Computer Coaching

Here is some information about Don Beck's calling career accomplishments. Don has been dancing since 1958 and calling since 1964. Before moving to Martha's Vineyard, he called weekly for Tech Squares and guest called regularly over a seven state area. He has been class teacher or workshop caller for fourteen of the local clubs at one time or another and has called in twenty one states and seven countries. He has called for clubs, festivals, the New England Square and Round Dance Convention and the National Convention.

He calls regularly at all levels from Mainstream to C2. He has recorded for the Sets-In-Order and 4-Bar-B labels.

He is a member of Tri State Callers' Association where he served as president, the Advanced and Challenge Callers' Association (ACCA), and Callerlab. A member of Callerlab since 1975, he has attended every one of their conventions since then and has served on the Board of Governors for ten years.

He has taught many caller schools, given seminars to callers' associations around the country as well as in Germany and Sweden, and has represented Callerlab in seminars at the National Convention. He was Accredited by Callerlab as a Caller Coach.

As a writer, he was a contributing editor to
The New England Square Dance Caller magazine where he wrote a monthly column for seven years and he has written articles that have appeared in Sets-in-Order magazine, American SquareDance magazine and in Square Dancing's "The Callers' Text Book." He wrote and published the callers' note service Choreo Breakdown, and the callers' text book Out of Sight .

As a choreographer, he is the author of many calls, including Ferris Wheel, Ping Pong Circulate, and Chain Down the Line.

In addition, he has developed a computer training aid for callers that simulates dancers on a Macintosh, called Desktop Dancer.

He was mentioned in Fred Hapgood's book,
Up the Infinite Corridor.
Last updated on 30 April 2006