The Singles and Pairs are starting a new beginners' square dance class in January of 2020. This will be an accelerated class, consisting of nine (9) 2.5-hour sessions on Saturday afternoons in January, February and March, with a destination of Mainstream. The schedule for the class is:
The class is invited to join the club for a party night on the Wednesday following the second class session of each month: Jan 15, Feb 12, and Mar 18.
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.
For Class Members
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!)
The most recent class session will always be at the top of the list.
|Class Started January 2020 (Accelerated 9-session class)|
Thru / Left Turn Thru
Cast Off 3/4 (waves/arm turn)
Pass to the Center
Cast Off 3/4 (lines facing out)
1/4 (First from
facing couples; later, from
Single File (Column) Circulate
Split and Box Circulates
Facing Couples rule (Swing Thru from facing couples)
Box the Gnat
8 Circulate (from RH Ocean Wave)
Cross Run (centers of waves)
Left Swing Thru (LH wave)
& Deal (2-faced lines)
Pass the Ocean
Extend (from 1/4 tag)
Circle to a Line
Wheel & Deal (Lines facing out)
First couple go (wheel) Left, Next couple go (wheel) Right
Alamo Style/Ring, balance
Swing Thru (from Alamo)
Left Swing Thru (from Alamo)
RH Ocean Wave (Step to a wave/DoSaDo to a wave)
Trades (Boys/Girls as Centers, Ends of ocean wave)
Boys/Girls Run (from center of wave)
Boys/Girls Circulate in waves (as Ends/Centers)
Backtrack (Girls, Boys from Promenade and Single-File Promenade)
Weave the Ring
Separate (Around 2, Around 1, Around 1 / 2 to a line)
Split the Outside Couple ("Goalposting")
Boys/Girls Circulate (2-faced lines)
Chain Down The Line
All Around the Corner (Left-Hand Lady) and
See Saw the Taw
| Dancer Naming / Square Identification
Forward & Back
Right & Left Grand
2 Ladies Chain
Ladies In, Men Sashay
Right / Left-Hand Stars
Couples Promenade 1/2
4 Ladies Chain
4 Ladies Chain 3/4
Double Pass Thru
Bend the Line (Lines facing out)
Right & Left Thru
Veer Left/Right (from facing couples)
Trade (Girls/Boys in 2-faced line)
Here are some additional materials which may be of help to class members:
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 www.hiltonaudio.com. 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.
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.
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 videosquaredancelessons.com/lessons/
and can also be ordered on DVD.
were mentioned above, and our list of calls taught each week has links
to their website, www.tamtwirlers.org.
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