Square Dance Nebraska - Ideas

What To Do When Your Square Breaks Down LOST SQUARES

In 1986 Callerlab introduce a procedure for "Lost Squares." It was approved with some small changes in 1987 and reads as follows:

The following method of returning to dancing once a square has broken down, shall be a uniform method to be taught to all dancers for class programs through all approved Callerlab dance programs:


  1. Return to home position as soon as possible.
  2. The head ladies will take their corner's hand and head couples will back out to form lines at the sides of the square.
  3. On the caller's command "EVERYBODY go foward and back", they enter into the dance pattern.


  1. Recognize that a number of sets have broken down and have formed lines at the sides of the squares.
  2. Place the dancing squares into lines, in a normal boy/girl arrangement.
  3. Give the command "EVERYBODY go forward and back" in a bold voice which is the command for the broken squares to enter into the dance pattern.