GCA Caller School
The GCA Caller School is an annual event hosted by the Gay Callers Association (GCA) since 1989. It is held just prior to each IAGSDC convention. The school is open to all square dance callers, at any level from beginner to experienced.
The 2020 and 2021 caller schools were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Since 2004, students have been supported by a grant from All Join Hands.
Since 2013, Canadian students have been supported by a grant from All Join Hands Canada.
From the 2022 Flyer:
The GCA Caller School Has Something For Everyone!
For Beginners • How to move dancers • Working with Music • Creating and Delivering Choreography • Sight Calling Basics • Work through your material at the mike or in one-on-one sessions • More advanced instruction in all aspects of the art of calling
For Everyone • Sight calling techniques • Reading and writing choreography • Equipment usage • Microphone technique • Vocal instruction • Creating choreography • Programming dances • Showmanship • Caller culture and etiquette • Callers' associations • Responsibilities to the dancers • Plenty of microphone time for all students
Your Tuition Fee Includes • 3 days of instruction by our excellent Caller Coaches • Personal attention from our superb Teaching Assistant • CALLERLAB New Caller Kit (Beginners) • Choreographic Checkers (Beginners) • Personalized vocal coaching
- (Syllabus from the first school (PDF)). It also included a copy of the May *1989 Canadian Caller Notes by Anne & Joe (not reproduced here).
- (Example Certificate of Participation (PDF)) signed by the instructors and given to each participant.
- GCA Caller School Attendance Lists (1989-present)