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==Anywhere Squares Tip==
==Bear Tip==
==Canadian Tip==
==Convention Virgins/Newbies Tip==
==Drag Tip==
==Kilt Tip==
==Latino Tip==
==Leather Tip==
==[[LiveJournal Tip]]==
==Long Hair==
==Magic Underpants Tip==
==Medallion Tip==
Please see [[Medallion Tip]].
==Memorial Tip==
The '''Memorial Tip''' is a very special tip in which dancers are encouraged to use square dancing to remember loved ones.
* [[Anywhere Squares Tip]]
* [[Barstool]]
It is often called during the opening or closing ceremonies at convention, where everyone is dancing together in one room.
* [[Bear Tip]]
* [[Bi-Gons Tip]]
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.
* [[Bring Your Own Tip]]
* [[Canadian Tip]]
Regular memorial tips began with [[Remake The Circle]], a year before the idea of the [[Memorial Panels]].
* [[Cipher Squares]]
* [[Concentric World]]
There have been some especially memorable Memorial Tips:
* [[Convention Virgins/Newbies Tip]]
* [[Ron Libby]] performed ''Beautiful Noise'' at [[Remake The Circle]] in [[1993]]
* [[Dance By Definition]]
* the Chicago Gay Men's Chorus performing ''Golden Memories'' at [[Track 2 Chicago]] in [[1995]]
* [[Denmark Tip]]
* [[Donald Westcoat]]'s original composition ''Squares In The Circle'' at [[Stars, Thars & Cable Cars]] in [[1996]] called by  [[Bill Eyler]], [[Todd Fellegy]], [[Andy Shore]], and [[Anne Uebelacker]]
* [[Don't Stop, Don't Slow Down]]
* [[Mike DeSisto]] performed ''Angels Among Us'' at [[Crack The Crab]] in [[2000]]
* [[Drag Tip]]
* (Information not verified) The Vancouver Men's Chorus performed ''Golden Memories'' at [[Make Magic]] in [[2001]]
* [[Eastern Stars]]
* [[Bronc Wise]] performed ''Beautiful Noise'' at [[Star Thru The Silicon Galaxy]] in [[2005]]
* [[Glowstick]]
* [[Hexagons]]
===Memorial Tip: Personal Recollections ===
* [[Hot Hash]]
* [[Icky Chain Reaction]]
* [[It's Later]]
* [[Kaleidoscope]]
* [[Kilt Tip]]
''On Tue, Sep 7, 2010 at 7:37 AM, [[Andy Shore]] wrote:''
* [[Latino Tip]]
* [[Leather Tip]]
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.
* [[Left]]
* [[Legally Married Tip]]
I'm looking for some facts and info about the history of the Memorial Tip
* [[LiveJournal Tip]]
* [[Long Hair]]
*What was the first convention to have one? who called it?
* [[Magic Underpants Tip]]
*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?
* [[Medallion Tip]]
*[[Ron Libby]] performed "Beautiful Noise" at one - also very moving. which convention?
* [[Memorial Tip]]
*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 & Cable Cars]].
* [[Moonshine Tip]]
*[[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.)
* [[Move On!]]
Others? what am I forgetting?
* [[Munchkin Tip]]
* [[No Touch Tip]]
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.
* [[Online Social Tip]]
* [[Out of the Darkness Tip]]
* [[Pacific Rim Tip]]
* [[Pajama Tip]]
''On Tue, Sep 7, 2010 at 8:25 AM, [[Dennis Moore]] wrote:''
* [[People of Color Tip]]
* [[Pickle Up A Doodle]]
[[Ron Libby]] performed "Beautiful Noise" at [[Seattle]] [[1993]]. Amazingly moving, beautifully sung..a truly memorable performance
* [[Pop Star Patter Tip]]
* [[Red Hats Tip]]
* [[Redwood Tip]]
* [[Sexy@60 Tip]]
''On Tue, Sep 7, 2010 at 8:24 AM, [[Michael Levy]] wrote:''
* [[Siamese Sashay]]
* [[Silver Fox Tip]]
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.
* [[Singers - No Weaves or Grands]]
* [[Six Couple Squares]]
It sent chills down my spine and I a still get teary eyed thinking about it.
* [[Spies of the Silver Screen]]
* [[Stan Winchester]]
* [[Survivor]]
* [[Take No Prisoners]]
''On Tue, Sep 7, 2010 at 8:41 AM, [[Mark Ambrose]] wrote:''
* [[Tie Dyed Tip]]
* [[Tough]]
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.
* [[Under 30 Tip]]
* [[Under 35 Tip]]
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.
* [[Venus and Mars]]
* [[Vixen Tip]]
* [[Wicked]]
* [[Women's Tip]]
''On Tue, Sep 7, 2010 at 12:00 PM, [[Don St. Jean]] wrote:''
* [[Xtreme]]
* [[Yodel Tip]]
[[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 Tip]]s 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]]  
YouTube videos from [[Chi-Town Shakedown]] [[2010]]
==Munchkin Tip==
==Out of the Darkness Tip==
The Out of the Darkness Tip started in [[2017]] at [[Palm Springs Swing & Mix]], after [[Ett McAtee]] lost both of her younger brothers to suicide in the fall of 2016.
This gathering signifies walking in the [https://afsp.donordrive.com/ American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's] "Out of the Darkness Overnight Walk" for Suicide Prevention... and quite literally, walking into the sunrise and light after a long, dark night of walking.
Ett McAtee explains: ''Similarly, we try to raise ourselves out of the darkness after losing loved ones to suicide, or struggle ourselves. The tip encompasses all Mainstream dancing. We hold hands and dance to remember those lost.''
*We provide colored beads to signify loss.  For instance, orange beads are for siblings.
*In Philadelphia 2019, we will provide temporary tattoos of semi-colons, to signify that our own stories are not done yet, that our sentence doesn't just end with a period, but a semi colon, a continuation...
==Pacific Rim Tip==
==People of Color Tip==
==Pop Tunes 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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