[Callers] What makes a caller a great caller?
grekenzie at gmail.com
Mon Apr 11 08:27:12 PDT 2011
What kind of calling?
You pose a good question. The answer, however, depends on the kind of venue
being discussed. I see at least three different calling venues that require
very different skills:
1. Gatherings of dance enthusiasts: Festivals, dance camps, and other
special events that are frequented almost entirely by dance enthusiasts.
2. Regularly scheduled open, public contra dances where first-timers are
encouraged to attend without separate training.
3. Private "barn dance" events where few, if any, of the participants are
A caller may be a "great" caller at one of these kinds of venues while being
a poor caller at another. The criteria for "greatness" at each type of
venue are very different.
- Greg McKenzie
On Mon, Apr 11, 2011 at 1:13 AM, Will Kruse <sideways at wcrews.net> wrote:
> Hello from Seattle! I'd love to hear your thoughts on what separates
> good callers from great callers? Is it their selections of dances?
> That they call their own dances? Their ability to compose an evening
> of dancing? Their personal charm? Their connection with the band?
> Their intimate knowledge of how the dance, the music, and the dancers
> all flow together?
> I'm especially interested to hear from dance organizers what they look
> for when they consider booking a caller? I suspect this second
> question may have a separate answer from the first :-)
> Curiosity abounds as my mind begins to explore the calling space :-)
> Will "now, from Seattle!" Kruse
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