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Class Notes - Jim Mayo, 1963

Unlike traditional square dance, modern SD is based on a series of classes that teach the basic figures. As the activity has increased its vocabulary of figures, the number of suggested classes has grown over the years, from six to 30 or more weeks. In addition to the instruction at classes, some teachers have given their students handouts with…

New Call Problems in the Mid 1970s

This is an excerpt from the book Step by Step Through Modern Square Dance History by Jim Mayo. It describes the situation that had been created by a flood of new calls in the mid 1970’s. Related items illustrate a set of early attempts by Square Dance Systems to create an organized catalogue of calls.

Show Me the Way To Go Home - Jim Mayo, Joe Casey, Johnny Wedge

The callers are Jim Mayo, Joe Casey, and Johnny Wedge; videotaped October 27, 2010, at East Hill Farm, Troy, NH

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…

Jimmy Morris and Tommy Cavanagh interview

Interview with two British callers, conducted by Mildred Buhler and shared with her dancers back in California. The two men were the co-founders, president and vice-president, of the fledgling British Association of American Square Dance Clubs with which Buhler was involved when she moved to London. During the interview, Morris says, "We really try…

My Little Girl - Joe Casey

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Ends Turn In - Joe Casey

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Square Dance Videos (West Coast) - Joe Dehn

A collection of several hundred videos videotaped by Joe Dehn, mostly from West Coast MWSD conventions, illustrating a variety of styles, callers, and programs. Among the many dances, you might enjoy: festival singing call, typical California mix of dress and ages "high-energy" patter, festival session with less-formal dress APD/DBD patter in…

Ends Turn In (clip) - Joe Lewis

Joe Lewis was one of the big names in square dance calling; he played an accordion that was specially fitted out so that different notes would produce different kinds of sounds, and his big hit was Alabama Jubilee. This live recording (1960) comes from the collection of the Square Dance Foundation of New England.

This excerpt of Ends Turn In,…

Joe Lewis - Callers Class

This is a fragment of a callers' class led by Joe Lewis; unfortunately, we do not know the location or the date. Lewis comments, "When a lot of people suddenly do the same thing wrong, the caller did it." He focuses a lot of this session on problems of timing the delivery of calls: "If you can't see the timing errors in a singing call and try to…

Patter, Joe Lewis, 1964

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Joe Lewis singing

Joe Lewis modified an accordion and used it to accompany himself on singing calls. He also used it to accompany his singing of songs as an entertainer after (or during) the dance. These two were recorded during a dance in the mid-1950's. Here he performs Frankie and Johnny, and a parody of square dance patter with the tag, "I wish that caller would…

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…

Patter Call - John Hendron

This is a short clip from a dance called by John Hendron in 1995. John has been one of the most popular of New England callers for many years and now (20014) in his late 80's is still calling.and remains very popular.

Sunny - John Hendron

This is a short clip from a singing call by John Hendron at a dance in New England in 1984

Hash - Johnny Wedge

Johnny Wedge, caller. Videotaped October 27, 2010, at East Hill Farm, Troy, NH

Jon Jones - CALLERLAB history

This CALLERLAB History / Heritage / Tradition session in 2005 included comments from Herb Egender, who was one of the Cheyenne Mountain Dancers with Lloyd Shaw. Jim Mayo was the second speaker, discussing events that led up to the formation of CALLERLAB in 1974, and Jon Jones picked up the story at that point.

Jones describes how CALLERLAB…