A Community Resource for Traditional Dance, Music, and Song
Moderators & List Champions
How to Join
Trad Callers is a discussion list with wide-ranging interests. We welcome callers from any interested in community dances, dancing for children, one-night stands, traditional squares, and other forms outside the contra dance and ECD realm.
This list is great for anyone interested in calling at:
Dances in elementary and secondary schools or settings with young dancers
Barn dances, community dances, and family dances
Dance parties: Birthdays, weddings, father/daughter, any kind of dance for non-dancers
Square dances: new trad-style squares, singing squares, modern western from the ‘50s, Appalachian, etc. —> Special Note: This list was started to focus on squares and there are lots of traditional and MWSD callers on the list!
Dances from other traditions (e.g., ceilidh dances)
We discuss a wide variety of topics including:
Dance Leadership: Advice, ‘cheap tricks’, encouragement and feedback
Dances: Concepts and choreography
Dances: Ideas for programs that will work specific kinds of dancers/non-dancers
Tools and Techniques: Dealing with challenging situations
Music: Working with musicians; working with recordings
Business Matters: Billing, contracts and dealing with the folks who hire you
Identification of Dances: Name and author questions
Anecdotes: Can you believe this happened?
Friendly, Slightly Off-Topic Conversation
-Ridge Kennedy, list founder
From Ridge Kennedy (list founder): The list was started about 20 years ago, being hosted on servers at Youngstown State University where the Modern Western Square Dance callers list was hosted. It was promoted to that group and has always had a fair number of members from the MWSD community. The list moved to YahooGroups some years later, to allow more administrative control.
This list was created to connect callers from different backgrounds together. Originally, we wanted to connect modern contra callers with old time square dance callers. As the list grew and morphed, it became a kind of all-purpose resource for any kind of participatory dance. In recent years, the focus has been on leadership skills and material for community dances; dance parties, ceilidh dances and similar dances where participants have little or no dance experience. The list members also have a wealth of experience with four-couple square dances, and other dances in “other” formations.
Click ‘Sign Up’ in the top right corner. Then follow the instructions to create an account. Note –> your username can’t have a space.
Check your email inbox and follow the instructions in the confirmation email. This will lead you to the login page.
Once you are logged in, click on the list you want to join and then click ‘Subscribe’. Note -> You can use the same account to subscribe to more than one list! Add your email address. We highly recommend that you also add your name – the Shared Weight lists are a supportive community and it’s good for folks to know who you are!
One you have a Shared Weight account and have subscribed to the list(s), you can manage your settings. Check out our technical FAQ page.
Follow these steps to subscribe without an account:
Because the list is private, you will need to enter your username (or email) and password. If you don’t yet have an account on Shared Weight (new December 2019) OR you’ve forgotten your account information, visit the technical FAQ page. It is easy to set up an account and then you access the archive anytime.
FAQs specific to the trad callers list are coming soon.
In the meantime, if you have technical questions about how the list works, please check out the technical FAQ page. If you still haven’t found the answer to your question, email the list moderator – Ridge Kennedy.