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You’ve learned to dance, what’s next?

New (or newer) dancers that dance all summer after “graduation” tend to stick with the activity. Those that don’t dance fade away along with the skills they didn’t keep sharp. What activities do you have planned for new Square Dance graduates?...

More thoughts on Dance Preparation

In my previous post, I talked about Left Touch 1/4. If you don’t know where this call ends, you have to wait and see what it looks like and depend on the dancers to *all* get it right. (Not only get it right but get it right the *first* time.) Instead, you, as a...

Thoughts on Dance Preparation

Sometimes new(er) callers or dancers will ask me how I prepare for a dance. There’s a lot that happens behind the scenes. My club dances have different requirements than my guest appearances. Both dances get something special. Each gets a unique treatment. First...

Learn how to Cue Round Dances

Every caller should learn how to cue Phase 2 Rounds. (Of course, this means that every caller should learn to Round Dance.) Learning to be a Round Dance Cuer (not necessarily be able to teach it) will improve your calling. When you cue a Round Dance (of any...

Study dancers as much as the definitions

Callerlab’s definition documents were written by callers for callers. While they can be used as a teaching reference (as they contain a lot of excellent information) it is not in your best interests to simply print out the documents and give them to your new...