Square Dance Calling: Groovy Mainstream Singing Call Figures

“What say, you, we go out on the town and swing, baby? Yeah! Groovy!” If Austin Powers were a square dancer, he would be a most memorable and cool one, getting about in that groovy way that only he would exude with such flashy style!

Modern square dancing offers a chance to get out and mix and mingle and have a lot of fun with others, and part of the commitment all western square dance callers have is to expand on making the dancing engaging and interesting. Unique square dance choreography is an effective manner by which many callers use to their advantage to provide dancers with different combinations to provide an entertaining and great dance. Of course, you will always want to work on interesting patterns for your hoedown portion, and that being said, here are a couple of ideas for singing call figures that offer groovy success for the square dancers, baby!   Try on some of this choreography in the singing calls in your night’s program.

Below is a nice foursome of Mainstream square dance singing call figures that emphasize using the call Circulate, however, they are not extremely hard. Just a little different from the usual sequences that are used by most. Because square dance callers do not use Circulates enough in their programs. Particularly, using All Eight Circulate throughout the night will be a great move on your behalf for this reason alone!

So groovy, baby!

CALLING TIP! Your primary goal as a caller is to instruct smoothly and rhythmically, employing square dance choreography that is challenging and unique!

Heads (Sides) Promenade Halfway
Lead Right
Swing Thru
Boys Run Right
Couples Circulate
Chain Down the Line
Pass the Ocean
Boys Circulate
Girls Trade
Boys Run & Promenade Home

Heads (Sides) Square Thru 4 & Sides Rollaway
Swing Thru
Boys Run Right
Pass the Ocean
Girls Trade
All Eight Circulate
Swing Thru
Boys Trade
Swing Corner & Promenade Home

Heads (Sides) Lead Right
Swing Thru
Spin the Top
Recycle
Pass the Ocean
Boys Circulate
Swing Thru
Boys Trade
Swing Corner & Promenade Home

Heads (Sides) Pass the Ocean
Those Girls Trade
Extend the Tag
Recycle
Veer Left
Boys Circulate & Girls Trade
Bend the Line
Square Thru Three Hands
Swing Corner & Promenade Home

I hope these singing call figures will help you in your patter calling portion of the dancing tip and they are a great success for the dancers. For square dance callers a huge part of calling is integrating great choreography into your night’s dance. Over time, you will develop the knack to program choreography and all of those ideas that are centered around your calls will fulfill the needs of your square dance dance group.

Modern Western square dancing at the simplest level can work effectively with your wedding, corporate function, party, or community event. Shaun Werkele calls many levels of square dance from the very basic 10-20 calls through the Challenge (C-1) level of dancing. Shaun will travel locally to your area outside of the Colorado Front Range to call for your get together!

Call  Shaun Werkele to make square dancing part of your special event plans and set your group up for a fun and unique square dance party!

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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 coaching information provided here serves as a source for square dance caller education training 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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5 Methods You Probably Are Not Using With Your Choreographic Checkers

Original Approaches For Square Dance Choreography Checkers

Square Dance Caller Choreography CheckersAll square dance callers, whether traditional or modern, use choreography to entertain and involve all of the dancers on the dance floor. If you think about a great dance show like Dancing With The Stars, why is it so great to watch? What makes it entertaining? Well practiced and interesting dance choreography! This applies just as well to square dance.

When creating new and different square dance choreography, the canonical approach, or to be precise, conforming to already established patterns or rules needs to be “turned off.” To be more fresh and creative with your square dance caller checkers you will have to leave old set rules of authority behind and ignore the typical standard that has been followed in all square dance calling which has always conformed to an accepted rule or procedure.

Consider using some of the following original methods to reach a higher place for yourself in choreography creation:

Reverse The Path

Find the end result you want and retrace your moves until you have reverse written the start of the sequence. For instance, if you want a precise get out, then start at the end result you want the square to end on, like a Right and Left Grand, and work all of the checkers backward with calls that take you back to where you want the sequence to begin.

Make the Module March

Use your checkers to write modules. Consider the power that you can create by analyzing every possible board position that can be placed into a giant choreographic tree and when connected together, each possible move acting as a string to another board position in the square. Those positions lead to a union of original and highly creative call ideas. Conversion modules. Zero module writing. Equivalent modules. Checkers can make this happen in a huge way!

Great Get Outs

Most great square dance get outs start out using square dance checkers. Look to old ideas for inspiration if you must, but use the checkers to create better and more interesting get outs that are original in substance and choreography that helps to instill interest and excitement for the dance floor. Keep in mind that get outs do not have to be hard and complicated, and just because you use the checkers to conceive a new idea does not mean that your choreography needs to be involved and difficult. Strive for fun ideas and visualize the dancers when you put together choreographic ideas

Turn The Card

Create a list of cards with one call on each card. Then shuffle the cards, draw three from the deck and write a choreographic sequence from that. This approach just requires that you create combinations of calls that connect the three calls together in a seamless yet interesting way. Zero modules work best for this method of creating choreography, yet I recommend that you write transitional and equivalent modules as well. This is a powerful method to break old overused choreography combinations and put new creative ideas forward.

Proper Flow

Follow the rules of smooth flow when you write figures with your checkers. Essential elements such as hand usage in the combinations of calls that you will deliver need to be relatively seamless and overall body flow should be smooth and gliding. Always keep this in mind because proper styling is highly important and it will enhance the quality of your dance from a choreographic standpoint and the enjoyable level for the square dancers.

Create Effective Ideas…

There are a few different ways to resolve a sequence with checkers. Just determine which ideas are the strongest and best for what you are trying to accomplish.

It is important also to remember that checkers are simply choreographic constructs, but if you create a sequence that is in the right direction with interesting ideas and great body flow, then everyone at the dance will cast a glimmering glance that you may be powerfully brilliant!

Have a Great Day! Contact me if you need a square dance caller coach!

Shaun Werkele

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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 coaching information provided here serves as a source for square dance caller training, 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.

7 Original Choreography Get Outs For Modern Square Dance Callers

Sometimes square dance callers need outside stimuli to inspire them to write and create new and outside ideas when it comes to innovating new choreographic ideas. Additionally, using choreographic checkers or revamping old ideas are great ways to create choreography, however, the critical bedrock of knowing what all the dancers will enjoy most is the most basic and common ground to work from. As long as we know and keep focused on this approach, then all choreography at all dances will be stronger, more interesting, and better for the activity on a broader scope both nationally and universally!

Here are seven original and unique Mainstream square dance choreography get outs that resolve any module that starts either from the classic Box 1-4 or 1p2p (zero) Line bringing the square to the corner with an Allemande Left or to the partner for a Right and Left Grand. The fourth get out module ends with a surprise Promenade back Home. Utilize these original Mainstream level ideas in your program for some highly compelling ideas for square dance:

1p-2p Lines:
Pass the Ocean
Swing Thru
Girls Trade
Right and Left Grand

Box 1-4:
Touch a Quarter
Girls Run
Reverse Flutterwheel
Sweep a Quarter
Pass Thru
Right and Left Grand

1p-2p Lines:
Right and Left Thru
Flutterwheel
Pass the Ocean
Boys Cross Fold
Pass Thru
Allemande Left

1p-2p Lines:
Pass Thru
Wheel and Deal
Centers Left Touch a Quarter
Same 4 Walk & Dodge
Same 4 Wheel Around
Same 4 Lead Left
Veer Right
Promenade Home

1p-2p Lines:
Center 4 Only Left Hand Star
Everyone Right and Left Grand

1p-2p Lines:
Pass Thru
Tag the Line Face Out
Centers Run
New Centers Allemande Left
Everybody Right and Left Grand

Feel free to call me at anytime you might have a question, I will be there for you 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 coaching 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.