Cincinnati National Square Dance Convention in 2017

Square Dancing at Cincinnati National Square Dance Convention

 

Here’s some information about the 66th National Square Dance Convention coming to Cincinnati in 2017 on Yahoo News .

The National Square Dance Convention will take place June 21st – June 24th, 2017 at the Duke Energy Convention Center in 2017 as a major event for the year in the state of Ohio. “Cincinnati – Your 2017 Destination Vacation”

The Duke Energy Convention Center will provide a great amount of area for square dancing with 750,000 total square feet and is backed by several great hotels that total more than 3,000 hotel rooms within walking distance of the center.

The City of Cincinnati has a very thorough bus system. You may contact the Metro System by calling (513) 621-4455. Of course there are taxi and other ground transportation options available.

2,500 parking spaces are located in close proximity of the center, whether you choose to use private flat parking lots, metered street spaces, or locally managed parking garages. The garages offer direct entry into the Duke Energy Convention Center via Cincinnati’s Skywalk System. Further, there are several parking lots or parking garages located around the Duke Energy Convention Center . For more details about the Duke Energy Convention Center parking systems contact these numbers:

Central Parking: (513)345-4461
Systems Parking: (513) 684-9341

The 66th National Square Dance Convention provides two ATMs in the convention center. They are both located on Level 1 near the main entrance (Fifth Street and Elm Street) and in the Fifth Street Concourse near Hall B.

If you are flying in to the convention, The Dayton International Airport (DAY) is 66 miles north of the Duke Energy Convention Center. The Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport – CVG is just 13 miles away.

The Greater Cincinnati USA Convention and Visitors Bureau is a great resource for more information about available restaurants and dining in the downtown area of the “Queen City”

There will be lots of dancing and, of course, square dance calling at the “national.” Hope to see you there! Enjoy the event.

Shaun Werkele

 

 

 

Mission Statement: The purpose of this post is to create a greater visibility of the square dance activity for future dance population growth on a national and local level. The information provided here serves as a source for square dancing and contributing to the ongoing promotion and the preservation of both modern western square dancing and traditional square dancing and to aid in the growth of the square dance activity.

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Singing Call Figures for the Modern Square Dance Caller

Here is a great basic modern square dance singing call choreography figure incorporating two different elements that provide a little more variety. The Lead Right to start the sequence is not used often enough in singing call figures.
At the end, the combination of the Centers Pass Thru followed up with Everybody Pass Thru is very simple, but not expected in a singing call figure. This last burst of slightly different adds a little surprise, yet it is simple enough that the dancers will make it through:

CALLING TIP! Have a back up hard copy of your choreography written or typed in a notebook in addition to your computer. The safest way to ensure that you still have your valuables!

Heads (Sides) Lead Right
Veer Left
Couples Circulate
Chain Down The Line
Pass Thru
Wheel & Deal
Centers Pass Thru
Everybody Pass Thru
Swing Corner & Promenade Home

 

If you do not dance but you are interested in checking things out, square dance clubs offer dance lessons that are available for you, and they want you. Join a class today! It is a REAL social activity!
Ask at your local community center or check the Yellow Pages online for information on square dancing clubs and events in your neighborhood.

Keep in mind if you need square dance entertainment Shaun Werkele square dance caller will call and teach and deliver an exceptional entertainment experience to your guests, whatever the occasion might be.

So if you are looking to the future for a fun and energy packed event, feel free to call Shaun and schedule your event today! Modern Western square dancing is a great value for your family members at parties and community events, as well!

Mission Statement: The purpose of this post is to create a greater visibility of the square dance activity for future dance population growth on a national and local level. The information provided here serves as a source for square dance calling education and perspectives on dance. Future articles will be developed to improve the programs of square dancing and how those learning to square dance call can help contribute to the preservation of both modern western square dancing and traditional square dancing and to aid in the growth of the square dance activity.

Using Slingshots While Square Dance Calling

Dancing to modern Western square dance can be challenging and surprising due to the unexpected choreography of the caller. Like traditional square dancing , recovering from occasional mistakes is often part of the fun.

Singing calls, though, do not allow the dancers much time to recover from involved choreography. As a general rule, simple singing call figures are the best ones to use. And callers should always encourage dancers to dance only those programs at which they are reasonably proficient. You have to use your discretion when deciding how much the dance floor as a whole can handle as far as difficult square dance choreography is concerned. You should build the confidence of the dancers slowly.

This is a classic figure that still is one of my favorites:

CALLING TIP! Try to offer at least one new figure combination in every tip to improve dancer’s ability and keep the interest high!

Heads (Sides) Square Thru
Right & Left Thru
Veer Left
Couples Circulate
Chain Down The Line
Star Thru
Pass Thru
Trade By
Swing Corner & Promenade Home

By making some changes to this figure, you can try this instead for a more original combination. I call this the “slingshot,” because the dancers essentially go from one end of the square to the other and then back again:

Heads (Sides) Square Thru
Swing Thru
Boys Run
Couples Circulate
Couples Trade
Couples Circulate
Half Tag (the Line)
Scoot Back
Swing Corner & Promenade Home

 

Modern Western square dancing at the very basic level can integrate seamlessly with your corporate function, party, wedding, or community event. Shaun Werkele calls all levels of square dancing from the basic 10-20 calls to the Challenge (C-1) level of dance.

Contact Shaun Werkele today to make square dancing a major part your event planning process and see how easy and fun a square dance can be!

303-250-4735

 
 
 

Mission Statement: The purpose of this post is to create a greater visibility of the square dance activity for future dance population growth on a national and local level. The information provided here serves as a source for square dance calling education and perspectives on dance. Future articles will be developed to improve the programs of square dancing and how those learning to square dance call can help contribute to the preservation of both modern western square dancing and traditional square dancing and to aid in the growth of the square dance activity.

Mainstream Square Dance Calling: Singing Call Figures and What You Need to Know

I had a great opportunity to learn square dance calling from a local popular caller when I was fourteen years old. Dave Kenney, who was the president of the Denver Square Dance Caller’s Association 1975-77, taught me quite a lot about choreography, either directly or indirectly. Dave taught and called for quite a few clubs in the Denver area, and he taught the advanced and challenge levels of square dancing in the Denver Colorado area . I learned a lot about moving dancers around within a square.

Additionally, I learned to develop a great visualization of more than one dancer in the position in the square from a “mental image” that I draw from when I create choreography. By developing this ability, I can write choreography in my head, and I write quite a few figures for singing calls without moving what is referred to as “square dance caller’s checkers,” a tool that can be used to aid in the creation of square dance choreography. What is great about this ability is I usually start calling and I “sight call” the dancers in my head while I practice to a new singing call. This takes a lot of practice, so work on visualizing more than one dancer in a set of four dancers for starters.

Creating choreography with square dance checkers is still the best, and I recommend that you check anything you write in your head if you try this mental image method to create singing call figures. Once in a while, your written figure might be wrong, and it definitely is better to find that out yourself than when you are actually calling the dance!

Here is a great basic modern square dance singing call choreography figure incorporating two nice elements that provide a little more variety for the dance floor. The square dance figure progresses the ladies around the square just as normal, but the sequence uses a Pass the Ocean and an Extend (the Tag) to start things out. Changing things up by using figures like the one below breaks the monotony and predictability of starting singing call figures with “Heads Square Thru 4.”

Keep in mind that square dance calls in a singing call figure other than starting with a Square Thru Four make for a much more interesting square dance ! If you are a caller and you need help with something, or you have a question, please feel free to contact me as a resource for learning to square dance call, whether you have a question, or you need an opinion of a qualified calling coach!

CALLING TIP! Consider the abilities and the dance level of the local area club and adjust the choreography accordingly.

Heads (Sides) Pass the Ocean
Ladies Trade
Extend (the Tag)
Swing Thru
Boys Run
Boys Circulate
Bend The Line
Square Thru Three Hands
Swing Corner & Promenade Home

Feel free to contact Shaun Werkele square dance caller for your club or group. Shaun is booking for both national and local square dance events in 2016,2017, 2018, and 2019. Call to find out about a specific time that you are considering to fill with a unique caller who calls to your local square dance club in Denver Colorado or any other areas across the nation that matches the style and level of dancing that your group is most comfortable with.

Square dancing at your group event can add a personal touch that is unique and fun. Feel free to call to make sure you schedule a modern western square dance caller who will provide a ton of fun and high energy entertainment that you will enjoy!

The best way to make reservations or book for a club dance is to call

Shaun Werkele at (303)250-4735 .

 

Mission Statement: The purpose of this post is to create a greater visibility of the square dance activity for future dance population growth on a national and local level. The information provided here serves as a source for square dance calling education and perspectives on dance. Future articles will be developed to improve the programs of square dancing and how those learning to square dance call can help contribute to the preservation of both modern western square dancing and traditional square dancing and to aid in the growth of the square dance activity.

Top Square Dancing at International Festival

When you think of Saskatchewan you normally think of hockey, right?

Well, here is a great bunch of young square dancers performing at the Metis Fall Festival in Prince Albert!

Takes a lot of endurance to do this kind of extreme square dancing. Most times, you will not hear any modern western square dance caller giving instruction because the dancers already have memorized the routine and they have practiced it over and over again.

Clogging is a much different form of dance in the square dance activity that takes a lot more dedication to practice and the participants must be in great physical condition. The types of music varies from traditional square dance music to the modern styles, incorporating hip-hop and other modern street dance moves fused together.

There are four organisations that oversee competitive events in the modern American clog and square dancing world.

The oldest existing group, the National Clogging and Hoedown Council, began in 1974 and is has since became the C.L.O.G. National Clogging Organization. The grand championships are held annually at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee on each September. The National Clogging and Hoedown Council has been the most influential in establishing the basic scoring and rules guidelines that have evolved into the art of square dance clogging and the protocol for competition. Information about the organisation can be found on its website at http://www.clog.org .

The non-profit organisation dedicated to the preservation of the old time square dance and clogging, America’s Clogging Hall of Fame (ACHF) was founded by Dan and Sandy Angel in 1981. ACHF runs several square dance clogging competitions throughout the year where both teams and individual dancers can qualify to compete in the ACHF National Championships.

Cloggers dancing at the National Championships have the opportunity to be inducted into America’s Clogging Hall of Fame. Only 2 cloggers are honored with this award. Another requirement is the cloggers must have been clogging for at least 25 years and have had a great impact in the preservation of the clogging square dance activity. College scholarships are also awarded annually for up to three deserving winners.After winning two different dancing competitions, then there is a World Championship Dance-off. This event is the final qualifying for all grand champion solo winners at each sanctioned event earn and they earn the opportunity to compete in October for a chance to dance on the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee.

Shaun Werkele square dance calls and teaches many levels of dancing primarily in the Colorado region, from the very basic 10-20 square dance figures at a party event to the Mainstream level, Plus level, Advanced (A-1 &A-2) to Challenge (C-1).

Feel free to contact Shaun Werkele, at 303-250-4735 for scheduling information and include your phone number and a good time to return your call.