There are many aspects to modern square dancing and one is competition. Here is the square dancing competition at the 2012 National Square Dance Convention. No hard set rules, per se, but judges determine who is allowed to continue. Some of the square dance calling is based upon old figures that were more of “novelty” type figures that were used in the day. Some of the calls presented by the square dance caller create what is considered “not mirror image” formations. What this means is an image or object that is identical in form to another, but with the structure reversed, as in a mirror. Most formations in square dancing create mirror image formations, meaning if you held a mirror on one half of a picture of square dancers dancing, the dancers in the mirror would be the perfect opposite of the other side of the square.
Some of the calls break away from this symmetry, but the following calls resolve back to the “same but reversed” square dance setups that are what is considered “normal.” These can be a challenge to dance to, and can be a lot of fun.
Whatever the reason for anyone square dancing, it is always fun, whether they decide to compete or not. I would recommend that anyone who has not been to a national square dance convention goes to one. A lot of fun in a great activity! DAncing varies from contra dancing to square dancing in all levels, exhibition dancing, and of course, dancing to a professional square dance caller or a local talent that has attended to call on the program.
The next convention is the 64th National Convention in Springfield MA June 24-27, 2015.
After that, the next one will be the 65th National Convention in Des Moines IO June 22-25 2016.
And in 2017, the 66th National Convention in Cincinnati OH will run through June 21-24.
August Square Dance Records will be there! Hope to see you!
Have a great day!