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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...

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...

“More” is different than “Interesting”

“More” is also different than “better.” Some callers and dancers seem to think that, in order to avoid boredom, they need to teach more moves.  In my experience, boring is what happens when callers aren’t prepared and call a series of...

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...

Always do (and be) your best

I’ve been to many caller-association meetings where there will be one or two people that offer this “sage” advice: When you do a guest tip, do not outshine the caller that put you on the stage. I’ve often take this to mean that I should do less...

Traditional vs Modern Square Dancing

I’ve been asked about the differences between traditional square dancing and the modern variety.  There are a couple of major differences.  One is that, in traditional square dancing, the music is played by a live band.  (As opposed to a dead one?  No, as...