Callerlab (the International Square Dance Callers Association) organizes square dance moves into groups. Within each group, there is a recommended teaching order, starting with the simpler moves. Their website contains a wide variety of information that is useful for clubs and dancers, as well as callers. Beginner dancers may find their Teaching Resources to be a useful reference.
List of Basic and Mainstream Square Dance Moves
– One page list of all Basic and Mainstream moves
Checklist of Basic One Moves
– One page list of the Basic One moves – to help new dancers track their progress
Checklist of Basic Two & Mainstream Moves
– One page list of the Basic Two & Mainstream Level moves – to help new dancers track their progress.
Basic Level One
Information about the moves from “Circle Left” to “Dive Thru”. At the local “beginner level” dances in December – February, the callers will call mainly the moves on this list.
Basic Level Two
Information about the moves from “Wheel Around” to “Flutter Wheel”. At the local “Graduate’s Ball” in April, the callers will call mainly the moves on the Basic One and Basic Two lists.
Information about the more advanced moves, from “Cloverleaf” to “Recycle”. Dancers attending a “Mainstream Level” dance are expected to have some experience with all these moves. The local “Summer Dances” are designed to give new dancers extra experience with these moves.
Information about the Plus level moves. Two local clubs (Acey Pluses and Tom’s Plus) hold Plus level lessons and dances. Dancers should have a solid understanding of Basic and Mainstream moves before moving to the Plus level.
Advanced & Challenge Levels
Experienced dancers may wish to go beyond the Plus level to these more challenging levels. For information, contact the Double A’s club.