Callers’ Workshop & Organizers Roundtable

LBDA has made the decision to postpone our Callers’ Workshop & Organizers Roundtable. We will provide details on a future date for this event as soon as possible. Thank you!

Callers’ Workshop

The callers’ workshop is for anyone who is interested in becoming a dance caller — those with some experience and those with no experience at all. We will tailor the class to meet your needs.

We will cover:

  • how contra and square dance choreography works with dance music;
  • the basic mechanics (and some subtleties) of calling a dance;
  • how to teach a walk-through for a dance;
  • how to plan a program of dances for an evening;
  • how to help beginner-dancers;
  • how to find dances to call;
  • how to work with a band;
  • how to interact with dancers;
  • and more.

The day will include lots of practice for calling and dancing to each other’s calling, with the class and the teachers will provide feedback to each participant.

The event will conclude at the regular Lawrence monthly contra dance, where the class participants will help program the dances for the evening and each participant will have the opportunity to call a dance! — with as much support as you need. The emphasis for the class will be on useful information, ample support and most of all, fun!

Organizers Roundtable

For the organizers workshop, we are hoping to bring someone in who has experience in a nearby region with more dances and higher attendance. With support from Linda Henry at CDSS and Jill Allen, one of our callers’ workshop instructors, we should have a lot of materials to provide and facilitate discussion about how to have better dance events. Much of this will be determined by the number of people who sign up and what level of organization they’ve participated in previously.


Friday Evening
Optional Meet & Greet Dinner7 PM
Morning Session9AM – 12:30PM
Lunch Break12:30 – 1:30 PM
Afternoon Session1:30 – 4:30 PM
Dinner Break4:30 – 6 PM
Evening Dance6:30 – 10 PM


We are grateful for the use of a lovely old one room schoolhouse that is part of the modern Unitarian Fellowship in Lawrence, Kansas.

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Lawrence
1263 N 1100 Rd, Lawrence, KS 66047