Tech Squares Fun and Useful Stuff

Hacks, Tips, and Rounds

Here are a few noteworthy hacks, tips, and round dances written by Tech Squares members and presented at dances. There are others; if anyone has copies, please send them in.

Riddle Sequence
I'll give you hints; you figure out the calls. (David Resnick)
M-I-T T-E-C-H
The first (and only) singing call written especially for Tech Squares. (Ted Lizotte)
The Masochism Tango
A round dance to the popular Tom Lehrer song. (Doris T-Bow)

Resources hosted by Tech Squares

Tech Squares also hosts the following square dance resources. Contact us if you have a resource you'd like help hosting.

Sd - A Caller's Helper
Sd is a program that helps square dance callers write material.
Barry Leiba's Call of the Month column
Lots of articles to make you think hard about your favorite calls!
The tex-squares macro package for LaTeX
Lay out square dance diagrams with the typesetting package (La)TeX.

Recommended Web Sites

A number of square dance clubs have been started by Tech Squares members.

Boston Uncommons
“Boston's Gay and Lesbian Square Dance Club.” Mainstream through A2 in Dorchester, MA.
Seven Hills Promenaders
“Offering classes and workshops designed to bring more dancers up to the DBD skill level.” A challenging plus level club in Worcester, MA.

Our members also enjoy the following web sites.

Dosado.com
Everything about square dancing. A master index; it also contains links to other clubs.
Callerlab
Definitions.
Vic & Debbie Ceder's website
A very popular and highly-regarded website.
All8.com
A useful website for those interested in calling.
Lynette Bellini's website
A useful site for Challenge dancing.
Noriko Takahashi's website
Contains animations of calls.
TAMinations
Java-based call animations which cover the levels from Mainstream to C3A. Also includes a number of square games, so you can see (for example) how the C1 call "In your Blocks, Square Thru" works when dancing hex (right- or control-click on a dancer to enable hexagon squares).
Bill Ackerman's C4 Calls, Concepts, and Notions
A useful book for high challenge dancers by a long-time Tech Squares member. Part 1 covers calls, part 2 covers concepts, and part 3 covers "notions" (everything else!). Although Bill is responsible for introducing hundreds of new dancers to square dancing, this is definitely not for the faint-hearted!
Bill Ackerman's Unusual Coordinates
A guide to some unusual formations for doing Coordinate.
"Unusual Coordinates"