The following table contains 964 links to recordings as of October 31, 2018. Entries are initially sorted by year and session title, but you may click on the up/down arrows in the column headers to sort by that column if you wish. Click on the title to go to the recording. You may search this page for keywords using your browser's page "find" function (Ctrl-f). Do not use the search box to the right - it searches the entire KnowledgeBase, not just this page. Year Title (Link) Description 1980Advanced Creative1980 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. 1980Business Taxes1980 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…
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Each year the CALLERLAB Convention provides two full days of education and information sessions. For many years audio recordings have been made of selected sessions, and latterly some have also been recorded on video. So far, CALLERLAB has posted several hundred of these recordings to YouTube, to make them generally available. There are many more to come, so this is an ongoing process. The table below shows the date and description of each posted recording and a link to the YouTube entry for it. This article lists audio files only.
Hilton Audio is a primary site for purchasing specialized sound equipment related to square dance calling.
Audacity is a free multi-track audio editing program that runs on several platforms including Windows, Linux, and MAC OS. It permits recording from a variety of sources and producing a variety of sound file formats. It has features for pitch and tempo shifting, noise elimination (such as clicks and pops) elimination, cropping or extending recordings, adjusting bass/treble balances, and much more.
Dosado.com has a long and varied history. It has served as the URL for a series of square dance music services: Supreme Audio, then Palomino, and most recently it was purchased by Hilton Audio (Paul Cote). It contains a huge collection of the offerings of many of the square dance music producers and permits online purchase and download. The site also has a number of very useful sections, for example music for special occasions or themes such as Valentine's Day, Christmas, or St. Patrick's. You can find music by title, label, or artist. They also sell equipment such as speakers, microphones, and hearing enhancement systems.
For the past several years CALLERLAB has included a convention session called "A Visit With the Legends". In each session several well known and pioneer people were interviewed and told "war stories" about their careers and events in their lives. These sessions have proven to be extremely popular with the convention audience. The sessions were recorded, some with audio only, some with video, and some both. While the recordings are all contained in the pages that list CALLERLAB education session recordings, we have created this summary article listing the "legend" recordings so you can find them faster.
Each year the CALLERLAB Convention provides two full days of education and information sessions. For many years audio recordings have been made of selected sessions, and latterly some have also been recorded on video. So far, CALLERLAB has posted several hundred of these recordings to YouTube, to make them generally available. There are many more to come, so this is an ongoing process. The table below shows the date and description of each posted recording and a link to the YouTube entry for it.
There have always been pockets of people who find themselves unable to assemble a whole square, or sometimes even another couple, but who want to dance anyway. The COVID-19 pandemic turned the whole square dance population into such people. This article provides a collection of recordings specifically aimed at people dancing by themselves. Some are in the form of a "virtual dance" where you can see other couples dancing along with you in their living rooms. Some are more in form of a demo couple showing you the moves.
The following table contains 237 links to video recordings as of October 4, 2019. Entries are initially sorted by year and session title, but you may click on the little up/down arrows in the column headers to sort on other columns. Click on the title to go to the recording. You may search this page for keywords using your browser's page "find" function (Ctrl-f). Do not use the search box to the right - it searches the entire KnowledgeBase, not just this page. Year Title (Link) Description 20112011 First Time Attendees Dance2011 . Las Vegas, NV Games Dance Excerpts from a dance at 2011 CALLERLAB called by first-time attendees to the convention. 20112011 First Time Attendees Dance2011 CALLERLAB Conv. Las Vegas, NV Games Dance Excerpts from a dance demonstrating various square dance “games” that can be used to entertain dancers (e.g. 9-pin, barstool dancing, dancing in shoeboxes, etc.) 20132013 CALLERLAB Conv Caller Coaches - Don Beck Presenation2013 CALLERLAB Convention Raleigh (Cary), NC Don Beck has been invited to make a presentation to the Caller Coaches. 20142014 Beautiful Basics Dance2014 CALLERLAB Conv. Reno, NV Monday Beautiful Basics Dance Excerpts from a Monday evening Basic dance at CALLERLAB 2014 in Reno showcasing…
This podcast is for the purpose of square dance education. These are audio files that have been digitally re-mastered from albums and videos previously released on the various music labels owned by Buddy Weaver. Listeners are welcome to listen (stream) or download any of the podcasts. Use the podcasts for dancing in your home or for research - it is provided to you at no charge.
Hunter Keller voiced four professional radio spots to advertise his beginner classes in Montana. Their first usage generated about 25 new dancers and a second round an additional 16. Each 30-second spot featured a different music style and a slightly varied message. Click on the button below to see links to the MP3 files so you can hear what they sounded like. If you're considering doing radio spots, they provide a terrific example.
Last Update: (EDT) CALLERLAB is working hard to keep up with the ramifications of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The purpose of this page is to provide you with timely and relevant information about the impact of the pandemic on our square dance activity. We are endevouring to reference only trusted and authoritative sources of information. Misinformation about COVID-19 is spreading even more rapidly than the pandemic itself. We urge you to always check with one of these trusted sources to avoid retransmiting inaccurate information or rumour you may encounter on various social media. Reviving Square Dancing in the Wake of COVID-19 The CALLERLAB Board Of Governors has published a strategy document to assist callers and dance leaders in restarting square dance activities after the long shutdown resulting from the pandemic. Click on the title above to view the document. Try The Social Square Dancing Option An element of the strategy outlined in the Reviving Square Dancing document above is the suggestion to try using a shorter lesson program. One of the suggested options is Social Square Dancing (SSD). This was formerly named Sustainable Square Dance but was recently renamed to make the title more meaningful to new dancers. In parallel…
This summary article contains a table (see below) that points to a number of media articles about square dancing or people involved in square dancing. They frequently contain information useful in the promotion of square dancing. The articles are sorted by publication date and location of story. Click on the Article Title to see the article text.
Useful links to other square dance information.
Article Type Author Last Update Description Summary Barry Clasper 2017-04-14 This summary article contains a table (see below) that contains links to the interviews that Bob Brundage did with a wide variety of notable people in the square dance community. These interviews represent a huge project for which Bob was awarded the CALLERLAB Milestone award in 2012. Both audio files and written transcripts are provided. Listening to these interviews provides a unique and personal vantage point on some of the seminal developments in square dance history. You can see the list of interviews in alphabetical order by clicking on the button below labelled "Table of Interviews". To view the materials for a specific interview just click on the interview name in the table revealed below. The actual files reside on the website of the Square Dance Foundation of New England at http://www.sdfne.org.
Welcome to the CALLERLAB Square Dance KnowledgeBase Click on a heading above to navigate a major category, or click on a word in the Tag Cloud to the right to see all articles with that tag, or enter search words in the search bar at the top right for full-text search. This repository collects information useful to Modern Western Square Dance leaders and callers. If you're trying to recruit new dancers, train callers, or promote MWSD in general, you will find valuable information here. It contains articles grouped into categories and described with 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. To contact us with questions or suggestions, send an email by clicking here.
This presentation session covered how to plan for events that are larger than a standard club dance, either in duration or number of dancers. This could range anywhere from a special club dance where other clubs are invited to attend, all the way to a major convention spanning several days and employing multiple callers in multiple halls.
For dancers who have trouble hearing the calls over the music, Landmark Audio Technologies’ FM transmitters and receivers provide high-quality, cost-effective hearing assistance.
Dick Bull was the lead technician at Hilton Audio for over 25 years. He now operates an equipment repair service for Hilton products.
Specializing in the repair of all models of Hilton Audio equipment. Also specializing in the sales and repair of Williams Sound hearing assistance systems
Articles in this knowledgebase are classified into several "types". A type of "Documentation" indicates that the article describes documentation such as a reference manual, book, tutorial, or webpage(s). Type "Idea" is a short description of a raw idea, many of which have been abstracted out of a larger article such as a Winning Ways Story, but which are deemed interesting enough that they should be independently searchable. Type "Presentation" designates an article that describes a presentation, such as a session at a CALLERLAB convention, which may include pointers to handouts, an audio recording, or occasionally video. The "Resource" type refers to descriptions of resources such as websites, blogs, vendor sites, etc. that aggregate information and pointers, or to tools such as computer programs that provide functions specific to calling or dancing. "Summary" articles are compilations that discuss a topic area and point to other articles and resources relevant to the topic. Click on a tab below to see all articles of that type, listed in alphabetical order by title.