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The Worlds Largest Square Dance Organization

The Only National Dancer's Association Organized By Dancers For Dancers And Operated By Dancers


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March 9, 2024 - The Wonderful World of USDA: The Benefits, The Programs, The Resources

The United Square Dancers of America (USDA) is the National Square Dancers’ Association and has been in existence for nearly 45 years. In addition to our national dancers’ insurance program, youth scholarship, and extensive presence at the annual National Square Dance Convention®, USDA offers a wealth of educational materials and resources available at no charge to anyone who shows and interest. Pamphlets and brochures, our monthly webinar series and so much more are available on our website, This webinar will give you a quick overview of all that USDA has to offer.

Sally Schmidt, USDA Information Chairman. Sally, along with her husband LPaul, have been a part of the square dance community for more than 35 years. She has held leadership positions with her local clubs, the San Diego Square Dance Association, the California Council of Square Dancers, and the United Square Dancers of America. Together they have chaired major square dance events including the San Diego Fiesta de la Cuadrilla (3 separate years), the 2011 California State Square Dance Convention, and the 2022 USAWest Square Dance Convention. They currently hold the position of Information Officer & Sound Chairmen for the United Square Dancers of America. 

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February 17, 2024 - The ARTS-Dance Foundation

Program Description: How ARTS Promotes Square Dancing through Live Lively-Square Dance!
Faculty: Jerry Reed, Jim & Judy Taylor, Erin Byars, Michael Streby, Jim Maczko, and Ed Willis

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January 20, 2024 - CALLERLAB’S Marketing Manual: New Updates & Insights – Mike Hogan,

Marketing Manual: New Updates & Insights
Mike Hogan, Caller & Past-Chair of the CALLERLAB Marketing Committee

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December 9, 2023 - Digital Marketing 1.2 – Make the Media Work for You – Allan Hurst

What kind of internet presence does your club need, and what information should be presented? We will talk about the basics of hosting your own club website, as well as how to market your club online.

Allan Hurst, Sacramento, CA. Allan Hurst, Caller, IAGSDC Historian, Technology Professional. Allan has been dancing since 1995 (starting with the El Camino Reelers in Palo Alto, CA) and calling for multiple San Francisco Bay Area clubs (and now in Sacramento) since 1997. As a caller (Basic and SSD through C1), Allan is the caller for Sacramento’s Capital City Squares. He is a member CALLERLAB where he currently serves on the CALLERLAB Marketing Committee. He has served for many years on the board of the Gay Caller Association and has edited their technical journal for callers for nearly two decades. Professionally, Allan works in Information Technology as an IT Architect and Project Manager.

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November 11, 2023 - USDA Insurance – Making Sure Your Clubs & Dancers Are Covered – Elizabeth Sanders, USDA Insurance Director

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October 14, 2023 - Like a Phoenix Rising From the Ashes: Square Dancing Post-Pandemic

When the Corona Virus struck in early 2020 and lingered for months, many thought that it might be the end of square dancing as we know it. What better time to regroup and re-think our approach than when we couldn’t be out on the dance floor? Internationally-known caller Eric Henerlau offered his thoughts on the subject during his Keynote Address at the 2023 CALLERLAB Convention and will share those thoughts during our October webinar. What have we changed and who has been successful in bringing new and returning dancers back to the dance floor? What can we do to help reinvigorate square dancing post-pandemic?

Eric Henerlau, Corte Madera, CA. When Eric calls a dance, his positive energy fills the hall. He has devoted himself to teaching and calling square dancing since 1980, and his passion for the activity continues to draw people in. Eric combines music, choreography, and a personal connection with the dancers to create a party atmosphere. His range of musical tastes drives him to continue adding to his collection of tunes, and dancers often comment on the variety and quality that he uses.

His nearly 40 years experience in the square dance community gives him the skills and expertise to contribute leadership to square dance organizations. Eric serves on the Board of Governors of CALLERLAB and currently chairs the Plus Committee. He has served on the CALLERLAB Executive Committee and currently serves on several other CALLERLAB committees, all with the focus on attracting and retaining dancers.

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September 16, 2023 - USDA’s 501(c)3 program

Over the years it seems as though the IRS has pigeon holed Square Dance Groups into the 501(c)(7) Nonprofit Category – But this is absolutely not where Square Dance Groups Belong. The 501(c)(7) category is for “closed membership groups” similar to Country Clubs. Any Income from non-members or guests as we Square Dancers like to call them, would be taxable. After many years of trying, USDA was finally able to establish the entire organization as a 501(c)3 Not-for-Profit organization, who in turn can offer that same status to groups and organizations affiliated with USDA. This program will outline how your organization can benefit from this status; application and renewal processes will be outlined during the session.

Jim Maczko & Patty Wilcox. Jim is well known in all aspects of square dancing. He is a founding member of the California Council of Square Dancers, Inc., which he and Patty just became the Presidents of. He is also a founding member of the United Square Dancers of America and the ARTS-Dance Foundation. Together they have been a driving force in square dancing for many years.

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August 19, 2023 - Creating A Welcoming Dance Environment for All

As an international organization committed to building, promoting, and sustaining the beloved recreation of Modern Western Square Dancing and the art and craft of square dance calling, CALLERLAB has created a set of documents to help callers, organization leaders and dancers in providing and supporting a welcoming dance environment where all dancers can enjoy the activity in a safe, nurturing, secure, and pleasant atmosphere.

In the spring of 2018, the CALLERLAB Board of Governors updated the CALLERLAB Code of Ethics to include the following item: 5. Provide a safe and welcoming environment for all. I am committed to providing an environment free from sexual and other forms of harassment or bullying without bias based on race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, or disability, and always be respectful of the hearts and spirits of others. Expanding on this commitment, it is our goal for all participants to have a pleasant social experience while attending square dance events. In support of this goal, CALLERLAB will provide its members and the greater square dance community with guidelines, information, and educational opportunities to assist them in preventing, recognizing, addressing, and eliminating inappropriate behavior.

The discussion will focus on a review of the CALLERLAB documents described above.

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July 15, 2023 - CALLERLAB’s Marketing Program: Building the Database to Promote our Clubs & Dances

CALLERLAB spent months developing new marketing materials which are now available to all dancers and clubs, as well as a National database for dance promotion. How do we get the word out of this free service, and how do we help develop the database of clubs and dances throughout the country? As Chairman of CALLERLAB’s Marketing Committee, Jack Pladdys will share how we, as dance leaders, help build this network.

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May 20, 2023 - Music Licensing for the Festival & Event Planners

BMI, ASCAP & SESAC are the major music licensing agencies, but figuring out who is responsible for holding the licensing can be a very confusing element of your square and round dance event. Does the caller or cuer’s licensing cover your event, or does your event need to have its own licensing agreements? Buddy will review what licenses you need and how do you obtain them.

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September 17, 2022 - USDA's 501(c)3 Program

Discussion and overview of the USDA's 501(c)3 Group Exemption program, including how to apply, what are the requirements, what are the benefits and why should groups apply. Once in the group, what are the requirements to maintain our status. Session will also cover USDA's Associate Member category which allows individual clubs to join USDA and take advantage of the program.

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August 13, 2022 - Grand Square International, Inc - Who Are We and How Do We Benefit Square Dancing?

Tony & Kim Oxendine, International Square Dance Caller and Founders of Grand Square International

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April 23, 2022 - Exciting Happenings at the National Square Dance Convention in Evansville, IN

General Chairmen John & Carolyn Cook are excited to welcome you to "Us Down By The River" - the 71st National Square Dance Convention scheduled June 22 thru 25, 2022 in Evansville, IN. There's lots to see and do at the Convention and here's your chance to get the inside track on what's in store for you. USDA will also share highlights of their involvement at the Convention.

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October 16, 2021 - USDA's Insurance Program

Elizabeth & Eddie Sanders, USDA Insurance Director, Stephens, GA.

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July 10, 2021 - SSD - Social Square Dancing. What Is It and How Does It Work?

Bear Miller, member CALLERLAB Board of Directors

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November 14, 2020 - USDA's 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Group Exemption Program

Jim Maczko - Group Exemption Co-Administrator - Applications,  Pat Inglis - Group Exemption Co-Administrator - Renewals

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