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"Virtual Square Dancing" is now being offered by a number of clubs and callers, both in our area and elsewhere. Generally this involves people dancing to sequences called through a video conferencing system such as Zoom. There may be people dancing in many different locations, in some cases from all over the world.
While this approach could be used for calling to geographically-distributed full squares (groups of eight real dancers), because the current rise in popularity of this form of square dancing is a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic and its associated limits on in-person gatherings, most current virtual dancing makes use of "two-couple" material designed to be danceable by just one couple. Some people do, however, dance such material just by themselves (one person), while a few larger groups (e.g., two real couples) sometimes also participate.
Here's a video that explains the idea, using only calls from the Basic list. (Note: Some details may vary from caller to caller.)
Here's another video that shows how the process looks at the dancers' end. It also includes examples of some common
Local GroupsTimes listed in the following table are all Pacific Daylight Time (UTC-7).
Other ListingsSince the caller and other dancers can be anywhere, dancers looking for additional virtual dancing opportunities are not limited to ones hosted in their own area. Several groups have started assembling directories that may be useful in finding dances that match your interests and schedule.
Note that because many dances are attended by people from many different time zones, some of these events take place at times other than when we have typically done in-person dancing. Be sure to take note of the time zone associated with any announced time!
ExampleHere is an example of a Plus dance with people from a lot of different places, which also illustrates the kinds of modifications that some callers make to the calls to use them in a two-couple situation.
More Info on FacebookIf you are a Facebook user, you can find more information about upcoming virtual dances in the Virtual Square Dances group.
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Last Updated 4 August 2020