In order to design choreography callers must have an intimate knowledge of the characteristics of each call they use. The purpose of a Call Analysis Sheet is to provide a format for analyzing each call and documenting that information. Three examples are provided.
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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 the column header. The document title is a link which takes you to the online version where available. If you have questions, comments, or suggestions about any of these documents, contact the Home Office at email@example.com. Item Name (Link) Owner Category Date A1 ChecklistAdvanced CommitteeProgram Document2016-12-21 A2 ChecklistAdvanced CommitteeProgram Document2012-09-13 Abbreviated Definitions Basic/MainstreamB/MS CommitteeProgram Document2013-05-31 Abbreviated Definitions Translated to JapaneseB/MS CommitteeProgram Document2013-05-31 Advanced DancingAdvanced CommitteeProgram Document2014-09-15 Advanced DefinitionsAdvanced CommitteeProgram Document2020-02-22 Advanced ListAdvanced CommitteeProgram Document2019-10-30 Advanced Timing ChartAdvanced CommitteeProgram Document2015-12-15 Alternate Lesson Systems BrochureB/MS CommitteeGuide2011-02-11 Alternate Lesson Systems White PaperB/MS CommitteeGuide2011-02-11 Applications Review Committee (ARC) ProceduresARCProgram Document2008-05-29 ARC History DocumentARCProgram Document2017-03-15 ARC History Japanese TranslationARCProgram Document2017-03-14 ARC History-EntscheidungenARCProgram Document2017-03-14 Basic Part 1 Definitions (German translation)B/MS CommitteeProgram Document2020-02-22 Basic Program Definitions (Japanese Translated)B/MS CommitteeProgram Document2020-02-22 Basic Program DefintionsB/MS CommitteeProgram Document2020-02-22 Basic Program ListB/MS CommitteeProgram Document2018-09-01 Basic Standard ApplicationsChoreographic Applications CommitteeGuide2020-05-15 Basic/Mainstream Definitions (Danish Translation)B/MS CommitteeProgram Document2009-11-01 Basic/Mainstream Non-Program Teaching ItemsB/MS CommitteeProgram Document2007-12-19 Basic/Mainstream Teaching TipsB/MS CommitteeProgram Document2010-06-21 Basic/Mainstream Teaching Tips (Japanese)B/MS CommitteeProgram Document2009-10-12 BOG ListHome OfficeForm2019-02-13 C-1 DefinitionsChallenge CommitteeProgram Document2018-12-10 C-1 ListChallenge…
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…
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.
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.
Kip Garvey presents the principles of calling current day square dance for readers interested in understanding underlying concepts and technique with emphasis on the technical aspects of choreography. This deep dive into choreographic theory is loaded with graphic illustrations and many Getout, Conversion and Transition call modules.
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 caller, this is the place to start.
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.
The linked PDF contains 2 articles from the March 2019 edition of the GCA Callsheet. The first, by Barry Clasper, describes the benefits of being a participant in CALLERLAB, and in particular the value of attending convention. The second, by Allan Hurst, gives some tips on doing effective presentations at a CALLERLAB convention.
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 people using the system in the field.
This summary article aggregates a great deal of material on the use of modules in square dance choreography. Modules provide a powerful mechanism for creating and presenting square dance choreography and they are a tool that all callers need to be familiar with. This article provides a brief overview of what modules are, an introduction to the terminology involved, and pointers to many other sources of information.
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.
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 call from the program being taught. This enables callers to teach the programs in whatever order they wish, and still use singing call figures that feature the call currently being taught.
This Winning Ways story from a newer caller explains how she is using the SSD program to teach new dancers.
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 of the documentation they provide is a set of call definitions from Basic to Plus. They are abbreviated definitions that are intended to help dancers remind themselves about how the call works.
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 the Sustainable Square Dance lesson system (previously known as Club 50) to facilitate rapid intakes of new dancers combined with retention after graduation from lessons. As a teaching aid they prepared booklets containing a concise and easily read definition for each call, many including color diagrams to illustrate the action. The first booklet contains calls on the SSD list. The second contains the MS calls not on the SSD list and the Plus calls.
IDEA: One of the most difficult parts of learning to call is finding opportunities to practice with live dancers. Today's computer technologies could compensate for some of that by providing a program to drill callers that are in the process of learning choreographic techniques that require them to quickly see patterns and make decisions about how to manipulate the square.
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 the SSD list. There is a separate set that contains calls from the SSD list. The link points to a PDF file that prints 6 calls on each 8-1/2x11 page. The print is double sided so that when you print the pages the call name is on one side and a dancer-friendly description of the call is on the back. These sets of cards can be distributed to dancers as a teaching aid.
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 application documents, and other materials.
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 dancing.
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.
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.
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 a historical document. Most of the information and guidance provided is still applicable today.
This document was produced by a CALLERLAB Ad Hoc committee to provide guidance to callers who would like to call for children in a school environment. It was assembled by callers with considerable experience in that area.
There are some differences in culture and customs between straight and gay square dance groups. Callers who have never called for a gay group before often have questions about what those differences are, and what they should expect.