Tips On Square Dance Calling Your Best at a Social Event
A party is a way to friendly interact and socialize at a lively gathering with other people and have a memorable time. The positive vibe of going out with friends and surrounding yourself by a bunch of fun people is a great experience to add to someone’s social life diary.
And there are so many things to love about a square dance at one of these get togethers. The whole thing becomes an age spanning, ice-breaking bundle of fun for everyone present, regardless of a lot of things. Ability is not so important at one of these gigs, and for the whole group, regardless of the type of event that is being put on, simple fun and interaction is at the heart of it all. Do make sure that you have good solid ways to teach the simple steps and calls that you want to use for choreography.
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As a modern western square dance caller, you will be contacted regarding someone’s need for square dance entertainment at a social function of some kind. The key thing is to have lots and lots of good fun and impactful music for everyone to enjoy on your night’s program.
Many callers have made a successful entertainment run out of calling square dance parties and this exposure to square dance is the basis of experience for most younger millennials and their families as they get their first taste of basic traditonal square dance moves (a great amount of the basic calls of square dancing have origins from the traditional period of square dance) and the presentation of all sorts of square dance music.
Success will be determined by two things: your choices and preparation.
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Calling a successful party depends upon how you present your overall program and your methods of entertaining, and generally, how well you engage and create interaction and great fun will determine if you have triumphed or failed at what you were hired to do.
It is very important to load your program with lots of entertaining ideas. Simple ones that involve everyone such as a “Boys louder than Girls” contest to instill a little friendly competition between everyone. The truth is, if your program ideas are not strong and engaging, then the impression that you impart may be that square dancing is boring and old-fashioned. Or it just plain is not fun. Entertain with the impression that square dancing is fun and something that everyone present finds interesting and different from what they normally do. Because it is. Your performance is a representation of what the square dance activity is. If you follow this one simple thing, you will succeed on a much higher scale than otherwise.
To succeed you must engage everyone that came to the party. That they have had one of the most memorable and unique times of their entire lives. Maybe even the greatest night at a party they have ever had. You must be a showman and an entertainer that leads everyone through a night of all nights. Your presentation and overall demeanor must be one of high spirits and festive happiness. You must interact with everyone present and be the life of the party and, unquestionably, you must inspire the crowd to want to have another square dance party. To do any less means failure.
Make sure all in attendance enjoy themselves. This is the only real reason you were hired. You can be the best square dance caller in the world, but if everyone did not have a blast, you have not fulfilled your obligation of your contract and most likely will never be asked back.
Avoid that situation at all costs.
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.