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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

Recorded Callings and Videos of some dances

Murray Fraser and Murray Smith's 12 calls can be found on 'The Square Dance Album'

Cut Off Six Our first Treasurer, Alex Boustead, calling

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

Head Two Ladies Cross Over - Bob Livingston (Life on the Ocean Wave)
https://squaredancehistory.org/items/show/266

A very early corn field dance, too bad there is no sound. Burchenal 2 - big set in a farmer's field.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8B1Fo6gsOgI

Burchenal 5 -- Lady Do-ce-Balinet
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HEazmkETC5U

Early demo sets dancing - Cheyenne Mountain Dancers, #1 (Star by the Right)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9QnT836qCv0

Cheyenne Mountain Dancers, #2 (Split Ring Hash) a mix of dances for entertaining.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9iN2PcSbTg0

Cheyenne Mountain Dancers, #3 (Docey Doe Hoedown) a mix of dances with a showy take off variation of do si do. It is really two ladies chain over and back with spins and gents moving to make it easier for the chaining to work and for entertainment value.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VA-Qoipv-Kk

Tony Park calling a four ladies chain variation
https://squaredancehistory.org/items/show/267

The Lancers- a form of quadrille dating from the 19th century.
https://squaredancehistory.org/items/show/268


Calls at our semiannual dances

Canadian Breakdown Ernie Shoebridge

Four in Line Bill O'Brien

Old Fashioned Girl Bill Hands