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Learn To Call

1. DO NOT READ A CALL. Know where the dancers are to go and guide them through it.
2. Listen to other callers and develop your style from them. Every old tyme callers has their own distinct style of calling.
3. Make mistakes, nothing works better than learning on the job.
4. Smile all the way through and don't make smart-alecky comments.
5. Pace your call to allow the dancers to complete each movement.
6. Have fun. For a more detailed approach.

Music to call and dance to

Cy's Jig 5:55 minutes

Fisher's Hornpipe / Ste. Anne's Reel 5:52 minutes

Sample Callings

Arch in the Middle - Murray Fraser calling 1st part of the dance

Birdie in the Cage - Murray Fraser calling 1st part of the dance

Black and Tan (Basket Dance) - Murray Smith calling 1st part of the dance

Canadian Breakdown - Murray Fraser calling 1st part of the dance

Chase the Lady - Murray Fraser calling 1st part of the dance

Cut Off Six Our first Treasurer, Alex Boustead, calling

Dip and Dive - Murray Fraser calling 1st part of the dance

Double Pass Thru - Murray Smith calling 1st part of the dance

Forward Four in Line - Murray Smith calling 1st part of the dance

Girl I Left Behind Me - Murray Smith calling 1st part of the dance

My Little Girl - Murray Fraser calling 1st part of the dance

The Devil to Pay - Murray Smith calling 1st part of the dance

Texas Star - Murray Smith calling 1st part of the dance

Waltz Quadrille - Murray Smith calling 1st part of the dance

Videos of some dances

Royal Winter Fair (RWF) Elementary Set - Right Hand High (Murray Fraser calling)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-yxflszRc4

Texas Star with Rip and Snort as the break
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JHqS1bOOLVc

RWF 2018 - 4-H Crew - compulsory caller (George Betts)- Forward Four in Line, Texas Star
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KLeStfU2I1o

RWF 2019 - 4-H Crew - compulsory caller (Morley Batt) - Three Ladies chain, Arch in the Middle and Ends Turn In
Their optional dance - Triple Arch, Four Poster Bed, Grand Square, Texas Star
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPvbUHGpErk

RWF - to compulsory caller - Double Pass Thru, Arch in the Middle Optional - Texas Star, Gates, Ladies Do-ce Balinet, Grand Square, Balance the grand chain
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ub-igtSOWtA

RWF- to compulsory caller - Canadian Breakdown, Double Pass Thru
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DF4GvCPsswg

Dive Thru Past thru (first figure)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WkhPxk8ZVo0

Calls at our semiannual dances

Canadian Breakdown Ernie Shoebridge

Four in Line Bill O'Brien

Old Fashioned Girl Bill Hands