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Bill Ohse - Grapevine Twist

"Take that lady by the wrist, around that couple with a grapevine twist... back to the center with a whoa haw gee."Break: Dive for the OysterA search for "Grapevine Twist" in this project's digital collection will return references, audio clips, and video clips showing that figure, including Elizabeth Burchenal's silent footage from the…

Bill Ohse - Peek-A-Boo Over (walkthrough)

Recorded May 5, 2012, at the evening dance at Dare To Be Square, Riner, Virginia. Bill Ohse, traditional West Virginia square dance caller, is at the mic. Musicians are Chance McCoy -- fiddle; Bill ___ -guitar; Mac Traynham -- banjo; Frances West - first bass player; Andrew Norcross - second bass player. Another video that shows this figure being…

Bill Ohse - Take a Little Peek

Recorded May 5, 2012, at the evening dance at Dare To Be Square, Riner, Virginia. Bill Ohse, traditional West Virginia square dance caller, is at the mic.

Musicians are Chance McCoy -- fiddle; Bob Browder -- guitar; Mac Traynham -- banjo; Frances West - first bass player; Andrew Norcross - second bass player.

Bill Ohse 1 - Sally Goodin

West Virginia caller Bill Ohse, recorded at the Dare To Be Square weekend in Riner, VA, on May 5, 2012. There are six clips in this series from the Saturday afternoon sessions that he called.

Musicians: Sebastian Zijp, guitar; Mike Gangloff, fiddle; Nathan Bowles, banjo; Andrew Norcross, bass

Bill Ohse 2 - Texas Star

West Virginia caller Bill Ohse, recorded at the Dare To Be Square weekend in Riner, VA, on May 5, 2012. There are six clips in this series from the Saturday afternoon sessions that he called.

Musicians: Sebastian Zijp, guitar; Mike Gangloff, fiddle; Nathan Bowles, banjo; Andrew Norcross, bass.

Bill Ohse 3 - Mix of figures

West Virginia caller Bill Ohse, recorded at the Dare To Be Square weekend in Riner, VA, on May 5, 2012. Here, he calls a different figure for each active couple in turn; there was no walkthrough. As he says, "Now, if I call something that you don't know, I'll have to change it!"

Musicians: Sebastian Zijp, guitar; Mike Gangloff, fiddle; Nathan…

Bill Ohse 4 - Grand Reel and Chase Your Dear

West Virginia caller Bill Ohse, recorded at the Dare To Be Square weekend in Riner, VA, on May 5, 2012. Here he is teaching two figures that he'll be calling. They can be seen in the "Swing in the Rear" video, #5 in this series. There are six clips in this series from the Saturday afternoon sessions that he called.

Musicians: Sebastian Zijp,…

Bill Ohse 5 - Swing in the Rear

West Virginia caller Bill Ohse, recorded at the Dare To Be Square weekend in Riner, VA, on May 5, 2012. In this clip, the caller uses several figures that are taught in #4 in this series. There are six clips in this series from the Saturday afternoon sessions that he called: Swing in the Rear, plus Chase the Deer: Lady round the lady and the gent…

Bill Ohse 6 - Six Go Forward and Six Go Back

"Six go forward, six go back, two ol' gents do a do-si-do,...Right hand high, left hand low, cross 'em on over, now here we go."

West Virginia caller Bill Ohse, recorded at the Dare To Be Square weekend in Riner, VA, on May 5, 2012. There are six clips in this series from the Saturday afternoon sessions that he called.

The tune is Buffalo…

Birdie in the Cage

The well-known Birdie in the Cage figure, filmed in western Pennsylvania, on the border between northern and southern Appalachian styles of square dancing.

Birdie in the Cage - Jerry Goodwin

Recorded at a square dance on February 7, 1987 at the Prosperity Fire Hall, Washington County, PA.Jerry Goodwin, CallerMountain Express: Chuck Monticello, fiddle Joe Fry, electric guitar Bob Hill, piano Dodie Goodwin, electric bassAdditional versions of Birdie in the Cage can be found here:

Bob Dalsemer - demonstration of smooth transitions

Bob Dalsemer demonstrates how New Creek dancers move smoothly from swinging the opposite to a partner swing, and then out to join in one big circle. Recorded at Dare To Be Square, Seattle, in 2009. For a more complete view of dances from the weekend, see the audio and video files posted here.

Bob Dalsemer - introduction to Morgantown, WV

audio only, recorded at Dare To Be Square, Seattle, 2009Bob Dalsemer gives an introduction to the common break figure found in Morgantown, West Virginia: "Dance around your corners all and dance around your partners all." He explaines that it's like doing an allemande left with your corner and an allemande right with your partner, but with no…

Bob Dalsemer - West Virginia dances

This is audio only; it's part of Bob Dalsemer's introduction to his workshop introducing different dance styles from West Virginia. Despite its small size, there are different square dance styles in that state. Elkins-- home of the Augusta Dance Festival-- is about the borderline, with dances to the west generally four-couple squares and to the…

Butterfly Whirl

Filmed in Super-8 by Bob Dalsemer, May, 1979, at the Vandalia Gathering, an annual festival in Charleston, WV, sponsored by the West Virginia Department of Culture and History. These dancers are from Glenville, WV, which now hosts the annual West Virginia Folk Festival, which begins the 3rd Thursday in June each year. There's dancing each year on a…

Calico Top square dance called by Larry Edelman

Larry Edelman calls at the Dare To Be Square weekend held November 18-20, 2011, at the John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC. An accompanying video on this website shows Larry's walkthrough of the figures in this dance.

Musicians are Steve Hickman, fiddle; Jim Morrison, guitar; Claudio Buchwald, piano; Sam Bartlett, banjo. The tune is…

Calico Top square dance walkthrough

Larry Edelman leads the walkthrough for this dance at the Dare To Be Square weekend held November 18-20, 2011, at the John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC. Elsewhere on this site you can see the actual dance.

Carcassonne big set - Phil Jamison

Phil Jamison led a workshop session on square dances from the southern Appalachians, focusing on dances from different communities in that region. Carcassonne, Kentucky, still hosts a regular traditional dance series, and these figures are typical of dances there. In this big circle formation, Phil calls two figures-- four leaf clover and lady…

Carcassonne big set, #1

This is an excellent example of traditional southern Appalachian big set square dance, recorded by John Ramsay in Carcassonne, Kentucky, September 19, 1991. ("Big set" is the name given by outsiders; locally it's just "square dance.") The tune is Liza Jane. The caller is Randall Caudill; he is the son of Clifton and Ruby Caudill; they hosted the…

Carcassonne big set, #2

This is another example of traditional southern Appalachian big set square dance, recorded by John Ramsay in Carcassonne, Kentucky, September 19, 1991. With relatively few examples on our site of this style of dancing, we have included the dance in its entirety. This one includes at least one figure not shown in #1, lady fall through the old side…