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 
> <> wrote:
>  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 
> dances.
> Jonathan
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> Jonathan Sivier
> Caller of Contra, Square, English and Early American Dances
> jsivier AT illinois DOT edu
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> 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 
>> programming?
>> Rich Sbardella
>> Stafford, CT
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