Welcome to the CALLERLAB Square Dance KnowledgeBase

Click on a heading in the menu bar above to navigate a major category, or click on a word in the Tag Cloud to the right to see all articles with that tag, or enter search words in the search bar at the top right for full-text search.

This repository collects information useful to Modern Western Square Dance leaders and callers. If you’re trying to recruit new dancers, train callers, or promote MWSD in general, you will find valuable information here. It contains 266 articles grouped into 3 categories and described with 42 different information tags. If you have questions or suggestions for content, or if you are unable to find what you’re looking for, please contact us by clicking here to send an email.

Please click a button below for further information on how to navigate this material.

About This KnowledgeBase

The CALLERLAB KnowledgeBase consists of items bearing on some aspect of MWSD. Each item is called an “article”. Some articles are self-contained, but most provide a description and links to other documents and websites.

Each article represents something that somebody thought was valuable enough to share. However, while CALLERLAB is providing a place to collect this material, inclusion does not imply approval, endorsement, or promotion by CALLERLAB. Neither are articles tested for quality or judged for value. That assessment is left for you, the reader.

For information on how to navigate and search the KnowledgeBase, see the section “How To Use This KnowledgeBase”.

How To Use This KnowledgeBase

There are three ways to navigate the content of the KnowledgeBase:

  1. By category, using the menu under the masthead at the top of every page.
  2. By searching for specific words in the articles, using the Search text field in the right hand sidebar on every page.
  3. By tag, using the Tag Cloud in the right hand sidebar on every page.

Click below for more detailed information.

Masthead Categories

Articles are divided into three broad categories: Dancers, Callers, and CALLERLAB Information.

  1. Dancers contains information about finding, recruiting, training, and retaining dancers. It also contains information on operating clubs, lesson systems, community and party dances, and other topics.
  2. Callers contains information for and about callers. It includes material that callers may use for their own education, as well as materials to help those who are mentoring a potential caller.
  3. CALLERLAB Information contains information about CALLERLAB as an organization.

The first two categories are very broad and contain a large number of articles. Use this path when you are browsing to see what sort of information is available but don’t have a specific item or topic in mind.

Selecting a category will take you to a page that describes the category and displays the articles in that category. You can do a quick scan of article titles by clicking on the “List of Article Titles” button. View only articles with a particular tag by clicking the Filter by Tag button and selecting a tag.

Other Masthead Menu Items

Useful Links contains links to a variety of outside organizations, tools, resources, and historical sites.

COVID-19 Information collects information related to the COVID pandemic and its effect on square dancing.

Stuff On The Sidebar

A search text field appears at the top of the sidebar on the right of every page. Enter a search term and hit Enter or click the Search button.

Entering multiple search words will select any article that contains one of the search words (a logical OR). Example: martinez education will find any article that contains either martinez OR education.

To force all selected articles to contain a word, precede that word with a plus sign (+). Example: +martinez +education will find any article that contains both martinez AND education.

To exclude articles that contain a word, precede that word with a minus sign (-). Example: +education -martinez will find any article that includes education but NOT martinez.

Partial words will be matched. Example: Searching for tool will also find articles including words like toolbox or footstool.

If an article is long and you are having difficulty finding the search term within the article, you can use your browser’s search facility (usually invoked by Ctrl-F (Windows) or Cmd-F (MacOS)) to find the text on the page.


Each article is tagged with keywords that describe the sort of information it contains – for example, “Music” or “Recruiting Dancers”. The Tag Cloud button in the right sidebar displays all the tags that have been assigned to articles. The relative size of the tag indicates how many articles have that tag. To display the exact number of articles, hover your mouse pointer over a tag until a small box displaying that number appears.

Clicking on a tag, whether it appears in the tag cloud, in an article, or in other lists of tags, will take you to a page listing all the articles with that tag. On that page, you can filter the results both by Category and by another tag by using drop-down menus.

Tags vs. Search

Tags are applied to an article by the author and indicate that some part of the article is relevant to the subject covered by the tag. A search will deliver all articles containing that word, even if the word is incidental to the subject of the article.

Other Navigation Notes

Certain articles that collect many items, such as the article that contains a list of all CALLERLAB convention session audio recordings, cover virtually all subjects and will have been assigned many tags. To find specific items on specific subjects within those collections, try using your browser’s search facility.

Each article page contains a list of the categories and tags assigned to that article. The page also points to three related articles selected by a software algorithm. If you are browsing, this may help you find additional articles.

Other Sidebar Items

Category and Tag Index: Provides an alphabetical list of the categories and tags with short descriptions of the type of content that appears with them.

Recent Articles: Displays a list of the most recently created articles

Popular Searches: Displays a cloud containing the most frequent searches over the past 30 days

Most Viewed Last 30 Days: Displays the 10 most frequently viewed articles in the past 30 days

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