Practice Regimen For Square Dance Callers
Here it is. My personal regimen for any and all that would like a highly structured schedule that maximizes and plans out “on task” practicing. This covers several areas for necessary improvement. All modern western square dance callers can now focus on a highly structured daily schedule that will give anyone the level of focused discipline necessary to improve their overall abilities and build a more powerful square dance program for any upcoming dances that they have.
The best practice regimens are NOT the same each day. By using a daily time log you will overcome some of your ruts that are keeping you in a non-growth state. Think about the flexibility this program provides, how it will make you efficient in your practice time, and overall more effective in advancing your square dance calling abilities. This will guide you to a more successful path than any other way I can think of.
This beautifully simple caller improvement program provides great focus with a breakdown into areas of choreography, timing, and performance. All three of these areas are crucial to overall improvement and mastery.
You can print these two daily worksheets off and use both to track your activities by checking the boxes on the first page and fill in the songs on the second as you practice. Add them to your caller’s notebook.
One other great thing about this practice schedule is it forces you to use other songs and figures that probably are outside of your rehearsing comfort zone. Particularly the songs because the program requires you to change your songs daily.
ROTATE OUT FIGURES IN PRACTICE SESSIONS AND CHANGE MUSIC DAILY:
Feel free to call me at anytime if you need help or have a question!
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.