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Fallen Angels, Remember That Callers Have Feelings, Too

I graduated from square dance student to cherub. I wasn’t quite an angel yet…I still made mistakes and forgot moves. Now, after a few years of square dancing and a few national convention ribbons on my nametag, I’m more prepared to take on the title of “angel.”

In the process of graduating to full angel, I’ve read a few online articles about angel etiquette and attended a few seminars on how to grow a club. One “rule” that pops up repeatedly says that angels should never teach the square dancing class. That job belongs to the caller.

I recall a class in which an angel sitting on the sidelines stood, interrupted the lesson and suggested that the caller tell “such and such” to the class.

The caller graciously parrotted her advice and went on teaching, never missing a beat. She repeated the performance two more times that night. Both times, the caller graciously acknowledged her suggestions and moved on. That was real class. Meanwhile, a ripple of discomfort filled the room. I wonder what the new students were thinking.

The angel was strictly declasse. By publicly correcting the caller, she moved from angel to fallen angel.

In this season of square dance lessons, as clubs try (sometimes desperately) to attract new students to our activity, remember to let the caller teach the class. If an angel has a problem with a caller’s instruction, the angel should talk to the caller privately.

To do otherwise, is to fall from angel to…well, devil.


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