Social (Sustainable) Square Dance (SSD) Alphabetical Call List

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 ... Read More

Experimental Lesson Systems

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 ... Read More

Condensed Teaching Order

In 2012 CALLERLAB commissioned an Ad Hoc committee to work with ACA to document a condensed teaching system that some callers had been using successfully for some time. The Press ... Read More

CALLERLAB Convention Audio Recordings (as of Oct 31, 2018)

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 ... Read More

CALLERLAB Program Documents

This summary points to the primary program-related documents that have been officially published by CALLERLAB. This includes program lists, call definitions, timing charts, lesson checklists, teaching tips, formation charts, standard ... Read More

Social Square Dance (SSD) Teaching Guide

The Sustainable Square Dance system is designed to create a 50 call entry program that can be taught quickly, roughly 12 weeks, and yet serve as a realistic destination program ... Read More

Two-Couple Teaching and Dancing Recordings

Tony Collingwood is a caller in the UK who has created an impressive repertoire of 2-couple teaching and dancing material ranging from Mainstream through C3B. These recordings are available free ... Read More

66th US National Keynote by Eric Henerlau

This article contains the text of a keynote address by Eric Henerlau at the 66th US National in Cincinnati in 2017. It is full of great ideas for growing square ... Read More

CALLERLAB Online Teaching Resource

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 ... Read More

Jeff Priest’s Singing Call Figures for Teaching

Jeff Priest has produced an outstanding set of books to assist callers teaching in the Basic through Plus programs. These books contain singing call figures which each feature only one ... Read More

Teaching an SSD Class

This Winning Ways story from a newer caller explains how she is using the SSD program to teach new dancers ... Read More

Social Square Dance (SSD / Sustainable SD / Club50) Teaching Videos

North Shore Squares dances in Evanston, ILL and has been using the Sustainable Square Dance (also known as SSD and Club 50) teaching list as their intake level. To help ... Read More

Caller Training Materials

Newer callers or people wondering what might be involved in learning to call are interested in what kind of educational material might be available. This article summarizes available caller training ... Read More

Behind The Mike Newsletter

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 ... Read More

Facebook Stories About Using Social (formerly Sustainable) Square Dance (SSD)

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 ... Read More

CALLERLAB Published Document Register

The following table is a register of documents that CALLERLAB has published for external distribution and usage. Each table column can be sorted by clicking on the up/down chevrons in ... Read More

Dancers Homepage

The Dancers category contains articles with information for dancers or regarding dancers. This includes topics such as recruiting, training, and retention of dancers, information about starting and operating clubs, holding ... Read More

Accelerated New Dancer Class

This report is from the Hubs Square dance Club in Geauga County, Ohio and their caller, Ray Miller. It concerns the Hubs and their accelerated square dance class for the ... Read More

Caller Mentoring Guidelines

DOCUMENT: This document was prepared by the Caller Training Committee to assist those callers who are mentoring newer callers ... Read More

Teaching New Dancers (eBook)

The 18 dances featured in this short book use only four basics. Circle Right/Left, Forward & Back, Arm Turns, Star Right/Left. These four basics are used in big circles, line ... Read More

Learning To Dance Without a Caller

This summary article from Julian Pritchard describes the various teaching and dancing recordings their group has been using to learn and to dance in the absence of a live caller ... Read More

Teaching Styling

Presentation on the how's and why's of teaching styling to new dancers. How styling can help you and your dancers to succeed. Functional styling that helps dancers succeed and feel ... Read More

CALLERLAB Convention Video Recordings (as of Oct 4, 2019)

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 ... Read More

CALLERLAB Information Homepage

The CALLERLAB Information category contains articles with information about CALLERLAB. For example, information about the Board of Governors, Home Office staff, conventions, and CALLERLAB history. Of course, CALLERLAB generates a ... Read More

Callarama

Callarama is a “checker mover” program to help callers work out choreography by showing animated figures moving in response to calls entered by the caller. Callarama has defined the standard ... Read More

Flash Cards for SSD Calls

Each card has the name of the call on one side and a dancer-friendly description of the call on the other. These sets of cards can be distributed to dancers ... Read More

Flash Cards for Plus Calls

Bruce Holmes, who is the caller for North Shore Squares in Evanston, ILL, has created sets of flash cards for calls on the Plus list. One set contains calls from ... Read More

Enticing New Callers

Here is a report from Arlene M. Kaspik about the New Callers Seminar that took place during the ILLINOIS SD CONVENTION, July 30, 2016, in Itasca. We are so incredibly ... Read More

List of Sound Equipment For Square Dancing (CDLS 2017 Handout)

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 ... Read More

Community/Party Dance Teaching Videos

Cal Campbell has put up over 200 teaching videos for Community Dance and party night dances. Sometimes the written description of a dance isn't enough to figure out how it ... Read More

Successful Experiences using the 12 Week Condensed Teaching Method

This story recounts the results of three years of experience with the 12-week Condensed Teaching Method (CTM) - sometimes also referred to as the Condensed Teaching Order (CTO) ... Read More

Teaching Order Design Principles

This 9-page document discusses the factors that should be considered when designing a custom teaching order, regardless of program ... Read More

SSD, MS, & Plus Call Booklets from North Shore Squares

North Shore Squares is a new club that dances in Evanston, ILL. Despite only being active for 18 months or so they already boast 55 members. They elected to use ... Read More

North Shore Squares – Zero to 50 in 18 Months

Bruce Holmes is the caller for a new club in Evanston, ILL called North Shore Squares, which at the time of this writing has been in operation for about 18 ... Read More

Flash Cards for MS Calls Not in SSD

Bruce Holmes, who is the caller for North Shore Squares in Evanston, ILL, has created sets of flash cards for calls on the MS list that are not included in ... Read More

Becoming A Square Dance Caller 3rd Edition (Book)

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 ... Read More

Using Sicilian Circles for Square Dancing

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 ... Read More

MS Teaching Plan from Daryl Clendenin

Daryl Clendenin is a veteran caller who has taught scores of beginner classes. Follow the link to the left to see his detailed 20-lesson plan to teach his MS group ... Read More

Virtual Square Dances and Recordings

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 ... Read More

CALLERLAB COVID-19 Information Page

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 ... Read More

List of CALLERLAB Accredited Caller Coaches

CALLERLAB has a rigorous examination process for awarding credentials to caller coaches. Coaches who pass are authorized to advertise themselves as a CALLERLAB Accredited Caller Coach. This document lists the ... Read More

Saddlebrook Square Dance Teaching Videos

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 ... Read More

Jack Lasry’s Notes For Callers

This article points to editions of Jack Lasery's Notes For Callers note service. This publication had a focus on choreography and teaching tips. The list below covers editions from 1969 ... Read More

SSD Documentation and Support Materials

This article collects in one place documentation and materials that support the use of the SSD system. Some were created by the CALLERLAB SSD Committee while others were created by ... Read More

SSD FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Those who are considering use of the Social Square Dance (SSD) system usually have many questions about how it works, the best way to implement it, and the issues they ... Read More

MCASD Toolbox Collection

The Metropolitan Chicago Association of Square Dancers (MCASD) hosts a "toolbox" page that lists a variety of items that are useful for promoting square dancing and recruiting new dancers. They ... Read More

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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 ... Read More

Community Dance / Party Night Resources

This summary page points to material useful for doing single party nights or other dances aimed at people with no prior dance training. These dances are intended to be stand-alone ... Read More

Collection Of Marketing and Recruiting Articles

Claudia Littlefair is the editor of the Alberta Chatter newsletter. This edition provides a wonderful compilation of a number of articles dealing with advertising, marketing, promotion, and recruiting ... Read More

Multi-Cycle Teaching Method

The AL e MO Squares, 150 members strong, will celebrate their 25 Anniversary in May 2003. They are holding an Anniversary Dance and through personal contact, by club members, they ... Read More

Callers Homepage

The Callers category contains articles with information pertaining to the education and professional development of callers, tools and equipment, available resources, reference material, etc. Click on the button below to ... Read More

Winning Ways Stories Homepage

The Winning Ways Stories category collects stories shared by callers and dancers who have tried something out and are willing to share their experience for the benefit of others. When ... Read More

CALLERLAB Square Dance Marketing Manual

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 ... Read More

Growth In Dallas/Ft. Worth

An account of how clubs in Texas increased their membership by rethinking how they approached recruiting and lesson plans ... Read More

Club For Classes – Only

The Boomerangs is a club that is not a club. We are not a dancing club; rather we are a teaching council with multitiered classes. We exist for one purpose, ... Read More

Square Dancing in Schools – Teacher Workshop – CA

This report provides information from Santa Clara County, California about Teaching Square Dancing in the Classroom in a program called "Workshop for Teachers" ... Read More

Dancing In Schools (Cogan Station, PA)

For the past six years, Hank Lutcher from Cogan Station, PA has been teaching Modern Western Square Dancing six weeks each year at the Jersey Shore School District #6 Jr ... Read More

Class In 3 Days – Four Corners Area

So in the fall of 2003 the club decided to try a different approach. We had heard about the accelerated lesson program at the 52nd National Square Dance Convention® and ... Read More

Fast Track To Mainstream In Iowa

The purpose of this article is to relate our very positive experience in early 2007 with teaching the CALLERLAB Mainstream program using the “Fast Track” (or accelerated) approach. We are ... Read More

Village Swingers Club New Recruiting

Report from Eva Murray about how over a period of years the Village Swingers is rebuilding their club through effective advertising and improved teaching programs ... Read More

Sight And Module Resolution Systems Document

This document is a compendium describing dozens of known systems for resolving squares, including both sight and module based approaches. The objective was to document as many systems as possible ... Read More

2020 Caller Schools

This document contains a listing of Caller Schools sponsored and staffed by CALLERLAB members for 2020 ... Read More

Promoting Square Dancing Homepage

The Promoting Square Dancing category contains articles containing information pertaining to the promotion of the square dance activity in general, as opposed to promotion of a specific event or club ... Read More

WheresTheDance.com

This site provides a comprehensive list of upcoming special events as well as regular dances in a geographical area. You can search for dances by area, by level, or time ... Read More

Taminations

This site contains a tool that allows viewers to watch an animation of a call being performed, often from a variety of starting formations. It provides an excellent educational tool ... Read More

musicforcallers.com

Most of the producers of Square Dance Music have joined together to provide this combined website for music specifically produced for use in square dancing. It is an all-inclusive site ... Read More

Multi-Cycle Program X Plan from Gardner Patton

In the past there have been plans that provide for a Program with less calls (ABC, Community Dance Program, Basic 1, etc.) with little thought to moving those folks who ... Read More

Timberline Toppers’ Recruiting Plan

Timberline Toppers in Colorado created a recruiting plan that they used repetitively over a period of several years resulting in a dramatic regrowth of their failing club. In 2005 they ... Read More

Moving and Grooving Square Dance CDs for Teachers

This is a set of CDs and guidebooks that can be used by teachers or community leaders as a user friendly resource for teaching square dancing ... Read More

Calling For Modern Square Dancing

This 79-page caller text was written in 1966 by Jim Mayo, a square dance calling icon and a founding father of CALLERLAB. Despite its original publication date, this is not ... Read More

174 Prospecting Ideas

Timberline Toppers is a club that has dramatically grown their membership by creating an effective plan and executing it repeatedly. One element of that plan is to use a variety ... Read More

Tech Squares Call Definitions

Tech Squares is a club that operates at MIT. An interesting fact about this club is that their lesson-set is actually offered by MIT as a Physical Education credit. Part ... Read More

Bob Brundage Interviews

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 ... Read More

Call Me Crazy (Book)

This 178 page book presents a Step By Step Process For Calling And Teaching Modern Western Square Dances. if you've ever thought you might like to be a square dance ... Read More

Keith Rubow’s Dance Recordings Site

This site permits you to purchase recorded dances done by a variety of callers as well as some special festivals such as AACE, PACE Extravaganza, and Heartland. In addition there ... Read More

Restructuring El Camino Reelers Classes

El Camino Reelers in the San Francisco area was suffering a steady year-by-year decline in dancers and decided to reinvigorate their membership with a new approach to recruiting and teaching ... Read More

West Coast Square Dancing Flexible Learning Program

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 ... Read More

Women In Calling (WIC) Music List

The WIC Music List contains music that experienced female callers have found works well for them ... Read More

Promotional Video Showing Square Dancing and Others

The video was created by a member of the Cal Poly Country Line Dancing Club and includes clips from when Darren Gallina, Square Dance Caller was teaching them. It shows ... Read More

Visits With the Legends

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 ... Read More

Useful Links

Useful links to other square dance information ... Read More

Choreo Breakdown Note Service

This article points to editions of Choreo Breakdown. This caller note service was instituted by Bill Peters and was later taken over by Don Beck. As you can infer from ... Read More

Mikeside Management Caller Note Service

This article points to editions of Mikeside Management by Stan and Cathie Burdick. The list below covers editions from 1992 to 2001. Click on the title to view a pdf ... Read More

News ‘N Notes Caller Note Service

This article points to editions of News 'N Notes produced by Al Brundage, Earl Johnston, and Ed Foote. This publication was a caller note service with a focus on choreography, ... Read More

News ‘N Notes Caller Note Service (Advanced)

This article points to editions of News 'N Notes (Advanced) produced by Ed Foote. This publication was a caller note service with a focus on choreography, but also containing other ... Read More

Notes For European Callers Note Service

This article points to editions of Notes For European Callers originally produced by Al Stevens and later taken over by Lorenz Kuhlee. This publication was a caller note service with ... Read More

Milestone Award Winners

The Milestone is one of CALLERLAB's most prestigious awards. To be eligible for the Milestone one must have worked in an uncharted field of square dancing and effected positive change ... Read More

CALLERLAB Convention History

Each year CALLERLAB holds a convention that provides great opportunities for education and networking. The linked document shows a list of past conventions and their locations ... Read More

CALLERLAB Past Chairs

The linked page shows a list of all the people who have served as Chairman Of The Board of Governors and their years of service ... Read More

Welcoming Dance Environment Documentation

Square Dancing is an overwhelmingly social activity. Therefore, it is essential that square dance groups create a social environment that feels welcoming, engaging, and safe. Events in recent years have ... Read More

Newbie Callers Zoom Discussions

During the COVID-19 pandemic all callers suddenly found themselves with lots of time on their hands. Jeremy Butler and Ted Lizotte decided to use some of that time productively and ... Read More