|How I started square
It was a dark and stormy night.
Actually it had been raining and storming for two weeks back in the
winter of 2008. My wife and I had a real serious case of cabin
fever. I had seen a flier for a class in the city of Campbell
which was near my work. So my wife and I showed up for the first
night. We were late and the class had already started. The
doors were closed as it was cold out. So we chickened out.
But the following week we came back. The doors were open, and we
were on time. We completed the class, took another one as the
first class only went thru the Mainstream level.
Our first hoedown, a
bit nerve wracking also. Everybody danced better than us. We
broke the squares down. But after awhile we were doing fine.
Everyone was understanding.
How I started Square Dance
I started calling tentatively at
first. Sang my first song in May of 2009 near the end of Plus
class. In January of 2010 I started in earnest trying to call by
co-teaching a class with 3 other newer callers. It was tough
going. Lots of studying. Learning to call is like
playing an instrument. It takes practice, study, and time.
Dancers expect calls to exit your mouth at the right time for them to
absorb the meaning. Slowly getting better. It appears to
take 5-10 years for a square dance caller to get decent. I
think I'm on my way.
Since I have started calling I have called
in California, Texas, Virgina, North Carolina, Kentucky, Oklahoma,
Michigan, and Washington. When I am on travel for work, sometimes
in the evenings, I just look up a club, drop in, say hello, and
dance. Never been turned down, everybody has been nice, sometimes
they have let me call also. What a deal!