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October 2016 New Dancer Class
Instructors: Bill Silver[*] and multiple Guest Callers

List of calls/definitions, in the order they were taught.
In addition to the links to Taminations for the individual calls below, another resource is the Saddlebrook Squares’ Video Square Dance Lessons (showing calls danced by real dancers).

10/20/2016 -- Chuck Clay filled in for Bill, and taught the following definitions:

  • Partner and Corner
  • Couple numbers in Square
  • Heads and Sides
  • Various hard/arm grips (e.g. Arm Turns)

He also taught the following calls:

10/27/2016 -- Chuck Clay once again filled in for Bill, and (for the benefit of new dancers who were not present last week) taught the same 4 definitions as well as the following calls:

11/3/2016 -- Mike Amell filled in for Bill.  (He will continue to fill in all month.)  He reviewed a majority of the calls that Chuck had taught the last two weeks, as well as teaching an additional 13 calls/definitions:

11/10/2016 - Mike Amell again filled in for Bill.  He reviewed most of the calls from the last couple of weeks - in particular, Allemande Left, California Twirl, Circle Left and Circle Right, Courtesy Turn, Forward and Back, Grand Square, Left-Hand Star / Right-Hand Star, Pass Thru, Promenade, Right Allemande, Right and Left Grand, Square Thru, Star Thru, Swing Your Partner, U-Turn Back, Weave the Ring, and Wheel Around.  He also taught an additional 6 calls:

11/17/2016 - Mike Amell again filled in for Bill.  He reviewed last week’s calls (and some from previous weeks), and taught an additional 8 calls and 2 formations:

11/24/2016 - We were dark (closed) for Thanksgiving.

12/1/2016 - Mike Amell again filled in for Bill.  He reviewed many of the calls from the last 2 weeks: Bend the Line, Backtrack (including having the men do it), Veer Left / Veer Right, Dive Thru, Do Paso, Trade, the Ocean Wave formation, Swing Thru, Run, Wheel and Deal, and Zoom.  He also introduced the Columns formation, and taught 6 new calls:

12/8/2016 - Mike Amell again filled in for Bill.  He reviewed most of the calls from last week (Circulate, Slide Thru, Walk Around The Corner, and See Saw), and taught 4 new calls:

At this point, we are through the “Basic Program - part 1” list.  ☺

12/15/2016 - Mike Luna filled in for Bill, and reviewed Partner Trade.  He also taught six new calls:

12/22/2016 - Mike Luna filled in again, but there were no new dancers present, so he called Plus squares all night.

12/29/2016 - Mike Luna filled in again, but because it was Fifth Thursday (and we had lots of visitors), no new calls were taught.

1/5/2017 - Chuck Clay filled in again, reviewed Touch a Quarter and Sweep a Quarter, and taught 4 new calls:

1/12/2017 - Chuck Clay filled in again, and taught 3 new calls:

1/19/2017 - Mike Wright filled in, and taught 5 calls:

1/26/2017 -- Kurt Gollhardt filled in, reviewed last week’s calls (Trade By,  Extend, Pass the Ocean, Double Pass Thru, and Walk and Dodge), and taught 5 new calls:

2/2/2017 -- Diana Hilliard filled in, reviewed Spin Chain Thru and Wheel Around, and taught six new calls:

2/9/2017 -- Diana Hilliard filled in, reviewed Eight Chain Thru, and taught 2 new formations and 3 new calls:

We are now through the “Basic Program - part 2” list, and about 95% of the way through with Mainstream!  

2/16/2017 -- Tork Clark filled in, reviewed Run, Cross Run, Dixie Style to an Ocean Wave, and Recycle, and taught 4 new calls:

We are now through Mainstream!  ☺

2/23/2017 -- Tork Clark filled in, reviewed Tag the Line, Half Tag, Scoot Back, Recycle, and <Anything> and Roll, and taught one new formation and 4 new calls:

3/2/2017 -- Chuck Clay filled in, and taught 2 new calls:

3/9/2017 -- Kurt Gollhardt filled in, reviewed Right and Left Thru, Scoot Back, Tag the Line, Load the Boat, Ping Pong Circulate, Half Tag, Track Two, Diamond Circulate, Cut the Diamond, and Grand Swing Thru, and taught 2 new calls:

3/16/2017 -- Dan Lyke filled in, and taught 3 new calls:

3/23/2017 -- Kurt Gollhardt filled in, reviewed Circulate / Split Circulate, Chase Right, Acey Deucey, Scoot Back, Linear Cycle, Trade the Wave, and Zoom.  He also taught 3 new calls:

3/30/2017 -- Dan Lyke filled in again, but because it was Fifth Thursday (and we had lots of visitors), no new calls were taught.

4/6/2017 -- Tork Clark filled in, reviewed Chase Right, Linear Cycle, Acey Deucey, Flip the Diamond, Load the Boat, and Cut the Diamond, and taught 4 new calls:

4/13/2017 -- Tork Clark filled in, reviewed Relay the Deucey, Acey Deucey, and Coordinate, and taught 3 new calls:

4/20/2017 -- Mike Luna filled in, and taught a variant of Single Circle to a Wave, as well as 8 new calls:

We are now done with the Plus list (although we definitely could use some review of several of the calls)!

4/27/2017 -- Diane Hilliard filled in and reviewed the most recent calls (in particular, Spin Chain and Exchange the Gears, Relay the Deucey, and Peel the Top).

The class is over, and our “Graduation Ceremony” will occur on our next Party night (May 12th).

[*]   Bill Silver’s foot injury is taking significantly longer to heal than any of us originally anticipated. He will be recuperating until September 2017 (at the earliest).  Until then, Chuck Clay, Mike Amell, Mike Luna, Mike Wright, Kurt Gollhardt, Diana Hilliard, Tork Clark, Dan Lyke, Aahz, and possibly other callers will fill in (and teach all of Mainstream / Plus).

Previous Years' Class Notes.
For reference, last year's list of calls may be found at this link,
and the 2014 notes at this link.

Also, the 2016-2017 Mainstream/Plus Dictionary may be found as a Google Doc, PDF file, or Microsoft .doc file.

 
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