The SSD program was approved by CALLERLAB as an alternative entry-level program in 2021. It includes roughly 50 calls, and is almost exactly the same list as we were using for the "novice level" tips at General Dances in our previous three-level format.
Note that the SSD list is a proper subset of both Mainstream and Plus, so anyone who knows Mainstream will be able to dance the SSD tips, and anyone who knows Plus will be able to dance all of the tips.
For more information about SSD and its intended purpose, including how it is being used by existing clubs and being promoted to allow formation of new square dance groups, visit www.squaredance.org/topics/ssd.
New dancers who are taking a class teaching Mainstream or Plus are also welcome at General Dances as soon as they have learned all the calls of the SSD list. (This will generally be about halfway through a class that has a target of Plus, but check with your instructor for how this applies to your particular class.)
The state of California has announced a general "re-opening" from the COVID-19 pandemic as of 15 June 2021. We have scheduled this dance in celebration of that event, which we expect will make it possible for many square dance groups to resume their activities in something close to their pre-pandemic form.
Several local groups have already started limited in-person dancing, and most have been choosing to limit participation to dancers who have been "fully vaccinated" — and based on surveys conducted by several local square dance groups, it also seems that the overwhelming majority of dancers in this area are already "fully vaccinated". Based on those facts, as well as to simplify application of any facility or insurance guidelines that may remain in effect after 15 June, we are offering this particular dance to fully-vaccinated dancers only.
Since everyone will be vaccinated, we will not be requiring anybody to wear a face mask. This is consistent with both generally-recognized scientific advice and the current practices of the local groups that have already started dancing. You may, of course, wear a mask yourself if you wish, but we expect that most people will not be wearing one.
Policies for future General Dances will be re-evaluated as general pandemic recovery progresses.