What is exuberant square dance music

What is square dance?

The video of one of the most famous German square dance callers - Thorsten Geppert - can be seen at www.youtube.com/watch?v=VqLEkqmdEP8. Thorsten can be heard and seen at the - Pader Rodeo 2008. He calls for the title "Willenlos" from Marius Müller Westernhangen.

This video very nicely conveys the exuberant atmosphere at a dance event. The calls (instructions from the characters to be danced in English) from the German lyrics are also easy to hear.

One of the best known and best American square dance callers is - Jerry Story -. The following video shows Jerry at a Connvention in Malmö, Sweden and can be found on You Tube at www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJIRiDiBDQM. He sings the song "Independence Day" - simply worth listening to!

Toni Oxendineis also known in the square dance scene. On the following video at www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6ZS9_V_Q8Q he shows an excerpt of his singing qualities with the rock title "Bad Case of Loving You" by Robert Palmer.

The video "Youngster Squaredancing" shows that square dancing is also interesting for young people. Www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kh824-RXSiA Fast dancing with fancy turns and lots of fun !!!

More explanations and videos about square dancing can be found on the "Auditions / Performances" page.

 

The dance

Square dance is an American folk dance that developed from well-known local dances among the settlers. The US national dance is being discovered all over the world as a lively way to get body and mind going. Get to know nice people, have fun and exercise without stress, plus country, pop and rock music - that's square dance. Thereby 4 dance couples form a square and, according to the instructions of a caller, perform figures that are formed anew to the rhythm of the music until the original square comes back together.

Learn square dance

In a course, the so-called class, the figures are learned step by step. After completing the course you can dance worldwide without any problems, as the names and figures are standardized worldwide. Traditionally, the calls are made in English. Knowledge of English is not a prerequisite, as the characters are taught in German. Square dance can be learned at almost any age. The course lasts approx. 9 to 12 months and, in addition to learning the figures, currently 68 figures, also includes an introduction to the manners and customs of square dance.

Friendship and Fun

Square dance is friendship translated into music. The most important thing is to enjoy dancing and socializing. Class differences are completely unknown. Rank and title are handed in at the cloakroom. One speaks by first name.