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National and Local Square Dance Resources

National Dance Organizations

·         Callerlab: www.callerlab.org

·         Caller and Cuer Database: http://www.ceder.net/callerdb/view.php3?action=ftt

·         National Square Dance Convention: http://www.nsdcnec.com/

Regional and Local Dance Organizations

·         Washington State Dance Federation: www.squaredance-wa.org

·         Mt. Baker Council: www.sqdance.org

·         Central Puget Sound Council: www.cpsc-squaredance.org

·         Circle 8 Ranch, Cle Elum: http://www.circle8ranch.net/

·         Susan Morris, caller: www.callersusan.com

·         Stephen J Cole, caller: Under construction

·         Samena Squares: www.samenasquares.org

·         Fern Bluff Squares: fernbluffsquares.org

·         Freewheelers: http://www.squaredanceseattle.com/

Online Lessons
These are animations and videos of each of the square dance calls to refresh your memory between classes.

·         Saddlebrooke Squares - live dancers demonstrate square dance moves: http://videosquaredancelessons.com/lessons/

·         Tam Twirlers - another site for help learning to dance: http://www.tamtwirlers.org/tamination/info/index.html

Other Great Resources

·         Footnotes, Washington State Newsletter: http://www.squaredance-wa.org/footnote.htm

·         Where’s the Dance—worldwide dance finder: http://wheresthedance.com/

·         DoSaDo—Lots of square dance resources and musit: http://www.dosado.com

Recruiting and Retension Resources

The following documents are from square dance organizations that are enjoying successful recruitment and assimilation of new dancers. They have generously offered to share how they recruit and retain new dancers.

·         Olympia Area Square Dance Association’s (OASDI). Contact Glenn and Nancy Raiha (360) 438-1284 (or NRaiha@comcast.net) for questions and more information.

·         Olympia SD Lesson Prog.docx briefly describes the steps taken to recruit students and nurture them through lessons and into a club.

·         Olympia_2013-14 card_2.pdf has recruitment card samples. The first page is a half-page poster—front and back—that is posted in multiple locations prior to the start of lessons. The second page is the business card that is attached to the poster, so prospects can have information in hand to call about lessons.

·         Timberline Toppers (near Denver, CO) sent us information about their fairly well-known plan for recruiting and retaining new dancers. One success story the Langdon’s describe: “a small most-likely-to-fail club in Colorado used the Timberline Toppers' Plan to recruit several classes of 40 and more new dancers to become the largest club in the state. At one time they struggled to get more than one square on the floor. Today, they control their class size to maintain a membership around 120, and continue to be among the largest clubs in the state. Their recruiting campaign lasts about three months, and they have actually asked the club members to stop recruiting during the campaign because they develop too many prospects. They use a step-by-step plan that can be used by any club (mainstream, plus, round, urban, suburban, or rural) to grow and strengthen their club.” 

If you have questions, contact Jim and Marcia Langdon at
mntndncr@gmail.com .  Jim will gladly answer your questions.

·         Timberline Toppers’ Plan.pdf

·         Prospecting Ideas List (172).pdf

 

 

 

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