Basic Questions to Ask
- 1 Who Should I Interview?
- 2 What Questions Should I Ask?
- 3 Club-Related Sample Questions
- 4 Dancer-Related Interview Questions
- 5 Caller-Related Interview Questions
- 6 Event-Related Interview Questions
Who Should I Interview?
Here are some suggestions:
- The oldest and youngest members of your club.
- The longest-term and newest members of your club.
- Your club caller(s).
- Any travelling callers who are local to your club.
- IAGSDC past and present officers
What Questions Should I Ask?
Each interview will be a little different. You'll need to tailor the interview to match the personality of the subject.
In general, there are five basic questions that are essential to any interview:
Some examples of each question can be found below.
- Age (if they're willing to provide it)
- Email address (for followup questions)
- Phone number (for following questions)
- Are you a dancer, a caller, both, or neither?
- What level do you dance now?
- What level was most fun/least fun/hardest/easiest for you to learn?
- Where were you born and raised?
- Where do you live now?
- To what club(s) do you belong?
- When (year) did you start dancing? (First dance class start date, graduation date.)
- Which callers taught you each level?
- When and where was the first IAGSDC Convention you attended?
- Which fly-ins have you attended?
- Have you ever helped to organize (or have you taught) a class?
- Have you ever served on the board of a square dance club? (If so, which positions and when?)
- Have you ever helped to stage a fly-in?
- Have you ever helped to stage a convention?
- Have you ever attended a Caller School?
- Have you ever tried caling?
- Why do you enjoy square dancing (and/or calling)?
Items you may want consider gathering in the course of the interview
- tall tales
- humorous stories
- personal experience stories
- mnemonic devices (rhymes, sound effects, etc.)
- ritual insults
- club histories
- personal histories, E.G. coming-out stories, both to family and other local (straight) dancers and/or callers.
- idiomatic speech
- music: favorite and least favorite music for patter and/or singing calls
- games: graduation ceremonies, intro night traditions/jokes, etc.
Club-Related Sample Questions
- What year was your club started?
- Who started your club?
- Why was your club started?
- How was your club started?
- Where did your club start (and continue) dancing?
- When was your first class/graduation, and what level(s)?
- Who taught your first class(s)?
- Who's taught your classes since then?
- How often does (did) your club offer "club night" dancing?
- How often does (did) your club offer club dances?
- What's the story behind your club name?
- Which dancer(s) has(have) been a member the longest?
- What's the age range of your club members?
- Has your club participated in any Pride or other civic events? (What were they, when, etc.)
- How many students graduated in your first class?
- How many students do you typically graduate now?
- Describe any specific story(ies) that captures the essence of your club.
- Describe any significant media attention.
- How have your club and its members interacted with straight square dancing in your area?
- What organizations is the club affiliated with or a member of? Alan Hirsch 21:33, 25 June 2009 (UTC)
- What other questions should be asked about clubs? Allan Hurst
Dancer-Related Interview Questions
- What year did you start dancing?
- Which caller(s) taught you square dancing (at each level)?
- Why did you start dancing?
- How did you get involved in dancing? (Were you recruited? If so, by whom?)
- How many years have you danced (e.g., danced for five years, took a break for two years, danced three more years since)
- How do you prefer to dress for dancing (at a club night/at a class/at a dance/at a convention)?
- How often (many times per week/month) have you/do you dance, and with which club(s)?
- What year were you born, and where?
- What are your favorite aspects of square dancing?
- What are your least favorite aspects of square dancing?
- What other questions should be asked about dancers? Allan Hurst
Caller-Related Interview Questions
- What year did you start calling?
- Where did you learn to call, and from whom?
- Why and when did you decide to become a caller?
- Who is (or has been) an influence on your calling style?
- How often (many times per week/month) have you/do you call, and for which club(s)?
- What year were you born, and where?
- What are your favorite aspects of calling ?
- What are your least favorite aspects of calling?
- What other questions should be asked about callers? Allan Hurst
Event-Related Interview Questions
- Continuing or one-time?
- Name and history of name?
- When and where?
- Statistics of participation (number of attendees, average, minimum, maximum over years)
- Sponsoring organization (club, IAGSDC, other) Alan Hirsch 21:33, 25 June 2009 (UTC)
- What, if anything, is missing from this list of interview questions? Allan Hurst