Basic Part 1

Welcome to the CALLERLAB Online Teaching Resource.

Here you will find material to assist a modern square dance caller who is teaching new calls to dancers, or teaching new applications of a call to dancers.

Additional dances using the Basic Part 1 vocabulary can be found in the CALLERLAB Dance Resource. http://dances.callerlab.org

There are seven pages associated with each call.  Click on the blue word for the type of information desired. Descriptions of each type of page are below the table.

This resource is being developed. We are still adding and proofing choreography, and proofing text and links. Please let us know if you find errors. (Email CAC Chair: dwelch@eastlink.ca)

Basic Part 1:

Circle Left / Right Define Standard Analyze Module Teach Other Extend
Forward and Back Define Standard Analyze Module Teach Other Extend
Dosado Define Standard Analyze Module Teach Other Extend
Swing Define Standard Analyze Module Teach Other Extend
Promenade – Couples Define Standard Analyze Module Teach Other Extend
Promenade – Single File Define Standard Analyze Module Teach Other Extend
Promenade – Wrong Way Define Standard Analyze Module Teach Other Extend
Allemande Left Define Standard Analyze Module Teach Other Extend
Arm Turns Define Standard Analyze Module Teach Other Extend
Right and Left Grand Define Standard Analyze Module Teach Other Extend
Weave the Ring Define Standard Analyze Module Teach Other Extend
Stars Define Standard Analyze Module Teach Other Extend
Star Promenade Define Standard Analyze Module Teach Other Extend
Pass Thru Define Standard Analyze Module Teach Other Extend
Half Sashay Define Standard Analyze Module Teach Other Extend
Rollaway Define Standard Analyze Module Teach Other Extend
Ladies In, Men Sashay Define Standard Analyze Module Teach Other Extend
U-Turn Back Define Standard Analyze Module Teach Other Extend
Backtrack Define Standard Analyze Module Teach Other Extend
Wrong Way Grand Define Standard Analyze Module Teach Other Extend
Separate to Line Define Standard Analyze Module Teach Other Extend
Separate to Middle Define Standard Analyze Module Teach Other Extend
Separate (as directed) Define Standard Analyze Module Teach Other Extend
Split Two Define Standard Analyze Module Teach Other Extend
Courtesy Turn Define Standard Analyze Module Teach Other Extend
Ladies Chain – Two Define Standard Analyze Module Teach Other Extend
Ladies Chain – Four Define Standard Analyze Module Teach Other Extend
Do Paso Define Standard Analyze Module Teach Other Extend
Lead Right Define Standard Analyze Module Teach Other Extend
Veer Define Standard Analyze Module Teach Other Extend
Chain Down the Line Define Standard Analyze Module Teach Other Extend
Bend the Line Define Standard Analyze Module Teach Other Extend
Circulate – (Named Dancers) Define Standard Analyze Module Teach Other Extend
Circulate – Couples Define Standard Analyze Module Teach Other Extend
Circulate – Eight & Single File Define Standard Analyze Module Teach Other Extend
Circulate – Split & Box Define Standard Analyze Module Teach Other Extend
Right and Left Thru Define Standard Analyze Module Teach Other Extend
Grand Square Define Standard Analyze Module Teach Other Extend
Star Thru Define Standard Analyze Module Teach Other Extend
Double Pass Thru Define Standard Analyze Module Teach Other Extend
First Left Next Right Define Standard Analyze Module Teach Other Extend
California Twirl Define Standard Analyze Module Teach Other Extend
Walk Around the Corner Define Standard Analyze Module Teach Other Extend
See Saw Define Standard Analyze Module Teach Other Extend
Square Thru Define Standard Analyze Module Teach Other Extend
Circle to a Line Define Standard Analyze Module Teach Other Extend
Dive Thru Define Standard Analyze Module Teach Other Extend

Define links to the Definition of the call with Command examples, Timing, Styling, and Comments (quoted from the Definitions Document). This page also has some background information about the call and a link to the animated diagrams of the call on Taminations.

Standard links to descriptions of the formation and arrangements considered to be Standard Applications of the call.

Analyze links to Call Analysis comments about hand usage, body flow, good preceding and following calls, and ending formations for standard applications and a few extended applications. Also any ARC Rulings on the call are listed here.

Module links to Equivalents, Zeros, Get-Ins, and Get-Outs that use the call.

Teach links to Teaching Tips and sample choreography for patter and singing calls. This choreography is designed to fit into the CALLERLAB suggested teaching order and focuses on the Standard Applications.

Other links to Traditional Squares, Mixers, Sicilian Circles, or Contra dances that use the call.

Extend links to choreography for workshops on Extended Applications. This choreography begins with applications that could be taught as part of the teaching order. In some cases it also includes applications that assume the dancers have learned the Standard Applications of the calls in the Basic Part 1, Basic Part 2, or Mainstream programs.

BASIC PART 1
1. Circle Left / Circle Right
2. Forward and Back
3. Dosado / Dosado to a Wave
4. Swing
5. Promenade Family
  5a. Couples (Full, 1/2, 3/4)
  5b. Single File Promenade
  5c. Wrong Way Promenade
  5d. Star Promenade
6. Allemande Left
7. Arm Turns
8. Right and Left Grand Family
  8a. Right and Left Grand
  8b. Weave the Ring
  8c. Wrong Way Grand
9. Left-Hand Star / Right-Hand Star
10. Pass Thru
11. Half Sashay Family
  11a. Half Sashay
  11b. Rollaway
  11c. Ladies In, Men Sashay
12. Turn Back Family
  12a. U-Turn Back
  12b. Backtrack
13. Separate
  13a. Separate Around to a Line
  13b. Separate Around and Into the Middle
14. Split Two
15. Courtesy Turn
16. Ladies Chain Family
  16a. Ladies Chain – Two
  16b. Ladies Chain – Four
17. Do Paso
18. Lead Right
19 Veer Left / Veer Right
20. Bend the Line
21. Circulate Family
  21a. Circulate – Named Dancers
  21b. Circulate – Couples
  21c. All Eight Circulate
  21d. Single File Circulate
  21e. Split/Box Circulate
22. Right and Left Thru
23. Grand Square
24. Star Thru
25. Double Pass Thru
26. First Couple Go Left/Right, Next Couple Go Left/Right
27. California Twirl
28. Walk Around the Corner
29. See Saw
30. Square Thru (1, 2, 3, 4) / Left Square Thru
31. Circle to a Line
32. Dive Thru