Education Recordings About Modules

A collection of education recordings from CALLERLAB conventions that deal with modules ... Read More

SSD In A Nutshell

This the documentary equivalent of an "elevator speech" for SSD that quickly outlines the benefits, explains the approach, and directs readers to further appropriate information. It's an excellent introduction to ... Read More

CALLERLAB Foundation

The CALLERLAB Foundation’s purpose is to support the funding of projects that will preserve and promote square dancing and other associated dance forms ... Read More

CALLERLAB Published Document Register

This article contains a register of documents and materials that CALLERLAB has published for external distribution and usage ... Read More

CALLERLAB Membership Information

The linked page contains information about the benefits and responsibilities of being a CALLERLAB member ... Read More

Promotional Materials

This collection contains pointers to a variety of ready-made promotional materials, such as posters, flyers, and brochures. Some are generic, some are more specific to a club or dance. Some ... Read More

Education Recordings About Singing Calls

The following education session recordings from past CALLERLAB conventions deal with Singing Calls. Topics such as musical presentation, singing with others, and singing call choreography, etc. The selections included here ... Read More

Education Recordings On Sociability

The following education session recordings from past CALLERLAB conventions deal with the social aspects of square dancing, encouraging sociability and socialization ... Read More

Education Recordings on Styling

These education session recordings from past CALLERLAB conventions deal with the subject of Styling, and the teaching of Styling in MWSD ... Read More

Teaching Orders

When planning for a class, regardless of program, one of the earliest decisions is to determine the order in which calls will be taught. This article collects information about a ... Read More

Ian Henzel Plan For Square Dance Recruitment

Ian Henzel is the creator of the Henzel Plan, which is a multi-phase, multi-armed approach to recruiting new people to join square dance clubs ... Read More

Cal Campbell’s Singing Call Collection

Cal Campbell has organized a collection of singing calls and documented them in the form of three Excel spreadsheets: Basic Part 2, Basic Part 3, and Mainstream. In all there ... Read More

Cal Campbell’s Square Dance Potpourri Page

Cal Campbell has an archive page where he has been posting a large collection of square dance documents and materials. Items include various Sets In Order Yearbooks, articles and books ... Read More

Social Square Dance (SSD), an Introduction and Overview by Barry Johnson

In this one hour video presentation Barry Johnson provides a comprehensive introduction and overview of the Social Square Dance (SSD) program. He draws on his own personal experience, the observed ... Read More

Sounding Like A Caller

Daryl Clendenin is well known caller and Accredited Caller Coach who has taught countless caller schools. Daryl has long felt that more emphasis should be placed on the skill of ... Read More

The Mainstream Caller’s Notebook (book)

The Mainstream Caller’s Notebook is collection of choreographic ideas designed to help you provide more entertaining dances at the mainstream level. The material is meant to be most useful anytime ... Read More

Teaching Beginners on Zoom

Have you wondered if it might be possible teach beginner dancers via Zoom? Ray Brendzy has been doing just that during the pandemic. He has made video recordings of his ... Read More

Dottie Welch’s Singing Call Figure Collection

Dottie Welch has amassed a large collection of singing call figures on her website. They are organized by level (Community Dance through A2) and housed in individual PDF files. Within ... Read More

CALLERLAB Certified Square Dance Teacher (CSDT) Program

The CALLERLAB Certified Square Dance Teacher (CSDT) Program has been created to provide a credential to callers who are square dance teachers. The program evaluates education, experience, knowledge, and skill ... Read More

Clark Baker Discusses Hexagon Dancing

The pandemic spawned a multitude of online tutorial sessions for callers. In this video presentation Clark Baker discusses the theory and practice of hexagon dancing ... Read More

Don Beck Discusses Smooth Dancing

The pandemic spawned a multitude of online tutorial sessions for callers. In this 20-minute video Don Beck discusses the elements of smooth dancing and how to create it ... Read More

Square Dance Hall Of Fame

This website honors the 34 nominees to the Sets in Order American Square Dance Society Hall of Fame. Dorothy Shaw was the first person named, in January 1961, and successive ... Read More

Hookup Chart for Zoom Calling

Lorne Smith from Calgary, Alberta is one of the most prolific Zoom callers. He has supplied a cabling diagram describing how the various sound and computer components need to be ... Read More

CALLERLAB 2021 Keynote Address by Mike Seastrom

At the virtual Annual General Meeting held in March 2021 Mike Seastrom delivered an inspiring keynote address focusing on the importance of making sociability a more prominent element of our ... Read More

Kip Garvey Discusses Sequence and Relationship

Kip Garvey, a world-class caller, caller coach, and recording artist presents three documents discussing various elements of FASR (Formation, Arrangement, Sequence, Relationship) ... Read More

Partners’ Committee Handbook

This booklet is a compilation of the most frequently asked questions pertaining to partners and their individual responsibilities ... Read More

Newbie Callers Zoom Discussions

During the COVID-19 pandemic all callers suddenly found themselves with lots of time on their hands. Jeremy Butler and Ted Lizotte decided to use some of that time productively and ... Read More

MCASD Toolbox Collection

The Metropolitan Chicago Association of Square Dancers (MCASD) hosts a "toolbox" page that lists a variety of items that are useful for promoting square dancing and recruiting new dancers. They ... Read More

Building For Tomorrow

This presentation handout contains details from the education session delivered by Mike Hogan and Justin Russell on strategies for rebuilding ... Read More

64th US National Keynote by Ted Lizotte and Paul Cote

This article contains a link to the inspiring keynote presentation Ted Lizotte and Paul Cote gave at the 64th NSDC in 2015 ... Read More

SqView Presentation at CALLERLAB 2019

This panel will discuss SqView – how to get it, how to use it, and how to fix some common problems you may encounter with the program ... Read More

Planning To Implement SSD

During the pandemic a long series of online seminars called the Corona Learning Assistance Seminar Series (C.L.A.S.S) was presented. One of them, delivered by Jeremy Butler, explained the planning and ... Read More

History Of Computer Choreography Programs

During the pandemic a number of Zoom discussion groups emerged dealing with a variety of square dance topics. One was aimed at new callers and was hosted by Don Beck ... Read More

CALLERLAB Board Of Governors (current)

This article points to information about the CALLERLAB Board of Governors (BOG) and the Executive Committee (EC) ... Read More

Sets In Order (SIO) Yearbooks

The Sets In Order Yearbooks each compile a year's worth of the technical information about calls, choreography, and round dances into a single document. They differ from the monthly magazine ... Read More

SSD FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Those who are considering use of the Social Square Dance (SSD) system usually have many questions about how it works, the best way to implement it, and the issues they ... Read More

The How & Why of New Basics

This paper by Paul Hartman appeared in American Square Dance magazine in 1974. It describes how square dancing evolved to become what we now call Modern Western Square Dancing during ... Read More

all8.com

Useful resource for all callers that includes singing call figures, modules, articles on sight calling, and other miscellaneous information on learning to call ... Read More

Caller Tutorial and Discussion Sessions

During the COVID-19 pandemic a number of Zoom caller groups emerged. These sessions typically provide tutorials and/or discussion on topics of interest to callers. The Orange County Callers Association website ... Read More

Two-Person (Minimal Phantoms) Square Dancing

Bob & Dorothy Simpson and Darby Love, in Nanaimo, BC created a whole series of videos they titled “Dancing In The Garage”. They are aimed at people who can't assemble ... Read More

Save Square Dancing With SSD

This story by two of SSD's most prominent practitioners goes over the rationale and usage of the system and how it has been shown to address square dancing's most prominent ... Read More

Just Another Square Dance Caller (Book)

This book is an authorized biography of a true square dance legend: Marshall Flippo ... Read More

Want To Develop Your Dancing Skill? Start A Club!

This is the story of some people who wanted to hone their dancing skills, and formed a club to help them do it ... Read More

Welcoming Dance Environment Documentation

Square Dancing is an overwhelmingly social activity. Therefore, it is essential that square dance groups create a social environment that feels welcoming, engaging, and safe. Events in recent years have ... Read More

SSD Documentation and Support Materials

This article collects in one place documentation and materials that support the use of the SSD system. Some were created by the CALLERLAB SSD Committee while others were created by ... Read More

Jack Lasry’s Notes For Callers

This article points to editions of Jack Lasery's Notes For Callers note service. This publication had a focus on choreography and teaching tips. The list below covers editions from 1969 ... Read More

Cuesta Squares: A Social Success

This is the story of Cuesta Squares which is an LGBTQ club that dances in San Luis Obispo, CA. It is different in that it is told by a new ... Read More

CALLERLAB Past Chairs

The linked page shows a list of all the people who have served as Chairman Of The Board of Governors and their years of service ... Read More

CALLERLAB Convention History

Each year CALLERLAB holds a convention that provides great opportunities for education and networking. The linked document shows a list of past conventions and their locations ... Read More

Milestone Award Winners

The Milestone is one of CALLERLAB's most prestigious awards. To be eligible for the Milestone one must have worked in an uncharted field of square dancing and effected positive change ... Read More

Notes For European Callers Note Service

This article points to editions of Notes For European Callers originally produced by Al Stevens and later taken over by Lorenz Kuhlee. This publication was a caller note service with ... Read More

News ‘N Notes Caller Note Service (Advanced)

This article points to editions of News 'N Notes (Advanced) produced by Ed Foote. This publication was a caller note service with a focus on choreography, but also containing other ... Read More

News ‘N Notes Caller Note Service

This article points to editions of News 'N Notes produced by Al Brundage, Earl Johnston, and Ed Foote. This publication was a caller note service with a focus on choreography, ... Read More

Choreo Breakdown Note Service

This article points to editions of Choreo Breakdown. This caller note service was instituted by Bill Peters and was later taken over by Don Beck. As you can infer from ... Read More

Mikeside Management Caller Note Service

This article points to editions of Mikeside Management by Stan and Cathie Burdick. The list below covers editions from 1992 to 2001. Click on the title to view a pdf ... Read More

Checker Cheats

Before the days of computers callers would write or work through choreography using "checkers" or "dolls". The checkers were usually colored pieces of plastic to represent the 8 dancers. The ... Read More

Saddlebrook Square Dance Teaching Videos

Saddlebrook Squares of Tucson, AZ and their caller Larry Kraber have made and excellent set of teaching videos for the Mainstream and Plus programs. These videos are available online or ... Read More

List of CALLERLAB Accredited Caller Coaches

CALLERLAB has a rigorous examination process for awarding credentials to caller coaches. Coaches who pass are authorized to advertise themselves as a CALLERLAB Accredited Caller Coach. This document lists the ... Read More

Ideas for Creating Social Connections

Cory Geishauser provides some ideas for stimulating socialization by getting people to ask questions about each other ... Read More

United Square Dancers of America (USDA)

The UNITED SQUARE DANCERS OF AMERICA, INC. (USDA) was formed on June 26, 1981, during the National Square Dance Convention held in Seattle, Washington, and has grown to the size ... Read More

USDA COVID-19 Letter

The United Square Dancers of America published this open letter with guidance on handling dances during and after the COVID-19 pandemic ... Read More

CallerToolBox

CallerToolBox is a Windows program callers can use to organize their choreography and make it easy to find sequences for specific purposes. Callers can enter their singing call figures, modules, ... Read More

Corona Learning Assistance Seminar Series (CLASS)

During the COVID-19 pandemic all callers suddenly found themselves with lots of time on their hands. Jeremy Butler and Ted Lizotte decided to use some of that time productively and ... Read More

Virtual Square Dances and Recordings

There have always been pockets of people who find themselves unable to assemble a whole square, or sometimes even another couple, but who want to dance anyway. The COVID-19 pandemic ... Read More

Hints For Dancing Wheel Thru

Ed Foote provides some hints about dancing Wheel Thru successfully ... Read More

Hints For Dancing Spin Chain and Exchange the Gears

Ed Foote provides some hints about dancing Spin Chain and Exchange the Gears successfully ... Read More

Hints For Dancing Peel Off

Ed Foote provides some hints about dancing Load The Boat successfully ... Read More

Hints For Dancing Load The Boat

Ed Foote provides some hints about dancing Load The Boat successfully ... Read More

Bad Advanced Choreography

Ed Foote writes about some relative common but nevertheless bad combinations to avoid when calling Advanced ... Read More

Using Dixie Grand

Ed Foote describes the ins and outs of Dixie Grand along with a couple of pages of sequences that illustrate various ways a sight caller can use it ... Read More

Ed Foote – All Things Considered

Ed Foote is a well known caller who has been calling since 1965. He was a founding father of Challenge dancing and served as Chairman of the CALLERLAB Challenge Committee ... Read More

CALLERLAB COVID-19 Information Page

Last Update: 2021-04-22 17:15:48 (EDT) CALLERLAB is working hard to keep up with the ramifications of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The purpose of this page is to provide you with ... Read More

Sample Radio Ads From Montana

Hunter Keller voiced four professional radio spots to advertise his beginner classes in Montana. Their first usage generated about 25 new dancers and a second round an additional 16. Each ... Read More

ANSSRDT Newsletter

Association of Nova Scotia Square and Round Dance Teachers Newsletter. Published semi-annually in conjunction with each meeting. Each issue includes handout material for the caller workshops. Digital issues available since ... Read More

Square Dance History Channels on YouTube

There are two YouTube channels that collect videos related to square dancing and square dance history: squaredancehistory, and squaredancehistory2. The first (squaredancehistory) contains 100 video clips recorded at the November ... Read More

Lee Kopman on the Phil Donahue Show

Lee Kopman created more calls used in contemporary square dance than any other individual, some 350 or more. In 1980, he appeared on the Phil Donahue Show and presented this ... Read More

Buddy Weaver Square Dance Music Podcast

This podcast is for the purpose of square dance education. These are audio files that have been digitally re-mastered from albums and videos previously released on the various music labels ... Read More

Ocean Wave Resolves From Cal Campbell

This two-page document from Cal Campbell explains two different procedures for resolving a square from ocean waves ... Read More

Promotional Video Showing Square Dancing and Others

The video was created by a member of the Cal Poly Country Line Dancing Club and includes clips from when Darren Gallina, Square Dance Caller was teaching them. It shows ... Read More

Callers In Schools Handbook (CISH)

This document was produced by a CALLERLAB Ad Hoc committee to provide guidance to callers who would like to call for children in a school environment. It was assembled by ... Read More

Promotional Video from California

This promotional video was produced in 2019. It shows an attractive collage of slides depicting dancers having fun over a soundtrack of Dan Nordbye doing a singing call ... Read More

Behind The Mike Newsletter

Barry Wonson edits an Australian caller newsletter called Behind The Mike. It consistently presents a wealth of useful information for callers and dance leaders. You can subscribe to have editions ... Read More

Facebook Stories About Using Social (formerly Sustainable) Square Dance (SSD)

Dean Dederson posted a question in the Sustainable Square Dance group in Facebook. The answers provided by Barry Johnson and Joni Micals constitute an excellent Winning Ways story on using ... Read More

Caller Training Materials

Newer callers or people wondering what might be involved in learning to call are interested in what kind of educational material might be available. This article summarizes available caller training ... Read More

Call Analysis Sheets

In order to design choreography callers must have an intimate knowledge of the characteristics of each call they use. The purpose of a Call Analysis Sheet is to provide a ... Read More

Lots Of Stuff About Modules

This summary article aggregates a great deal of material on the use of modules in square dance choreography. Modules provide a powerful mechanism for creating and presenting square dance choreography ... Read More

Visits With the Legends

For the past several years CALLERLAB has included a convention session called "A Visit With the Legends". In each session several well known and pioneer people were interviewed and told ... Read More

Interviews With Callers

This summary article points to some places where recordings of interviews with callers have been collected ... Read More

Square Dance Calling Makes a Comeback in Chicago

Square dancing is enjoying a surge of interest from both dancers and callers in the greater Chicago area. Clubs in Glenview, Wilmette, Evanston and Arlington Heights, as well as Chicago's North Side, will ... Read More

Collections Of Images Related to Square Dancing

This summary article contains a table that points to a number sources for images and posters related to square dancing. They can be quite useful for marketing or creating flyers ... Read More

Yak Stack Speaker Hook Up Chart

This chart is provided by Scott Bennett who markets Yak Stack speakers. It shows the proper way to hook up speakers to an amplifier to ensure loading is proper. For ... Read More

Yak Stack Speakers

Yak Stak is a venerable name in square dance speaker equipment. It was recently acquired by Scott Bennett who has put out a modernized version with an even better sound ... Read More

Minnesota Promotional Website

This Minnesota website is an example that promotes MWSD and serves as an entry point for people who are interested in learning to dance ... Read More

Promotional Video from Minnesota

This 4 minute promotional video features an interview with caller Dan Sahlstrom of Minnesota describing what MWSD is, what it's like, who can do it, and how to learn more ... Read More

Participating In CALLERLAB – Why and How

The linked PDF contains 2 articles from the March 2019 edition of the GCA Callsheet. The first, by Barry Clasper, describes the benefits of being a participant in CALLERLAB, and ... Read More

2019 IAGSDC Survey Results

This document summarizes the results of a survey taken by the IAGSDC of their member clubs to understand what efforts were being made towards recruitment and retention of dancers and ... Read More