The International Square Dance Magazine

Patrick Demerath


The American Callers’ Association in its attempt to be of service to all callers, dancers, and associations provided current, timely, and effective information on new dancer recruitment, winning ways to retain club dancers, and pitfalls to drive square dancers away from 2001 to the present. ACA appreciates the positive comments, encouragement to continue, and contributions from square dance leaders, callers and dancers all over the country and from abroad to continue these initiatives. ACA will continue to provide information that will help the square dance community recruit, retain and retrieve square dancers as well as encourage the dancers, callers and square dance leaders to communicate their viewpoints.

Last month’s ACA Viewpoint addressed successful methods to recruit new dancers to join square dancing. Thank you to the Editors of American Square Dance magazine for recognizing its value to clubs nationwide. This month’s Viewpoint identifies the people of square dancing who are the “HEARTS” of square dancing.

In the days of square dancing separatism, conflict and declining membership, it is important to stop, smell the roses, and focus on the positive and encouraging side of Square Dancing. It is filled with stories of people who served the square dance activity throughout the years. Unfortunately, only a very few of these great people are known to fame and glory, but many other square dancers have gone unnoticed, unrecognized, and un-thanked. These kind people are the “HEARTS” of square dancing.

• Square dancers who have helped support church activities in supporting the homeless and infirm are the “HEARTS” of square dancing.

• Square dancers and square dance clubs who have helped raise funds to support such worthy activities as the Handicapable Square Dancer Activities are the “HEARTS” of square dancing.

• Square dancers who work to recruit new dancers, retain current dancers and retrieve former dancers are the “HEARTS” of square dancing.

• Square dancers who work as volunteers, unrecognized, in support of square dance activities such as jamborees are the “HEARTS” of square dancing.

• Square dancers who are not callers, but fill in for callers for extended periods of times often taking no compensation are the “HEARTS” of square dancing.

• Club callers who donate time and years to bring the dance to the square dancers “fun, fellowship and friendship” are the “Hearts” of square dancing.

Sometimes people with “Hearts’” work are only known to a crippled child, rest home resident, or someone in distress. To the square dancer with “Heart” it doesn’t matter if their valued efforts are noticed or honored. For them, it is the service to the less-fortunate and other square dancers not the personal recognition, which matters.

“Heart” is not a goal. It is a result of dedication and caring.

The Board of directors and all the members of the American Callers Association are honored to collectively thank these many square dancers with “Heart” and ask every person and organization in our beloved activity to join with us in honoring them.

Any individual, club, caller, or association who wishes to communicate his/her opinions on this subject is encouraged to contact the American Callers’ Association at or Dr. Patrick Demerath at

The American Callers’ Association is looking out for you.

Until next time, Happy Dancing. 

Fun set to music!