CALLERLAB PROGRAMS - Basic/Mainstream/Plus
Basic/Mainstream Revised 12/10/93, Plus Revised 4/12/94
This document is derived from the official Callerlab Basic/Mainstream/Plus Program List. It is copyrighted by Callerlab. This document may not be reproduced for profit without permission from Callerlab.
The TeX/HTML version was produced by Rob French using HyperLaTeX. It was originally scanned by Doug Sewell. Our thanks to Callerlab for allowing us to publish this information on-line. The TeX/HTML document was last updated September 12, 1995.
Why Programs and Lists?
CALLERLAB programs define a world-wide standard of square dance calls to be taught in square dance classes or workshops. Program lists, such as this one, list the set of calls that may be called at a dance advertised to be a specific dance program i.e. Basic, Mainstream, Plus, etc. Dance promoters are encouraged to list the program to be danced on flyers, brochures and other advertisements of open dances. Dancers should refer to the program designations to seek out dances that will consist of material with which they are familiar. Program lists are used by callers in programming an appropriate dance for a specific group of dancers. Including the desired program in the caller's confirmation agreement will provide programming guidance to the caller as well as protection for the sponsoring organization.
The program(s) are not intended to segregate dancers into exclusive groups or to indicate that one who chooses to dance at his or her own preferred program is any better, or any worse, than any other dancer. Dancing skill can be achieved at many programs, and the quantity of calls is not necessarily an indication of dancer proficiency. It is hoped that the program lists will be used to aid in a logical teaching progression and thorough coverage of basics in classes and to provide an enjoyable modern square dance for dancers of all inclinations. In addition, CALLERLAB's intent is that approved styling and timing of square dance movements will be an integral part of all classes and dance programs. It is also hoped that proper teaching, including timing and styling, will result in smooth dancing for the greater enjoyment of all.
Responsible leaders, within and outside of CALLERLAB, recommend that dancers dance regularly at the program at which they graduate for at least one (1) year before they enter into classes or workshops for another program. This means that dancers graduating from the Mainstream Program should dance regularly at Mainstream dances for a year before going into the Plus Program. Graduates from the Plus Program should dance regularly at Plus dances for a year before going into an Advanced Program, etc.
There should be no pressure for movement from one program to another once a dancer has graduated. Dancers should be encouraged to take their time, enjoy the fun and fellowship and learn to dance well at that program before moving on to another program.
What About Quarterly Selections?
Dancers are not required to know the Quarterly Selections in order to attend an advertised Mainstream or Plus dance.
Quarterly Selections are not part of the Mainstream or Plus Programs. They are provided as optional material for those callers and/or clubs that wish to include a workshop in their programs. Callers are reminded that Quarterly Selections should not be used unless they are walked through or workshopped first.
BASIC - MAINSTREAM - PLUS BASIC PROGRAM (B) 1-49 T* Circle Family a. Left b. Right 2. Forward & Back 3. Dosado 4. Swing 5. Promenade Family a. Couples (full, 1/2, 3/4) b. Single file 6. Allemande Family a. Left b. Left arm turn c. Right arm turn T 7. Right & Left Grand Family a. Right and left grand b. Weave the ring c. Wrong way grand T 8. Star Family a. Left b. Right T 9. Star Promenade T 10. Pass Thru T 11. Split the Outside Couple T 12. Half Sashay Family a. Half Sashay 1950 b. Rollaway c. Ladies in, men sashay ? 13. Turn Back Family 1954 a. U turn back b. Gents or Ladies Backtrack T 14. Separate 1952 15. Courtesy Turn T 16. Ladies Chain Family a. Two Ladies (reg. & 3/4) b. Four Ladies (reg. & 3/4) c. Chain Down the Line 9 17. Do Paso T 18. Lead Right T 19. Right and Left Thru T 20. Grand Square 1960 21. Star Thru T 22. Circle to a Line 1957 23. Bend the Line T 24. All Around the Left Hand Lady ? 25. See Saw 1957 26. Square Thru Family (1-5 hands) a. Square thru b. Left square thru 1953 27. California Twirl T 28. Dive Thru 1958 29. Wheel Around 1938 30. Thar Family a. Allemande thar b. Wrong way thar ? 31. Shoot the Star (Reg Full Around) ? 32. Slip the Clutch T 33. Box the Gnat ? 34. Ocean Wave Family a. Right hand wave b. Left hand wave 1949 c. Alamo style wave d. Wave balance 1965 35. Pass the Ocean 36. Extend (1/4 tag only) 1962 37. Swing Thru Family a. Swing thru b. Alamo swing thru c. Left swing thru 1963 38. Run Family a. Boys, b. Girls, c. Ends, d. Centers, e. Cross 1965 39. Trade Family a. Boys, b. Girls, c. Ends, d. Center, e. Couples, f. Partner 1960 40. Wheel & Deal Family a. From lines of four b. From two-faced lines 1956 41. Double Pass Thru 1972 42. Zoom 1970 43. Flutterwheel Family a. Flutterwheel b. Reverseflutterwheel 1971 44. Sweep a Quarter 1961 45. Veer Family a. Left b. Right 1969 46. Trade By 1976 47. Touch 1/4 1963 48. Circulate Family a. Boys, b. Girls, c. All eight, d. Ends, e. Centers, f. Couples, g. Box, h. Single File (column), i. Split 1974 49. Ferris Wheel MAINSTREAM PROGRAM (MS) 1-66 1963 50. Cloverleaf 1964 51. Turn Thru 1957 52. Eight Chain Thru (1-8 hands) 1966 53. Pass to the Center 1964 54. Spin the Top ? 55. Centers In 1959 56. Cast Off 3/4 1967 57. Walk & Dodge 1965 58. Slide Thru 1963 59. Fold Family a. Boys, b. Girls, c. Ends d. Centers, e. Cross l957 60. Dixie Style to an Ocean Wave 1967 61. Spin Chain Thru 1969 62. Tag Family a. Tag the Line, b. Half Tag 1969 63. Scoot Back 1966 64. Fan the Top ? 65. Hinge Family 1970 a. Couple, b. Single 1974 66. Recycle (waves only) PLUS PROGRAM (PS) 1-98 67. Acey Deucey 68. Teacup Chain 69. Ping Pong Circulate 70. Load the Boat 71. Partner Tag 72. Extend 73. Peel Off 74. Linear Cycle (From waves only) 75. Coordinate 76. (Anything) & Spread 77. Spin Chain the Gears 78. Track II 79. (Anything) & Roll 80. Follow Your Neighbor 81. Explode the wave 82. Explode & (Anything) 83. Relay the Deucey 84. Peel the Top 85. Remake the Thar 86. Diamond Circulate 87. Single Circle to a Wave 88. Trade the Wave 89. Flip the Diamond 90. Grand Swing Thru 91. Crossfire 92. All 8 Spin the Top 93. Cut The Diamond 94. Triple Scoot 95. Chase Right 96. Dixie Grand 97. 3/4 Tag the Line 98. Spin Chain & Exchange the GearsCALLERS ARE REMINDED TO LIMIT THEIR CALLS TO THE ADVERTISED PROGRAM. CALLS FROM A LIST OTHER THAN ADVERTISED SHOULD NOT BE USED UNLESS THEY ARE WALKED THROUGH OR WORKSHOPPED FIRST.
The PLUS program is understood to include more creative use of the mainstream moves from other than standard positions.
Key: * - Suggested Teaching Order
These lists are furnished through the courtesy of CALLERLAB and your local CALLERLAB callers.
CALLERLAB recommends that the MAINSTREAM Program, calls 1-66, be taught in not less than sixty (60) hours and the PLUS Program, calls 67-96 be taught in not less than thirty (30) hours. CALLERLAB also recommends that calls be taught from more than a single position or formation and that styling and timing be included as a part of the teaching program. Calls in Italics may be deferred until later in the teaching sequence.
Basic/Mainstream Revised 12/10/93
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