- The key to successful
square dancing, is listening to the caller and shuffle stepping to the beat of
the music. When you feel the ball of your foot making contact with the floor
simultaneously with the bass note, you know you are dancing to the music.
- In order to do the
above, you should not talk in the square. When a person speaks in the square,
it distracts the other dancers from what the caller is saying and interrupts
their train of thought.
- Practice Square Dance
etiquette at all times.
- Do all the calls as
you have been taught.
- If something isnít
clear to you about a call, do not hesitate to ask the caller for
clarification. He/she wants to dance successfully.
- The male partner has
to remember not to grab the arm of a female partner and put a clamp hold on it
like he was picking up a 50 pound bag of potatoes. The male partner should
touch the under forearm of the woman with his palm open, and leave it
open. This will prevent any woman from leaving the dance with bruises on her
- Itís a good idea to
change your position in the square for the next tip. If you were in the head
position last tip, take a side position the next tip.
- Try to dance in
different squares throughout the evening. Youíll meet more people and make
- Always remember we
square dance for fun.
- When the caller tells
you to give yourselves a hand at the end of a tip, do so. But donít forget to
have the square turn toward the caller and give him/her a big hand because
without him/her you wouldnít be dancing.
- At the end of the
dance remember to line up and thank the caller personally for the fun and
enjoyment he/she had made possible.
- Remember to complete
each call before doing the next one. Itís important to know how a call starts
and how it ends. If you are not sure, ask the caller and he will be happy to
- Be aware that at the
end of each call you will be facing into the center of the square, parallel
with the wall in front of you or facing out of the square, parallel with the
wall in front of you.
- Remember to take the
hand of the person beside you at the completion of each call.
- Try to execute each
part of a call to the beat of the music.
- Once in a square you
are expected to remain there as it is discourteous for someone to leave the
square unless that person has become ill.
- It is extremely
important no to walk by a square that is forming in order for you to join
another square forming across the hall.
- At the end of each tip
donít forget to thank everyone in your square.
- Another key element in
learning to square dance successfully is to relax. Relax and listen to the
caller and let yourself flow to the beat of the music.
- You flow to the music
when you shuffle step to the beat.
- To do the shuffle
step, slide your foot just above the floor, let the ball of your foot make
contact with the floor first and then your heel. Bend your knee slightly as
you do so. This is what makes for smooth dancing.
- Keep square tight.
When promenading, menís left shoulders are almost touching. By doing this you
will not have to walk so far and you will be able to dance longer. Men
remember, the lady is on the outside and walks farther so take shorter steps
so that your partner doesnít have to rush to keep up.
- Remember not to walk
through a square as it is considered discourteous. Always walk around the
outside to your position.
- It is not proper
square dance etiquette to pre-plan a square to meet at a certain place on the
floor. This can be embarrassing for those in the square and extremely
discourteous to other couples wishing to join the square.
- When the caller drops
the needle, everyone should immediately start to square up. Remember, he/she
is ready to call so out of courtesy donít keep him/her waiting.
Prepared by Ed Conley, Nau-set member