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
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
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