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Come play with us!

Video games are one of my favorite things. It gives me one of those things that I've always wanted but never knew, exactly, how to find, someone to play with. As a parent, one of the most heartbreaking things I've seen my son do is ask a kid (or set of kids) at a...

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Overcoming Human Intertia

Human beings are social creatures by nature. People want to belong to a movement, they want to be part of a greater whole. One of the things that gets in the way of this belonging is inertia. Newton described inertia as objects in motion want to keep moving and...

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Changes I’d like to see in Callerlab

To be a voting member of Callerlab (the Caller's Laboratory) it used to be that you had to attend a Callerlab Convention at least once every three years and call a certain number of dances per year. A couple of years back, the rules were relaxed for both the number of...

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Sometimes, less is more

In traditional economic theory, scarcity of a resource increases its value. Gold and diamonds are valuable because they are both shiny and hard to find. In a given area, if you call a dance once or twice a month, you will be scarce enough to be increase your value....

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How do you program your dances?

How do you program your dances? Taylor Swift explained in a Billboard magazine story that she decided the order of cuts on her album "Red." "It's just about establishing [a sequence that] sounds like that's the order of things. It's a gut-feeling thing." Gut feeling? ...

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The wrong kind of people?

A couple of years ago, there was talk in my area of advertising square dance lessons in the movie theaters. There was much excitement about it but they naysayers talked it down and defeated the idea. Their thought was that it would attract the "wrong type of people."...

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Measuring Success

How do you measure the success of your dances? For me, one such way is when the number of squares on the floor for the last tip is the same as the number for the first tip. If there are more at the end than at the beginning, it can turn a good dance into a great one....

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Not lessons, dances.

I've met a few callers that slow their music down, drastically, in classes. Then, when these new dancers go to other callers, they're winded because it feels like they're running and don't know why. I get that some callers want to be helpful but drastic changes have...

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Cost, Price, and Value

The cost of an item (or experience) is actually independent of its value. We, at least here in the USA, often define value in terms of dollars but that is usually because we don't have an alternative. It is tempting to attempt to deliver value by lowering the price of...

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Talk less, dance more.

On the first night of your first class, no matter what program it is, the music starts within seconds of people getting on the dance floor. Seconds. Not minutes. Some time ago, I went to a club to support its first lesson night. The caller talking for nearly 20...

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Use the word “dance” to describe movement

Square dancing is the art of dancing with hands. While this is true, dancing is moving to music. It's not Square Marching. It's not Square Walking. It's not Square Wandering. It is dancing. When you teach or workshop a Square Dance call, get in the habit of replacing...

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No scents makes good sense

No scents, natural or otherwise. If I shake your hand and can smell your cologne or perfume on my hands on my drive home, you are wearing too much. No scents, natural or otherwise. If I can smell your cologne or perfume before you walk into a room and I know it's you,...

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