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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Left Handed Choreography For Square Dance Singing Calls

Modern Western square dance callers can fall into a repetitive routine quite easily and this can be on several levels. The same choreography. Same songs. Same ideas. Over and over… so… break that slumpy rut! Remember, if you make an effort to try something different then you are way ahead of the caller napping on the couch.

Using choreography and moves that present more challenging figures on the dance tip portion for the singing call can be a way to break that predictable rut that the dancers have been put in. After all, the caller decides what to call and then the dancers follow that. So please put some thought into your square dance programming for the night’s dance and provide a few moments with some harder and more intricate choreography. Accompany that different choreography with slower and smoother types of music can encourage a more enjoyable evening.

This always works best for me, and it will for anyone who reaches out and embraces some different and interesting square dance moves. Which brings us to a few more involved choreographic sequences that work in singing calls.

The following square dance singing call figures implement an uncommon Left hand set-up configuration and they use Left handed square dance calls. The best way to call this type of set-up is to call it a “Scootback and work with your Left Hand.” By telling the dancers and aid them in understanding this left handed variation better it helps with their success when using this type of choreography.

Keep in mind that this style of square dance choreography (dancing by definition, or DBD) needs to be incorporated into your choreography as you call in the hoedown style patter calling beforehand. Dancer success depends on this. I use these exact sequences when I call these “Left Hand Scootback” sequences in the patter portion and make “Left Hand Scootback” the focus of the entire tip with use of the figure sequence in the singing call:

CALLING TIP! Keep a clear perspective of what each dancer’s ABILITY is and ultimately what they came for – FUN!

Heads (Sides) Star Thru
And Square Thru Three Hands
Left Touch a Quarter
Scootback  (Left)
Single Hinge
Boys Trade
Boys Run
Wheel & Deal
Pass Thru
U Turn Back
Swing Corner & Promenade Home

Or try this variation….

Heads (Sides) Slide Thru
Square Thru Three Hands
Left Touch a Quarter
Scootback  (Left)
Scootback (Left)
Single Hinge
Girls Trade
Girls Run
Wheel & Deal
Swing Corner & Promenade Home

In order to use these sequences at the Mainstream level you will have to workshop the figures with directional cues to lessen confusion. Check out this post for how to use directional instructions in your square dance calling: https://shaunwerkelesquaredancecalleraugustrecords.wordpress.com/2016/06/10/call-square-dancers-through-involved-mainstreamplus-choreography-formations/

Left hand figures are great for improving dancing strength, they can be relatively simple, and they add variety to your dance program for the night!

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 calling 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.