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Docey-doe / Do Paso agreement

Docey-doe / Do Paso / Do-si-do / Dos a Dosexcerpt from Step by Step Through Modern Square Dance History by Jim Mayo... Others were more receptive to change. Another action that spread, probably from the Shaw schools, was the Wagon Wheel. It was a break type of action involving a set routine following an Allemande Left from a basic square formation.…

If You Knew Susie - Ralph Sweet

Recorded August 1, 2010, at the Champlain Valley Folk Festival, Burlington, Vermont, during a workshop on singing squares led by caller Ralph Sweet.

Musicians are Thal Aylward, fiddle; Will Patton, mandolin; Dono Schabner, guitar

When You're Smiling - Ralph Sweet

Recorded August 1, 2010, at the Champlain Valley Folk Festival, Burlington, Vermont, during a workshop on singing squares led by caller Ralph Sweet.

Musicians are Thal Aylward, fiddle; Will Patton, mandolin; Dono Schabner, guitar

Shindig in the Barn - Ralph Sweet

Recorded January 23, 2011, at the Powder Mill Barn, Hazardville, CT. This footage was recorded as part of a three-camera shoot for a proposed television series, "Barn Dance!"

Musicians are Peter Barnes, piano, and Dave Langford, fiddle.

Deep in the Heart of Texas - Ralph Sweet

Recorded January 23, 2011, at the Powder Mill Barn, Hazardville, CT. The clip starts with a walkthrough, followed by the dance. This footage was recorded as part of a three-camera shoot for a proposed television series, "Barn Dance!"

Musicians are Peter Barnes, piano, and Dave Langford, fiddle.

Red Warrick - Redwing (Grand Blossom)

Red Warrick, of Tyler, TX, calls with his demonstration team. Videotaped by Otto Warteman and uploaded with permission. Red calls a traditional singing square and adds in the Grand Blossom figure for a break.

It was recorded at the Fort Bend County Convention Center, during the annual Houston Hoedown in 1994.

Soco Gap Dancers

Photograph of the Soco Gap Dancers, North Carolina

From Our House to the White House

Note: The video cannot be played in this window. Click on the title link above. From that website, click on the link to the actual movie. It's the third item in the right-hand column, under The Arts Collection.As of June 2013, the video has been removed "for budgetary reasons" from its host site.From Our House to the White HouseThis half-hour…

Al Brundage – Live recording, 1952

Early MWSD choreographyThis recording is an example of what local callers in southern New England were calling in 1952. The location is not identified. Al says he is using a record without speed control on the player (which was not readily available at that time), which suggests that the setting was one of the clubs that he started after returning…

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Red Warrick - Jessy Polka square

Red Warrick, of Tyler, TX, calls the dance he created with his demonstration team. Jessy Polka Square incorporates the moves of the Jessy Polka into a square. You'll see that Warrick has added some moves to the dance compared to its earlier published version from 40+ years earlier. (see related item)Videotaped by Otto Warteman and uploaded with…

Red Warrick - Grapevine Twist

Red Warrick, of Tyler, TX, calls a traditional southern Appalachian square dance figure. Videotaped by Otto Warteman and uploaded with permission. It was recorded at the Fort Bend County Convention Center, during the annual Houston Hoedown in 1994. This clip is of a common routine used in both traditional and MWSD during the 1950's. A search for…

Bill Litchman - Rocky Mountain Square Dancing

(To open the PDF document, click on the underlined link to the right.)This overview of square dance history focuses on two major groups of square dance. One group (northern, Eastern, Maritime, etc.) relies on quadrille-style figures, with couples interacting across the set; this style is prompted like a contra. The second form is found in the…

Red Warrick Demonstration Team

Red Warrick, of Tyler, TX, is the caller for his demonstration square dance team. Videotaped by Otto Warteman and uploaded with permission.

It was recorded at the Fort Bend County Convention Center, during the annual Houston Hoedown in 1994.

After the entrance promenade the team starts with examples of early traditional dance actions and then…

Dick Leger - G-String

Recorded at the York Contra Holiday weekend, York, PA, 1996, part of a three-tape series issued by Kentucky Dance Foundation, c/o Folk Dancer Record Center, 6290 Olin Road, Brandenburg, Kentucky 40108, and used with permission.

Dick Leger - Grand Tour

Recorded at the York Contra Holiday weekend, York, PA, 1996, part of a three-tape series issued by Kentucky Dance Foundation, c/o Folk Dancer Record Center, 6290 Olin Road, Brandenburg, Kentucky 40108, and used with permission.

Dick Leger - Have I Told You Lately That I Love You

Dick Leger was known as "The Man with the Guitar." This clip shows him having fun with the dancers: "I can't believe I'm doing this!"

Recorded at the York Contra Holiday weekend, York, PA, 1996, part of a three-tape series issued by Kentucky Dance Foundation, c/o Folk Dancer Record Center, 6290 Olin Road, Brandenburg, Kentucky 40108, and used…

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…