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New Music Monday

There's been a sort of mini-Renaissance over the past couple of years regarding the music in Square Dance Land.  There are some new voices, vendors, and leadership in the business and it's lead to some really great music being available to callers and dance leaders....

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Scarcity, Value, and Square Dance Lessons

In traditional economics, scarcity of a resource increases its value. Gold, diamonds, tickets to a championship game are all expensive because their scarcity has increased its value. If you offer square dance lessons once a year, this should make its value go up but...

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The Rule for Reciprocation

In "Modern Square Dance Land," I often hear people bemoaning the fact they can't get people to try square dancing.  Far too often, in the same conversation, I hear, something about how many flyers were handed out promoting the lessons. A flyer, a circular, a leaflet,...

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The Importance of Placement

In architecture, there's something called Solid-Void Theory.  It holds that the placement of a solid object is as--or more--important as the object itself. A three-dimensional space is consider "positive space" if it has a defined shape and a sense of boundary....

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Positive and Negative Space

In architecture, space is called "negative space" if it is unshaped after the placement of figures.  It is "positive space" if it has a shape.  Do you create positive space at your dances? Do you, as a caller, encourage dancers to touch hands after completing every...

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Architecting a Square Dance

By day, I work as a technical trainer.  One of the classes I teach is centered around the idea that it is important to architect your computing environment. Some people have allowed their organization's computing environment to grow organically over time.  When asked,...

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What comes next?

In traditional square dances and, I'd guess most dance forms, dancers need to know all of their dance steps in advance.  There are few surprises. In modern square dancing, dancers seem to expect a surprise or two in an evening.  I've been to some dances where it is...

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Eliminate Needless Words

While I am not totally opposed to filler-words, I do find that they get in the way of one of a square dance caller's primary tools, the music. Here are a pair of "old time" rhymes that take 8 beats to say: Chicken in the bread pan, pickin' out dough One new girl and...

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New Music Monday

I've purchased a number of songs over the past month or two.  Today, I want to talk about a couple of gems from Buddy Weaver and Blue Star Music, Let's Marvin Gaye (BS-2589) and Alright, Okay (BS-2591).  Both can be found on Buddy Weaver's...

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Rule 2: When you’ve said what you need to say, stop talking.

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Rule 2: Know when to stop

Rule 2: When you've said what you need to say, stop talking. I was at a dance somewhat recently where nearly all of us in the square thought the caller was done only to discover that there was more.  When we were finished, one of the women commented that, "It felt...

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