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Square dance calling as public speaking

I've found that, over the years, being a square dance caller is very much like being a public speaker. You have to know what you're going to say *before* you open your mouth. Some people have to read their notes. Think teleprompter. That's not me. Other people just...

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It’s a dance, not “A Night at the Improv”

While I know how to call square dances, I also know that I am still learning my craft. I learn something at every dance I call as well as every dance I attend as a dancer. One of the lessons (I think) that I learned early on in my calling career is to "shut up and...

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Shorter tips make better dances

If you come to my dances, you may or may not notice that I have a certain philosophy about the length of my tips. In general, they're between 10-12 minutes long. No more. Sometimes, less. There are a number of reasons for this. (In no particular order.) - I don't want...

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Degrees of Difficulty

I once met a caller that *said* he used every call on the Basic and Mainstream call list every night that he called. I did my best to make some small talk around this discussion and then, when I could I politely excused myself and moved to another conversation...

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Language, Dance Programs, and Levels

Language is, and always has been, important to me. I try not to argue with people how words should (or should not) be used but it is difficult to suffer through incorrect usage. The word "level" is square dance land is the worst. (The word egregious is what comes to...

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Why learn to be a caller?

If you're learning to be a square dance caller because you want to sing in front of people, take up karaoke. You'll have more fun, a larger audience, and people (like me) won't have to suffer through your lack of understanding about what it means to be a square dance...

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Dance Etiquette

This past summer, Laura and I attended a couple of dances that left me shaking my head. If politeness was measured on a spectrum, what I saw fell between inconsiderate and rude. The issues were twofold. First, the loud talking on (near) the dance floor by people when...

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HTML Cue Sheets 2017-08-26

On my computer (as I stopped using records 15+ years ago), all of my music is sorted by the name of the song.  However, a design decision (that I don't fully understand) by a caller that wrote a computer program to play music, has mp3 and lyric filenames that start...

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The Experience Economy

Millennials, generally considered those born between 1980 and 199 and America’s largest generation by population, are soon to enter their earning prime. With a majority of this generation now in the workforce, they currently command an estimated $1.3 trillion in...

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Strength of the Herd

There's a natural tendency for humans to copy one another, even without realizing it. We like to be part of tribes and social communities. When we notice that our social circle is doing something, we tend to follow suit. One great way to make an offer more valuable is...

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