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'''Specialty tips''' are programmed for those who share a common interest in an area outside of square dancing, or who like a specialized type of calling. Sometimes referred to as 'affinity tips'.
  
==Anywhere Squares Tip==
 
==Bear Tip==
 
==Canadian Tip==
 
==Convention Virgins/Newbies Tip==
 
==Drag Tip==
 
==Kilt Tip==
 
==Latino Tip==
 
==Leather Tip==
 
==[[LiveJournal Tip]]==
 
==Long Hair==
 
==Medallion Tip==
 
==Memorial Tip==
 
==Moonshine Tip==
 
  
The [[Moonshine Tip]] is danced naked. (The exception: body jewelry, and shoes/boots/sandals/socks if the dancer feels they're necessary.)
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Some common themes involve:
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: age (under 30/35, Millenial, Sexy@60)
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: body characteristics (bear, height (short, tall))
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: challenges (dance by definition, hot hash, take no prisoners)
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: clothing (kilt, leather, pajamas, tie-dyed, underpants) or lack thereof (Moonshine)
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: ethnicity (latin, pacific rim, people of color,... Canadian)
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: formations (hexagons, rectangles)
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: hair (long, silver)
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: music style (pop, disco, salsa, yodel)
  
The history of the [[Moonshine Tip]] is waiting for someone knowledgeable to fill in. Reportedly, [[Kathy Yhip]] started the [[Moonshine Tip]], but that's all the information that's available for now.
 
  
[[Moonshine Tip]]s have been held at various conventions and fly-ins.  [[Diamonds In The Desert]] was the first convention with a [[Moonshine Tip]].
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A list of specialty tips called at [[IAGSDC]] conventions:
 
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* [[Anywhere Squares Tip]]
 
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* [[Barstool]]
'''FROM AN EMAIL THREAD ON THE IAGSDC MAILING LIST ON FRI, JUL 11, 2008:'''
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* [[Bear Tip]]
 
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* [[Bi-Gons Tip]]
[Harlan Kerr]: ''If I recall right, Albuquerque had the first scheduled specialty tips with Leather, women’s, seniors, people of color and a few others, if I recall right—Bill should be able to chime in on this one.''
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* [[Bring Your Own Tip]]
 
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* [[Canadian Tip]]
[Bill Eyler]:'' I can't remember whose idea it was to schedule all these things for our convention or if ABQ was the first convention to have scheduled tips for this...it was probably a concensus that decided, since we talked about it for a very long time and thought it would be fun.  We'd have to check the Miami schedule in '91 to see if they did this, too.  Chris Phillips?  ABQ WAS the first convention to have over 1000 dancers, and since we originally budgeted for only 750 dancers, you can imagine our surprise, especially when over 600 dancers arrived for the trail's end dance...and the La Posada ballroom could only hold a couple of hundred dancers!  We started having to think BIG pretty quickly.''
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* [[Cipher Squares]]
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* [[Concentric World]]
[Harlan Kerr]: ''Albuquerque was also the first convention with a moonshine tip.  The turnout was so big that they had to switch rooms.  When I arrived with Anne to call (with Bill and I think Andy) there was a human wall of dancers blocking the naked folks moving from one hall to another carrying their clothes.  All you could see were their bare feet and heads.  Since this was my first time calling moonshine I found myself with one challenge—I usually remember shirt colors for site calling but without shirts I decided to use hair.  In the first tip there was a red haired  man #1 and corner lady #4.  After checking things out I remembered them as big red and little red….''
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* [[Convention Virgins/Newbies Tip]]
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* [[Dance By Definition]]
[Bill Eyler]: ''Yes, that was dangerous ground we were treading since we hadn't told the hotel staff and security EXACTLY what was going on, just that it was a private dance afterhours party.  It started WAY late, since the HTQ contest-from-Hell dragged on at least an hour longer than scheduled.''
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* [[Denmark Tip]]
 
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* [[Don't Stop, Don't Slow Down]]
''Since it was just 18 months after the very first Moonshine dance in Phoenix in January '91, it was all played by ear.  S ince I was coordinating this event, I only expected MAYBE 20-30 brave souls to try this.  Imagine my surprise as I was in that small room calling (with you or B.J., I think) when Kathy or Laura came into the room and told me there were WAY over a hundred dancers clamoring in the hallway wanting to get into a room that only held 4 squares comfortably.  Gasp!  Chris Phillips had finished up a session next door in a larger hall, so someone came up with the idea to form a human wall of clothed dancers, so the 32 or so not-clothed ones could scurry over to the other room so no one would have to get dressed and undressed again!  The security guard was NONE the wiser!''
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* [[Drag Tip]]
 
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* [[Eastern Stars]]
''"Big Red" is still an active dancer and was at the Cleveland convention.  He's not quite as red anymore, but is still very enthusiastic. ;-)''
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* [[Glowstick]]
 
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* [[Hexagons]]
''The callers were [[Harlan Kerr]], [[BJ Dyer]], [[Anne Uebelacker], and me...and I was truly nekkid since I wasn't sporting any body jewelry.''
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* [[Hot Hash]]
 
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* [[Icky Chain Reaction]]
''Two other memorable points to that dance.''
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* [[It's Later]]
 
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* [[Kaleidoscope]]
'' 1. I interjected easy line dances and a 2-step dance into the program in the breaks, like Tush Push.  Oh, my, THAT was interesting to watch from the stage!''
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* [[Kilt Tip]]
 
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* [[Latino Tip]]
'' 2. The airconditioning went off at sometime before midnight, and it had been over 100 degrees outside that day.  You can imagine the volume of persperation that started flowing.''
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* [[Leather Tip]]
 
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* [[Left]]
''I don't think everyone knows there is are [[Moonshine Bolo]]s and [[Moonshine Dangles]] you can buy from the [[Fials]] ...it used to be $8.00 for the bolo and $3.00 per city/event/yr tag.  There were no forms in [[Cleveland]] for people to order them, so I'm going to order mine separately.''
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* [[Legally Married Tip]]
 
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* [[LiveJournal Tip]]
[[Paul Waters]]: ''And then there’s the issue of “known” or “unknown” to the venue.
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* [[Long Hair]]
 
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* [[Magic Underpants Tip]]
*[[Albuquerque]] [[1992]]: Unknown.
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* [[Medallion Tip]]
 
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* [[Memorial Tip]]
*[[Seattle]] [[1993]]: Known. Anne and Dana met with the staff and explained that it would be a “naturalists” event There were more people in attendance at the Seattle Moonshine tip, than attended the first IAGSDC convention in Seattle.
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* [[Moonshine Tip]]
 
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* [[Move On!]]
*[[Washington DC]] [[1994]]: Unknown.
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* [[Munchkin Tip]]
 
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* [[No Touch Tip]]
*[[Chicago]] [[1995]]: Unknown. When the security guards couldn’t get access to the room, one of them went to the overhead area that had windows onto the ballroom --- got an eyeful --- charged back to the main door --- by which time the “event” was over, and there was nothing for anyone to see.
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* [[Online Social Tip]]
 
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* [[Out of the Darkness Tip]]
*[[San Francisco]] [[1996]]: Unknown.
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* [[Pacific Rim Tip]]
 
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* [[Pajama Tip]]
*[[Las Vegas]] [[1997]]: None. Nevada laws prevented this!
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* [[People of Color Tip]]
 
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* [[Pickle Up A Doodle]]
*[[Portland]] [[1998]]: Unknown.
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* [[Pop Star Patter Tip]]
 
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* [[Red Hats Tip]]
*[[Los Angeles]] [[1999]]: Known. The start had to be delayed for about fifteen minutes, because by pure chance, catering took that very moment to change the bottles on the water coolers.
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* [[Redwood Tip]]
 
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* [[Sexy@60 Tip]]
A related anecdote occurred at one of the [[Pass the Sea]] Fly-Ins in [[San Diego]] when [[Scott Parker]] made arrangements for a room. He told the staff that he needed a room for a special event that could be completely closed off (no windows, etc.). This was for something that he wasn’t involved, and didn’t know much about. But it was some sort of thing like the Masons or Elks with special ceremonies that are unknown to those who aren’t members.
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* [[Siamese Sashay]]
 
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* [[Silver Fox Tip]]
His contact at the hotel said, “Sure, you can use this room, and as far as I’m concerned you can go in and dance naked if you want to.” To which Scott responded, “Um, okay.”
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* [[Singers - No Weaves or Grands]]
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* [[Six Couple Squares]]
 
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* [[Spies of the Silver Screen]]
'''FROM AN EMAIL MESSAGE DATED JULY 14, 2008, FROM [[PAMELA REED]]:'''
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* [[Stan Winchester]]
 
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* [[Survivor]]
''While at the Cleveland convention I participated in my third [[Moonshine Tip]]. Afterwards it was pointed out to me that I had done this before and after my sex change surgery! So I think that makes my participation somewhat unique!''
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* [[Take No Prisoners]]
 
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* [[Tie Dyed Tip]]
==Move-On Tip==
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* [[Tough]]
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.
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* [[Under 30 Tip]]
 
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* [[Under 35 Tip]]
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.
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* [[Venus and Mars]]
 
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* [[Vixen Tip]]
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.
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* [[Wicked]]
 
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* [[Women's Tip]]
Also known as "Progressive Squares".
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* [[Xtreme]]
 
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* [[Yodel Tip]]
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]]  
 
[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LfLEsoHiAQM]
 
[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6nWQ8-A4rOY]
 
[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKPFwiMHVfE]
 
 
 
YouTube videos from [[Chi-Town Shakedown]] [[2010]]
 
[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=22n4K7oO7PI]
 
[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IKKcyrgEIOY]
 
 
 
==Munchkin Tip==
 
==Pacific Rim Tip==
 
==People of Color Tip==
 
==Redwood Tip==
 
==Silver Fox Tip==
 
==Under 30 Tip==
 
==Women's Tip==
 

Latest revision as of 08:45, 18 July 2020

Specialty tips are programmed for those who share a common interest in an area outside of square dancing, or who like a specialized type of calling. Sometimes referred to as 'affinity tips'.


Some common themes involve:

age (under 30/35, Millenial, Sexy@60)
body characteristics (bear, height (short, tall))
challenges (dance by definition, hot hash, take no prisoners)
clothing (kilt, leather, pajamas, tie-dyed, underpants) or lack thereof (Moonshine)
ethnicity (latin, pacific rim, people of color,... Canadian)
formations (hexagons, rectangles)
hair (long, silver)
music style (pop, disco, salsa, yodel)


A list of specialty tips called at IAGSDC conventions: