6 Original Choreography Get Outs For Mainstream Square Dance Callers

If you are like me, whenever I hear a unique square dance choreography get out that resolves the square to the corner with an Allemande Left  or to the partner for a Right and Left Grand or a Promenade or one that simply resolves everyone in the square at the home position, I get excited about it! When all of the dancers get through a challenging set of calls, the best way to top that whole thing off is with a cool get out.

The best get outs usually are not hard but are either different and/or have a surprise ending that the dancers may not see coming. I kept that in mind when I wrote these Mainstream choreographic get outs for you to use with your square dancers:

Box 1-4:
Veer to the Left
Girls Trade
Boys Fold
Pass Thru
Right and Left Grand

Box 1-4:
Touch a Quarter
Girls Run
Pass Thru
Tag the Line
Leads Turn Back
All Pass Thru
Right and Left Grand

1p-2p Lines:
Right and Left Thru
Flutterwheel
Pass Thru
Tag the Line Face In
Center 4 Only Right and Left Thru
Center 4 Only Flutterwheel
Everybody Allemande Left

1p-2p Lines:
Pass Thru
Wheel and Deal
Centers Veer to the Left
Centers Tag the Line &
Lady go Left Boy go Right
Left Allemande

Box 1-4:
Star Thru
Pass Thru
Tag the Line Face In
Center 4 Only Right Hand Star
Left Allemande

Box 1-4:
Star Thru
Pass Thru
Tag the Line Face In
Left Touch a Quarter
Girls U Turn Back
Left Square Thru 3 Hands
Right and Left Grand

I did not realize when I first wrote these that the last four sequences all use “Tag the Line.” The last two are neat and different. They both start the same, and the Right Hand Star get out was inspired by some of the old traditional square dance figures from yesteryear. The last sequence definitely is the hardest, with the Left Touch a Quarter and the Left Square Thru Three Quarters.

Call me at anytime you might have a question, I will be glad to help in any way that I can!

Shaun Werkele   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 caller 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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Elements of a High Energy Dance

There are a couple of elements that need to be in place for a club dance to be a huge success. This is in the hands of everyone that is in attendance that night at the dance event. For the square dance caller, having spent hours practicing and constructing a program to call, both in terms of choreography and music selections, must be fully prepared. Starting off with a classic singalong like “Summer Sounds” or a pop classic like “City of New Orleans” begins the night on a strong beat. For traditional square dance, “Buffalo Gals” or maybe even “Turkey in the Straw” are great for kicking things off.

The very first tip of your square dance is important to the entire energy of the whole evening. And this applies to either a night of modern western square dance or traditional square dance. This is where the spirit of the dance is set as a very positive and high energy event. At dances where everything starts on time, rounds typically start at 7:30 and squares at 8:00, the energy level of the whole two hour dance is observantly higher.

The first half hour is where all of the dancers can have the most impact on the quality of the dancing and really, the future of the square dance community. Think about it. If you are an experienced and seasoned and skilled dancer, just being present allows for you to become important teachers to the newer dancers, without you even doing anything! You know very well many of the dance figures on the Mainstream and PLUS level Callerlab Lists, you have the timing down, you exude confidence in your styling when you move, you know how to listen to the caller’s instructions. This all sums up to make you an able and skilled dancer, and just being present and dancing the way you do will both give confidence and shorten the learning curve for any new dancers that are on board that night.

Everyone in attendance at a night’s dance shall strive to be a little early. Most dances start at 2-5 minutes before the 8:00 launch time, so if you are on time, you might miss the first tip of the evening. And remember that square dancing is a social activity. The sooner you arrive, the sooner the festivities can begin!

As the caller, the rest of your program will be affected by the level and abilities of the dancers and your choices of musical selections. If the floor is strong, then everything is a little smoother and the choreography can be more challenging. If the dancers are not as strong as you were hoping for, be prepared for that with some great opening sequences that are interesting and fun and lead into some memorized or written sequences throughout the rest of the patter call. By getting the dancers to interact with you and with each other is key, so make that happen. Remind yourself with a card or two on the table next to you if you must.

Overall, if everyone is positive the dance will have energy and will be a lot of fun.

Good luck!

Shaun

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 caller 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.