harmonize their voices.
2012 Sneak A Peek 2012 CALLERLAB Convention, Nashville, TN
Sneak a Peek
Moderator, Tom Rudebock and Panelists, Doug Davis, Tom Dillander, and Hunter Keller. It has been said that “Without music there is no dance.” Music is an integral part of showmanship at every program we call. Would you like some ideas for different patter and singing call music? Join this unique session to “Sneak-A-Peek” into the record case of our panel. They will give you examples of the music they use and include words about where and why they use it. You will want to “hit the music vendors” after this session!
2012 Social Scene 2012 CALLERLAB Convention, Nashville, TN
Social Scene
Moderator, Mike Seastrom and Panelists, Lee & Barbi Ashwill, Pam Clasper and Janet Olivieri. This session will look for ways to encourage more social interaction within a club or group. We have neglected the social side of our activity for too many years and that may have contributed to lower retention rates. Lasting friendships have always been one of square dancing’s most valuable rewards. Folks tend to be more forgiving and enjoy square dancing more when they are among friends. We will brainstorm as many ideas as possible, looking for ways to build friendship among club members new and old.
2012 Speciality Get-Outs 2012 CALLERLAB Convention, Nashville, TN, Specialty Get Outs
Moderator, Tim Marriner and Panelists, Randy Dougherty and Bill Harrison. This panel will discuss and present how to develop unique “get-outs”. They will be sharing some of their favorite “get-outs” as well as requesting participation from the audience. Come have a good time.
2012 Teaching – Outside the Box 2012 CALLERLAB Convention, Nashville, TN
Teaching Outside the Box
Moderator, Dottie Welch and Panelists, Betsy Gotta and Bob Riggs. This panel will share some unique ideas and concepts on how to teach dancers. Learn some new teaching tips, understand the significance of the teaching order, and find out how to use some formations other than Squares when teaching. Share in the discussion and inject your experiences in how to make learning easier and more entertaining.
2012 Teaching – Successful Dancing Habits 2012 CALLERLAB Convention, Nashville, TN
Successful Dancing Habits
Moderator, Ed Foote and Panelists, Jerry Junck and Chris Pinkham – The panel will discuss and present dance styling and suggestions to help improve dancers skills.
2012 Tech Marketing 2012 CALLERLAB Conv Nashville, TN
Tech Marketing
Moderator, Patty Greene and Panelists, Brian Jarvis and Kris Jensen. This panel will explore the possibilities of using modern technologies to contact and communicate with people.
Discussion will cover how to market square dancing by using e-mail, websites, texting, Twitter, Skype, Face book, MySpace, Kindle, and more. Come take a look into the future of how we can better communicate using new technologies.
2012 True Technical Zeros 2012 CALLERLAB Conv Nashville, TN
True Technical Zero’s
Moderator, Clark Baker and Panelist, Tim Marriner. This is an educational talk about Zeros. No matter what your choreographic management system, an understanding of the types of Zeros and when to use them can be useful. This subject can be confusing, and isn’t always appropriate for newer callers or in a caller school setting. We will start with the basics and by the end of the session you will understand the terms True Zero, Geographical Zero, Technical Zero, and Fractional Zero. Not only that, you will know how to add them to your choreographic management toolbox.
2012 Two Couples 2012 CALLERLAB Convention, Nashville, TN, Two Couples
Moderator, Eric Henerlau and Panelist Dottie Welch. How many of you have used two couple sets (“mini -squares”) as part of your regular program? Two couple dancing is an excellent way to teach and reinforce the many calls that require only two couples to execute. This is not a “gimmick” dance. Come to this session to see how regular two couple dancing can accelerate your teaching, expose dancers to more variety, and improve the dancers’ timing and execution of calls. Call lists for Mainstream and Plus calls and choreo examples will be distributed. Sample choreography will be shown. This is a “MUST DO” for anyone teaching dancers!
2012 Visit With The Legends 2012 CALLERLAB Conv Nashville, TN
Visit With The Legends
Moderator, Jerry Junck and Panelists, Bob Brundage, Marshall Flippo, Jerry Helt and Melton Luttrell. History, heritage, and tradition are very important aspects of our activity.
This information is sometimes overlooked as we deal with the “puzzle solving” of modern day choreography. This panel is well qualified to provide information about our past and the rich” heritage of square dancing and calling. This has been one of the most popular sessions during past Conventions. Come join us to learn more about how we got to where we are today.
2012 Vocal Instrument 2012 CALLERLAB Convention, Nashville, TN
Vocal Instrument
Moderator, Tim Marriner and Panelists, Paul Henze and Ron Markus. This session will present how to use your voice as an instrument to enhance calling skills. In the past, Dr. Arden Hopkin had presented methods on various techniques used to correct voice problems and provided important information on the care of your voice. This session will now expand to cover ways of using your voice to enhance your calling abilities.
2012 Wind in Your Face 2012 CALLERLAB Convention, Nashville, TN, Wind in Your Face
Moderator, Ken Ritucci and Panelists, Ted Lizotte and Darryl McMillan. Smooth dancing has long been recognized as one of the joys of dancing. The term “Wind In Your Face” has been used to describe this type calling and dancing. The panel includes two of the best in presenting smooth and flowing choreography. Come learn the methods the panel uses and how you can improve this important element of your calling.
2012 Working With Music 2012 CALLERLAB Convention, Nashville, TN,
Working with Music
Moderator, Buddy Weaver and Panelist, Jim Mayo. Music is the glue which binds the dancers, the caller, and the dance together. How we use our music can have a major impact on the dance experience. Music can lift the excitement of the dance or it can be used to provide a pleasant and relaxing feel. The panel will illustrate how tempos and rhythmic styles can add variables to the dance. Come learn and enjoy.
2012 Working With Squares & Rounds 2012 CALLERLAB Convention, Nashville, TN
Working With Squares and Rounds
Moderator, Roy Gotta and Panelists, Don Casper, Ron & Georgine Woolcock and Bob & Claudia Amsbury. When both Squares and Round Dancing are on the same program, whether at a club dance or at a festival, callers and cuers should work as a team to create an enjoyable experience for the dancers. Cooperation and professional courtesy can do much to help in this process. Have you been in a situation where this was not the case? How did you (or DID you) resolve it? The panel will also provide personal experiences.
2013 Activator Stream Patter Calling 2013 CALLERLAB Convention, Raleigh, NC
Activator Stream Patter Calling
Mike Sikorsky will teach you the Activator Stream Patter Calling system by demonstrating how an Activator is a Box Module with one or more variables, giving you 10 or 20 different ways to call it, and how to pre-plan WOW “Get-Outs” by knowing in which quadrant the #1 man will finish.
2013 Beautiful Basics 2013 CALLERLAB Convention, Raleigh, NC
Beautiful Basics
Moderator, Walt Burr and Panelists, Betsy Gotta and Tom Miller. Can we call creative and interesting choreography with fewer calls? The panel says, “YES!” The challenge is to use fewer calls in creative ways which will be entertaining and keep the dancers dancing. Is this something we do all the time? Probably not. Is it easy and will not take any extra effort? Probably not. Can callers learn to use this type of choreography? Definitely, YES! Will the caller and the dancers benefit? Again, YES. Come listen, learn, and take home some new choreography tips.
2013 Beautiful Basics Dance 2013 CALLERLAB Convention, Raleigh, NC
Beautiful Basics Dance
Betsy Gotta will MC a fun, Basic Program dance delivered by entertaining presenters. Come and enjoy dancing the Beautiful Basic Program!
2013 Brief History of Choreo Management 2013 CALLERLAB Convention, Raleigh, NC
Brief History of Choreo Management
Presented by Randy Dougherty. The history of choreographic controls begins in the late 1950s when a new term was added to the square dance vocabulary. The term “Hot Hash” and its impact on the activity was nothing short of spectacular. In the days before hash, a patter tip would typically concentrate on a single complete dance routine. Each had its own name and usually featured a specific choreographic theme or dance pattern, most dancers had their favorites and, at most dances, these routines received the most mike time, a repetition that encouraged dancers to memorize, either intentionally or subliminally, the actions of the most popular dances. The result was that experienced dancers almost always knew what steps came next in whatever dance they were dancing and the only choreographic “control” a caller needed was a reasonably reliable memory. Attend this session to learn more of the history of Choreographic Management.
2013 Caller Judgment 2013 CALLERLAB Convention, Raleigh, NC
Caller Judgment
Moderator, Clark Baker and Panelists, Dick Henschel and Mike Seastrom. Discussions of certain calling topics (e.g., choreography, teaching) often end with “and you need to use good judgment.” We will define judgment, the places in calling where one makes these informed decisions, and explain how this ability can be acquired and improved. Our panelists will present examples of both good and bad decisions for your discussion. As Josh Billings said, “There is nothing so easy to learn as experience, and nothing so hard to apply.
2013 Calling to the Music 2013 CALLERLAB Convention, Raleigh, NC
Calling to the Music
Moderator, Patty Greene and Panelists, Jim Mayo and Johnny Wedge. Many callers desire to provide choreography challenges to the dancers. In doing so, calling sometimes becomes a stop and go flow of dancing with less emphasis to calling with the music. This panel will discuss how to call to the music to enhance the dance experience.
2013 Calling with Alternative Music 2013 CALLERLAB Convention, Raleigh, NC
Calling with Alternative Music
Moderator, Tom Miller and Panelists, Jerry Jestin and Ben Goldberg. This unique interest session will discuss Alternative Music as part of patter calling and samples will be demonstrated. How to use the music and the effect it has on the dancers will be considered. We often hear that callers should use different and more modern music to attract younger dancers. This music has been successfully used as one tool to entertain dancers of all ages. Perhaps you will come away with a new appreciation for this different side of our music.
2013 CCTD Dance 2013 CALLERLAB Convention, Raleigh, NC
CCTD Dance
Bob Riggs and the Committee for Community and Traditional Dance (CCTD) will host a dance session highlighting Community Dancing. Sign up to present a dance or two for the enjoyment of our Convention attendees if you use Community Dance material. A variety of interesting subjects will be presented.
2013 Choreo Build-up 2013 CALLERLAB Convention, Raleigh, NC
Choreo Build-up
Moderator, Ted Lizzotte and Panelists, Tim Marriner, Tac Ozaki and Bob Worley. This session will present information about building the difficulty of choreography as we call. The panel will discuss how to start with easy (standard) choreography and add a little difficulty moving toward extended applications. This can be done as a single sequence, single tip, or a full dance/workshop.
2013 Dance by Definitions 2013 CALLERLAB Convention, Raleigh, NC
Dance by Definitions
Presenter, Barry Clasper. The phrase ‘Dancing By Definition’ is usually associated with difficult, challenging choreography that requires the dancers to solve puzzles. This presentation starts from a different premise: dancers always dance by definition; all dancers, all the time, every time. The question is; What definition? Clearly, whenever a dancer starts to execute a call— any call, they have determined what they are going to do by recalling some description of the call they hold in memory. They have a mental model of the call in their memory that guides their understanding of what they need to do. This mental model may or may not bear much resemblance to the written definition of the call, but it is the only thing the dancer on the floor has available while they are dancing. The feeling of difficulty or ease experienced by individual dancers is largely determined by how well their mental model copes with the choreography being presented. As callers, we need to understand how this mental model works. Where does it come from? How is it built and modified? What are the implications for how we teach dancers? What are the implications for how we call dances and design choreography? How can we use this understanding to make dancers more comfortable and successful? Join Barry to explore these questions in this follow-up to last year’s “Great Expectations” presentation.
2013 Dance Party Choreo 2013 CALLERLAB Convention, Raleigh, NC
Dance Party Choreo
Moderator, Chris Pinkham and Panelists, Jim Wass and Bob Riggs. The first experience a large number of people have with square dancing is during a Dance Party. Making this experience fun and entertaining will help create a positive image of the activity and may encourage new dancers to join. The panel will discuss Party Night choreography to help make a successful event.
2013 Different not Destructive 2013 CALLERLAB Convention, Raleigh, NC
Different not Destructive
Moderator, Eric Henerlau and Panelist, Barry Clasper. There is a school of thought that callers tend to invent difficult and complex choreography because they are bored. The thought is that the dancers are happy, it’s the callers that are restless. While there is certainly more than a grain of truth to this, the fact is that dancers also crave some element of the unusual. They enjoy variety and encountering something new— within limits. Dancers want to be exposed to the unusual, but they also want to feel successful and that they have accomplished something. Eric and Barry will explore how to think about choreography from a dancer’s perspective and provide insight not only into what will seem difficult to them, but how it could be adjusted to be merely unusual and intriguing; ‘Different Not Destructive’.
2013 Digital Music Transitions 2013 CALLERLAB Convention, Raleigh, NC
Digital Music Transitions
Moderator, Buddy Weaver and Panelist, Barry Johnson. This session is for those callers who are interested in using digital music and wish to learn more about how to transition from vinyl records to a digital format. Attendees will have a chance to ask general/basic questions on the use of laptops: How to arrange music folders; How to download music; What square dance management software is available? The panel will discuss equipment and processes which can be used to edit digital music. This session will provide general information designed for the beginning digital music user.
2013 Effective Teaching 2013 CALLERLAB Convention, Raleigh, NC
Effective Teaching
Moderator, Jerry Reed and Panelist, Dottie Welch. It has been said that teaching is one of the most important jobs we do as callers. Teaching has been described as the transfer of knowledge from the instructor (you) to the students. Research in the field of teaching has made us aware of several different ways in which people learn. Some of our best teachers have included several different styles of presentation in their classes, often not knowing why they did it or what those different styles are. This session will help you become aware of how learning styles differ and how different people learn in different ways. You will also learn how to make your teaching more effective to help you reach and teach the wide variety of students you are likely to find in your classes. If you want to discover how people learn and how to apply that knowledge to your teaching, this is the session for you.
2013 Far Sight 2013 CALLERLAB Convention, Raleigh, NC
Far Sight
Moderator, Doug Davis and Panelist, Skip Cleland. There are many approaches to sight calling, each with their own pros and cons, and all of which require a lot of work and practice to master. Human nature generally leads us to stick with the tried and true. Once we have mastered something and enjoyed success, it can be hard to move out of that comfort zone and try something new; it can feel like starting back at square one. This session is aimed at callers who may feel they have reached the “plateau”, and are looking for inspiration to expand their sight calling horizons. Our panelists will explore a range of common sight calling methods and discuss how to reduce the pain and awkwardness of trying out a new method.
2013 Games 2013 CALLERLAB Convention, Raleigh, NC
Games
Moderator, Bear Miller and Panelists, Clark Baker, and Jerry Helt. Add a little spice to the dance by utilizing unique games to entertain the dancers. Games are especially useful to club callers wanting to provide something different to their regular club dances without over challenging those dancers interested in something amusing, different and entertaining. This panel brings a youthful presentation of various games that can be played as part of the dance fun.
2013 How To Be a Rain Maker 2013 CALLERLAB Convention, Raleigh, NC
How To Be a Rain Maker
Moderator, Eric Henerlau and Panelist, Ken Ritucci. Have you ever wondered why some callers seem to be very successful in attracting large beginner classes or getting many party night bookings? Would you like to find out some of the tips and tricks of these callers that would help YOU expand your calling opportunities? This session will explore what it takes to create opportunities for people to come out to your classes, dances or party nights. Discussion will include various ways of reaching out to the community to bring awareness of square dancing, as well as specific details like program creation, hall logistics, and club support.
2013 Laptop Lane 2013 CALLERLAB Convention, Raleigh, NC
Laptop Lane
Moderator, Bill Harrison and Panelists, Barry Johnson and Wade Morrow. This is for anyone who uses or is thinking about using a laptop computer to support their music. If you use a laptop, you’re probably using one of the digital music management programs designed for square dance callers, such as CSDS (Ceder), Digital Music Magician (Heyman), SqView (Bernhed), and sqmp3Gold (Wilson). This session will provide an informal opportunity for users of these and other programs to get together and set up their laptops to share tips and techniques (but not music or software). It will also give callers who have not yet made the decision to use a laptop the opportunity to talk with people who are current digital users.
2013 Maintenance and Mechanics of Voice 2013 CALLERLAB Convention, Raleigh, NC
Maintenance and Mechanics of Voice
Moderator, Paul Henze and Panelists, Ron Markus and Randy Page. This session will present the mechanics and maintenance of voice to enhance calling skills. Methods on various techniques used to correct voice problems will be presented and important information on the care of your voice will be provided.
2013 Microphones Today 2013 CALLERLAB Convention, Raleigh, NC
Microphones Today
Moderator, Deborah Carroll-Jones and Panelists, Patty Greene, Lottie Ainsworth, and Susan Morris. This session is designed to review different types of microphones. Microphones are a primary tool for callers with some microphones providing better clarity while others a more mellow tone. This panel will discuss various microphones, provide reviews on microphones, and will allow time for attendees to test various microphones to help find the best match for their individual needs.
2013 Modules 2013 CALLERLAB Convention, Raleigh, NC
Modules
Moderator, Bob Poyner and Panelists, Doug Davis and Paul Henze. There are many choreographic management tools available to us. Many callers seem to believe that the only important tool for this job is sight. The panelists will explain and demonstrate that even skilled sight callers can improve their program with the effective use of modules. Come learn how modules can help you.
2013 Musical Piracy Q & A 2013 CALLERLAB Convention, Raleigh, NC
Musical Piracy Q & A
Moderator, Mike Seastrom and Panelists, Wade Driver and Ron Markus. This panel will explain issues caused by music piracy and entertain questions from attendees as to what constitutes music piracy; how to handle awkward situations where someone asks for a copy of your music; how to curtail music piracy, as well as many other issues pertaining to this topic. Help save our music! Attend and participate in this important session.
2013 Musical Showmanship 2013 CALLERLAB Convention, Raleigh, NC
Musical Showmanship
Moderator, Wade Driver and Panelists, Mike Sikorsky and Buddy Weaver. There are many aspects to showmanship and many ways to display good showmanship. Singing well can be a part of it, but so are choreography, stage presence, and a caller’s overall personality. The panel will illustrate different styles and examples of showmanship which they use to enhance their calling and the dance experience for the dancers. This panel will try to show methods of applying these styles and examples to your calling, and to give you fresh insights into this important aspect of calling. If you are looking for ways to add a little “kick” to your calling, attend this interesting and educational session and enjoy.
2013 Near Sight 2013 CALLERLAB Convention, Raleigh, NC
Near Sight
Moderator, Ken Ritucci and Panelist, Ed Foote. This session is aimed at newer callers who are either just beginning to explore sight calling techniques, or have become comfortable with one particular method and want to expand their repertoire. Newer callers can easily feel daunted by the seemingly large numbers of sight calling methods, many of which seem difficult to understand, and all of which require a great investment of time and effort to develop proficiency. How can you choose the ones that will be most useful to you? The panelists will explore the basic principles that underlie all sight resolution techniques and provide guidance on how knowledge of those principles will help you successfully choose and master the techniques that will work best for you.
2013 Opening Session 2013 CALLERLAB Convention, Raleigh, NC
Opening Session
Elmer Sheffield, Chairman of the Board, will be presiding along with Dana Schirmer, Executive Director. The Board of Governors and representatives from various square dance organizations will be introduced. Newly elected members of the Board will be sworn in. Dana will present an overview of the Convention and announce any changes to the schedule. This year, Denise Ryan will be a part of our Monday morning opening session and will present a motivational speech to help kick off the Convention with a positive uplifting message.
2013 Organize Square Dance Tours Cruises 2013 CALLERLAB Convention, Raleigh, NC
Organize Square Dance Tours Cruises
Moderator, Bill Boyd and Panelist, Wendy VanderMeulen. This session will dwell into how to organize a special square dance tour or cruise. Whether working directly with hotels, cruise lines, tour buses, airlines, or simply working with a travel agency, there are lots of questions and conditions you need to know. Bill and Wendy will help guide you towards coordinating your own adventurous trip with square dance friends. They will provide useful ideas on how to negotiate the best travel package, provide marketing ideas, and provide a unique experience for those traveling with you.
2013 Orientation Session 2013 CALLERLAB Convention, Raleigh, NC
Orientation Session
Pam Clasper will moderate this session. Jon Jones, Chairman of the Application Review Committee (and a Past Chairman) and Guy Steele will join this session. The session is designed to be an informative one, especially for the first-time attendee, but it is also a good review for attendees who have not been to a Convention for some time. There will be an opportunity to ask questions after the formal session is over. We encourage you to ask any questions you may have about the Convention or about CALLERLAB.
2013 Producing Music Q & A 2013 CALLERLAB Convention, Raleigh, NC
Producing Music Q & A
Moderator, Wade Driver and Panelists, Bob Elling and Buddy Weaver. This panel will provide a question and answer session if you have interests in recording, the process, and the mechanics involved. All record producers are invited to attend and inject into the session. In addition, anyone with interests/questions in producing music should attend.
2013 Singing Call Harmony 2013 CALLERLAB Convention, Raleigh, NC
Singing Call Harmony
Moderator, Elmer Sheffield, Jr. and Panelists, Tony Oxendine and Tim Marriner. This session will explore how callers harmonize with other callers. The panel will discuss and workshop ways that callers can harmonize with themselves, duets or groups of callers, and enhance their abilities to harmonize their voices.
2013 Sneak a Peek 2013 CALLERLAB Convention, Raleigh, NC
Sneak a Peek
Moderator, Tom Rudebock and Panelists, Masaharu (Doc) Hiraga, Trevor Day, and Randy Dougherty. It has been said that “Without music there is no dance.” Music is an integral part of showmanship at every program we call. Would you like some ideas for different patter and singing call music? Join this unique session to ‘Sneak-A-Peek’ into the record case of our panel. They will give you examples of the music they use and include words about where and why they use it.
2013 Social Glue 2013 CALLERLAB Convention, Raleigh, NC
Social Glue
Moderator, Pam Clasper and Panelists, Jerry and Kathy Helt, Tom Rudebock and Wendy Vandermeulen. This session will look for ways to encourage more social interaction within a club or group. We have neglected the social side of our activity for too many years, and that may have contributed to lower retention rates. Lasting friendships have always been one of square dancing’s most valuable rewards. Folks tend to be more forgiving and enjoy square dancing more when they are among friends. We will brainstorm as many ideas as possible, looking for ways to build friendship among club members new and old.
2013 Specialty Get-Outs 2013 CALLERLAB Convention, Raleigh, NC
Specialty Get-Outs
Moderator, John Marshall and Panelists, Jon Jones and Virgil Forbes. This panel will discuss and present how to develop unique Get-Outs. They will be sharing some of their favorite ones as well as requesting participation from the audience. Come have a good time!
2013 Successful Dancing 2013 CALLERLAB Convention, Raleigh, NC
Successful Dancing
Moderator, Jim Mayo and Panelists, Jeannette Staeuble and Chris Pinkham. The panel will present and ask for discussion of suggestions to help improve dancing skills.
2013 Teaching Outside the Box 2013 CALLERLAB Convention, Raleigh, NC
Teaching Outside the Box
Moderator, Tom Mohney and Panelists, Bob Elling and Betsy Gotta. This panel will share some unique ideas and concepts on how to teach dancers. Learn some new teaching tips, understand the significance of the teaching order, and find out how to use some formations other than squares when teaching. Share in the discussion and inject your experiences in how to make learning easier and more entertaining.
2013 Teaching Systems and Recruiting 2013 CALLERLAB Convention, Raleigh, NC
Teaching Systems and Recruiting
Mike Hogan, Chairman of the Marketing Committee, will host an informative session on a proposed teaching system that allows students to be recruited year-round. This session will be presented by Dale Bennett and Sharon Murphy. It will be a fact finding session by the Marketing Committee.
Dale and Sharon’s description of this session reads: “What if you could recruit and assimilate new students YEAR-ROUND? What if students who had to miss for several weeks (or even a few months) could return and easily pick-up where they left off? What if every student could go at his or her own pace and never be “pushed through” or “held back”? Hundreds of hours have been spent developing this one-of-a-kind curriculum so that friends can invite friends to start taking lessons any week of the year. Now, you’ll be able to advertise and recruit 52 weeks a year and never again shut the door to enrollment. Impossible, you say? If it’s true, we’ve solved the biggest problem facing square dancing!”
2013 Tech Marketing 2013 CALLERLAB Convention, Raleigh, NC
Tech Marketing
Moderator, Brian Jarvis and Panelist, Kris Jensen. This panel will explore the possibilities of using modern technologies to contact and communicate with people. Discussion will cover how to market square dancing by using e-mail, websites, texting, Twitter, Skype, Facebook, MySpace, Kindle, and more. Come take a look into the future of how we can better communicate using new technologies.
2013 Two Couples Dancing 2013 CALLERLAB Convention, Raleigh, NC
Two Couples Dancing
Moderator, Kris Jenson and Panelist, Lee Kopman. How many of you have used two couple sets (mini-squares) as part of your regular program? Two couple dancing is an excellent way to teach and reinforce the many calls that require only two couples to execute. This is not a “gimmick” dance. Come to this session to see how regular two couple dancing can accelerate your teaching, expose dancers to more variety, and improve the dancers’ timing and execution of calls. Call lists for Mainstream and Plus calls and choreo examples will be distributed. Sample choreography will be shown. This is a “MUST DO” for anyone teaching dancers!
2013 Utilizing Voice 2013 CALLERLAB Convention, Raleigh, NC
Utilizing Voice
Moderator, Tim Marriner and Panelists, Deborah Carroll-Jones and Tony Oxendine. In the past there has been great attention to proper care, maintenance, and usage of one’s voice. This session will now focus on Vocal Dynamics and effective ways to use the voice to enhance the overall performance for both patter and singers.
2013 Visit with the Legends 2013 CALLERLAB Convention, Raleigh, NC
Visit with the Legends
Moderator, Mike Seastrom and Panelists, Don Beck, Lee Kopman, and Carl Sims. History, heritage, and tradition are very important aspects of our activity. This information is sometimes overlooked as we deal with the “puzzle solving” of modern day choreography. This panel is well qualified to provide information about our past and the rich heritage of square dancing and calling. This has been one of the most popular sessions during past Conventions. Come join us to learn more about how we got to where we are today.
2013 Who is Your Customer 2013 CALLERLAB Convention, Raleigh, NC
Who is Your Customer
Moderator, Mike Hogan and Panelists, Eric Henerlau, Lee and Barbi Ashwill. Customer-driven business services tend to be the most successful. Companies and professionals that provide what the customer really wants excel in their fields. Sometimes as callers we make assumptions as to who we believe our customers are. This panel will discuss how to better understand who our customer is and how to determine what is needed to satisfy their needs.
2014 Beautiful Basic Dance 2014 CALLERLAB Convention Reno, NV
Beautiful Basic Dance
Daryl Clendenin will MC a fun, Basic Program dance delivered by entertaining presenters. Come and enjoy dancing the Beautiful Basic Program!
2014 Talent Night 2014 CALLERLAB Convention Reno, NV
Talent Night
Tom Miller will MC an after dinner talent night of skits and other entertainments. Be sure to attend and enjoy the “CALLERLAB’s Got Talent” night