I did my first "festival" this year - Gen'l Sam Houston Folk Festival in
Huntsville, TX - I was the only caller for all day Saturday and 1/2 day on
Sunday. It was all outdoors - extremely hot and humid - in fact, it was a
record breaking hottest day of the year. People didn't actually come to
dance and weren't expecting to dance. I was able to occasionally get a
little group to dance 1-2 very easy dances (Strip the Willow & a few other
4-6 couple dances) while the band played, but the surface was sloping &
grassy, there wasn't much shade. There was supposed to be designated
"helpers," but after the 1st dance, they disappeared and never came back,
although that didn't stop us. Sometimes, I'd just stand facing the crowd
and mimic swaying to the music, doing arm turns with the crowd, simple stuff
like that. On Sunday, there was a designated lady that I had to dismiss.
Anytime folks would show up to listen to the music, she'd "threaten" them
dance and nobody would stay and listen to the musicians. So I politely
asked her to leave; she was insulted; but the minute she walked away, a
crowd gathered and stayed to listen. One of the musicians looked at me and
said "Witness; witness." While we were dancing, the band would climb down
from the porch and play around us to make it way more fun for the dancers.
On Wed, Sep 7, 2011 at 7:24 AM, Luke Donev <luke.donev(a)gmail.com> wrote:
I was wondering what fraction of callers have called for festivals? It
like nice information to have for folks as the develop as callers, and
Shared-Weight seemed a good place to do a quick informal poll.
To prevent flooding the list with lots of responses, please respond
to me at
I'll compile all the answers I get and send a summary to the list once the
responses peter out.
I'm going to arbitrarily define a festival as six or more hours of dancing,
and I'm interested in folks who have called for at least an hour (as
to open mics and such, which are great, but different).
If this information has already been compiled, please respond with that
Callers mailing list
Linda S. Mrosko
7302 CR 2829
Mabank, Texas 75156
(903) 451-5535 (H)
(903) 288-4401 (cell)
*"We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least
-- Friedrich Nietzsche