2019 IAGSDC Survey Results

This document summarizes the results of a survey taken by the IAGSDC of their member clubs to understand what efforts were being made towards recruitment and retention of dancers and ... Read More

Alberta Chatter Newsletter

The Alberta Chatter newsletter is published every six to eight weeks. It contains articles on promotion, member retention, and general interest articles, as well as a regular column by a visually impaired dancer, ... Read More

Caller Tutorial and Discussion Sessions

During the COVID-19 pandemic a number of Zoom caller groups emerged. These sessions typically provide tutorials and/or discussion on topics of interest to callers. The Orange County Callers Association website ... Read More

Calling for Gay Square Dance Groups

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 ... Read More

Corona Learning Assistance Seminar Series (CLASS)

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

Cuesta Squares: A Social Success

This is the story of Cuesta Squares which is an LGBTQ club that dances in San Luis Obispo, CA. It is different in that it is told by a new ... Read More

Dancing In A Social Club

The Kittyhawk Squares are a social club that square dances and not a square dance club that socializes. We have an excellent home dance location: The Lathrem Senior Center of ... Read More

Ed Foote – All Things Considered

Ed Foote is a well known caller who has been calling since 1965. He was a founding father of Challenge dancing and served as Chairman of the CALLERLAB Challenge Committee ... 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

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

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

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

How Rounds Are Scheduled Can Be Important

Jerry Junck reports on an observation from a club on Vancouver Island. Their format involved having a round between tips and they noticed that new dancers had difficulty getting into ... Read More

Ideas for Creating Social Connections

Cory Geishauser provides some ideas for stimulating socialization by getting people to ask questions about each other ... Read More

Media Articles on Square Dancing

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 ... Read More

New Dancers – (Crosstrailers – Warren, OH)

We have enjoyed thirty-seven new dancers (students) for lessons this year ….. thirty-seven! Our lesson nights have ten to eleven squares, and yes, they are a bit noisy with all ... Read More

NNJSDA Keynote Addresses From Roy and Betsy Gotta

At the Northern New Jersey Square Dance Association annual convention in 2018, Betsy and Roy Gotta delivered individual keynote addresses. Together, these presentations provide a wealth of insights and suggestions ... 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

Otonabee Squares – Success Starting a New Club (2009)

Report from Jean and Howard Lander about their success in starting up a new club in Peterborough, Ontario. The report contains much interesting information about how they advertised, promoted, and ... Read More

Planning To Implement SSD

During the pandemic a long series of online seminars called the Corona Learning Assistance Seminar Series (C.L.A.S.S) was presented. One of them, delivered by Jeremy Butler, explained the planning and ... Read More

Recruiting Success – Square Benders (2002)

The Square Benders are currently one of the larger clubs in the Milwaukee, WI area with 22 couples and 13 singles. Their 2002-2003 new dancer group has 5 couples and ... Read More

Rocky’s Success Story

Three years ago the Rocky Mountain House Whirlaways were struggling to hold their own. This spring they already have 2-1/2 squares signed up and paid for, for next fall, and ... Read More

Save Square Dancing With SSD

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 ... Read More

Seating Can Change The Social Atmosphere of a Dance

This account from Jerry Junck describes a seemingly trivial change in the way dancers are seated during breaks which he believes has improved the social atmosphere of the group and ... Read More