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.
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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 current ACC's as of the publication date.
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…
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…
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 article points to information about the CALLERLAB Board of Governors (BOG)
Handout provided by Pam Clasper for the Orientation session at CALLERLAB 2013. It describes the purpose of the CALLERLAB organization and the benefits of being a member.
IDEA: A "brainstorming" session was held during the opening session of the CALLERLAB Convention in 2015. The audience was seated at round tables with 8-10 people at a table. Each table was asked to brainstorm for 10 minutes or so on things that could be done to "improve square dancing" (however they conceived of that). Ideas were just written down by each individual as fast as they occurred to them. Each table was asked to rank their ideas and select the top 3. Then those 3 were taken to another table, which was asked to rank them. The attached Excel spreadsheet contains those ideas. There are 441 items of information. Some are cryptic or unformed, some are well-trodden ground, but many are valuable.
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…
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 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.
This Dance Resource is a compilation of Beginner Party Dances, Community Dances, Contra Dances, and Traditional Square Dances. Dances are grouped by type and listed in HTML code for easy viewing.
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…
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.
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.
This PDF file contains a boilerplate standard contract you can use when arranging a calling date.
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.
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 that are currently in use by experienced callers. Experienced callers can use it to discover different approaches that may help them add variety. Newer callers can use it to select a method that would work best for them as they are learning to resolve smoothly.
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.
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.
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 Release document describes the project and presents the initial output of the Ad Hoc in April of 2013. Additional materials and documentation were developed by the CALLERLAB members and a detailed booklet was released in December of 2014. That booklet (access via the Full Document link) includes the suggested calls to teach along with abbreviated definitions, teaching tips and other useful information. This system is sometimes referred to as the Condensed Teaching Order (CTO) and sometimes as the Condensed Teaching Method (CTM).
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.
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 materials.
This document contains a listing of Caller Schools sponsored and staffed by CALLERLAB members for 2020.