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Birdie in the Cage - Larry Edelman - Dances of Jerry Goodwin

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Birdie in the Cage - Larry Edelman - Dances of Jerry Goodwin


Larry Edelman led a workshop session on dances he learned from the calling of Jerry Goodwin, originally from West Virginia but living and calling in western Pennsylvania when Larry studied with him in the 1970s. Some of the dances were ones Jerry had learned from his father. This version of Birdie in the Cage puts the active woman, and then her partner, into the center without the other dancers having to drop hands. A separate video shows Larry teaching the figure; this one shows the dancing.

See also a videotape Larry made in 1987 which shows Jerry Goodwin calling this figure. This is a half-hour film, but the Birdie in the Cage sequence takes place at the start, starting around 00:35.

This was recorded at Dare To Be Square on November 19, 2011, at the John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC. Additional support for the weekend, including for this videotaping by John-Michael Seng-Wheeler, was provided by Country Dance and Song Society (CDSS). The weekend brought together six well-known callers and some 70 square dance enthusiasts from around the country to explore different traditional and modern styles.

Musicians for this session were Claudio Buchwald and Steve Hickman, fiddles; Jim Morrison, guitar; and Sam Bartlett, banjo. The tune is "Boil That Cabbage Down."

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November 19, 2011

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