El Camino Reelers: Square Dancing in Silicon Valley for the LGBTQ Community and friends

2018-19 Advanced Class

ECR is holding an Advanced class this year. If you are interested in learning Advanced (and are already a dancing at the Plus level and comfortable with both boy and girl roles), contact one of the callers or any Board member and let them know. You may also sign up on PayPal to reserve a place in the class.

Advanced Class Details

  • Summary: This is a 30-week class for Plus dancers wishing to learn Advanced (and Advanced dancers needing a refresher). The class replaces our current Tuesday night Advanced program.
  • Objective: By the end of this class you will be able to dance all the calls on the Callerlab A1 and A2 program and understand the related rules and concepts.
  • Prerequisites: You must be able to dance Plus level or higher. Taking the APD/DBD workshop (see below) is highly recommended but not mandatory.
  • Instructors: Rotating ECR staff callers Kurt Gollhardt, Dave Decot, Michael Levy, with occasional guest instructors.
  • Dates: Tuesday evenings beginning November 13, 2018, ending June 18, 2019,
  • Time: 7:30 to 9:30 pm. There will be a half hour review session before the class from 7:00 to 7:30 most evenings.
  • Location: St. Andrews United Methodist Church in Palo Alto.
  • Cost: $240, payable at the start of class. You may also pay in two installments of $125 each. Second installment will be due March 5, 2019. Taking the class guarantees you a place in a square and attention from the instructors. Pay by check, cash, or use the PayPal button.
  • Angels welcome! If you already dance Advanced, come out and help the new students. You may pay $8/night at the door or at the current subscription rate of $56 for eight weeks.

To sign up for the class, pre-pay by PayPal, sign up at an ECR club night, or send an email to information@reelers.org.

Advanced Class Syllabus

Here is the syllabus for the 2018-19 ECR Advanced Class. Updated 4/2/2019.

2018-19 Advanced Class Teaching Order

Click the link above to view and download a printable PDF file of the class syllabus. Links in the file go to definitions on www.ceder.net.

More Advanced Resources

Taminations: Animations of all calls; click on lower-left to get the definition of a call. Get the app for your smartphone (highly recommended) or use the web version at http://www.tamtwirlers.org/taminations.
You can control the speed of the animation or step through it one click at at a time.

Calls Taught List: http://www.scvsda.org/cgi-bin/classinfo.cgi?c=ecra201811
Click on each call to get call descriptions with animated diagrams and links to Taminations and other resources for that call.

Definitions of Calls

The official source of call definitions is CALLERLAB. You can get to the CALLERLAB definitions of each call from Taminations, or you can get them all in one:

Official CALLERLAB Dance Program Documents
Look for "Advanced Definitions".

However, for Advanced and Challenge, there's another de facto standard: Vic and Debbie Ceder's "Ceder Chest". In some cases their call descriptions are clearer or have more examples. The Ceder Chest for A2 and A2 is available in printed book form from:

The Ceder Chest definitions are also available as individual web pages at: http://www.ceder.net/def.php
The call names in our Teaching Order link to these Ceder Chest definitions.

For other useful info not definition-related, check out the El Camino Reelers Student Info page.

Contact information

Your Class Email List for announcements and useful info: ecr_a2_class_2018@123mail.org (Active sometime after the first class.)

Your instructors for the class are:

Links to all these resources in one PDF document:

Resources for ECR Advanced Class 2018

Photo by Bennet Marks
Congratulations to our 2016 Advanced Class Graduates!