Wednesday Nights 7PM — Monroe Hall 1400 W. College Ave.

Class Information

The Singles and Pairs are starting a new beginners' square dance class in February of 2019.

Under "Calls Covered," below, is the schedule covered by our class. The calls which have been taught in the class, week by week, are listed, with the most recent week at the top of the list. Each call, where available, is linked to the Taminations animation for that call on the Tam Twirlers Square Dance Club's website.

Information For Class Members
Information for Angels
  • Angels are club members who help during the class

Calls Covered

Each week, the calls covered in the class session will be posted in this section.  Wherever possible, each call will be linked to an animation (or TAMination) on the website of the Marin County Tam Twirlers square dance club.  You can see how the call works by clicking on the link.
(Many thanks to Brad Christie of the Tam Twirlers for his extensive work on the TAMinations, and for making them available to be linked from other websites!)

If you want to look ahead, our caller's lesson plan is available here, at his website.
(Plan is subject to change depending on how receptive the class is on a given night, phase of the moon, etc.)

The most recent class session will always be at the top of the list.

Class Started February 2019
2016-11-13 Dixie Grand
Spin Chain and Exchange the Gears

Note: finished CALLERLAB Plus Program
2016-11-06 Review due to dark week
2016-10-30 Dark due to PG&E PSPS
(Week 36)
Cut the Diamond
Chase Right
(Week 35)
Single Circle to a Wave
Grand Swing Thru
(Week 34)
Relay the Deucey Flip the Diamond
(Week 33)
Explode and...(anything)
Explode the Wave)
Diamonds, Diamond Circulate
(Week 32)
Follow your Neighbor
(Week 31)
Track 2
(anything)...and Roll
(Week 30)
Teacup Chain
Trade the Wave
Spin Chain the Gears
(Week 29)
Load the Boat
Linear Cycle
(Week 28)
Peel the Top (from Z formation)
Spread (from starting/completed DPT, tandems, leaders/trailers)
Grand Teacup Chain (4 Ladies Right)
(Week 27)
Peel Off
  1. from completed DPT
  2. from Z formation (Animation shows box formation, which is very similar)
(Week 26)
Acey Deucey
Ping Pong Circulate
Grand Teacup Chain (4 Ladies Center)
(Week 25)
Review Mainstream program, and Running Bear
(Week 24)
Dixie Style
Fan the Top
Note: finished CALLERLAB Mainstream Program.
(Week 23)
Party night -- no new calls taught
(Week 22)
Scoot Back
Cross Fold (Ends/Centers, from Waves)
Couples Hinge
(Week 21)
Spin Chain Thru
Tag the Line (full, 1/2, 3/4)
Slip the Clutch (from Allemande Thar)
(Week 20)
fireworks Independence Day party — review, no new calls taught
(Week 19)
Slide Thru
Walk & Dodge
Fold (Boys/Girls/ends/centers)
(Week 18)
Centers In
Cast Off 3/4 (lines facing out)
Eight Chain x (Thru, 1-7)
All 8 Spin the Top
(Week 17)
Spin the Top
Allemande Thar
Shoot the Star
(Week 16)
Turn Thru / Left Turn Thru
Cast Off 3/4 (waves/arm turn)
Pass to the Center
(Week 15)
No new calls — review Basic list
(Week 14)
Split and Box Circulates
Regular ocean wave Circulates with ends/centers not all same sex
(Week 13)
Touch 1/4 (First from facing couples; later, from lines)
Single Hinge
Single File (Column) Circulate
Trade By
(Week 12)
Ferris Wheel
Facing Couples rule (Swing Thru from facing couples)
Cross Run (centers of waves)
Left Swing Thru (LH wave)
(Week 11)
Reverse Flutterwheel
Sweep 1/4
(Week 10)
Pass the Ocean
Extend (from 1/4 tag)
Veers (left/right) from 2-faced lines
(Week 9)
Wheel & Deal (Lines facing out)
Partner Trade
(Week 8)
RH Ocean Wave (Step to a wave/DoSaDo to a wave)
Trades (Boys/Girls as Centers, Ends of ocean wave)
Swing Thru
Boys/Girls Run (from center of wave)
Boys/Girls Circulate in waves (as Ends/Centers)
All 8 Circulate (from RH Ocean Wave)
Wheel & Deal (2-faced lines)
(Week 7)
Box the Gnat
Alamo Style/Ring, balance
Swing Thru (from Alamo)
Left Swing Thru (from Alamo)
Do Paso
(Week 6)
Circle to a Line
Half Sashay
Wheel Around
(Week 5)
Lead Right/Left
Square Thru
Dive Thru
(Week 4)
All Around the Corner (Left-Hand Lady) and
See Saw the Taw
Chain Down The Line
California Twirl
First couple go (wheel) Left, Next couple go (wheel) Right
(Week 3)
Right & Left Thru
Separate (Around 2, Around 1, Around 1 / 2 to a line)
Split the Outside Couple ("Goalposting")
Couples Promenade 3/4
Couples Circulate
Boys/Girls Circulate (2-faced lines)
(Week 2)
Boys / Girls Promenade Inside
Grand Square
Star Thru
Backtrack (Girls, Boys from Promenade and Single-File Promenade)
Weave the Ring
Veer Left/Right (from facing couples)
Trade (Girls/Boys in 2-faced line)
(Week 1)
Dancer Naming / Square Identification
Circle Left/Right
Allemande Left/Right
Promenade (Couples)
Boys / Girls Promenade Inside
Forward & Back
Right & Left Grand
Pass Thru
U-Turn Back
Courtesy Turn
2 Ladies Chain
Ladies In, Men Sashay
Right / Left-Hand Stars
Star Promenade
Couples Promenade 1/2
4 Ladies Chain
4 Ladies Chain 3/4
Face In/Out/Right/Left
Double Pass Thru
Bend the Line (Lines facing out)

Class Resources

Here are some additional materials which may be of help to class members:

Printed Materials

Basic, Mainstream and Plus handbooks

These booklets were originally published by the Sets In Order American Square Dance Society, and were later updated by American Square Dance magazine after SIO faded away. They contain: (1) the written definition/description for each call, (2) diagrams showing the movement of each dancer through the call, and (3) photographs of actual dancers performing the call. Very helpful for visual learners.

Our caller generally has copies of these available at his cost after the first few weeks of class. They can also be ordered from the website This website is a well-respected provider of supplies for callers. They are a reputable organization, and it is safe to order from them online.

Definitions and Call Lists

The official written definitions of the Basic/Mainstream and Plus calls can be downloaded for free from the Dance Programs area of the CALLERLAB website. The same areas will have listings of the calls in each program, without definitions.

(Note: the full CALLERLAB definitions can be dry and very technical! For the Basic/Mainstream program, there is also an "Abbreviated Definitions" document which is more readable.)


The Saddlebrooke Squares of Tucson, AZ have made a series of instructional videos available for free viewing on the Internet. They've been criticized for not completely following the official CALLERLAB definitions, but they may still be of help to some people. They can be found at and can also be ordered on DVD.

More recently, a group called the Traveling Hoedowners has introduced a set of instructional DVDs.  These can be purchased from (and samples viewed at) their website.

Online Call Animations

The Tam Twirlers' TAMinations were mentioned above, and our list of calls taught each week has links to their website, A Taminations app is also available for iPhones and Android devices, from the Apple app store and the Google Play store.

If you have a computer that does not support the TAMinations for some reason, there are a number of other websites on the Internet which provide alternative animations of dancers executing calls. Probably the best-known such collection is Noriko Takahashi's GIF animations from Japan.  They should work on any computer, as just about all web browsers support animated GIF images: