Using Slingshots While Square Dance Calling

Dancing to modern Western square dance can be challenging and surprising due to the unexpected choreography of the caller. Like traditional square dancing , recovering from occasional mistakes is often part of the fun.

Singing calls, though, do not allow the dancers much time to recover from involved choreography. As a general rule, simple singing call figures are the best ones to use. And callers should always encourage dancers to dance only those programs at which they are reasonably proficient. You have to use your discretion when deciding how much the dance floor as a whole can handle as far as difficult square dance choreography is concerned. You should build the confidence of the dancers slowly.

This is a classic figure that still is one of my favorites:

CALLING TIP! Try to offer at least one new figure combination in every tip to improve dancer’s ability and keep the interest high!

Heads (Sides) Square Thru
Right & Left Thru
Veer Left
Couples Circulate
Chain Down The Line
Star Thru
Pass Thru
Trade By
Swing Corner & Promenade Home

By making some changes to this figure, you can try this instead for a more original combination. I call this the “slingshot,” because the dancers essentially go from one end of the square to the other and then back again:

Heads (Sides) Square Thru
Swing Thru
Boys Run
Couples Circulate
Couples Trade
Couples Circulate
Half Tag (the Line)
Scoot Back
Swing Corner & Promenade Home


Modern Western square dancing at the very basic level can integrate seamlessly with your corporate function, party, wedding, or community event. Shaun Werkele calls all levels of square dancing from the basic 10-20 calls to the Challenge (C-1) level of dance.

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



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 calling 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.