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We are avid square dancers and we both are square dance callers. This website will tell you all about what we do that has to do with square dancing. So, put on your dancing shoes and get ready to tap your toes!
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Modern Square Dancing: NOT your same old song-and-dance routine!
When you hear the term “Modern Square Dancing”, what do you picture? Most people block out the word “Modern” and picture what we refer to as “Traditional” or “Old Tyme” square dancing: cowboy boots, hay bales, and country music (mostly fiddles and banjos). Well, that is NOT what MSD is all about.
In Modern – or Contemporary – Square Dancing, yes, some of the calls are
the same, but only a few. In MSD, we like to have all the dancers dancing at
the same time. We do not use set dances, as in the old style (remember
“Birdie in a Cage” or “Dip and Dive”?); rather, dancers are taught steps and
it is up to the Caller to put the steps together in whatever sequence he/she wants. A good Caller will make sure the steps run together very smoothly. But nothing is memorized, so dancers don’t know what’s coming up next. Keeps you on your toes!
Also in MSD, we use a much bigger variety of music. We may not have the latest and greatest music from today's Top 40 Hits (although I - Wendy - do have some from recent years' top 40!), but we have music that is much more than fiddles and banjos! For example, some of my music selections: The Nights (Avicii), Dynamite (Taio Cruz), among many more. We can dance to just about anything, as long as it has a good, steady beat: current hit, alternative music, hip hop, Classic Rock, gospel, jazz, Classical – and, yes, we do still use country music, old or new! And we don’t just use it for background music. A friend that has known for years that I am a Caller was surprised to hear that I sing at dances! That’s another difference between Old Tyme and Modern. Yes, we sing! Some of my current favourites are: I Believe in You (Michael Bublé), Ex's and Oh's (Elle King), Drink in my Hand (Eric Church), Heaven (DJ Sammy and Yanou) to name a few. Really!
You really do need to see it in order to understand what it’s about. And don’t just assume you won't enjoy it. Until you try it, you really won’t know and chances are, you WILL enjoy it!