C4 Learning Series

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I am pleased to announce the availability of a C4 learning series. This series is presented in a two-track format, meaning that there are really two parallel series: one for calls and one for concepts. This means that there are no C4 calls in the concept series; you can do the entire concept series knowing only calls up through C3.

In general, there are no teaches on the tapes. Students are expected to study the list of calls or concepts for the week and come prepared to execute them. The lists are available on the web; see below.

There is presently no definitive reference available for C4. The dancers who are participating in the creation of this series used Galburt's Glossary Bill Heimann's Concept Survival Guide, and Ben Rubright's Pocket Reference of C4 Calls and Concepts. Neither the Glossary nor the Pocket Reference utilize complete definitions; both are intended as quick references rather than total documentation.

For this reason, and because C4 is an incredibly complex activity, you may have questions. I will be happy to answer any questions which come up while doing any of these dances. You can email me at lynette@ics.uci.edu and I will answer to the best of my ability.

The series was not completed; there are some concepts which should have been done on one last recording. However, there is sufficient information to enable a talented dancer to become proficient at C4.

The Calls

The calls are presented at a rate of approximately 50 per dance. The general format is as follows: the first tip reviews all the calls done previously; the middle tips do one new call per sequence, presenting all common variations; the penultimate tip includes all the new calls for the week; and the final tip includes all the calls to date.

The order of presentation is a loose approximation of frequency of use, with the most common C4 calls being presented first. This is of course a subjective ordering; every caller prefers certain calls over others. I have reviewed and attempted to incorporate the lists of some of the major C4 callers into this ordering.

Call Lists

The Concepts

The number of concepts presented varies based on the anticipated difficulty of the concepts. Also, it is more difficult to order the concepts by usage; consequently they are roughly grouped by common themes or ideas. The most obscure concepts are left for last, but the ordering is not generally by usage.

Concept Lists