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Australia Square Dance Boom, 1952 - Jim Vickers-Willis

Drawing on audio clips, still photographs, newspaper clippings, and other illustrates, this short piece describes the enormous interest in square dancing in Australia in the 1950s. The primary focus is caller Jim Vickers-Willis, but other callers are mentioned. Readers wanting more information about the Australia boom can find it on on a web page…

Baby Face - Jack Jackson

This is a short clip of Jack Jackson calling the singing call Baby Face (Windsor Records #4877 by Al Brundage) at a dance in New England in 1962.

Barn Owls square dance club

Items connected with one mid-1950s square dance club:

• Program for 3rd anniversary dance, 1954, including club roster
• Invitation to 5th anniversary party
• invitation for regular dance
• stationery and envelope

The Barn Owls club was hosted regular dances at the Gardena Barn, Gardena, CA, in the Los Angeles area.

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Barnacle Bill (clip) - Cal Golden

Cal Golden was a prominent modern caller; another audio clip on this website shows him at the giant 1950 Santa Monica square dance, being introduced by Lloyd Shaw. He was a caller with deep Arkansas roots who called in all 50 states.See this entry on Vic and Debbie Ceder's website for more information and a photograph. The Ceders write: "The term…

Basic Movements of Square Dancing

This early handbook from Sets in Order provides detailed instructions for 20 basic figures, "the foundation movements for most square dancing." As such, it offers an overview of what was considered essential in the early years of MWSD.Many figures contain subdivisions; for example, Figure 16 is Arch and Under: a. Inside Arch - Outside Underb.…

Best Things in Life Are Free - Jim Mayo

This song was used by Jim Mayo for his first recording which was on Mac Gregor Records (#2055) in 1963. The figure used here was created for this group of dancers to show how MWSD singing calls are adapted choreographically.For another version of this dance, aimed at people who are not experienced modern square dancers, watch this version by caller…

Betsy Gotta - patter

Betsey Gotta Callng a MWSD Mainstream Patter call.

Between Those Ladies (clip) - Ray Smith

This 1953 clip features Texas caller Raymond Smith introducing the seeds of modern Western square dance style at Camp Becket in Massachusetts. He's calling "Between Those Ladies" by Toby Allen, a variation of the traditional figure "Right Lady High, Left Lady Low."

The form of square dancing that became MWSD started in the 1940s when callers…

Birdie in the Cage - Al Brundage

This is a short clip from a dance called by Al Brundage in 1952.

Blue Eyes (clip) - Al Brundage

This is an excerpt from Al Brundage's recording on the Windsor label. You'll hear the second time through the figure and then the middle break.

Bob Fisk - Patter

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Bob Osgood - photo

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Bob Page - 1950s (clip)

According to Bob Osgood's spoken introduction, this recording is a "re-creation" of patter calling from the early 1950s. It is unclear whether this means an actual 1950s called recording was used or caller Bob Page made a new recording in 1980 using choreography from the 1950s.

The calls would be considered part of CALLERLAB's Basic program,…

Brian Hotchkies - MWSD Australia 2010 – Mainstream

Brian Hotchkies calling to six squares at the double trouble dance weekend 20-22 August 2010 run by Waggon Wheel square and round dance club of Dunedin, New Zealand.The choreography is Progressive Squares where dancers move from one square to another during the dance. The calls are from the CALLERLAB Mainstream Program.

Brian Hotchkies - MWSD Australia 2010 – Progressive Squares

Brian Hotchkies calling a singing call to six squares at the Double Trouble dance weekend 20-22 August 2010 run by Wagon Wheel square and round dance club of Dunedin, New Zealand. The choreography is Progressive Squares where dancers move from one square to another during the dance. The calls are from the CALLERLAB Mainstream Program.A search for…

Bronc Wise - MWSD Challenge-1 Dancing

This video is made up of short segments of dancing in the CALLERLAB Challenge-1 Program sessions at the Golden State Round Up, May 2011. This convention has been held annually for several decades in Northern California. The C-1 Program is intended for very experienced dancers who have learned more than 200 calls. In dances at this program the flow…

Bronc Wise - MWSD High Energy Plus Singing Call

This is a video of dancing in the High Energy Plus sessions at the Golden State Round Up, May 2011. This convention has been held annually for s everal decades in Northern California. The high energy hall gives callers and dancers a chance to "play with" the MWSD calls in sessions designed for experienced dancers. This is a singing call modified by…

Bruce Johnson - Hash - Rubber Dolly (clip)

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Bud Udick - Hash #1

This 1949 audio clip features Bud Udick calling with "Cactus" Tait's Orchestra, recorded live "at the regular weekly square dances at the beautiful Broadmoor Hotel" in Colorado Springs, Colorado. A set of five ten-inch 78rpm recordings with Udick calling was released by Pikes Peak Records asBar-Nothin' Squares, "an album of real Western square…