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Ozarks - Old Time Fiddling

Article about Ozark fiddling traditions, including a long section on fiddler Bob Holt, heard playing on videos elsewhere on this site.

Old-Time Ozark Square Dancing

This is a detailed journal article from 1974, now available on the web. It includes a general discussion of Ozark dancing, interviews, photographs, diagrams, and descriptions of two dozen figures and dances, including lots of patter. "Square dancing and round dancing were the two kinds of dancing in the rural areas of the Ozarks in earlier days.…

"Play Me Something Quick and Devilish"

Bob Holt (1930–2004) was a respected Missouri dance fiddler, a 1999 recipient of the National Heritage Fellowship. He is featured on several videotapes of Ozark style dancing in this website's collection.This article appeared in the English journal, Musical Traditions, and in The Old-Time Herald.See also:• a book of the same title,…

Lake of the Ozarks (photo)

Photograph of the square dance team, caller, and musicians. Click here to see a video clip of this exciting dance group in action, performing on the Ted Mack Amateur Hour.

Lake of the Ozarks Square Dancers - 1953

The Lake of the Ozarks Square Dancers, were based in Tuscumbia, Missouri.The group toured around the Midwest and eventually reached national fame after appearances with caller L. D. Keller on the Ted Mack Amateur Hour. Their energetic dance style was very popular with television audiences; this clip comes from their second television appearance,…

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…