Here are some square dance tokens that callers can use to practice their choreography.
Yet Another Square Dance Reference on That 70s Show!
When Eric invites Mitch to join the kids in the basement:
Hyde: Forman, why’d you invite him over? You were almost out of there, and you turned back around.
Kelso: There’s only two times in life that you turn back around: basketball and runway modelling.
Fez: No, and square dancing. It’s called a do-si-do.
Season 6, Episode 19
The funny/sad part is that you don’t turn around in a do-si-do…
Another Square Dance Reference on That 70s Show
When Kitty finds out Hyde and Jackie are dating:
Kitty: “You kids switch partners more than square dancers.”
Season 5, Episode 1
See also: Square Dancing on That 70s Show
Square Dancing on The Next Step
Let’s do “something old-fashioned and weird”. (The Next Step: Season 3, Episode 17)
This one at least gets points for having an African American character saying it’s one of his favourite hobbies, and for having one of the characters suggest that square dancing needs an image change. Points off for adding line dancing at the end and making it seem more contemporary and fun.
Square Dancing on That 70s Show
When Red and Eric forget Kitty’s birthday, they agree to do something that she wants that is “the most horrible thing in the world”. (That 70s Show: Season 3, Episode 17)
This is, unfortunately, another example of how square dancing has a negative image in popular culture. The dancers in this video are not following what the caller is saying, the costumes are the usual ridiculous froofy dresses, and the music is hokey. That 70s Show was very popular when it was on the air, so it is too bad that this opportunity to show how fun square dancing can be was missed.
Find a Square Dance Club: Ouest Paris Swingers (Paris, France)
If you are in Paris and wondering whether you might be able to square dance, wonder no more! This club has been in existence since 2006.
Gender is a Construct, Do-Si-Do
Funny or Die, a famous website for comedy videos, has just posted a video that uses the theme of square dancing to talk about gender and other social constructs.
Bing Crosby was a Square Dance Caller?!
Country Style (Square Dance) Original 1947 Vintage Sheet Music from “Welcome Stranger” with Bing Crosby, Joan Caulfield, Barry Fitzgerald
Ever wonder why you had to square dance in school?
Henry Ford + manners + exercise + values + grace.
Square Dance Caller Resource: Ocean Wave Resolution Technique by Dave Wilson
There are many different ways to control choreography in square dancing (reading from a page, using modules, using a mental image of the square, sight calling), but no matter what you do, you have to resolve the square at some point. Here is one method for resolving that uses ocean waves as the beginning point. This technique can be used when sight calling.