The Community Dance Program (CDP) is a grass-roots concept of the activity - the basic form of
square dancing that Americans have enjoyed for years. While there is no limit to the variety involved,
it is the form of variety that can be achieved with a limited amount of of class time and then
enjoyed for a life-time.
Somewhere along the line someone is bound to label this program "low level". Low intensitiy it may be; low level, never. As a person enters class and during that first night of lessons, he certainly would be considered a beginner. But then, as his reaction time improves and as he can handle the complete list of basics, helped along by good, descriptive, plain English directions, his ability increases. By the time he has finished the lessons and is into smooth CDP club dancing, there is no way in the world that he could be labeled "low level". This is important for all to understand.
To make this a successful program, the caller needs to posess as many if not more skills than the average caller involved in other square dance programs. This program calls for a special brand of caller, a talented yet caring individual, who sees the great opportunity for the CDP.
Taken from the Preface and the 1st chapter of the Community Dance Program Handbook © 1990 by CALLERLAB
See also The Perfect Caller
Here you find my collection of Singing Call Figures for the CDP
Published 2003-01-01 / last addition 2005-04-08 / Heiner Fischle, Hannover, Germany