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 influence!).
On Mar 13, 2018, at 11:14 AM, Jonathan Sivier via
Callers <callers(a)lists.sharedweight.net> 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.
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 programming?
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