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Square dance publications

This website contains numerous examples of the many square dance publications — newsletters, journals, magazines— that have been created over the years. (See Items 1033 – 1073 for examples.) There are of course far more than those; the Square Dance Foundation of New England has one large collection; eventually, it is anticipated that these…

CALLERLAB founders

CALLERLAB, the International Association of Square Dance Callers, officially began in 1974, but discussions about the need for such an organization started some 15 years earlier. The organization has a short history of CALLERLAB on its website. See Related Items on this SDHP site for other presentations of that history.The attached document in Bob…

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Jim Mayo - 1994

This is a series of excerpts from a program called by Jim Mayo, November 5, 1994, in Marlboro, CT, recorded by Paul Trowbridge. This compilation contains portions of three patter and three singing squares, including calls from the CALLERLAB Mainstream and Plus programs.

Frank Lane - 2 recordings

Two audio clips illustrating Frank Lane's style. The first is a hash call recorded live at Hoedown Hall, Mantua, NJ on May 16, 1960. In it, Lane introduces a new call, Wheel and Deal, written "three or four months ago" by his friend, Clarence Watson. This tip is presented in its entirety. The second example, a shorter excerpt, comes from a 1980…

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Frank Lane - bio

Basic biographical information about Frank Lane, a short article on "directional calling" from Square Dance magazine that accompanied his cover photo, and the text of the presentation of the CALLERLAB Gold Card Lifetime Membership in 2007. Lane's philosophy was the basis for the phrase "All Position Dancing" (APD) which was later modified to "Dance…

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Square Dance Video collections

There are thousands of videos on sites such as YouTube that show modern square dancing. Several individuals have done their own collecting, presenting many videos on one location. Andy Abeles is based in southern California. His own videos frequently start with an interview with the club president and the callr for the event, as well as showing…

Dave Taylor - Patter, 1965

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Arkansas Traveller - Marv Shilling, 1953

Colorado caller Marv Shilling calls the Arkansas Traveller, recorded live.

Jack Lasry - Patter, 1970

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Patter, Joe Lewis, 1964

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Ends Turn In - Joe Casey

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My Little Girl - Joe Casey

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Les Gotcher - patter, 1961

Enjoy the fast-paced opener of this one! This clip is also interesting because of the way Gotcher sets up two lines of three facing five.

Makin' Whoopee - Les Gotcher, 1961

Although Gotcher is primarily known for his hash calls, this is a relatively rare example of him doing a singing square. Listeners may also enjoy the same dance as called by Gloria Rios Roth.

Max Forsyth - Bat the Breeze patter, 1966

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