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

Class Information

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:

January February March
Jan 4
Jan 11
Jan 25
Feb 1
Feb 8
Feb 22
Mar 7
Mar 14
Mar 28

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.

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 January 2020 (Accelerated 9-session class)
2020-02-08
(Session 5)
All 8 Circulate (from RH Ocean Wave)
Zoom
Flutterwheel
Reverse Flutterwheel
Sweep 1/4
Ferris Wheel
Partner Trade
Cross Run (centers of waves)
Left Swing Thru (LH wave)
2020-02-01
(Session 4)
Wheel & 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
2020-01-25
(Session 3)
Rollaway
California Twirl
Square Thru
Dive Thru
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)
Swing Thru
Boys/Girls Run (from center of wave)
Boys/Girls Circulate in waves (as Ends/Centers)
2020-01-11
(Session 2)
Boys / Girls Promenade Inside
Backtrack (Girls, Boys from Promenade and Single-File Promenade)
Weave the Ring
Grand Square
Separate (Around 2, Around 1, Around 1 / 2 to a line)
Split the Outside Couple ("Goalposting")
Couples Circulate
Boys/Girls Circulate (2-faced lines)
Star Promenade
Chain Down The Line
All Around the Corner (Left-Hand Lady) and
See Saw the Taw
Lead Right/Left
2020-01-04
(Session 1)
Dancer Naming / Square Identification
Circle Left/Right
Allemande Left/Right
DoSaDo
Swing
Promenade (Couples)
Forward & Back
Right & Left Grand
Pass Thru
U-Turn Back
Courtesy Turn
2 Ladies Chain
Ladies In, Men Sashay
Right / Left-Hand Stars
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)
Right & Left Thru
Star Thru
Veer Left/Right (from facing couples)
Trade (Girls/Boys in 2-faced line)

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 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.

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.)

Videos

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.

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, 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 images:

www.bekkoame.ne.jp/%7Enoriks/ENGLISH/English-Index2.html