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Square Dance with Soul

See the accompanying booklet for the text that was included with this record, released by Folkways in 1969.

Square Dance with Soul, booklet

Liner notes and dance descriptions, the booklet that came with the LP recording

To Hear Your Banjo Play - 1947
 with Pete Seeger and Margot Mayo's American Square Dance Group

Filmed in 1947 with Pete Seeger as the host, this show explores the banjo in particular, including plenty of attention to American traditional music and dance. Starting at 12:05, the film includes the Margot Mayo American Square Dance Group doing a southern Appalachian big set with Stu Jamieson as the caller. In this article, Jamieson discusses the…

Promenade (Margot Mayo)

Margo[t] Mayo led the American Square Dance Group in New York.

Photo caption: Miss Margot Mayo and Miss Deska of American Square Dance Group of New York City and Bascom Lamar Lunsford (center), director of the Mountain Music Festival, Asheville, North Carolina

Piute Pete - Village Barn

Piute Pete called squares regularly at the Village Barn in New York City. This newspaper columnist took a less-than-enthusiastic view of the proceedings.

Let's Square Dance! - Richard Kraus

This series of five albums was recorded in 1956 featuring the calling of Richard Kraus, a caller and professor at Teachers College, Columbia University. This item serves as a general introduction to the series, including the table of contents showing how dances were arranged by age / grade level. Subsequent items will present clips from different…

Let's Square Dance! - instruction booklet

This a sample instruction booklet from Album 3 in the "Let's Square Dance!" series, aimed at ages 12-14, Grades 7-8.

Cut Off Six - Tiny Clark

Recorded in the early 1940s; music by Mr. and Mrs. Siller. Compare the calls for this dance with others in the collection doing the same figures. The liner notes to his album on Asch Records describe him thus:"...one of the main attractions at the Village Barn in New York, hails from the West where they really do some fancy stepping. But he makes…

Ed Durlacher - Central Park newsreel

Newsreel footage of square dancing in Central Park, New York City, in the 1940s. Ed Durlacher called to crowds in the thousands.Jim Mayo: "I danced with Durlacher at Jones Beach in 1951 when I was working in Oyster Bay during the summer. It was absolutely mind boggling to watch him start with an empty floor and fill it with 1000 people off the…

Tiny Clark - album cover

American Country Dances, issued on Asch Recordings

Ed Durlacher (photos)

Two photos of New York caller Ed Durlacher, one showing him in regular clothing behind the microphone and one where he's in full dance caller regalia. Both photos are from newspaper files; one is date-stamped "April 26, 1953" and the other has "1953" written on the back. This site contains a link to newsreel footage of Durlacher calling to huge…

Ed Durlacher - Central Park, photos

Photographs documenting Ed Durlacher's series of dances in Central Park, New York City. These date from August, 1946.