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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?...

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...

Good touching

There’s an old saying, “You have a choice; you can be right or you can be happy.” Likewise, in square dancing, you have a choice, you can touch hands as often as possible or your square can break down. Yes, *you* might know how to do the calls....

Know your value and know your price

On the subject of money, I know my value and I know my price. (They are not always related.) I also know what I like and what I don’t like. The less I like a job, square dancing or not, the most it costs. Just because I can do just about anything I put my mind...

Be mindful, be present

I can’t remember where I was. There were a bunch of dance leaders in a room and they were complaining. Not just callers, mind you, club presidents were there, along with other VIP types. Complain. Complain. Complain. Why bother? Instead, I have another...