Square Dance Callers: Mainstream Singing Call Figures

As a modern western square dance caller there is absolutely no excuse for you not to expand your knowledge, master a new skill, or focus on boosting the entertaining value of your dance program. Remember that improving your skills that you have is one of the best ways to make yourself both marketable from a monetary standpoint and your square dancing content strong from a creative standpoint. If you learn one new piece of choreography every day, you will overcome by 99% over your square dance calling competition who will most likely not do the same.

Here are three new singing call figures in the Mainstream level:

CALLING TIP! Always be prepared to change or adapt your dance program. Choreography and music should be something you can alter or change for the needs of the dancers.

Heads (Sides) Lead Right Circle to a Line
Pass Thru
Wheel & Deal
Double Pass Thru
First Couple Go Left Next Couple Go Right
Square Thru 4 Hands
Swing Corner & Promenade

Heads (Sides) Promenade Halfway
Lead Right Veer Left
Bend the Line
Touch a Quarter
Circulate Once
Boys Run
Swing Thru
Boys Trade
Swing Corner & Promenade

Head (Side) Ladies Chain
Sides (Heads} Lead Right
Circle To A Line
Pass Thru
Wheel & Deal
Zoom
Double Pass Thru
Leaders Trade
Swing Corner & Promenade Home

Change things up in your evening’s dance and let everyone enjoy!

Best,

Shaun Werkele

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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 instruction 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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Square Dance Callers: Best Singing Call Figures that Snapadoo!

Square dance callers should all snapadoo at their dances! There is no true official formal definition for this word, but the slang meaning is that everyone is in agreement and they all verbally say so! So this needs to be done with excitement and enthusiasm and it is up to you as the square dance caller to initiate this action on the dance floor.

One of the best ways that you can put the snapadoo into the dance floor is to have the square dancers repeat something that joins them in unison with excitement and enthusiasm! The first Mainstream level singing call figure offered here is the most fun to use at a dance for this reason. The most engaging way to accomplish this is to have the dancers say “Allright” or “Hotdog” or some other silly thing all at the same time right after you call a square dance move. For example, call to the dancers Flutterwheel and say “all right!” And they will say it with intense approval! Aaah the magic of snapadoo!

So for a bit of a change, try having everyone say “Snapadoo” together and they will have fun and laugh and they will have a great time. And so will you:

CALLING TIP! Being prepared to call is serious work, but remember to relax and have fun while you are calling at the dance. This is your time to enjoy and let the dancers enjoy the event!

Heads (Sides) Square Thru
Do Sa Do
Swing Thru
Boys Run
Bend The Line
Right and Left Thru
Flutterwheel and everyone say “Snapadoo”
Slide Thru
Swing Corner & Promenade

Heads (Sides) Square Thru
Right & Left Thru
Swing Thru & Girls Turn Around
Bend The Line
Flutterwheel and everyone say “Snapadoo”
Slide Thru
Swing Corner & Promenade

And one without the snapadoo:

Heads Promenade Halfway
Touch a Quarter
Boys Run Right
Right & Left Thru
Veer Left
Ferris Wheel
Centers Pass Thru
Square Thru 3 Hands
Trade By
Swing Corner & Promenade Home

Snapadoo can be very powerful and fun. Give it a try in your evening’s dance and let the  dancers enjoy!

Best Wishes,

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 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.

California State Convention Calling Square Dance Exhibition Team Video

Exhibitions are always a fun feature at State, National or even local modern square dance events! This square dancing exhibition is at the California State Convention at Balboa Park in San Diego on April 8-10 2011 and the songs are called in the “old-time square dancing” style.  The choreography figures are combined in different ways for that particular dance set. This is demonstrated quite well by the the High Country Square Dance Exhibition Team of Colorado and The Heritage Dancers in California. Enjoy!

The square dance caller teaches each one of these dances before they are ever actually danced to the music. This gives all of the dancers the advantage of knowing what to do before  so the movements can be easily executed in an exhibition. The calling leads the dancers at the correct time while they are being done to music, so dancers are able to perform each movement to the music “on cue.” In this style of square dance, when the dancers appear to have mastered a particular set of calls or a certain combination of figures in the song/dance, the caller may stop calling, leaving the dancers to enjoy the choreography movements with music alone. Sometimes the square dance caller will simply sing to the music, and this is what led to the phrase coined,  singing call” in modern square dancing.