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Newer Caller Workshop

10:00AM to 4:00PM Feb 29, 2020

San Jose, CA

A special thank you to Mike Pogue and Sue Cyr for help making this workshop happen!

Suggested donation $10 per caller to help pay for the hall and salad bar.

Dancers welcome and encouraged!  Dancers always dance free.  No obligation: dance all day or drop in for 5 minutes.

Preliminary Schedule

Detail on the Special Sessions

  • First-time caller exercise
  • Moving dancers around
  • How to resolve the square
  • Pairing Dancers
  • Singing calls
  • Dancing


    Typical Session

    My goal is to keep things moving.  Explanations will be kept to an absolute minimum with the focus on everyone calling as much as possible.  An exercise designed for everyone will be provided for every session, however each caller may use their mic time any way they want.  (call patter, do a singing call, sight resolve the square, read cards, test choreo, practice voice, etc...)

    Typically one caller will be taking a turn and a second will be waiting "on deck".  When a caller finishes, the "on deck" caller immediately steps up to the mic and begins their turn.  Another caller will volunteer to be next waiting "on deck".  When you're not calling or waiting on deck, you can plan your next tip, get feedback, or be a dancer for the other callers.  Rotate out when you need a break.  We'll take "unscheduled" 5 minute breaks when everyone needs a breather.



    While this is a self paced workshop with no requirements, I think you'll want to get the most out of this rare and coveted time behind a microphone with 8 dancers at your disposal.  There are some things you can start working on that will benefit you immensely...



    A professional sound system, music, and mic will be provided.  Of course you may bring and use any of your own stuff.  I'll have square dance checker sets and definition books you might want to purchase.  I'll also have a laptop with software loaded for automatically moving the dancers when you issue calls.  Sorry, I can't sell the software, but you can look here.

    Feel free to drop in and out.  Attend any part of any session.  I would appreciate knowing when you think you might be attending so that I can plan food and possibly adjust the schedule.

    Invite anyone you think would benefit and/or contribute.


    Rich Reel   2020 Jan 21