The Social Square Dance Program was created by Callerlab to allow new dancers to complete the program in a shorter period (twelve to fourteen weeks). This program teaches only fifty moves instead of the seventy moves in the Callerlab Basic and Mainstream Program. It allows dancers to spend more time dancing and less time in learning new moves.
The program is designed as a stand alone “destination” program, so that dancers can enjoy dancing at this level. Some dancers will remain at the SSD level, while others may wish to learn the remaining moves in the Mainstream program.
The SSD Moves List shows the moves used in the SSD program and those in the Basic and Mainstream Program which have been omitted. The “omitted” moves include complex moves, such as “Do Paso” “Spin Chain Thru”, that are rarely called, even at Mainstream dances. Information about individual moves in the SSD program can be found on the Mainstream Program page.
The SSD Lesson Plan shows the moves to be taught at each lesson in a suggested twelve-week program. Many moves are taught earlier than in the Basic and Mainstream lesson programs.
The Callerlab SSD Frequently Asked Questions document provides more information about the program.