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Memorial Tip

The Memorial Tip is a very special tip in which dancers are encouraged to use square dancing to remember loved ones.

It is often called during the opening or closing ceremonies at convention, where everyone is dancing together in one room.

The first memorial tip was called by Anne Uebelacker at Northstar Promenade in 1990. It was not scheduled but was called in honor of Bob Bellville and another recently passed away dancer.

Regular memorial tips began with Remake The Circle, a year before the idea of the Memorial Panels.

There have been some especially memorable Memorial Tips:

Memorial Tip: Personal Recollections

FROM AN EMAIL THREAD IN THE IAGSDC MAILING LIST IN 2010:

On Tue, Sep 7, 2010 at 7:37 AM, Andy Shore wrote:

My own memory is too feeble for this. After attending 24 conventions, it's hard to keep them distinct in my mind, or to keep them in my mind at all.

I'm looking for some facts and info about the history of the Memorial Tip

  • What was the first convention to have one? who called it?
  • There was a convention where the memorial tip was called by the local Gay Men's Chorus - they performed "Golden Memories". I was weeping (soggy actually) by the end of it. which convention & chorus?
  • Ron Libby performed "Beautiful Noise" at one - also very moving. which convention?
  • I've also got Donald Westcoat's "Squares In A Circle" (WIKI EDITOR'S NOTE: The song title may actually be "Squaring The Circle") at Stars Thars and Cable Cars.
  • Mike DeSisto calling "Angels Among Us" was when...? (WIKI EDITOR'S NOTE: Allan Hurst suggests this was at Baltimore's "Crack The Crab", because he remembers crying during the tip because Mike DeSisto had just announced that he was retiring from convention calling.)

Others? what am I forgetting?

I've called a few of them myself and always find it very hard to face and difficult to get through. So many friends gone.


On Tue, Sep 7, 2010 at 8:25 AM, Dennis Moore wrote:

Ron Libby performed "Beautiful Noise" at Seattle 1993. Amazingly moving, beautifully sung..a truly memorable performance


On Tue, Sep 7, 2010 at 8:24 AM, Michael Levy wrote:

My fondest memory is Bronc Wise calling the memorial tip at Star Thru the Silicon Galaxy in 2005 to "Beautiful Noise". As we were dancing he turned the music softer and softer until all you heard was his calling and the shuffling feet of 1000 dancers.

It sent chills down my spine and I a still get teary eyed thinking about it.


On Tue, Sep 7, 2010 at 8:41 AM, Mark Ambrose wrote:

I don't know the early history of the Memorial Tip, but I know that it has been scheduled in a variety of ways, sometimes at the Opening Ceremonies, sometimes at the Closing Ceremonies, and at least once in one of the regular dance halls, blocked in like other "specialty tip" hours.

I remember Bill Eyler calling "Beautiful Noise" for the Memorial Tip in the MS hall in Toronto, sometime in the middle of the weekend. Because of how it was scheduled, the tip was rather lightly attended, but the smaller crowd/room made for a very intimate and moving experience.


On Tue, Sep 7, 2010 at 12:00 PM, Don St. Jean wrote:

Toronto scheduled the tip at 7 pm on the Sunday in response to dancer concern about finding the tip an emotionally overwhelming experience and wanting alternatives which did not make them look as though they were deliberatly boycotting the Memorial Tip. While there are no perfect schedules, it is good to know that some found this choice an "intimate and moving" dance experience.


On Tue, Sep 7, 2010 at 11:58 AM, Harlan Kerr wrote:

The first time there were memorial tips was at Northstar Promenade. These were not planned, but were called by Anne Uebelacker for two recently passed away folks from San Francisco at requests from SF dancers. One was a tip in memory of Bob Bellville, the other for Tom (whose name I will remember as soon as this is done), from Foggy City Dancers.

Regular memorial tips began With Remake the Circle, unless there was one in Albuquerque that I do not remember. Actually I think there was one in Albuquerque-—Bill Eyler would know. This coincided closely with the introduction of the memorial quilt.

there was a convention where the memorial tip was called by the local Gay Men's Chorus - they performed "Golden Memories". I was weeping (soggy actually) by the end of it. which convention & chorus? I think Golden Memories was at Los Angeles--I may be wrong on some of this, so let’s hear from others.

Mike DeSisto calling "Angels Among Us" was when?


On Tue, Sep 7, 2010 at 6:26 PM, Matt Fleig wrote:

The one year that stands out for me was San Francisco 1996 convention. I couldn't tell you the music, but I remember the whole caller staff singing something wonderful in the sweetest of harmonies.

Certainly, the circumstances of just having lost my sweet, handsome Ray (Ray Blevins) primed my own need for some solace that year - and that was found in the wonderful harmonies and tenderness of the memorial tip that year. So, one cowboy voice here to keep that memorial tip going each year. You never know which cowboy or cowgirl heart is getting the virtual music hug that it needs ...

Moonshine Tip

The Moonshine Tip is danced naked. (The exception: body jewelry, and shoes/boots/sandals/socks if the dancer feels they're necessary.)

The history of the Moonshine Tip is waiting for someone knowledgeable to fill in. On 5/15/12, in an email to Allan Hurst, Kathy Yhip said "...the very first Moonshine tip was in Phoenix (1998) - i need to look at my bolo to tell you the year.  The very first convention where a Moonshine was scheduled was Albuquerque (1992).  i am not aware of any previously (spontaneous/scheduled) moonshine tips."

Moonshine Tips have been held at various conventions and fly-ins. Diamonds In The Desert was the first convention with a Moonshine Tip.

Article added 5/17/12: The Bare Essentials...of Moonshine by Kathy Yhip

7/11/08 Email Thread On Moonshine: From An Email Thread On The IAGSDC Mailing List On 7/11/08 by Harlan Kerr, Bill Eyler, Paul Waters, Pamela Reed

Move-On Tip

So named after Mike DeSisto's famous "Pass Thru...Move On!" choreography, in which squares of dancers are arranged and rearranged in a huge matrix.

Typically, the caller starts out with "normal" squares, and has heads or sides perform a Square Thru 4, followed by one or more calls which convert the square into facing lines.

At that point, all squares are directed to "pass through", and then "move on!" until they come face to face with another line of dancers.

Also known as "Progressive Squares".

If a line of dancers is facing a wall (e.g., not another line of dancers), their job is to perform a California Twirl or Partner Trade to face back into the set, at which point they're facing another line of dancers who have just moved on from a different square.

The caller moves the dancers around for a while, forms them back into lines, and continues the above process. In this fashion, an entire square can be moved from front to back or side to side on the dance floor.

Some convention committees choose to offer this as a specialty tip. Other committees have been known to incorporate Move-On into opening or closing ceremonies and/or Trail In/Trail's End dances.

YouTube videos from DC Diamond Circulate 2009 [1] [2] [3]

YouTube videos from Chi-Town Shakedown 2010 [4] [5]

Munchkin Tip

Pacific Rim Tip

People of Color Tip

Redwood Tip

Silver Fox Tip

Under 30 Tip

The few under-30 dancers at Touch a Quarter Century came up with the idea at the convention itself and were told that although it was too late to organize it there, the organizers of DC Diamond Circulate would consider including one. An Under 30 tip was in fact held at DC Diamond Circulate but there weren't enough dancers present in the room to form a complete square without recruiting older dancers to fill in.

Women's Tip

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