Square Dance Tutorial

GDP Plus Calls

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The SCVSDA (Santa Clara Valley Square Dancers Association) General Dance Program includes selected calls from the CALLERLAB Basic, Mainstream, and Plus programs. Since each CALLERLAB program is defined to include the preceding ones, the Plus program by definition includes all the calls from the Mainstream and Basic lists. So anybody who already dances Plus can also dance GDP.

Dancers who only know the Mainstream program, however, need to learn a few more calls before they are ready to attend a GDP dance -- namely the calls that were taken from the Plus list. There are seven such calls, and the purpose of this tutorial is to introduce those calls to dancers who already know Mainstream.

In addition to including only some of the calls from the CALLERLAB lists, GDP dances also don't make use of as many possible variations of those calls. The descriptions provided here may not cover all of the cases that could come up in a full Plus dance. But they do cover the cases that dancers are expected to know at a GDP dance.

Links are provided on each page to two sources that provide more details, if you want to know more about these calls. If you are planning to learn Plus, these will help you understand about the additional variations used in that program. But if you just want to get started dancing the GDP level, it's fine to skip those for now -- you can always come back and read the rest later.