My impression is that most dance authors want their dances to be
done. However, they do want recognition for their work. I recall being
told at a caller's workshop early in my career to always announce the
name of dances and the author when calling them. So that is what I
always try to do. Many dancers may not care, though some do, but the
authors should be recognized. I haven't written many dances so one of
my best memories was many years ago at a dance weekend when the caller
announced the name and author of a dance and it turned out to be me.
When I collect a dance I'm careful to get the correct name of the
dance and the author. Then I always announce them when I'm calling. Of
course that on covers collecting dances to your personal collection to
call at dances. If you intend to publish something then you should
probably get permission from the authors.
I suppose there isn't any harm in contacting dance authors and
telling them you heard their dance at some location and want to call it
yourself. I suspect anyone would be pleased to get that sort of
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 12/3/2016 1:05 PM, Rich Sbardella richsbardella(a)gmail.com
I have a concern about collecting dances. When I first began to
consider calling contras, I video recorded several dances, mostly to
observe and study the walk-thus. Since I have begun calling, I carry a
memo pad in my pocket, and write down dances, or titles, that I find
interesting. Many of these dances never make my active calling
collection, but many do. I have always asked the callers/bands for
permission to record, but I have not asked for permission to notate
dances and titles.
I really like calling dances that I have danced and enjoyed, and that is
my reason for taking notes. I also have never copied another callers
program, although I enjoy looking at them.
When I ask a caller the name of a dance, most callers feel honored that
I would want to call one of their choices. Occasionally the response is
not so positive, and I am left feeling like a pick-pocket.
Any thoughts on this to share?
Stafford Springs, CT