Virtual-Introduction

Virtual Square Dancing – Introduction

These dances are designed to introduce dancers who have taken some Square Dance lessons to dancing in a two couple formation with a phantom couple. Individual dancers are welcome to participate and dance with a phantom partner.

Links to information about other levels of square dancing:
IntroductionMainstreamPlusAdvanced

Zoom
This video conferencing program allows users to connect with each other using telephones, smart phones, tablets or desktop computers. Visit our Zoom page to learn how to download the free program and use it to join our dances.

Two Couple Square Dancing
Many square dance moves involve only two couples. Two couple dancing can be done with the two active couples taking the Number One (back to the caller) and Number Three (facing the caller) positions. There are no dancers in the Number Two and Four positions.
Mainstream Level square dance moves involving only two couples (PDF format)
Plus Level square dance moves involving only two couples (PDF format)

Phantom Couples
The home position of the “Live” couple (or individual) is the Number Three position (facing the Caller). This allows the caller to see the Live couple and tell when they are home. The home position of the “Phantom” Couple is the Number One position. It might help to visualize the Phantom Couple as “Romeo and Juliet” or some other well known couple.

The “Live” couple has the challenge of dancing their own moves, and visualizing where the Phantom dancers are located in the group of four. In a “static square” formation, a Live dancer is facing the Phantom of the opposite gender and diagonal to the Phantom of the same gender.

An individual dancer can dance as either of the two “Live” dancers. They dance with a phantom partner, as well as the phantom couple.

Basic & Mainstream Level Moves – Two Couple
List of the Mainstream level moves which are possible in a two-couple formation (PDF format).

Basic & Mainstream Moves – More Information
Detailed information about all Basic & Mainstream moves.

Virtual Square Dance – Introductory Workshops (host: Barrie McCombs)
Starting, Tuesday, October 27, 2020 07:00 PM Mountain Daylight Time
Join Zoom Meeting: https://ucalgary.zoom.us/j/91474782589 *
Meeting ID 914 7478 2589 *
Telephone (audio only) dial: 587-328-1099
* New meeting number – for the Introductory workshops only
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Featured Moves (October 27):
Trade
Ocean Wave
Swing Thru
Run

2020-08-04 Introductory Videos (Caller: Lorne Smith)
Introduction to Zoom Program (Lorne Smith, Dawn Gilcrist, Barrie McCombs)
Tip 1: Introduction to Two Couple dancing with a Phantom Couple or partner (walk thru)
Tip 2: Two couple dancing with a Phantom Couple (walk thru)
Tip 3: Two couple dancing with a Phantom Couple ( with music)

2020-07-28 Introductory Videos (Caller: Lorne Smith)
Introduction to Zoom Program (Lorne Smith, Dawn Gilcrist, Barrie McCombs)
Tip 1: Introduction to Two Couple dancing with a Phantom Couple or partner (walk thru)
Tip 2: Two couple dancing with a Phantom Couple (walk thru)
Tip 3: Two couple dancing with a Phantom Couple (with music)

2020-07-21 Introductory Videos (Caller: Lorne Smith)
Introduction to Zoom Program (Lorne Smith)
Using Zoom on tablets and telephones (Dawn Gilcrist & Barrie McCombs)
Tip 1: Introduction to Two Couple dancing with a Phantom Couple or partner (walk thru)
Tip 2: Two couple dancing with a Phantom Couple (walk thru)
Tip 3: Two couple dancing with a Phantom Couple ( with music)

2020-04-29 Introductory Videos (Caller: Lorne Smith)
Introduction: Introduction to Two Couple dancing with a Phantom Couple or partner
Tip 1: Dancing to music
Tip 2: Dancing to music

2020-04-23 Introductory Videos (Caller: Lorne Smith)
Introduction 1 of 2: Introduction to Two Couple dancing with a Phantom Couple or partner
Introduction 2 of 2: Introduction continued
Tip 1: Dancing to music
Tip 2: Dancing to music, with new moves and formations.