I have recently started learning how to be a square dance caller. The learning curve is very steep as there are so many factors to keep in mind at once. I decided to make a website to store resources that will help me improve my craft. I called it “Square Your Dance“.
I am not fond of country music. In fact, it is probably safe to say that, with very few exceptions, I hate it. However, I very much enjoy square dancing, and there is a long-standing relationship between square dancing and country music. I think that part of the reason that square dancing remains a fringe activity is because of its association with country music. Country music has become quite a bit more popular than it used to be, but it is still not considered “cool” (<-- dating myself here -- I'm sure there is a cooler word than "cool" these days) by a good number of people. So, when I decided to become a square dance caller, I made up my mind to try to make square dancing cooler by making the music cooler. It is possible to download pre-packaged music for square dancing, but quite a lot of it has that old, familiar country twang that makes me want to stuff my ears with cotton balls. Instead of using what everyone else is using, I like to use instrumental versions of popular music. Here are some examples of music that I think goes well with a good square dance.
- Avicii – Fade Into Darkness, Hey Brother
- Crystal Method – Keep Hope Alive
- Decto – Urban RNB Beat
- DJM – Abrasion
- Eiffel 65 – Blue
- Green Day – Holiday
- J Cook – Shut Up and Dance
- Jessie J – Domino
- Maroon 5 – Moves Like Jagger
- One Direction – What Makes You Beautiful
- Rihanna – Only Girl, Where Have You Been
- Shakira – Waka Waka
- Ylvis – What Does the Fox Say?
I have recently been learning how to call square dances. It’s incredibly difficult; however, there are a lot of tools out there that can make your life as a new caller somewhat more simple. Square dance tokens are one of those tools. You can buy tokens online, but it is also easy enough to make your own. Here are mine. Feel free to use them as you like.