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Tonight I feel like all of creation is asking us to dance.
--Kathy Mattea (Asking Us To Dance)
Calling Ideas for April 27, 2012

This is:

Casey Kasem's Birthday
Casey Kasem is a DJ known for providing lots of information about the artists and songs he plays. I originally wrote about him here: Casey Kasem's Birthday.

In honor of Casey, you could pick songs that you can introduce in that Casey-esque style. "Here's a song that reached the top ten with versions by both Pat Boone and Fats Domino. Guess which version reached Number 1." (The song is "Ain't That a Shame", Pat Boone's version reached number 1, Fats' only reached number 10.)

The Fourth week of April is:

TV-Turnoff Week
From this site: Millions of children and adults around the world will turn off their televisions and discover that life without TV may just be more rewarding, fun, and relaxing.

This seems like a good opportunity to promote square dancing as an alternative family activity. Maybe square dancers could offer some special family dances during this week to provide a fun activity to fill those hours that are normally spent vegging in front of the TV. Maybe the clubs running multi-cycle programs could make sure there's a new session starting during TV-Turnoff Week and make an effort to get folks hooked on dancing.

Square dancing and the folks who do it have always been pretty firmly embedded in mainstream American culture. Turning off the TV is almost seen as counter-cultural, so the people promoting it are a little "out of the mainstream". But you know what? Group dancing has become a little "out of the mainstream" too. (Politics on) The corporate powers that control so much of the media have a vested interest in keeping us as passive consumers, mindlessly watching TV (especially the ads) and consuming the stuff that's pushed in the ads. Square dancing is almost subversive; there's little consumption involved (especially if we get rid of special clothing), and when you're dancing, you're not watching mass media idiocy. (Politics off).

April is:

Pets Are Wonderful Month
Find those animal records.
International Guitar Month
Johnny B. Goode
Keep America Beautiful Month
National Humor Month
Listening Awareness Month
Perfect for square dancing; one could do lots of tricky things to see if the dancers are listening to the caller.
National Anxiety Month
National Food Month
Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month
Alcohol Awareness Month
Drinking songs, anyone?
National Read a Road Map Week
Maybe "road" songs: On the Road Again, Country Roads