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Square Dance Caller Resource: Cheatsheets on Resolving from a Two-Faced Line

Being a beginner caller can be extremely overwhelming. There are so many things you have to keep in mind when you are calling, such as formation, arrangement, sequence, and relationship, not to mention timing, rhythm, clarity of your voice, etc. Anything that can be done to simplify the task so you can concentrate on fewer things at once is highly welcome!

Here are some cheats sheet that will help you learn to resolve any square from normal (non-sashayed) two-faced lines (boys on the ends).

These cheat sheet let you think primarily about getting your square into a normal two-faced line. Then, you just follow the instructions to resolve the square. I am currently using this as my go-to resolution method so I can practice calling extemporaneously based on formation. I watch to see what formation appears (ideally, I should be able to guess accurately ahead of time, but that doesn’t always work!) and then call something “legal” from that formation. When I have played enough, I put the couples into normal two-faced lines and resolve.

I learned these methods from Richard Reel’s site.

Square Dance Caller Resource: Cheat Sheet on Preserving and Changing Formations

I am a very new caller, and I am trying to find ways to organize all of the information that I need to put in my head in order to become a good caller. I decided to share any resources I make in case any other new callers find them useful. These resources will not likely be useful to veteran callers (except maybe to give out to new callers!) because this information is already in their heads. Also, there is a VERY HIGH possibility that I have made mistakes as I am a newbie caller, so please use these resources at your own risk! And if you find any mistakes, please feel free to let me know.

This resource is a cheat sheet that shows which calls will preserve a particular formation, and which will change it. It can be used as a cheat sheet when calling extemporaneously, or as a study tool. It was created on A3 size paper, so you may need to adjust your printer settings if you print it out.

Square Dance Cheat Sheet – Preserving and Changing Formations