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The November 18-20, 2011 Dare To Be Square Weekend at the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC featured six nationally known callers: Bob Dalsemer, Larry Edelman, Phil Jamison, Bill Litchman, Jim Mayo, and Tony Parkes representing a wide range of traditional and modern square dance styles.
The weekend was co-sponsored by The Country Dance and Song Society (CDSS) and was documented on video by David Millstone and John-Michael Seng-Wheeler. This exhibit gathers together the video footage of the dances. You can download a spreadsheet listing all the dances, callers, and programs.
You will also enjoy a related exhibit containing interviews with the callers, a total of 25 additional videos.
In addition to these materials, CDSS is publishing a detailed syllabus of the weekend, as well as more than 10 hours of audio (more than 150 mp3 files), all contained on one disk. This item is available for sale at the CDSS Store.
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.
This exhibit looks at square dance traditions in the Mountain State. West Virginia is small, but conrains rich square dance traditions. Elkins, WV, in the center of the state, home of Davis and Elkins College and also the Augusta Heritage Center, lies near the dividing line: to the east, communities have long traditions of dancing southern Appalachian big circle dances, while to the west it's four-couple squares.