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You want to be a caller but can’t sing?

If you can’t sing, ask yourself why you want to be a square dance caller. While it is not a requirement, a caller is a dance leader.  Dancing is moving to music and this means music is your primary tool.  The ability to sing makes using music as a tool to guide...

Own the Dance Experience

Square dance callers should own the dance experience. I heard, once upon a time (as all the best stories start that way), a caller said to me, “If a dancer knows the calls, he/she can dance to me and my material.”  At the time, I was much younger and...

Managing Choreography

In an earlier post, I offered this Get-Out to my readers: Zero Lines: Pass the Ocean Swing Thru Boys – Run Half Tag Face Right (Find Original Partner) Right and Left Grande While I believe that there is nothing wrong with it as it is, I think there’s a way...

Clever Mainstream Get-Outs

Here are a three interesting Get-Outs for the Mainstream Program. Two of them take dancers to their Corner for an Allemande Left. The third one takes dancers to their original Partner for a Right and Left Grande.  A fair warning, test these with checkers before using...

Learning to be a Square Dance Caller

I remembered when I first wanted to be a caller.  I was still taking lessons.  The man who was teaching me to dance, Bob Falconi, didn’t laugh in my face when I asked him about it.  However, he did have a type of knowing grin and a twinkle in his eye that...