Square Dance Calling: Left Handed Scooting in Singing Call Figures

Modern Western square dancing is danced to a variety of music types, everything from pop to traditional country to Broadway musical to modern pop and even rock and techno-dance. What I like to do is use more involved and challenging figures when the music is not as “loaded” with high energy tempos and melodies that might distract. Being intricate with choreography accompanied by slower and smoother types of music works best. Which brings us to a more involved choreographic sequence.

This square dance singing call figure flows into a Left configuration. When I call this type of set-up, I call it a “Left Scootback,” even though there is not such a thing, technically. But the dancers understand this better and it helps to get them through the move.

Keep in mind that this type of square dance choreography (dancing by definition, or DBD) should generally be used with simpler and slower dancing tempos (120 bpm or less) and you should incorporate this more unusual and different choreography into you patter calling beforehand. Actually, you should make this “Left Scootback” sequence the theme of the patter portion prior to the use of the figure sequence in your singing call.

CALLING TIP! All of the factors that contribute to a successful dance are your responsibility, so be prepared!

Heads (Sides) Star Thru
And Square Thru Three
Left Touch a Quarter
Scootback  (Left)
Girls Run
Pass the Ocean
Swing Thru
Swing Thru
Swing Corner & Promenade Home

OR….

Heads (Sides) Star Thru
And Square Thru Three
Left Touch a Quarter
Scootback  (Left)
Girls Run
Flutterwheel
Sweep a Quarter
Pass Thru
U-Turn Back
Swing Corner & Promenade Home

 

Left hand figures are great for improving dance ability and add to variety in your program for the night!

Shaun Werkele

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