Meetings

The Callers' Council of New Jersey (CCNJ) holds regular meetings 4 times a year on the second Saturday of March, June, September, and December. The meetings are held at the Fairfield Reformed Church, 360 Fairfield Road, Fairfield, NJ, or the First Baptist Church of New Brunswick, 226 Hale St., New Brunswick, NJ. Meetings start at 9:30 with an hour long educational session followed by a business meeting that is usually less than an hour.

Meetings in 2021

Sat. March 13 - Zoom

Sat. June 11 - Zoom

Sat. September 11 - Location TBD

During 2020 meetings were on Zoom

In 2019 the meetings were

Sat. March 9 - Transparent Tips (Anallyzing why we use the calls we do) Note this meeting will be at the First Baptist Church of New Brunswick.

Sat. June 8 - TBDNote this meeting will be at the church in Fairfield.

Sat. Sept. 14 - TBDNote this meeting will be at the church in Fairfield.

December 14 - TBD - Note this meeting will be at the First Baptist Church of New Brunswick.

In 2018 the meetings were

Sat. March 10 - Two couple dancing

Sat. June 9 - More practice with arrangements

Sat. Sept. 8 - Creating Alternate Figures for Singing Calls

December 8 - Planning Your Dance

In 2017 the meetings were

Sat. March 11 - Betsy Gotta - Keep the Dancers Moving. Two couple dancing. No resolution required

Sat. June 10 - Shortening Singing Calls when the dancers get behind

Sat. Sept. 9 - Pitfalls In Teaching Plus - What should callers watch out for when teaching a plus class.

October 7, 14, 21, & November 4, 11 - Caller School

December 9 - Call to make the six arrangements of specified formations -

In 2016 the meetings were

Sat. March 12 - Betsy Gotta - Keep the Dancers Moving. Volunteers use 2 specified calls and keep the dancers moving. No resolution required.

Sat. June 11 - Betsy Gotta - Body flow and hand availability. Bring some of your dances to analyze.

Sat. Sept. 10 - Degree of Difficulty Examples

December 10 - Betsy Gotta - Keep the dancers moving (but you must use a few specified calls)

In 2015 the meetings were

Sat. March 14 - Betsy Gotta - Favorite Dances for a Barn Dance

Sat. June 13 - Betsy Gotta - the CALLERLAB recommended teaching order and a 50 call condensed list.

Sat. September 12 - Gardner Patton - Classic modern western singing calls not done these days (such as: Running Bear, False Hearted Girl, Storms Never Last, Pussycat, ...) We will dance the dances and analyze the choreography to see what makes them unique, and consider if they could be called today.

December 12 - Condensed Teaching Order - A discussion of our recent experience teaching it

In 2014 the meetings were

March 8 - Dot Coy - Line dance workshop

June 8 2:00(note changed day and time but same location) - Betsy Gotta - Quick sight resolution

September 13 - Don Coy - More on quick sight resolution

December 13- Betsy Gotta - Moving dancers between 6 different formations

In 2013 the meetings were

March 9 - Computer Checker Movers Hands On (Callarama, Caller's Angels, SD)

June 8 - Traditional dances used for party nights - bring your favorite to share

September 14 - Dan Koft - Teaching order and teaching methods

December 14- Betsy Gotta - Dances for students partially through a Program

In 2012 the meetings were

March 10 - Get outs

June 9 - Betsy Gotta - Working Together in Groups

September 8 - Discussion - Aquiring more dancers by introducing a destination Program below Mainstream. - Gardner Patton

Multi-Cycle Program X Plan resulting from meeting.

December 8 - Betsy Gotta - Reading the Floor

In 2011 the meetings were

March 12 - John Kaltenthaler - Working with someone

June 11 - Ron Kapnick - Get ins

September 10 [MEETING POSTPONED BECAUSE OF FLOODING to Sunday October 30th at 2:00.]

October 30 [MEETING CANCELLED BECAUSE OF SNOW]

December 10 - Betsy Gotta/Wes Thielke - Zeros

In 2010 the meetings were

March 13 - Ron Kapnick - Party Dances

June 12 - Betsy Gotta - Problem Choreography (bring some to analyze)

September 11 - John Kaltenthaler - Formation and arrangement creation exercise

December 11 - Don Coy - How to work with a live band and make records

In 2009 the meetings were

March 14 - Betsy Gotta - Programming for a Club Dance

June 13 - Betsy Gotta - Formation Management or "How Do I Get Out Of This"

September 12 - John Kaltenthaler - Ways to create lines, columns, and waves.

December 12 - Betsy Gotta - Music

In 2008 the meetings were

March -

June - Gotta - Business side of calling

September - Kaltenthaler - Smooth dancing and degree of difficulty

December - Jacobs - Under utilized mainstream calls

In 2007 the meetings were

March - Gotta - Music

June - Gotta - Timing

September - Pasvolsky - Historical and traditional dances

December - Gotta - our Favorite Module

In 2006 the meetings were

March - ?

June - Gotta - Modules

September - Pasvolsky - Traditional Dances

December - Gotta - New Technology

Directions to CCNJ Meetings

See the Google maps below. For additional info. call: Wes 908-281-9761

Fairfield Reformed Church, 360 Fairfield Road, Fairfield, NJ

First Baptist Church of New Brunswick, 226 Hale St., New Brunswick, NJ




Dancing a Demo for video critique


Critiquing the dance

Critiquing the dance demo video 1


Critiquing the Dance 2

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