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 Moves
A one-page list of all Basic and Mainstream moves.
Basic – Level One
Information about the early moves from “Circle Left” to “Dive Thru”. At the local “beginner level” dances in December – February, the callers will usually limit their calls to the moves on this list.
Basic – Level Two
Information about the later moves from “Wheel Around” to “Flutter Wheel”. At the local “New Dancers Jamboree” and “Graduate’s Ball” in April, the callers will usually limit their calls to the moves on the Basic One and Basic Two lists.
Information about the more advanced moves, from “Cloverleaf” to “Recycle”. Dancers attending a “Mainstream” dance are expected to have some experience with 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.