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Bruce Johnson - Hash - Rubber Dolly (clip)

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Earl Johnston - Skillet Lickin' (clip)

Categorized here as Mainstream, at the time this recording was released the calls were considered part of CALLERLAB's Basic program. This excerpt, for educational purposes, comes from a compilation album (LP 1980-A)released by the Sets in OrderAmerican Square Dance Society. The albums featured callers from the Square Dance Hall of Fame. The music…

Bob Page - 1950s (clip)

According to Bob Osgood's spoken introduction, this recording is a "re-creation" of patter calling from the early 1950s. It is unclear whether this means an actual 1950s called recording was used or caller Bob Page made a new recording in 1980 using choreography from the 1950s.

The calls would be considered part of CALLERLAB's Basic program,…

Dusty Roads (clip) - Jerry Helt

Categorized here as Mainstream, at the time this recording was released the calls were considered part of CALLERLAB's Basic program.This excerpt, included here for educational purposes, comes from a compilation album (LP 1980-A) released by the Sets in Order American Square Dance Society. The albums featured callers from the Square Dance Hall of…

Late Nineteenth Century Quadrille

Virtually every dance manual published during the nineteeth century contains information on the performance of the quadrille. The Library of Congress site where this video (and others in the same series) first appeared gives many links for further study. (That site also provides links to the video in many different formats for viewing.)Other videos…

Fledermaus Quadrille

Michael Bergman: Sadly, they've substituted walking steps for the more difficult Regency-era style steps that were still in fashion when the music was written. They are correctly using the older French formation of lines of couples facing couples across the set, with no progression, which predates the four-couple quadrille. On the positive side,…

Arnie Kronenberger - hash, live recording, 1953

Jerry Reed - I believe this recording is an example of what traveling callers were calling in 1953. This choreography is a single patter tip from a dance called by Arnie Kronenberger, from California. The dance was called with a live band in Chicago. At the end of the dance Arnie thanks the band and identifies them as the WLS Ranch Hands. (Note -…

Johnny Barbour - Hash, live recording, 1958

Johnny Barbour 1958 – Track 1

Comment by Jim Mayo

This tip is, I believe, from a group of files shared with the Square Dance Foundation of New England by Stig Malmo from Denmark. Stig has been generous in sharing from his very extensive collection of recordings of early square dances. Although we do not have complete identification of the…

Jim York - Hash, live recording, 1955

Jim Mayo: Jim York was a very prolific writer of choreography. The Sets In Order magazine began publishing dances regularly in 1953 and Jim York's dances appeared regularly from then on. I believe Jim York wrote the Suzie Q call that he used in this dance.

Jerry Reed: I believe this recording is an example of what local callers (area unknown but…

Hurry Hurry Hurry - Marvin Shilling, live, 1953

Jim Mayo: I believe this is the figure used by Doc Alumbaugh in the original Windsor Records recording. The method of setting up lines of four is unusual today. At the time this recording was made in the early 1950's the "Heads (or Sides) Lead to the Right and Circle to a Line" that is today a common way to make lines was not yet common.

Marvin Shilling - live recording, hash, 1953

Early MWSD choreographyIn his introduction (not heard here) to this tip, Marvin Shilling comments: "I don't suppose anybody'll get lost at all, but if you do, just keep on dancing, even if you've got the wrong girl, even if you're doing the wrong thing it don't make any difference. The main thing is that you have a good time and if you have a good…

Heiner Fischle's website

Heiner Fischle is a German caller, choreographer, and organizer. He has compiled a detailed website including some material of general interest.