Square Dance is an American
Folks Dance, who through the years has evolved to the dance it is today. The
root of the “Square Dance” lay with Americas Immigrants from all over the
world, and is now danced throughout the whole world. The Square Dance is danced
in groups of 4 couples, in the formation of a square. The dances are completed
in that a “Caller” in any number of possibilities places the figures in
choreography and danced to almost any type of music form. The more popular music
style used is Country-Western; Square Dance is a rhythmic flowing, courteous,
friendly and friend-filled group dance. The directions given by the Caller are
in English, with no way of change, a translation would be out of style!
Additionally, there needs to be a “universal” language so that one
can dance worldwide. While one learns the names of the figures to place with an
action, it isn’t a must to converse in perfect English.
In Germany and bordering European countries there are presently approximately
480 Square Dance Clubs, that are members of one larger Association called, The
European Association of American Square Dance Clubs e.V., abbreviated “EAASDC”.
The EAASDC hosts bi-annually large events covering a three-day weekend,
the so-called "EAASDC- Spring Jamboree" and the "Fall Round-Up".
The EAASDC clubs apply to be the host and when chosen are responsible for
carrying it out. The Callers und
Cuers also are organized in a larger organization known as the European Caller
and Teacher Association, abbr., ECTA. Most every club organizes beginner courses
on a regular basis (normally in the Fall). These taught figures (s. "What
is Square Dance") are the same everywhere therefore a dancer can travel
around the world, dance in clubs and feel welcome anywhere they go. We don’t
conduct competitions, the fun in a shared hobby and the contacts made are the