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  Equipment for Sale
Posted by: Dblack25 - 10-25-2018, 10:27 PM - Forum: Non-Choreo Topics - Replies (1)

Is there an online website to buy used sound equipment?  What do retiring callers do with there Hiltons and Yak Stax?  I have searched craigslist and eBay, but cannot find anything.  I cannot afford a new Hilton or Yak Stack.   What equipment do others use?  Anyone use a Bose L1 linear array or similar sound system?

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  Callerlab Convention 2019
Posted by: Dblack25 - 10-25-2018, 02:04 AM - Forum: Welcome! Meet and Greet - Replies (3)

Huh 
Is anyone going to Callerlab in April?  Maybe we could meet up.  Dave

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  Across the Street
Posted by: Clcherie - 07-13-2018, 03:56 AM - Forum: RLS Lessons - Replies (4)

How is across the street defined? 
Is it a specific place in a formation? 
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  New Video Coming
Posted by: kgarvey - 07-12-2018, 04:44 PM - Forum: RLS Lessons - No Replies

In the coming week, I will put together a video that I believe all of you will find outstanding. The video will show you, in an easy and direct manner, how to train your eye to 'see' certain Relationships as they occur, namely the critical MIXED relative pairing combinations. My intention is to use live dancers, so it may take a while before I can get my 'crew' together for the recording session.

I will add this video to Lesson 4 -- Group Transitions as Video 2. Watch for it.

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  Rebuilding the Activity
Posted by: kgarvey - 07-03-2018, 06:46 PM - Forum: Non-Choreo Topics - No Replies

On June 30, I was invited to make a presentation to our local callers and dance association regarding the new teaching program I am using with the Jackson Claim Jumpers. There were over 60 dancers present, from as far away as the state of Washington and San Diego. The presentation was recorded and I am in the process of putting together a video of the presentation that I will make available on my YouTube channel. The presentation focuses on the success we have had at bringing new dancers into the club and retaining them.

Meanwhile, if anyone is interested in reading the handout material, you can acquire a copy by going to the home page of my Website at http://www.kipgarvey.com. Below my picture on the left hand side of the page you will see a link the the Jackson Claim Jumpers presentation. It is a downloadable PDF file. A copy is also attached to this message.


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Enjoy!

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  Sociability
Posted by: kgarvey - 06-17-2018, 05:06 PM - Forum: Non-Choreo Topics - No Replies

As callers, we should be constantly aware of the power of being social and encouraging sociability in our groups. Group sociability includes elements like party nights, meeting at some eatery place after weekly dances or workshops, celebrating special dates for dancers like birthdays, anniversaries, and basically being interactive with our dancers beyond simply calling and teaching the dance. This recent focus is becoming an imperative at CALLERLAB because there is a strong feeling that sociability has been de-emphasized over the last few decades. Here is a message I recently sent to CL concerning this issue.

Jim May writes:
I believe that over the last 40 years we have increasingly limited our activity to the most dedicated dancers. Only those willing to accept a steep learning curve and considerable failure in the course of learning to square dance are welcome. The remaining customers in our activity are primarily those willing to accept our (callers) own interest in changing choreography. Small wonder that our numbers have fallen so drastically.

My reply to Jim, that includes a response to a recent article written by Ken Ritucci:
Ken just about nails it. A few points concerning sociability that may be worth consideration:

1.       Club callers should encourage and work with individual club members who help manage the class and/or workshop by providing any computer expertise the caller may have in helping maintain a constant flow of communication between the caller, club Board, and members. In JCJ, I maintain all the various distribution lists and send out emails to all members (and any guests that come from time to time) and keep them informed regarding the dance program for each week, special events, holiday party nights, calls to be taught, etc.
2.       Club callers should take the time to learn every single dancer name in their respective groups. It is not difficult. It takes time, and focus. There is a process that can be learned. I use it all the time, as do other callers who understand the importance of this skill. Knowing names is a binding social force that makes every individual dancer feel like they are a member of the entire group. “How does he remember everyone’s name?”…because he cares.
3.       Traveling callers should take the time to walk around the hall and speak with dancers, for similar reasons. Get off the stage, and get to know your dancers.
4.       Traveling callers should ask the dance coordinators if there is any organized get-together after the dance at a local eatery and plan on joining the group, if feasible.


Give it some thought. Responses welcome and encouraged.

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  CSCS Members as of June 12, 2018
Posted by: kgarvey - 06-12-2018, 08:51 PM - Forum: Welcome! Meet and Greet - No Replies

I'm proud to announce we now have 13 callers subscribed to our Central Sierra Caller School. Most of you are at the same level of development, which is neat because you will all be going through the same successes and anxieties as you develop the skills necessary for you to become a 'marketable' caller. A marketable caller is one who is ready to charge a fee for services. It does not mean you need to be able to call all levels, or be able to hold your own at a festival event. If you can put together an evening of dancing fun, especially at the entry level (one night stand), you are 'marketable'.

We are able to expand our membership at any time. We need two things from you: (1) talk about the school to square dance friends and talk about your experiences, and (2) your input on ways to make this school better for all members.

Give it some thought. Meanwhile, thank you. Onward and upward!

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  Veer Left/Right from Mini-waves
Posted by: kgarvey - 06-12-2018, 08:42 PM - Forum: Choreo - Replies (4)

Had an interesting question from one of our callers from Germany. He asks, can we call Veer Right from right-handed mini-waves, or Veer Left from left handed mini-waves?

What are your thoughts? What process would you follow to figure this out and develop a reasonable rationale in your mind?

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  Welcome!
Posted by: kgarvey - 06-12-2018, 08:38 PM - Forum: Welcome! Meet and Greet - No Replies

Start here. Post a thread introducing yourself. Let others know a little about where you are in your caller development curve.

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