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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...

Great singers are made, not born

Something that I learned from a voice teacher, long ago, is that people sing off key to be heard. If you sing well, you blend in with the music. People that sing slightly off pitch (flat/sharp) often do so because, subconsciously, they think they aren’t being...

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....