New on December 7, 2019

Callerlab has published new definition documents for Basic and Mainstream.

What is Square Dance?

Square Dance is a team sport. Four female dancers and four male dancers ensure a sense of achievement through teamwork. Our choreography – in contrast to most other forms of dancing in clubs – is not learnt by heart. Dance figure by dance figure is given to us just in time by a caller, our type of a dance leader, This requires a rather spontaneous realization of these choreographic bricks. This encourages a form of togetherness, is beneficial to the physical and psychological health, and as a sideline it is also fun.

In the course of this a variety of challenges are exercised, they include:

  • short- and long-term memory
  • capacity of reaction
  • to take your own decisions  and put them into action
  • teamwork
  • spatial orientation

A world wide standard of the calls and their definitions enables us to pursue our hobby with people from other countries, even if we cannot verbally communicate with them.

In more than 800 clubs in Europe Square Dance is done on a regular basis. One is certainly in your vicinity. Please ask me.


The Square Dance Branch in ECTA

The Square Dance Council is the ECTA section for Square Dance Callers and other ECTA members who are interested in that subject area. The Square Dance Coordinator represents his section in the extended ECTA board.

Different tasks are realised by committees formed for their purpose. At the moment there are committees for

  • the dance programs (Basic/Mainstream, Plus, Advanced and Challenge)
  • Women in Calling
  • EEP

More committees will be realised for particular tasks and dissolved after achievement of objectives.

Who May Become a Member?

Every ECTA member can become member of the Square Dance Council. Only members with active status can vote in the council. Active and trainee members may bring in their talents in the committees. Further information on the respective categories of membership can be found here.

Education for Square Dance Callers

Since 2001 the EEP committee of ECTA works on an education guideline für the ECTA Education Program, short EEP. All members can participate in the training program and receive further training certificates through it. After passing tests EEP participants can communicate to their clubs through a shingle that they educate themselves regularly.
The ECTA Convention is the annual event with several opportunities to further education. Most seminars on the ECTA Convention are attributed to one of the education levels of EEP and convey (not only) the knowledge which is tested in the examinations.
In close cooperation with the EEP committee we also host seminars on EAASDC/ECTA-Jamborees and Fall Roundups. However, the focus of these lies on trans-sectoral topics. Furthermore we offer a platform for education on the ECTA Student Jamboree; specifically the possibility to try out the other dance forms of ECTA.
Further information about EEP can be found with the EEP-Committee.


ECTA Student Jamboree

Each year ECTA stages the ECTA Student Jamboree. In calendar years with an even number we have a Student Jamboree at the same time in the northern and southern parts of ECTA’s range. To plan an application to host this event the following information shall support you with the decision.


Even-numbered years: Student Jamboree North/South (N/S)

Odd-numbered years: one central Student Jamboree (C)

  • Date of the event: last Saturday in March. If this day is also the Holy Saturday, the event will be on the first Saturday in April.
    • The dates for the next years are (N/S = North/South; C = Central):
YearECTA Student JamboreeN/S; CHoly Saturday
2020March 28, 2020N: t.b.a.
S: Munich Swinging Bells
April 11, 2020
2021March 27, 2021C: Colourful Dancers HerbornApril 3, 2021
2022March 26, 2022N: tba
S: Schwäbisch Sweethearts, Schwäbisch Hall
April 16, 2022
2023March 25, 2023CApril 8, 2023
2024March 23, 2024N/SMarch 30, 2024
2025March 29,2025CApril 19, 2025
  • Name of the hosting club
  • Proposed place of the event and the name(s) of the halls.
  • A copy of he halls’ layout inclusive of all installations and rooms and their sizes.
  • Benchmark for the hall
    • Main hall: North, ca. 600 m²; South, ca. 700 m²; Central, ca. 900 m²; with additional space for stage, seating and possible shops on the margin of the dance floor.
    • A second, smaller hall is desirable.
      • Benchmark for the stages: height ca. 0.8 to 1 m, size ca. 6 x 3 m.
  • Sufficient number of dressing rooms and sanitary facilities – by tendency more for ladies than for gentlemen.
  • Additional space for shops
  • A separate room for meetings
  • If possible an event office
  • Space for registration and queue (neither in rain nor blazing sun!)
  • The entire budget (Excel spreadsheet available through ECTA Square Dance Coordinator)
  • All other information Informationen regarding the event and it’s organization.


The following statement relates to the carried-out event in accordance with the authorized plan:

  • A profit will evenly be shared by ECTA and hosting club.
  • A loss will be carried by ECTA.

Links (Student Jamboree)

Student Jamboree Guidelines


Callerlab, proprietary spelling CALLERLAB, is the worldwide normative umbrella association of square dance callers. ECTA is an associated meber of Callerlab and assists to establish and maintain worldwide standards. Callerlab's definitions experience worldwide recognition and almost no square dance club deviates from them. The standardized definitions enable us, as dancers and callers, to worldwide dance or call dances without further verbal communication possibilities.

Links to Callerlab Definitions

New definition documents are available. The date is the date when the file was published on CALLERLAB's web site. The links should download the files directly. However, some of them just open in the window and you have safe them to the disk.

Program/TypeCall-ListDefinitionsOther (Anderes)
Basic2019-03-062019-11-022017-07-07 Basic 1 deutsch
Basic/Mainstream2011-02-07 Definition Guide
Basic/Mainstream2007-12-19 Non-Program
Teaching Items
Advanced2019-10-302019-03-092014-09-15 Advanced Dancing
Challenge 12019-02-192018-12-18
Challenge 22019-05-172019-03-27
Challenge 3a2019-06-112018-06-25


Applications Review Committee   2017-12-11 In English. German version: 2012-05-16
Formation Pictograms 2014-09-17
Formations and Arrangements   2014-09-17

Links (Callerlab)