DBD Mainstream Square Dance Calling: Singing Call Figures That Kill! (Anticipation)

The one dynamic that you can change as a modern western square dance caller in your program (outside of musical selections for the evening) is using different choreographic sequences that will ENTERTAIN the dancers at the event you are calling. Anticipation on the dance floor is not a good thing, however, calling dance moves that lose the floor and cause the squares to break down is not good, either. Still, eliminating anticipation and making what you call thought stimulating is what will win heaps of appreciation from all present that night. Calling to the dancers and allowing them to succeed through different choreographic combinations so that they do not know what to expect a great amount of the time is the best way to ensure that you are calling a great square dance!

This all relates to the old saying, “form follows function.” If you are prepared in the right manner, you will have a ton of choreography for the dance and you will implement it in a way that is interesting and keeps everyone smiling! I recommend that you use these in your hoedown/patter portion of the tips that you call first.

That being said, here is a super quad of DBD Mainstream singing call figures!

Enjoy! 

CALLING TIP!  Spend some time thinking about, focusing on and creating directional commands to aid the dancers through more involved choreography so that they will have more success and enjoyment overall!

Heads (Sides) Touch a Quarter
Walk & Dodge
Left Touch a Quarter
Walk & Dodge
Wheel Around
Flutterwheel
Sweep a Quarter
Square Thru Three Hands
Swing Corner & Promenade Home

Heads (Sides) Promenade Three Quarters
Sides Square Thru Three Hands
Left Touch a Quarter
Split Circulate
Girls Run
Pass The Ocean
Girls Circulate
Swing Corner & Promenade Home

Heads (Sides) Promenade One Quarter
Sides Pass Thru
Circle 4 Three Quarters
Reverse Flutterwheel
Sweep a Quarter
Pass Thru      Trade By
Touch a Quarter    Girls Run
Left Allemande Come Back & Promenade Home

Heads (Sides) Square Thru 2 Hands
Swing Thru
Girls Turn Around
Wheel & Deal
Step to a Wave All Eight Circulate
Single Hinge
Scootback
Swing Corner & Promenade

Some of these can be a little hard for the average Mainstream dancer. I highly recommend that you workshop these figures in a tip that themes the different choreographic ideas such as the Left Touch a Quarter and the Split Circulate and the Left Touch a Quarter and Walk and Dodge. The last figure uses a Wheel & Deal with a counter-clockwise motion and the Boys are the center. By the way, dancers seem to be weak on the Wheel & Deal from 2-Faced Lines, anyway. This would be another great workshop idea for all callers to use at their dances.

By using figures like the ones above, you will be able to also improve the dancers’ ability and strengths in listening to what you command throughout the entire night and the unique ideas centered around more adventurous choreography.

Modern Western square dance is a great social function idea that can work in seamlessly with a party, wedding, corporate function, or even large community events. Shaun Werkele calls all levels of square dancing from the basic 10-20 calls through the Challenge (C-1) level of dance. Shaun can commute locally across the Denver Front Range to your area within the Colorado region or nearby states to call for your group.

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

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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 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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Plug-In Picasso: Square Dance Calling More Creatively

Learning to Square Dance Call on an Effective Creative Plateau

Before you begin a square dance calling practice session, write down how you intend to establish a basic program for the dance  that you are going to call in the near future. Choose your intentions with some good thought ahead of time. Make this element (or more than one) and let it guide you and it will establish your theme or your square dance program itinerary. Will your program be dominated by up-tempo music? Challenging choreography? Perhaps a little of both?

Also ahead of time, decide how you are going to handle injecting variety in your night’s program, using the same set of practice tools that you normally follow.

Will you contrast modern with traditional music? Workshop a few new angles on an old over-used “traffic pattern?” Will you instill fun that breaks the ice for everyone present so that they have a wonderful time?

These thought provoking elements are at the heart of creativity for a square dance caller (yes, these should be the kind of things you are considering in preparation), so during the process of creating, make sure that you are on a simple track of accomplishing your intentions. It’s simple. Just try to be aware of how your inspired ideas interact with one another. To NOT get a little creative will NOT advance your abilities or the dancers’ as well.

Related:  Panoramic Aspects of Square Dance Calling

When I first learned to call, two words had a huge effect on me when I was a young teen. Creative choreography. Once I learned about the power of creating ideas that moved people around then everything started to meld together in terms of understanding the mechanics of calling and seeing the many choreographic possibilities. And, although the square dance activity has changed some, getting creative with choreography has not really changed much at all.

Here is a great creative Get-Out idea that you can work on spring boarding and get you creating a choreographic idea or two:

Box 1-4 (Zero Box)

Step to an Ocean Wave-Girls Trade
Single Hinge
Scoot Back
Split Circulate
Walk & Dodge
Boys Fold
Touch a Quarter
Boys Cast Left 3/4
Girls Turn Around
Boys “Reverse” Extend
Left Allemande

Hope you will give that idea a try. The Left Allemande at the end helps to pull the dancers out of a kind of tricky spot quickly and then you can build on the novelty ideas of “Reverse ” Extend with other sequence ideas. Or just use it as a cool and different Get-Out!

Related:  Seven Square Dance Calling Get-Outs

Here is another simple Singing Call Figure for you to give a whirl:

Heads (Sides) Square Thru 4 Hands
Right & Left Thru
Touch a Quarter
Split Circulate
Boys Run
Reverse Flutterwheel
Square Thru 3 Hands
Swing Corner & Promenade Home

Getting creative entails one thing that you need to step back and take a look at in your own calling. Do you come up with ORIGINAL ideas some of the time, at least? If all you ever do is borrow ideas then you are not tapping into your creative side. Use your square dance choreography checkers and see what you can come up with.

One of the best ways to spawn a creative idea is to get inspired by one idea and then take it further, and that can be the fractionalization of a square dance call such as a Right & Left Thru with a Courtesy Turn a Quarter More (a simple idea that does not get used often enough). Choreographic ideas can stem from the inspiration of another caller.

Take their ideas and carry the torch a little further!

You will be glad you did. For your own growth as a caller and for the improvement of the dancers.

 

Best Regards,

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 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.