Technical Zeros

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Barry Johnson (callerbear@gmail.com)

2019-04-20

Technical Zeros

Ever wonder what a “technical zero” is exactly? Or what use they actually are? Are you afraid of using them because the results seem unpredictable? In this paper Barry Johnson takes you through what they are, how they work, and how you can use them to benefit your choreography.


Square Dance Modules Discussion Forum

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Cal Campbell (calcampbl@gmail.com)

Square Dance Modules Discussion Forum

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.


Becoming A Caller

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Bruce Holmes (Bruce@BruceTHolmes.com)

2019-03-22

Purchase Online

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. You can read the table of contents by clicking on the button below. For purchase information click on the Purchase Online link to the left.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
Why I Wrote This Book ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 4
The Plan ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 5
The Circle Before The Square …………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 7
Into The Square ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 11
Remembering The People In Your Square ……………………………………………………………………………………………..12
Modules ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..12
Equivalents ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….13
Flow ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………14
Sight Calling Light ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….15
More Modules ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..16

The Loop……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 19
Moving Around The Square ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 22
Your First Sequence…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 25
Technical & Fractional Zeros …………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 26
Doppelgangers…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 27
Partner Lines……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 28
The Difference Between Corner Box and Partner Lines ………………………………………………………………………29

Converting From Boxes To Lines And Back Again ……………………………………………………………………….. 31
Module calling versus Sight Calling, Part II …………………………………………………………………………………. 33
How To Resolve ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 34
Advanced Resolve: Anything You Can Imagine ……………………………………………………………………………. 43
The Grand Resolve Summarized ……………………………………………………………………………………………………. 46
In Praise Of Sight Calling, Part LXLVII ………………………………………………………………………………………….. 48
Get-Outs ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 49
Resolves From Partner Lines ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………49
Resolves From Ocean Waves …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….51
Resolving Using Folds ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..53
Partner Lines to an Allemande Left …………………………………………………………………………………………………………55
You’re Home From Partner Lines …………………………………………………………………………………………………………….56
Putting on Your Big Girl Pants (Cool Endings) ………………………………………………………………………………………57

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Resolves From Corner Box ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 61
You’re Home From Corner Box ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 64

Little Pieces of the Puzzle ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 66
What Makes For Good Calling? ………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 67
Microphones ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 68
Confidence ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 68
When You Screw Up ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 69
Modifying The BPM …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 71
Stringing Songs Together …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 71

Singing Calls …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 72
Getting The Verse Sequence To Work ……………………………………………………………………………………………………. 73
Putting A Singing Call Together ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 74

Getting Started In Calling ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 77
Intro Parties …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 78
Lessons ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 81
Why I Use Club50 ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 82
The Forgotten Calls …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 84
Filling Out Squares ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 85
Rectangles…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 85

Standard Applications …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 87
Easy Calls Resolve ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 88
Creating Modules …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 98
Building Your Library……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 98
Getting Up To Call …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 103
Conventions …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 104
Lists ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 106
Equivalents ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..106
ZB Get-Ins …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..107
Alternatives for Allemande Left from a Corner Box …………………………………………………………………………..108
Partner Line Get-Ins…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………109
Partner Line Get-Outs………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………109

Resources……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 111
Callerlab…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 113

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FASR ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 114
Formations…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 115
Eight Chain Thru ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 116
Facing Lines (Lines Facing In)……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 117
Lines Facing Out ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 118
Trade By ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 119
Double Pass Thru ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 120
Completed Double Pass Thru ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 120
Parallel Two-Faced Lines ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 121
Parallel Ocean Waves ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 122
Columns (Right or Left) ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 123
Z Formations (Left & Right) …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 123
Fractional Tags ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 124
Point To Point Diamonds ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 125
Facing Point To Point Diamonds…………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 125
Tidal Wave ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 126
Tidal Two-Faced Line……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 126

Arrangement …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 116
Sequence ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 131
Alternative Resolve Methods ……………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 132
Mental Image……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 132
CRaMS ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 132

Call List …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 133

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Calling For Modern Square Dancing

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Jim Mayo (jmayo329@aol.com)

“1966”

Caller Text

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. Even the section on Equipment, which you might imagine would be quite archaic after more than 50 years, offers valuable information to help you select appropriate equipment. This document is an invaluable reference for both new and experienced callers. The table of contents is shown below:

Chapter Page
Introduction 1
1. The Music and The Call 2
2. Choreography 11
3. Timing 34
4. Programming 41
5. Teaching 49
6. Equipment 57
7. Square Dance Club Administration 65


All About Modules (book)

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Cal Campbell (calcampbl@gmail.com) 2014 Book

This book covers all the bases starting with the new caller just learning how to call and on through the old hands looking for ways to expand their collection of modules and to learn new tricks on how to use square dance modules to improve their calling skills. It’s all there.

The new caller will find a comprehensive set of lessons to introduce them to the art of using modules to call square dances. You will be guided step by step through a learning process that will enable you to quickly select and memorize modules and then call them at a dance and be successful. It is a time proven successful way to learn how to call and to entertain square dancers. However, It’s not a magic. You will have to practice and you will have to study choreography.


Sight And Module Resolution Systems Document

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Document CHOREOGRAPHIC APPLICATIONS COMMITTEE (CAC),
CALLER TRAINING COMMITTEE, and
CALLER COACH COMMITTEE
(edited by Dottie Welch)
2018-02-01 Full Document PDF

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.

The goal of this project is to help callers improve their ability to present smooth and danceable choreography by increasing their knowledge of efficient and interesting resolution systems. The name “Sight and Module Resolution Systems” has been chosen to indicate that the focus is on resolution systems in which the caller first uses sight, or a combination of modules and sight, to move the dancers into a recognizable FASR and then uses one or more modules to resolve the square. Perhaps the FASR will be one where the square will be resolved by simply calling “Allemande Left”, “Right and Left Grand”, “Promenade”, or “Back Out At Home”. The intention is to document as many different systems as possible that proficient sight callers are using. We are interested in what sight callers are thinking and what their intermediate goals are as they resolve the square. The hope is that such documentation will help other callers become aware of the possibilities. Every attempt has been made to write explanations of the systems that can be understood by the average Basic or Mainstream caller. The choreographic examples are sorted by CALLERLAB program, and always begin with Basic calls. They also include examples using Mainstream, Plus, Advanced and Challenge calls. There is no intent to recommend one system over another. The aim is to increase understanding about what other callers are thinking. Brains work in different ways, so over the years callers have developed different systems for comprehending the patterns of square dancing. Hopefully, at least one of the systems documented here will be a natural fit to each caller’s individual reasoning style. Also there is a need for different systems, or adjustments within a system, to accommodate differences in the vocabulary of the dancers. Some attention is given to sight calling for the whole spectrum; from new dancers with a very limited vocabulary to Challenge dancers with an extensive vocabulary.

This is primarily a reference tool. All readers will need to be familiar with the terminology and skills discussed in the second and fourth chapters. Each of the systems discussed in the remaining chapters can be studied individually. Chapter 14 contains a huge supply of useful Get-Outs. The hope is that appropriate parts of the document will be read by new sight callers, somewhat experienced sight callers, proficient sight callers, and teachers of sight callers. The expectation is that readers will come with differing needs and will be looking for various degrees of complexity. Some will be looking for clear explanations of the “old ways” which they hear being used by many experienced callers. Others will come looking for new ideas. The knowledge that there are “new ways” or “other ways” of thinking about sight calling is the underlying motivation for compiling all of this information into one document.

Thanks go to all those who have contributed directly or indirectly to the information contained here. The development of sight calling has been a long and complex process extending back at least to the 1960s. These systems reflect innumerable hours of pawn pushing, a great many discussions between callers, and more than 50 years of wonderful dancing.