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Runnin' the Goat - Newfoundland

Harbour Deep was a Newfoundland logging and fishing community that no longer exists; when the cod fishery collapsed, the town disappeared, with the last residents leaving in 2002. This documentary from 1980 shows a four-couple traditional dance from that community. The dance runs some 17 minutes in length, at a fast pace; be prepared to be…

The Farmer

Square Dancing at the Firemen's Hall in Grafton, OH.

This dance starts as variation of the classic Cut Away Six / Divide the Ring figure, with additional weaving back to place by the lead couple.

If You Knew Susie - Ralph Sweet

Recorded August 1, 2010, at the Champlain Valley Folk Festival, Burlington, Vermont, during a workshop on singing squares led by caller Ralph Sweet.

Musicians are Thal Aylward, fiddle; Will Patton, mandolin; Dono Schabner, guitar

When You're Smiling - Ralph Sweet

Recorded August 1, 2010, at the Champlain Valley Folk Festival, Burlington, Vermont, during a workshop on singing squares led by caller Ralph Sweet.

Musicians are Thal Aylward, fiddle; Will Patton, mandolin; Dono Schabner, guitar

Shindig in the Barn - Ralph Sweet

Recorded January 23, 2011, at the Powder Mill Barn, Hazardville, CT. This footage was recorded as part of a three-camera shoot for a proposed television series, "Barn Dance!"

Musicians are Peter Barnes, piano, and Dave Langford, fiddle.

Deep in the Heart of Texas - Ralph Sweet

Recorded January 23, 2011, at the Powder Mill Barn, Hazardville, CT. The clip starts with a walkthrough, followed by the dance. This footage was recorded as part of a three-camera shoot for a proposed television series, "Barn Dance!"

Musicians are Peter Barnes, piano, and Dave Langford, fiddle.

Dick Leger - Have I Told You Lately That I Love You

Dick Leger was known as "The Man with the Guitar." This clip shows him having fun with the dancers: "I can't believe I'm doing this!"

Recorded at the York Contra Holiday weekend, York, PA, 1996, part of a three-tape series issued by Kentucky Dance Foundation, c/o Folk Dancer Record Center, 6290 Olin Road, Brandenburg, Kentucky 40108, and used…

Dip and Dive

Other examples of the dip and dive figure can be found on this website.

Red River Valley

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This Land Is Your Land - Bob Howell

The caller is Bob Howell; is is a clip from the "Joy of Dancing" video issued by the Kentucky Dance Foundation and used with permission. Kentucky Dance Foundation, c/o Folk Dancer Record Center, 6290 Olin Road, Brandenburg, Kentucky 40108.

Just Because - Lori Morin

The caller is Lori Morin, from Chepachet, RI. She is a modern square dancer, organizer, and caller influenced by Dick Leger. Here she's calling a guest slot at Bob Livingston's monthly dance in Killingly, CT. The musicians are "Barbara's Band": Barbara Neal, keyboard; John Gould, guitar; Tom Hall, fiddle. The footage was recorded April 9, 2011 by…

Listen to the Mockingbird - Bob Livingston

Bob Livingston calls at the Killingly, CT, dance, a regular series he has been doing since 1988, although he reports that there have been dances there "forever." The musicians are "Barbara's Band": Barbara Neal, keyboard; John Gould, guitar; Tom Hall, fiddle. The footage was recorded April 9, 2011 by Patricia Campbell.

Nellie Bly - Bob Livingston

Bob Livingston calls at the Killingly, CT, dance, a regular series he has been doing (second Saturdays) since 1988, although he reports that there have been dances there "forever." The musicians are "Barbara's Band": Barbara Neal, keyboard; John Gould, guitar; Tom Hall, fiddle. The footage was recorded April 9, 2011 by Patricia Campbell.This…

The Route - Tony Parkes

The caller is Tony Parkes; musicians are Yankee Ingenuity (Jack O'Connor, mandolin; Mary Lea, fiddle; Cal Howard, bass; Peter Barnes, piano), joined by Steve Hickman, fiddle and harmonica. Filmed by Bob Dalsemer in 1992 at the Scout House, Concord, MA. The dance is sometimes spelled "Route," perhaps because that word is in some parts of the country…

Head Two Ladies Cross Over - Bob Livingston

Bob Livingston calls at the Killingly, CT, dance, a regular series he has been doing since 1988, although he reports that there have been dances there "forever." (At 1:45, you'll see a man wearing suspenders in the promenade; he told caller Tod Whittemore that he's been dancing at Killingly since 1947.)The musicians are "Barbara's Band": Barbara…

Best Things in Life Are Free - Jerry Helt

From the "Jerry Helt's Dance Party" video (KDF-003). This is a video and audio cassette for non-dancers, people of all ages, square dancers, school groups, square dance callers, and collectors, available from Kentucky Dance Foundation and used with permission. Kentucky Dance Foundation, c/o Folk Dancer Record Center, 6290 Olin Road, Brandenburg,…

Darling Nellie Gray - Tony Parkes

This clip shows two versions of the dance, the traditional version called by Ralph Page as his usual ending dance and a variation by Maine caller Rod Linnell called "Atomic Nellie Gray." A separate video in this series shows the walkthrough.

This dance was taught by Tony Parkes as part of his workshop session on New England Square Dances,…

Darling Nellie Gray walkthrough - Tony Parkes

Ralph Page's usual ending dance was Darling Nellie Gray. Here, Tony Parkes teaches that traditional dance as well as a variation by Rod Linnell called "Atomic Nellie Gray"; Tony commented, "Back when 'atomic' was a good thing." This is the walkthrough; see separate video for samples of the dance itself.

Tony taught both versions for the final…

Merry Mix-up - Tony Parkes

Dance by Ted Sannella, published in "Swing the Next"

This dance was taught by Tony Parkes as part of his workshop session on New England Square Dances, recorded November 19, 2011, at the Dare To Be Square Weekend, John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC. Co-sponsored by the Country Dance and Song Society (CDSS), the event brought together…

Parisian Star - Tony Parkes

Tony Parkes taught this dance during his workshop session on New England Square Dances, recorded November 19, 2011, at the Dare To Be Square Weekend, John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC. Co-sponsored by the Country Dance and Song Society (CDSS), the event brought together six experienced callers representing different styles of traditional…