This summary article contains a table that points to a number sources for images and posters related to square dancing. They can be quite useful for marketing or creating flyers.
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This article describes some dos and don'ts when talking to new people about square dancing. How to best make it appealing and engage their interest.
When Bruce Holmes was learning to call, he had no luck finding a textbook to help him through the process. Now that he is a caller, he has written the book he wished he had when he was first learning.
Square dancing is enjoying a surge of interest from both dancers and callers in the greater Chicago area. Clubs in Glenview, Wilmette, Evanston and Arlington Heights, as well as Chicago's North Side, will be offering classes for beginners and intermediate dancers starting in September. But without callers to lead classes, this uniquely American dance form would be in danger of extinction. Luckily, Chicago has become one of the leading areas in the country when it comes to the number of square dance callers-in-training.
Report from Barbara Blencoe about how her square dance group and activity helped her rehabilitation from a stroke.
Thanks to Kurt Gollhardt for producing this single page that alphabetically lists the calls used in the Sustainable Square Dance experimental lesson system. The sheet highlights the calls from the Mainstream list that are used in SSD 50 and also lists separately the Mainstream calls that are NOT used.
This report provides information from Santa Clara County, California about Teaching Square Dancing in the Classroom in a program called "Workshop for Teachers".
Cal Campbell and Daryl Clendenin discuss how to use the Sicilian Circle formation for teaching – and even as a “square dance” formation – in Modern Western Square Dancing.
Saddlebrook Squares of Tucson, AZ and their caller Larry Kraber have made and excellent set of teaching videos for the Mainstream and Plus programs. These videos are available online or can be ordered on a DVD.
This book is an authorized biography of a true square dance legend: Marshall Flippo.
This square dance marketing plan has been developed by CALLERLAB members in support of our mission: “To foster the art of square dance calling, and improve caller skills.” Just like the square dancer population, the number of square dance callers today is dramatically smaller than 30 years ago. For CALLERLAB to increase the population of callers, we must start by growing the population of square dancers, thereby providing more opportunities for callers to call, and developing a population base from which new callers will be recruited.
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.
This report provided Questions and Answers concerning the Square Dance Video produced by the Minnesota square dancers.
The West Coast Square Dancing site provides a great example of effective marketing of square dancing. It serves as a vehicle to promote several clubs in western British Columbia. In addition, they have designed a modified teaching plan called the Flexible Learning Program that allows more student intakes per year and also accommodates people who have to miss lessons due to travel or work.
This book traces the development of Modern Western Square Dancing from its earliest origins through to the present day. Understanding the evolution of our activity can shed valuable insights for dealing with today's issues.
This newsletter article describes a Pinterest board established by the Canadian Square and Round Dance Society (CSRDS) that contains material useful in the promotion of square dancing.
This story by two of SSD's most prominent practitioners goes over the rationale and usage of the system and how it has been shown to address square dancing's most prominent problem: recruitment and retention.
This 2-page document lists some of the commonly used sound equipment used for square dancing and where it may be obtained. It is a handout from a presentation at the Community Dance Leaders Seminar (CDLS) at the 2017 CALLERLAB convention.
This discussion forum moderated by Cal Campbell has a wealth of material about square dance modular choreography. The purpose of the group is education in the use of square dance modules and the sharing of modules.
SCAN is a health plan that publishes a newsletter for its members. The January 2016 edition contained an article talking about the benefits of square dancing for physical, social, and cognitive health. Considering the natural interest a medical plan has in promoting the overall good health of its members, this represents a strong endorsement.
Bob & Dorothy Simpson and Darby Love, in Nanaimo, BC created a whole series of videos they titled “Dancing In The Garage”. They are aimed at people who can't assemble an entire square – or maybe not even another couple. This story explains how they went about creating the series and designing their choreography to provide a dance experience for one couple – or even individual people. Their objective was to minimize the use of phantoms, which differs somewhat from many other offerings that assume at least 4 real people.
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…
CSDS (Ceder Square Dance System) is a comprehensive program that incorporates under one roof all the facilities needed by square dance callers.
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.
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