This is a listing of additional learning materials available for people in the classes I teach.
Basic, Mainstream and Plus Handbooks
Originally published by the Sets In Order American Square Dance Society, later updated by American Square Dance magazine. 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.
I generally have copies of these available at my cost. 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 Mainstream and Plus calls can be downloaded for free from the CALLERLAB website. The address www.callerlab.org/goto/mainstream will take you to the area for the Mainstream program – look for the definitions (currently a 750K PDF file). Similarly, www.callerlab.org/goto/plus will take you to the area for the Plus program, and www.callerlab.org/goto/advanced will take you to the Advanced area.
Ceder's website also has Plus and Advanced definitions available
for viewing online. Go to www.ceder.net/def.php4.
Vic's site also sells the Ceder Chest
series of publications that contain both definitions and learning tips
for Advanced and Challenge levels.
While you can get lists of the Basic, Mainstream and Plus calls from the above publications (or get just the lists from the CALLERLAB website), the order in which I teach the calls is sometimes very different from those lists. I have my teaching order broken down into a week-by-week lesson plan, and you can view it here:
have to adjust the number of calls taught on a given night. In such
a case, one or more calls may be pushed down to the next week,
causing a ripple effect down the list.
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.”
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 www.saddlebrookesquares.com/lessons.htm
Online Call Animations
There are several websites on the Internet which provide free moving animations of dancers executing various calls. A couple of them are:
Noriko Takahashi's GIF animations from Japan
Tam Twirlers' TAMinations