Wednesday Nights 7PM — Monroe Hall 1400 W. College Ave.
S & P will be DARK (no dancing) on June 21

Class Information

The Singles and Pairs have just (as of September, 2016) completed their beginning square dance class that started in September of 2015. At this time, a new class has not been scheduled.

Under "Calls Covered," below, is the schedule covered by our 2015/2016 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 September, 2015
2016-09-07
(Week 46)
Spin Chain and Exchange the Gears

Note: finished CALLERLAB Plus Program
2016-08-31
(Week 45)
3/4 Tag the Line
Dixie Grand
2016-08-24
(Week 44)
Single Circle to a Wave
Cut the Diamond
Chase Right
2016-08-17
(Week 43)
Grand Swing Thru
2016-08-10
(Week 42)
Explode the Wave
Flip the Diamond
2016-08-03
(Week 41)
Diamonds, Diamond Circulate
Explode and...(anything)
Relay the Deucey
2016-07-27
(Week 40)
Review
(No new calls)
2016-07-20
(Week 39)
Follow your Neighbor
Crossfire
2016-07-13
(Week 38)
Spin Chain the Gears
(anything)...and Roll
2016-07-06
(Week 37)
Review
(No new calls)
2016-06-29
(Week 36)
Extend (Parallel waves & other formations)
Track II
2016-06-22
(Week 35)
Trade the Wave
2016-06-15
(Week 34)
Load the Boat
Linear Cycle
2016-06-08
(Week 33)
Peel the Top (from Z formation)
Spread (from starting/completed DPT, tandems, leaders/trailers)
Spread (from ocean waves)
2016-06-01
(Week 32)
Teacup Chain
Coordinate
2016-05-24
(Week 31)
Peel Off
(1) from completed DPT)
(2) from Z formation (Animation shows box formation, which is very similar)
2016-05-18
(Week 30)
Fan the Top
Grand Teacup Chain (4 Ladies Right)
2016-05-11
(Week 29)
Ping Pong Circulate
2016-05-04
(Week 28)
More review of Mainstream calls
Acey Deucey
2016-04-27
(Week 27)
More review of Mainstream calls
Grand Teacup Chain (4 Ladies Center)
2016-04-20
(Week 26)
Review of Mainstream calls
2016-04-13
(Week 25)
Couples Hinge
Recycle
Note: finished CALLERLAB Mainstream Program (calls 1-68).
(About 60% through class, based on estimated teach time)
2016-04-06
(Week 24)
Cross Fold (Ends/Centers, from Waves)
Dixie Style
2016-03-30
(Week 23)
Party Night!balloons
Scoot Back
2016-03-23
(Week 22)
Spin Chain Thru
Tag the Line (full, 1/2, 3/4)
2016-03-16
(Week 21)
Slide Thru
Walk & Dodge
Fold (Boys/Girls/ends/centers)
2016-03-09
(Week 20)
Centers In
Cast Off 3/4 (lines facing out)
Eight Chain x (Thru, 1-7)
2016-03-02
(Week 19)
Cloverleaf
Spin the Top
2016-02-24
(Week 18)
Turn Thru / Left Turn Thru
Cast Off 3/4 (waves/arm turn)
Pass to the Center
2016-02-17
(Week 17)
No new calls — practice on Circulates
Some styling techniques, including
  • Ladies' skirtwork
    (esp. on Courtesy Turns and Ladies Chains)
  • Buzz-step swing
  • Alterntive promenade styling, including "Skirt-Skater"
  • Waist-swing Do Sa Do (or "hi-di-ho")
2016-02-10
(Week 16)
No new calls — review + Valentine's Day
2016-02-03
(Week 15)
Touch 1/4 (First from facing couples; later, from lines)
Single File (Column) Circulate
Single Hinge
Split and Box Circulates
Trade By
2016-01-27
(Week 14)
Ferris Wheel
Cross Run (centers of waves)
Left Swing Thru (LH wave)
2016-01-20
(Week 13)
Zoom
Veers (left/right) from 2-faced lines
Flutterwheel
Reverse Flutterwheel
Sweep 1/4
2016-01-13
(Week 12)
Pass the Ocean
Extend (from 1/4 tag)
Facing Couples rule (Swing Thru from facing couples)
2016-01-06
(Week 11)
Alamo Style/Ring, balance
Swing Thru (from Alamo)
Left Swing Thru (from Alamo)
Wheel & Deal (Lines facing out)
First couple go (wheel) Left, Next couple go (wheel) Right
2015-12-23
2015-12-30
Dark for Christmas and New Year's
2015-12-16 Christmas Party!
2015-12-09
(Week 10)
Box the Gnat
Slip the Clutch (from Allemande Thar)
Alamo Style/Ring, balance
Swing Thru (from Alamo)
Left Swing Thru (from Alamo)
2015-12-02
(Week 9)
Boys/Girls Circulate in waves (as Ends/Centers)
All 8 Circulate (from RH Ocean Wave)
Wheel & Deal (2-faced lines)
Partner Trade
2015-11-25 Dark for Thanksgiving
2015-11-18
(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)
Do Paso
2015-11-11
(Week 7)
Wheel Around
Dive Thru
Allemande Thar
Shoot the Star
2015-11-04
(Week 6)
Circle to a Line
Half Sashay
2015-10-28
(Week 5)
Square Thru
California Twirl
2015-10-21
(Week 4)
Star Promenade
Chain Down The Line
All Around the Corner (Left-Hand Lady) and
See Saw the Taw
Lead Right/Left
Rollaway
2015-10-14
(Week 3)
Boys / Girls Promenade Inside
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)
2015-10-07
(Week 2)
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)
2015-09-16
2015-09-23
2015-09-30
(Week 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)

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.dosado.com/music — look for "Square Dance Publications." This is the website of Hanhurst's Tape and Record Service, 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

Both R & R Video (www.randrvideocorp.com) and Gold Star Video Productions have Basic, Mainstream and Plus teaching videos available. They are available both on VHS tape and DVD. R&R's website does not have the capability of ordering online – you'll have to phone or email them to actually place an order. Gold Star's videos can be ordered from Hanhurst's website (www.dosado.com/music) – just look for “Gold Star Video” under "SD Videos."

The Saddlebrooke Squares of Tucson, AZ have also 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.

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

The Swinging 21ers of Fremont also have GIF animations of some of the early calls in the list on their Class Notes page.