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Spin Chain Thru, Ends Zoom

Recently, at a dance, I used the Mainstream call, Spin Chain Thru, in a somewhat novel manner both in the patter and singing-call portion of a tip. At the end of the evening, one of the dancers came up to me and said that in the thirty-odd years he’s been...

The Allure of Square Dancing

The word, allure, is defined as the quality of being powerfully and mysteriously attractive or fascinating.  For those that enjoy square dancing (modern or traditional) as a hobby and are very active in the dancing community, it is, indeed, both attractive and...

A nifty Get-Out for the Plus Program

If you’re a caller that works with the Plus Program, here’s a fun Get-Out that I saw Tony Oxendine use. From a Dixie Grand setup (if you don’t know what this is, you probably should not be calling Plus Program dances): Double Pass Thru Peel Off Pass...

The Square Thru – Courtesy Turn Issue

In every class that I’ve taught (or been a part of as a dancer) I’ve found that there nearly always a couple of dancers that, when they learn the call Square Thru, after the 3rd hand, want to add a Courtesy Turn. The reason for this is pretty clear.  The...

Chaining the Ladies

A phrase square dance callers say very frequently is “Chain the Ladies.” I find this very amusing.  The command, Chain, comes from someone’s inability to either say (or hear) the word “Change.”  Callers “Change the Ladies.”...