Welcome to Keith Rubow's
Family and Challenge Square Dance Page

Click to see a wide selection of
Advanced and Challenge Recordings
for your tape groups

*What's NEW*
AACE 2016 Recordings Now Available
Fall into Heartland 2016 and Extravaganza 2016 Recordings Now Available
*What's COMING SOON*


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Welcome to my site where you can find lots of really useful square dance information. Use the navigation bar on the left to visit the following areas of my site:
Square Dance
Here you can learn about Challenge Level Square Dancing. You can find out what this activity is all about, and can find papers I have written discussing some of the more esoteric challenge level concepts. You can also find information about using laptop computers to record dances as MP3 files, and using MP3 files to run tape groups.
Downloads
Here you can find all the FREE software you need to record and play MP3 files for Square Dance tape groups. Of course, much of this software is useful for recording other things as well, like converting your vinyl LP's to MP3 files.

You will find:
SdRecorder, my newest free and open source sound activated MP3 recording software for Windows and Linux
SdPlayer, my newest music player for square dance tape groups and callers
RfRemote for controlling Wplayer, SdPlayer or any Windows application with my remote control system
dBpowerAMP Music Converter and dMC Auxiliary Input for recording MP3 files
MP3DirectCut for fast and easy editing of MP3 files
UTagIt for editing ID3v1 tags on your MP3 files
And LOTS of other FREE software for recording, editing and playing MP3 files!

Products
Here you can find my Patchboxes and Remote Control Systems that I build and sell. A patchbox is for recording at dances. The remote control system lets you remotely control the playback of music from a computer, or other control other applications such as PowerPoint.
Recordings
Here you can find a wide selection of square dance recordings for your tape group or workshop. I have levels Plus-C4 available. I have dances from several major conventions and weekends, and dances from several different callers. Check back often, as I am frequently adding more material.
FAQ
Here you can get answers to frequently asked questions about using MP3 files in your tape group.
Puzzles
Here you can find some interesting and fun puzzles to solve. These are a few of my favorites I have heard over the years. I will try to add a few more from time to time.
Sudoku Solver
This is a web page I developed in Javascript for solving those Sudoku puzzles you see published in newspapers and books.

What's NEW:

I have improved the look of my web site with new CSS styled menus. I try to maintain a standards-compliant site, and ALL of my pages pass the HTML 4.01 validator at www.w3.org. That means my web site should work with your browser. I also recently gave my web site a little facelift.

Extravaganza 2016. Four halls with full tils C1, C2 and C3a halls and a C3/C4 hall. Callers are Vic Ceder, Todd Fellegy, Ross Howell and Ben Rubright. Also 13 guest callers at the trail-in dance.

Fall into Heartland 2016 (formerly Heartland Jubilee). Seven sessions each of A2, C1, C2, C3a and C3 called by Todd Fellegy, Bill Haynes, Ross Howell, Darryl Lipscomb, Jack Pladdys and Ben Rubright.

Dave Heffron Cook's Barn Nov 2016. Four sessions of C3.

Berkshires Oct 2016 by Lynette Bellini and Rob French. 37 tips of hard C4.

Rob French Pace Oct 2016. One session of C4 and two sessions of C3.

Bronc Wise Klinger's C3a Workshop Oct 2016. Eight tips of excellent C3a workshop material.

Rob French Trailblazer Aug 2016. I have added one session each of C2 and C3a, and one C3 star tip.

Sue Curtis Pace Sep 2016. Two sessions of C3 and three sessions of C4.

Barry Clasper Clewe's Sep 2016. One session of C3.

Barry Clasper Trailblazer Sep 2016. One session each of A2 and C1.

I just added 64 bit Linux versions of SdPlayer and SdRecorder to my Downloads page.

NorCal Invitational August 2016 at Mountain View, CA (Google) called by Vic Ceder and Ross Howell. Three sessions of hard C3 and two sessions of C4.

Rob French at Schenk's, Aug 2016. One session of C3 (9 tips).

Dave Heffron Pace Aug 2016. One session of C4 and two sessions of C3.

Rob French Trailblazer Aug 2016. One session each of C1 and A2.

Keith Rubow, Michael Bandoian and Jane Clewe calling Phantom Squares Jul 2016. One session each of C1 and C2, with a C3a star tip.

AACE 2016 convention in Fort Wayne, IN with Saundra Bryant, Vic Ceder, Barry Clasper, Todd Fellegy, Rob French, Ross Howell and John Marshall. Six halls with A2, C1, C2, C3a, C3 and C4. All tips are now available including the C3 afternoon sessions.

Vic Ceder Klinger's C3a Workshop Jun 2016. Two sessions of excellent C3a workshop.

Vic Ceder Pace May 2016. One session of C4 and two sessions of C3.

Guy Steele Cambridge Challenge Series dances from Apr 2015, May 2015, Jul 2015 and Apr 2016. Mostly C1 and C2 with some A2 and C3a.

Dave Heffron Shaw's May 2016. One session of C4.

Dave Heffron Trailblazer May 2016. One session each of A2 and C1.

Cook's Barn March 2016 by Saundra Bryant. Four sessions of C3.

Dave Heffron Stuart Bunch 2016. Four sessions of C3 and some C4 star tips.

Vic Ceder Stuart Bunch 2016. Three sessions of C3 and some C4 star tips.

Ross Howell and Ben Rubright C-Gulls Jan 2016. Four sessions of C4.

Dave Heffron C-Gulls Jan 2016. Three sessions of C4.

Rob French C-Gulls Jan 2016. Four sessions of C4.

Barry Clasper C-Gulls 2015. Two sessions of C4.

Vic Ceder C-Gulls Jan 2016. Two sessions of C4.

Sue Curtis Cambridge Challenge Series Jan 2016. One session of C1 and C2 with C3a star tip.

Sue Curtis Cambridge Challenge Series Jul 2015. One sessiwithon of C1 and C2  C3a star tip.

Fall Challenge Weekend 2015 featuring Todd Fellegy and Geo Jedlicka with guest tipe by Bill Ackerman, Osamu Miyabe, Risha Mars, Guy Steele, Bill van Melle. 59 tips of mostly C1 with C2, C3a, C3 and C4 featuring several existing and experimental calls and concepts.

New Keith's Klass papers on Alter the Wave, Crossfire, Grand Square and 1/4 In & 1/4 Out.

Ben Rubright Trailblazer Apr 2016 special 35th anniversary dance. Two sessions of mostly A2 and C1 with C2 and C3a star tips.

Rob French and Richard Tuck Shaw's Mar 2016. Two sessions of hard C4.

NorCal Invitational February 2016 at Mountain View, CA (Google) called by Sue Curtis, Todd Fellegy, and Rob French. Three sessions of hard C3 and two sessions of C4.

Barry Clasper Pace Feb 2016. One session of C4 and two sessions of C3.

John Bowman Jan31-2016 C1, Jan17-2016 C3, Oct18-2015 C3a (and one C3 star tip).

Vic Ceder Trailblazer Feb 2016. One session each of A2 and C1.

New Keith's Klass on a difficult C4 concept- Offset Triple Boxes/Lines/Columns. See my SdPapers page.

Vic Ceder and Rob French New Years dance in Solvang, Dec 2015. Six sessions of hard C3.

Vic Ceder Kirkwood Jun 2015. A week of C3a with C3 and C4 star tips, and some "special" C1 tips.

Vic Ceder Grass Valley Aug 2015. A whole week of C3a with 16 tips of C3.

Vic Ceder McCloud Aug 2014. A whole week of C3a with 16 tips of C3 and two tips of C1. Check out the Kaleidoscope squares (C1 and C3a).

Rob French Cook's Barn Aug 2015. Four sessions of C2 with a few C3a star tips.

Vic Ceder Pace Norcal Mar 2015. One session of A2, two sessions of C2, and one session each of C3a and C3 (with one C1 star tip).

Extravaganza 2015. Four halls with full time C1, C2 and C3a halls, and a C3/C4 hall. Callers are Vic Ceder, Barry Clasper, Rob French and Linda Kendall. Also 13 guest callers at the trail-in dance.

Heartland Jubilee 2015. Five full time dance halls of A2-C3 called by Todd Fellegy, Bill Haynes, Ross Howell, Darryl Lipscomb, Ben Rubright and Lloyd Sparks.

Cook's Barn Nov 2015 by Todd Fellegy. Four sessions of C3.

Berkshires Oct 2015 by Sue Curtis and Atsushi Takeuchi. 38 tips of hard C4.

NorCal Invitational October 2015 at Mountain View, CA (Google) called by Lynette Bellini and Chuck Matsunaga with a guest tip by Noriko Takahashi. Five sessions of hard C4.

Ross Howell Pace Sep 2015. One session of C4 and two sessions of C3. Plus I just added two more sessions of C4 form Sunday.

Barry Clasper Trailblazer Sep 2015. One session of A2 and one session of C1.

Barry Clasper Heffron's Sep 2015. One session of C3.

Richard Tuck Pace Aug 2015. Two sessions of C4 and one session of C3.

Sue Curtis Paperwidth Dance Aug 2015. Five tips each of C1 and C3a. So why is it called the Paperwidth Dance? It was called on August 15, 2015. August is month 8. It was halfway through the month, or month 8.5. That is the width of a sheet of paper (in the USA).

Rob French Trailblazer Aug 2015. One session of C1 and one session of A2.

Rob French Schenk's Jul 2015 C3. One session (8 tips) of C3.

Vic Ceder Klinger's C3a Workshop July, 2015. Two sessions of C3a.

Dave Heffron Pace Jul 2015. One session of C4, two sessions of C3, and I just added one session each of C3a and C2..

July 4th, 2015 dance at Schenk's. 14 tips of C3 called by Keith Rubow, Michael Bandoian and Jane Clewe.

I just released SdRecorder, my newest free and open source sound activated MP3 recording software for Windows and Linux. It uses the well-known LAME MP3 encoder to deliver high quality MP3 files in mono or stereo at any sample rate and bitrate. It features both sound level and peak reading meters to simplify setting a proper recording level, and numbers output files sequentially.

What's COMING SOON:

New Years at Solvang Dec 2016 C3.

Another Keith's Klass paper.

More dances.

I have obtained copies of many old AACC and NACC conventions. These were digitized from Dick Cook's reel-to-reel tapes, and are very good quality. They will be added as I have time to edit them.

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