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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…

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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.

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.

http://www.tiac.net/~mabaker/ocean-wave-resolution.html