Select Page

It’s a dance, not “A Night at the Improv”

While I know how to call square dances, I also know that I am still learning my craft. I learn something at every dance I call as well as every dance I attend as a dancer. One of the lessons (I think) that I learned early on in my calling career is to “shut up...

Shorter tips make better dances

If you come to my dances, you may or may not notice that I have a certain philosophy about the length of my tips. In general, they’re between 10-12 minutes long. No more. Sometimes, less. There are a number of reasons for this. (In no particular order.) –...

Degrees of Difficulty

I once met a caller that *said* he used every call on the Basic and Mainstream call list every night that he called. I did my best to make some small talk around this discussion and then, when I could I politely excused myself and moved to another conversation...

Why learn to be a caller?

If you’re learning to be a square dance caller because you want to sing in front of people, take up karaoke. You’ll have more fun, a larger audience, and people (like me) won’t have to suffer through your lack of understanding about what it means to...

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...

Eliminate Needless Words

While I am not totally opposed to filler-words, I do find that they get in the way of one of a square dance caller’s primary tools, the music. Here are a pair of “old time” rhymes that take 8 beats to say: Chicken in the bread pan, pickin’ out...