West Virginia Squares


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.



West Virginia Squares - overview

Several resources that present the Big Picture of WV squares

Basic figures

Audio and video describing some basic figures in WV dances

Older materials

Examples of West Virginia calling, fiddling, and dancing from past decades

Contemporary footage

This section features video nine clips of dances called by West Virginia caller Bill Ohse and one dance from Glenville, WV, called by Phil Jamison. The Ohse footage comes from Dare To Be Square in Riner, VA, in 2012, and the Jamison clip is from DTBS in Brasstown, NC, in 2011.