Square Dance History Project
Square dancing has been an integral part of American social life for centuries. Traditional square dance was vital for generations of Americans, especially in rural communities; in the post-World War II era, modern square dance similarly enjoyed participants numbering in the millions.
Despite its popularity, the history of square dance has not been well documented. Scores of books explain specific figures and calls, but there is no current source that offers a detailed discussion of the development of this form of American social dance. We hope this site helps to fill that need.
This exhibit contains interviews with the six square dance callers on staff at the Dare To Be Square dance weekend held November 18–20, 2011, at the John C Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC. Interviews for each caller are collected on one page. Note: After selecting and viewing an interview, use the BACK button in your browser to return to the list showing other interviews of the same caller. After viewing any element of this exhibit you can return to this Summary, or use page number navigation. Even numbers are the bios, odd numbers the video lists.