There are many calls for which we have well known "standard" applications, and we have even documented many of them in the Standard Applications documents. "Standard", however, does not mean "easier" — it really means "more common". There are many infrequently used applications that are not hard, they're just infrequent. Because they're infrequent, dancers bobble when they hear them, so we avoid them, so they stay infrequent: vicious circle. If you are interested in enriching your dancers' experience with usages that are not hard, just infrequently used, this session is for you.
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This article summarizes several experimental approaches to teaching new dancers known to be in use at the time of writing. All of these systems are aimed at the recruiting of new people into a system of progressive lessons that graduate them as Modern Western Square Dancers capable of dancing some CALLERLAB square dance program (for example, Mainstream or Plus). The systems described are Multi-Cycle, Condensed Teaching Order, Sustainable Square Dance, The NEST, and General Dance Program.
In March 2003 the Akron Area Square and Round Dance Federation sponsored a Saturday afternoon Leadership Seminar for all member clubs and clubs from the neighboring Federations. All area callers and cuers were extended an invitation. There were 96 in attendance.
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…
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…
The Choreographic Applications Committee has created this resource site to assist those who are teaching square dancers. Its intent is to collect in one place all the information about each call that teachers might need to teach students successfully.
Barry Wonson edits an Australian caller newsletter called Behind The Mike. It consistently presents a wealth of useful information for callers and dance leaders. You can subscribe to have editions emailed to you, or you can view past editions on their website at https://www.behindthemikewebsite.com The purpose of this summary article is to provide a searchable index of the table of contents entries for past Behind The Mike issues. This will make it easier to zero in on editions that have material of particular interest to you.
Dean Dederson posted a question in the Sustainable Square Dance group in Facebook. The answers provided by Barry Johnson and Joni Micals constitute an excellent Winning Ways story on using the SSD experimental lesson program.