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Kentucky Running Set

Stew Shacklette provides a brief introduction, followed by instruction in several components of the dance (1:03), and concluding with all the figures danced (3:10). Excerpted from "The Kentucky Running Set" and used with permission. Full instructional video and two audio tapes produced by the Kentucky Dance Foundation, c/o Folk Dancer Record…

Kentucky Running Set - demonstration

This short piece gives an idea of the speed of the so-called "running set." Two couples illustrate the southern Appalachian dosido, a series of four hand turns-- partner left, opposite right, partner left, opposite right.

Excerpted from "The Kentucky Running Set" and used with permission. Full instructional video and two audio tapes produced by…

Ozarks - Cooper's Barn Square #4

Cabool, Missouri: Ozark square dance footage recorded by Gordon McCann and shared with the Square Dance History Project. The fiddler is Bob Holt, recipient of the National Heritage Fellowship in 1999. He is playing at a tempo of about 146 beats per minute. The tune is "Katy Hill."Other musicians have been identified as Jim Beeler on banjo, and…

Ozarks - Cooper's Barn Square #5

Cabool, Missouri: Ozark square dance footage recorded by Gordon McCann and shared with the Square Dance History Project. The fiddler is Bob Holt, recipient of the National Heritage Fellowship in 1999. He is playing at a tempo of about 142 beats per minute.Traditional dancers here do not follow one caller at the microphone; instead, each set has its…

Ozarks - Taney Center Square #2

Footage recorded in Forsyth, Missouri, by Gordon McCann and shared with the Square Dance History Project. The fiddler is Bob Holt, recipient of the National Heritage Fellowship in 1999. The tempo is 153 beats per minute.In addition to the fast tempo, Ozark squares are characterized by dancers' doing jigging steps. Even the young couple shown here…

Ozarks - Taney Center Square #1

Footage recorded in Forsyth, Missouri, by Gordon McCann and shared with the Square Dance History Project. The fiddler is Bob Holt, recipient of the National Heritage Fellowship in 1999. The tempo is 153 beats per minute.You can see different squares starting up at different times; at the start of this clip, the square in the foreground is just…

Old American Barn Dance, 1953

This is an abridged version of a clip uploaded by TVDays.com, edited to show one of the square dance segments featured on each program. For a full clip, go here.

Bob Howell - Sashay Over and Back

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

Square Dance Oldies

Stig Malmo is an avid collector (in Denmark) of American square dance recordings and other related material. He makes selected recordings available on his website, and others are released on CD compilations; these come with each cut clearly labeled and attractive labels and packaging based on the original sources. Among the artists represented are:…

Squaredance music - Don Ward website

Don Ward is a longtime square dance caller and record collector. His Podbean website features examples from his collection; in many cases, he has digitized original 78 rpm records and has cleaned up the audio files, removing scratches and pops, to give listeners a very clean sound of some classic recordings. His site also draws from a wide variety…

Joe Casey - hash

Joe Casey died June 22, 2012. He was a square dance caller for 62 years, starting as a traditional dancer and then moving into modern square dance. He was a caller for six clubs and a guest caller throughout New England and New York. He was a founder and charter member of the Tri-State Callers Association, a member of CALLERLAB, a founding member…

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Black Hawk Waltz

Black Hawk Waltz is a classic round (or couple) dance. The tune was composed by Mary Walsh in 1877. Here is a link to an illustration of the sheet music cover, and instructions are available on the Lloyd Shaw Foundation website.The Black Hawk Waltz was one of the dances included by Lloyd Shaw in his Round Dance Book published in 1947. Round dances…