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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Call Slick With Seven Cool Square Dance Get Outs!

If you are like me, whenever I hear a unique square dance choreography get out that resolves the square to the corner with an Allemande Left  or to the Partner for a Right and Left Grand or a Promenade or one that simply resolves everyone in the square at the home position, I get excited about it! When all of the dancers get through a challenging or just interesting set of calls, the best way to top that whole thing off is with a cool get out.

The best get outs usually are not extremely hard but are either different and/or have a surprise ending that the dancers may not see coming. I kept that in mind when I sculpted these Mainstream choreographic get outs for you to use with your square dancers:

Box 1-4:
Veer to the Left
Girls Trade
Boys Fold
Pass Thru
Right and Left Grand

Box 1-4:
Touch a Quarter
Girls Run
Pass Thru
Tag the Line
Leads Turn Back
All Pass Thru
Right and Left Grand

1p-2p Lines:
Right and Left Thru
Flutterwheel
Pass Thru
Tag the Line Face In
Center 4 Only Right and Left Thru
Center 4 Only Flutterwheel
Everybody Allemande Left

1p-2p Lines:
Pass Thru
Wheel and Deal
Centers Veer to the Left
Centers Tag the Line &
Lady go Left Boy go Right
Left Allemande

Box 1-4:
Star Thru
Pass Thru
Tag the Line Face In
Center 4 Only Right Hand Star
Left Allemande

Box 1-4:
Star Thru
Pass Thru
Tag the Line Face In
Left Touch a Quarter
Girls U Turn Back
Left Square Thru 3 Hands
Right and Left Grand

1p-2p Lines:
Right and Left Thru
Dixie Style to an Ocean Wave
Boys Trade
Left Swing Thru
Ladies Cross Fold
Right and Left Grand

Give some of these a try for some different approaches to educating dancers in “not the norm” for better dancing. The Right Hand Star get out is a surprise for most because it is rarely called from lines. This is a nice tip of the hat to some of the old traditional square dance figures from yesteryear. The last two sequences are more difficult, particularly the one with the Left Touch a Quarter and the Left Square Thru Three Quarters.

Related:  Original Square Dance Choreography

Call me at anytime you might have a question, I will be glad to help in any way that I can!

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 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.

Hey, Flo! It’s Square Dance Perfect Zero Module Madness!

Modules are choreographic sequences that can be linked together to form a larger “system,” that being the program that a modern western square dance caller creates to present more involved and complex variations of square dance calls that can be delivered by command to a set of dancers. The separate parts (figures) combine to construct a larger picture of interesting ideas that the dancers can then enjoy.

All dancers at some point desire to be a little more challenged than they had been in the past, it is only natural for people to want to try different things, however, the answer is not always more calls added to the dancing palette, but perhaps more of a change in combinations of calls that can satiate the hunger for more and different choreography for dancers. This is where modules can be implemented effectively.

Related:  Analytical Creative Choreography

The types of modules are used together to instill a uniform and dependable program of calls that the caller can rely upon to:

  1. Provide consistency in calls
  2. Provide fun interest for the entire assembly of dancers
  3. Eliminate dependency on the dancers for square resolution (sight calling)

For the caller, combining different ideas that start in a certain position, such as Facing Lines of four, and end in a Facing Line of four with everyone in the precise same position on the floor, is labeled a Perfect Zero Module. Some call this a Geographic Module. The idea is that all dancers on the floor end EXACTLY where they started. It is as if they made up a round trip route leaving and returning home on Google Maps or Mapquest. Interest for the dancers is brought about by the caller combining a set of calls that provide nice interesting choreography and eventually return the dancers to where they started.

This first Zero Module combines Walk & Dodge with Tag the Line which immediately follows. This is a nice change from the usual Partner Trade:

1p2p Lines:
Pass the Ocean
Recycle
Veer Left
Couples Circulate
Half Tag (the Line)
Walk & Dodge
Tag the Line – Leads Turn Back
Swing Thru
Boys Trade
Boys Run
Couples Circulate
Bend the Line

This second “Zero” is not really too hard for the dancers, unless they are weak on Dixie Style and Left Handed moves:

Box 1-4 (Zero or Corner Box):
Slide Thru
Right & Left Thru
Dixie Style to a Wave
Boys Trade
Left Swing Thru
Girls Run
Boys Trade
Bend the Line
Slide Thru

This third sequence offers a simple Single Hinge, a U-Turn Back for the Girls in an Ocean Wave, a Tag the Line combined with an atypical Bend the Line. I find that all Mainstream dancers struggle with Bend the Line when it is called from anything other than the normal 2-Faced Line with Boys on the end or normal Lines Facing Out. The majority of square dance callers need to use this type of positioning for the dancer’s sake. It is all about strengthening the dancer’s ability:

1p2p Lines:
Slide Thru
Touch a Quarter
Split Circulate
Single Hinge
Girls Trade
Boys Circulate & Girls U-Turn Back
Couples Circulate
Tag the Line – Face Right
Bend the Line
Star Thru
Trade By
Right & Left Thru
Swing Thru
Girls Circulate & Boys Trade
Boys Run
Couples Trade
Couples Circulate
Bend the Line

The last figure uses a Spin the Top out of a Boys Circulate & Girls Trade. Not called together this way very often, but it will turn some heads, I promise you it will. Consider using this combination for a workshop tip to acclimate dancers to move through unusual ways to Spin the Top. This combination is followed up with a Dixie Style sequence that provides a clockwise direction Girls Circulate & Boys Trade from a 2-Faced Line. Then that leads into an unconventional Bend the Line that works in flow with the Rollaway Half Sashay:

Box 1-4 (Zero or Corner Box)
Swing Thru
Girls Circulate & Boys Trade
Spin the Top
Right & Left Thru
Dixie Style to a Wave
Left Swing Thru
Girls Run
Girls Circulate & Boys Trade
Bend the Line
Rollaway Half sashay
Touch a Quarter
Boys Run

The basic premise of a module is to aid the caller to compose a strong and interesting program that will turn on interest for all dancers on the floor. Consider this, “The dancers can only be as good in ability as what you call to them.” In other words, call something that will intrigue, impress, and improve the dancers’ strengths while dancing to your vocally delivered modern square dance choreography.

Related:  Ridiculously Obvious Game-Changing Singing Call Figures

Give it some thought…

Take some time to compose some choreographic ideas…

And then program the ideas into something

powerful at your dance!

Contact me if you have a question or you would like some help in learning how to create choreography for modules. I would be glad to help!

Best Regards,

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 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