All square dance callers are welcome to join us! You'll get BMI/ASCAP music licensing, great insurance coverage, and all the services that are available only to members. You'll also be supporting our work in training callers and promoting square dancing--a benefit for both dancers and callers!
Membership categories are based on the average number of square dance-related events called per year. Qualifying square dance events include dances, festivals, classes, demonstrations, etc.
Chicago Caller School
The Home Office has received information regarding a caller school to be held in the Chicago area beginning on March 31st and ending on April 2 with Tom Miller conducting the school. Click here for information flyer
Remembering Dave Taylor
The Home Office is sad to report that Dave Taylor passed away February 12, 2017 at the age of 90 years. The following articles have been received remembering Dave. He was one of 11 founding fathers of CALLERLAB, a Milestone award recipient, past chairman of the Board of Governors and served on several Boards and Executive Committees.
Dave Taylor, - 1927-2017
Remembering Dave Taylor
Dave passed away February 12, 2017 in Spring Hill, Florida. Dave was a founding member of CALLERLAB, serving several years on the Board of Governors and two terms as Chairman of the Board. In 1971 Dave was inducted into the Square Dance Hall of Fame. He received the CALLERLAB Milestone Award in 1986.
Dave was "drafted" into a career in calling. In 1953, while working part-time for the Detroit Parks and Recreation Department, he was put in charge of Saturday night activities, which included teaching children's square dance classes. This was the beginning of square dance calling for Dave.
Before long, besides teaching school, he had a busy home-club and class program underway. This lead to a full travel/calling schedule with appearances at some of the most prominent festivals, conventions, weekend and week long square dance institutes, i.e. Boyne Mountain, Michigan for 11 years and Kirkwood Lodge, Missouri for 26 years. For two years Dave called a weekly Saturday afternoon Radio Program "Square Dance Club of the Air". He called over the Radio and people would gather the squares wherever to dance. In 1966 he began one of his many Taylormade Holiday Weekends in Niagara Falls, Ontario. The Maple Leaf Weekend continued for 31 years.
In 1972 he moved to Naperville, Illinois and established his home clubs and classes in the Chicago area. His Tuesday workshops at the Boy Scout Center drew over 200 dancers. Soon he was teaching all levels, from beginners to C-1. Dave organized and formed The Callers Co-op for Chicago area callers to promote good calling, teaching and dancing. By the mid-1990's Dave had made more than twenty calling tours to Europe and had sponsored an annual World Square Dance Convention that attracted dancers from many countries. In February 1994, he called his final dance while on a tour to New Zealand and Australia.
Dave was always very generous with his time & knowledge of Square Dancing. He took the time to share his expertise with callers, leaders and dancers all over the United States and foreign countries. Dave conducted many callers' clinics in North America and wrote numerous articles for square dance publications. He appeared on several TV Shows in the U.S, Canada and New Zealand. He recorded 52 single records, four albums, and one stereo tape. He called in 45 of the 50 United States.
Dave had a huge impact on Square Dancing. He had a special charm all his own and was able to pass his enthusiasm for dancing and a fun loving spirit on to others enabling all to have a Great Time. He retired to Florida in 1989. He had 5 children, 9 Grandchildren and 14 Great-Grandchildren. He was SO appreciative of all of his family and many friends. He embraced life to the fullest.
Dave ended his last dance with the singing call "I Did It My Way"!!
Dave will be Very Much Missed and Always Remembered.!
Submitted by: Send Condolences To:
Valerie Taylor Valerie Taylor
Ray & JoAnn Clow 2498 Eunice Ave.
Spring Hill, Florida 34609
From Lee Kopman
If you where ever at a festival and passed by a room not knowing who was calling, and heard a commanding voice, you looked in – and much to your surprise there was this little guy – in charge – making sure the dancers where having the best time, moving to the music, having success, - and finally you asked – “who is this caller”
“WHY EVERYBODY KNOWS – IT’S DAVE TAYLOR!”
He was quite a guy: Called for over 50 years, throughout the United States and Abroad, conducted callers schools, weekends and called at home 6 days a week.
Dave was also chairman of Callerlab for 2 years. A true professional. Always available to help the beginner caller.
I knew Dave for some 30 years. It was a relationship that I will always cherish. We will miss him.
From John Hendron:
This is long time caller and friend of Dave Taylor, John Hendron, a relationship which has lasted from the day we first met back in Chicago , Illinois until the day he passed away .
And its a friendship that has lasted right up to that day,
Dave was always a caller's caller and did so much to further the career's of so many of today's caller's
It was my special privilege to have called on many occasions with him that it just about brings tears to my eye's to even think of it knowing he is gone,
We called a number of State Feastival's together as well as 12 years at Kirkwood Lodge in the Ozarks,
Also did a number of weekends with him over the years,
He was always UP and always had a smile,a devilish laugh and a super after party entertainer,
I can smile when I think of our weekend at Boyne Mountain with Dave ,Singin Sam Mitchell and myself when for the after party we all three came out on stage dressed as Ballerina dancers and actually danced the part to a laughing until almost crying group of dancers,
In his early years Dave was a Teacher which he carried over into his love of Square Dancing and was a great teacher to the new dancers as well as new callers who were fortunate enough to have him for their teacher,
Dave was a recipient of a number of Awards for his calling over the years both here as well in the over sea country'
He was Chairman of CALLERLAB for two years,
He leaves behind a loving caring wife Valerie as well as son's and daughter whom he loved dearly,
He was one of a few greats, he will be missed by many and remembered by all who knew him.
Rest in peace ,dear friend, it was a long enriched 90 years of fun for so many who crossed your path along the way,
Public Relations Committee Survey--
Wendy VanderMeulen, Chairperson for the Public Relations Committee and Tom Rainer, Vice Chairman are asking all callers (members and non members) to complete a survey regarding CALLERLAB resources. Note the survey is presented in English but also available in German and Japanese translations. Press Release Survey
Convention Plans for 2017---Save the Date - April 9-12, 2017 in Mesa, Arizona at the Mesa Hilton. This will be a great venue and a great convention. Plan to attend. If you have ideas for the convention theme or interests sessions, please provide to the Home Office as soon as possible. The Planning Committee met in May and have developed plans for the next convention. Part of this convention will be a trip to Rawhide on Monday night to enjoy dinner, an old western town and a square dance. Cost is $10 in addition to the convention fee.
CALLERLAB presents a new Knowledge Database which can be found in the Members Area section under Callers Resources or by clicking "Knowledge Database" or going to http://callerlabknowledge.org .
This repository collects information useful to Modern Western Square Dance leaders and callers. If you're trying to recruit new dancers, train callers, or promote MWSD in general, you will find valuable information here. Articles are gleaned from a wide array of sources and do not represent any particular organization or point of view. If you have questions or suggestions for content please contact Barry Clasper (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Perhaps the easiest way to understand what is here is to think of it as a collection of newspaper clippings, stories, and scrap book items. Each item is called an “article”. Some articles contain all the information within their body, while others will provide a description and links to complete information elsewhere. Each article bears on some aspect of MWSD but they come from all over the place. They may contain thoughts, opinions, ideas, anecdotes, histories, references, insights, resources, and much more. They all represent something somebody somewhere thought was valuable enough to write down, record, present, or otherwise share.
The knowledgebase is divided into five main categories: