Yellowstone Square dance council
Square Dancing 101
Square dancing is party time
The fun starts right on the very first night.
You meet new people and make new friends.
And the fun keeps right on going as long as you dance.
Square dancing brings people together for fun and fellowship.
It's a wonderful way to escape the worries and pressures of today's busy world.
It's The New Generation of Square Dancing
Perhaps you think you know square dancing from your school days. Well, think again, because this is not your father's dance routine. You will hardly recognize modern square dancing. There is new music, from Golden Oldies to current hits. There are new levels of dance calls to learn, exciting new patterns that keep changing, and unique calls to learn. No more rough dancing in the barn.
Modern square dancing happens in school gyms, dance halls, convention centers, resorts and cruise ships. Square dancers travel to new places all over the world. Even people who don't speak English square dance! You will find square dance clubs within most countries of the world including Japan, Sweden and Germany. They dance in English, but they necessarily don't speak English. Learn to dance, and a whole new world of opportunities for fun and fellowship will open up for you.
It's American Folk Art, too
It's About People
Modern square dancing has an American heritage. The ancestors of this dance came to America with the earliest settlers. The "traditional" roots of our heritage dance are well established in the United States as well as Canada and New Zealand to name a few. Over the centuries it has changed into what we know today as modern square dancing. It is as American as 4th of July parades, barbecues and ice cream socials. In recent decades, square dancing mushroomed in popularity as more and more people got in tune with this traditional art form. Square dancing is still on the move. Callers are always putting together new routines so you never have to worry about being bored with what is sure to become your favorite pastime or hobby.
Square dancers are all kinds of folks sharing a love of action and teamwork. Square dancing is movement set to music. It is done in couples, with teams of four couples. It is not a spectator sport. It is for the active of heart and mind. Square dance clubs are ready-made groups of friends. When you travel there are dance clubs to find on every continent, in every country, in every state or province. There is no better way for active, contemporary people to meet each other and build a circle of friends.
Basic Principles of Modern Square Dancing
Singing calls are based on a sung delivery of calls, most often to a recognizable melody, and square dance calls are mixed in with the song's original lyrics. Many widely recognized songs have been turned into singing calls. The primary purpose of singing calls is to relax, dance well together as a group, and enjoy the song and the caller's performance.
Some callers are very well known for their voices, and for how well they can perform singing calls.
Singing calls, like patter calls, vary in dance difficulty, and are rarely improvised in full. They are uncommon above the Advanced program, although there are famous singing calls at the highest challenge levels.
Examples of Singing and Patter Calls
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