Workshop from 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Square dance calling workshop taught by Sue Hulsether
Square Dance Calling for Anyone!
This interactive workshop will give you a fast and furious intro to square dance calling. While you are having a great time dancing, you will learn how to start calling traditional squares. We will learn some square dance patter, work on using our voices rhythmically, clarify the mysteries of square dance structure, and even take turns improvising while calling. Helpful handouts included; new experiences guaranteed.
No experience or partner needed. Come to have fun, leave with a new skill under your belt.
This year's guest dance caller, Sue Hulsether, is equally at home calling dances in a dance hall, school, barn, or camp. Her dance repertoire, gathered from callers across the country, includes squares, contras, circles, longways sets, contras, play parties, and singing games. Following a career in music education, she has been working as a full-time caller since 2003 and is nationally known for her clear teaching, welcoming manner on the mic, and engaging humor. She shares her beautiful farm in the hills of southwestern Wisconsin with her husband Steve and a crew of friendly barn cats, traveling far and wide to call and dance, while still finding time for the local community square dance, hosting house parties and raising enough food to eat, give away and preserve for winter.
Sue Hulsether will call the Saturday night dance and the Sunday afternoon family dance, both at Ashkenaz. She will also lead a free callers workshop at Ashkenaz on Saturday at 5pm, and call a free square dance in the downtown Berkeley BART plaza on Friday 5pm-7pm.