Shining Diamonds for Modern Western Square Dance Calling!

In square dancing using diamond formation figures and sequences in singing call figures is one of my favorite things to do! Here is a great basic Plus level dance figure that is not difficult, but anything with Diamond Formations/Circulates dancers find interesting and they will enjoy breaks like these.

The first figure provides for a neat surprise Swing Thru to the Corner Lady then a Swing and Promenade:

CALLING TIP! Quite a few square dance record or music companies will record the same songs. Look for singing call selections with a steady beat with a well recorded arrangement, and most importantly, are pitched to suit your vocal range!

Heads (Sides) Square Thru
Swing Thru
Boys Trade
Boys Run
Ladies Hinge
Diamond Circulate
Flip the Diamond
Girls Trade
Swing Thru
Swing Corner & Promenade Home

Or this sequence has a Cut the Diamond:

Heads (Sides) Square Thru
Swing Thru
Boys Trade
Boys Run
Ladies Hinge
Diamond Circulate
Cut the Diamond
Wheel & Deal
Swing Corner & Promenade Home

Enjoy the calls!

Square dancing has been an important part of social activities for decades, particularly in rural communities. Dancing can help remove the focus of concentrating on day-to-day problems. All of the worries and thoughts disappear and you can clear your mind when you are dancing. Today’s square dancing has changed from what most people have seen in the movies or they might remember from years ago. And it is more healthy as a physical activity and therapeutic than you might think!

You can learn to dance at the entry level of instruction. All callers who teach lessons start with a foundation that requires no prior experience. It is recommended that you bring a partner or you can check into singles based groups to take lessons.

Get social. Get fit. Learn to square dance!

 

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.

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Teaching Fun Traditional and Modern Western Square Dance in Lakewood Colorado!

Historic Building in ColoradoShaun Werkele had the great pleasure to be able to provide fun square dancing for local Denver Front Range school children at the Lakewood Heritage Center for two¬† afternoons on Tuesday May 5, and Friday May 8, 2015! This turned out to be a great opportunity to educate our youth on the history of both traditional square dancing and modern western square dancing. In addition to learning about the heritage of square dance and it’s evolving changes the activity has made from a social viewpoint along with the changes in the types of square dance music and dance choreography changes that have been made over the past century, the boys and girls learned some of the most basic square figures and moves to dance such as Do Sa Do, Couples and Single File Promenade and Right and Left Hand Stars!

There were seven groups of children ages 8-10 from various local schools that visited the Lakewood Heritage Center on the two days and each day the square dancing was taught by Shaun Werkele, owner and producer of August Square Dance Records, with the aid of some local volunteers that helped organize the children into squares. The emphasis was on combining historical education and having an entertaining and fun event for all that participated.

The dancing was at the Amphitheater area on Tuesday and the Calving Barn on Friday due to rainy weather. Each group session lasted about 40 minutes. The music that all danced to started as traditional square dance music, and later in the sessions the introduction of modern western square dance music was made, and some techno-style dance music was used at the end for the kids to gear up for some energetic dance excitement moving to the square dance calls.

Lakewood Historical Sciety BuildingSquare dancing is a significant part of our country’s history, whether it is traditional or modern styles of the form. Great square dance calling is considered to be a unique art form that takes a lot of work and time to master. Consider using a Colorado Square Dance Caller to entertain at your next get together, local school function, or company event. It is both fun and educational and provides for a different way to socialize with others!

 

 

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.