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

Class Information

The Singles and Pairs have just started (in September of 2017) a new beginners' square dance class.

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 September, 2017
2018-06-06
(Week 35)
3/4 Tag the Line
Spin Chain and Exchange the Gears

Note: finished CALLERLAB Plus Program
2018-05-30
(Week 34)
Dixie Grand
Chase Right
2018-05-23
(Week 33)
Grand Swing Thru
Cut the Diamond
2018-05-16
(Week 32)
Relay the Deucey
Flip the Diamond
2018-05-09
(Week 31)
Explode and...(anything)
Explode the Wave
Diamonds, Diamond Circulate
2018-05-02
(Week 30)
Follow your Neighbor
Crossfire
2018-04-25
(Week 29)
Track II
(anything)...and Roll
2018-04-18
(Week 28)
Extend (Parallel waves & other formations)
Trade the Wave
Spin Chain the Gears
2018-04-11
(Week 27)
Spread (from starting/completed DPT, tandems, leaders/trailers)
Spread (from ocean waves)
Linear Cycle
2018-04-04
(Week 26)
Coordinate
Load the Boat
Teacup Chain
2018-03-28
(Week 25)
Peel the Top (from Z formation)
2018-03-21
(Week 24)
Grand Teacup Chain (4 Ladies Right)
Fan the Top

Peel Off
  1. from completed DPT
  2. from Z formation (Animation shows box formation, which is very similar)
2018-03-14
(Week 23)
Acey Deucey
Ping Pong Circulate
2018-03-07
(Week 22)
Recycle
Note: finished CALLERLAB Mainstream Program (calls 1-68).
(About 60% through class, based on estimated teach time)
Grand Teacup Chain (4 Ladies Center)
2018-02-28
(Week 21)
Scoot Back
Couples Hinge
Dixie Style
2018-02-21
(Week 20)
Spin Chain Thru
Cross Fold (Ends/Centers, from Waves)
2018-02-14
(Week 19)
Tag the Line (full, 1/2, 3/4)
2018-02-07
(Week 18)
Spin the Top
Walk & Dodge
Fold (Boys/Girls/ends/centers)
2018-01-31
(Week 17)
Pass to the Center
Eight Chain x (Thru, 1-7)
Slide Thru
2018-01-24
(Week 16)
Turn Thru / Left Turn Thru
Cast Off 3/4 (waves/arm turn)
Centers In
Cast Off 3/4 (lines facing out)
Cloverleaf
2018-01-17
(Week 15)
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")
2018-01-10
(Week 14)
Touch 1/4 (First from facing couples; later, from lines)
Single File (Column) Circulate
Single Hinge
Split and Box Circulates
Trade By
2018-01-03
(Week 13)
Flutterwheel
Reverse Flutterwheel
Sweep 1/4
Ferris Wheel
Cross Run (centers of waves)
Left Swing Thru (LH wave)
2017-12-27 Dark for Christmas and New Year's
2017-12-20
(Week 12)
Facing Couples rule (Swing Thru from facing couples)
Star figures
2017-12-13
(Week 11)
Extend (from 1/4 tag)
Zoom
2017-12-06
(Week 10)
Partner Trade
Box the Gnat
Pass the Ocean
2017-11-29
(Week 9)
Wheel & Deal (2-faced lines)
Wheel & Deal (Lines facing out)
First couple go (wheel) Left, Next couple go (wheel) Right
Slip the Clutch (from Allemande Thar)
2017-11-22 Dark for Thanksgiving
2017-11-15
(Week 8)
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)
All 8 Circulate (from RH Ocean Wave)
2017-11-08
(Week 7)
Circle to a Line
Allemande Thar
Shoot the Star
Do Paso
2017-11-01
(Week 6)
Half Sashay
Wheel Around
2017-10-25
(Week 5)
Square Thru
Dive Thru
2017-10-18
(Week 4)
Chain Down The Line
All Around the Corner (Left-Hand Lady) and
See Saw the Taw
Lead Right/Left
California Twirl
2017-10-11 Dark due to fires
2017-10-04
(Week 3)
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)
Rollaway
2017-09-27
(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)
Right & Left Thru
2017-09-13
2017-09-20
(Week 1)
Dancer Naming / Square Identification
Circle Left/Right
Allemande Left/Right
DoSaDo
Swing
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 www.dosado.com — look for "Publications." 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.

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