This is why they pay us the big bucks!
My process is very much like Jonathan. My calling took a big leap forward when
I started paying more attention to what I would say during the walk-thru, and
practicing saying it out loud as concisely as possible (Lisa Greenleaf
> On Mar 13, 2018, at 11:14 AM, Jonathan Sivier via Callers
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> I like to have a program of dances selected and laid out for my gigs. Of
> course I know that sometimes the prepared program has to be departed from, or
> completely replaced, but I like to at least start from the point of having a
> prepared program.
> For a typical contra dance I will spend an hour or so selecting dances and
> getting them in order. This may be a bit longer if I'm trying any new dances
> that need to be written up. Then I always practice all of the dances, even
> old familiar ones and especially any new ones. I practice both the
> walk-through and calling to music. This usually takes an hour or so as well.
> I usually do the preparation a day or two before the day of the dance.
> Extra time, and more advanced planning, may be needed if I'm coordinating
> with the band on any of the dances.
> The process is similar for English dances, but often takes more time. It
> also needs to be done well in advance so that the band can be informed of the
> Jonathan Sivier
> Caller of Contra, Square, English and Early American Dances
> jsivier AT illinois DOT edu
> Dance Page: http://www.sivier.me/dance_leader.html
> Q: How many angels can dance on the head of a pin?
> A: It depends on what dance you call!
> On 3/13/2018 12:58 PM, Rich Sbardella via Callers wrote:
>> I am curious how much time you all plan programming a dance before arriving
>> at a venue. If you do not preprogram, what is your approach for on the fly
>> Rich Sbardella
>> Stafford, CT
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