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AMERICAN CALLERS' ASSOC. VIEWPOINTS
An ACA Christmas Tribute to Square Dance Clubs
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 and Dance Program Simplification and Resolution from 2000 to 2013. ACA appreciates the positive comments and the encouragement to continue, and the contributions from callers and dancers all over the country to continue these initiatives. ACA will continue to provide information that will help the square dance community recruit, retain and retrieve square dancers.
This month’s ACA Viewpoint is dedicated to square dance clubs everywhere who contribute so much to square dancing and receive very little recognition.
ACA continues to recognize that many of today’s dancers in the baby boomer generation, generation X, generation Y and generation Z (E) demand a more instant gratification for their time and money spent. Unlike the senior’s category, these newer groups want a simple way to start having fun. They appear to state that they do not want long-term sets of instruction and dance programs. This apparent contradiction between the needs and wants of potential square dancers and the square dance product compounds the problem for square dancing’s survival. The ACA One-Floor Square can be taught in as little as 12-14 weeks and eliminates the cumbersome levels/programs and bring all square dancers dancing together.
What is a square dance club? How do we define the role of a square dance club? The answer is very simple to describe and very hard to accomplish. Managing a square dance club is more than a simple part time commitment. Some people may see the square dance club and perceive that it is a simple once a week or twice a month three hour session. Many square dance club leaders might shake their heads at this type of a statement and wonder how many people have similar impressions of the job of a square dance club. Perhaps, they do know that the job of square dance club leader is its own special category, long on duties, responsibilities, and time commitments unknown by many people.
In reality, the square dance
club leaders are very generous with their time
behind the scenes supporting their club with
great affection. Many square dance club leaders
are working full time jobs, raising a family,
mowing the yard, helping in the house, and
raising a family.
In many ways, the square dance leader becomes the charismatic steward of the club and puts out the fires of conflict. People come to the square dance club leader for information and direction. The square dance leader may be described as the eyes and ears of the club, and local square dancing. As stewards for the club, square dance club leaders understand and practice altruism, favoring fun, friendship and service over all other rewards.
In their professional lives, local square dance club leaders are bankers, sales executives, public servants, teachers, university professors, business executives, plumbers, electricians, and computer experts.
One fact is certain, no matter the background; a square dance club leader is a considerate and concerned servant to the square dancers dedicated to the health of square dancing, his/her club, and square dancers. To serve as a square dance club leader is a priceless honor and extraordinary avocation. It includes so many obligations taken for granted. Remember these local square dance leaders are the spirit and backbone of square dancing. Just support them. They offer so much to the square dancing activity.
ACA is pleased to present this tribute to the local square dance club leaders and wish them a very Merry Christmas and Happy and Healthy New Year.
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 Loulet@aol.com or Dr. Patrick Demerath at email@example.com.
Until next time, Happy Dancing.
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