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My Little Girl - Tony Parkes

Tony Parkes calls the final square at the Dare To Be Square weekend held November 18-20, 2011, at the John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC. Musicians are Steve Hickman and Jim Morrison, fiddles; Claudio Buchwald, piano; Sam Bartlett, banjo.

This square was one of Ed Durlacher's signature dances in the late 1940s and early 1950s, and it is…

Odd Couple Promenade - Tony Parkes

Tony Parkes calls at the Dare To Be Square weekend held November 18-20, 2011, at the John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC.

Musicians are Steve Hickman and Jim Morrison, fiddles; Claudio Buchwald, piano; Sam Bartlett, banjo. The tune is "Road to Boston."

Ralph Page recorded this figure, using the same tune, in 1951 for Michael Herman's…

Squareback Reel walkthrough - Tony Parkes

Tony Parkes leads the walkthrough for this dance by Roger Whynot at the Dare To Be Square weekend held November 18-20, 2011, at the John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC.

Recorded 19 November 2011 by John-Michael Seng-Wheeler and David Millstone

Squareback Reel - Tony Parkes

Tony Parkes calls this composition by Roger Whynot at the Dare To Be Square weekend held November 18-20, 2011, at the John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC.

The tune is "Red Apple Rag." Musicians are Steve Hickman and Jim Morrison, fiddles; Claudio Buchwald, piano; Sam Bartlett, banjo.

Roger Whynot wrote this figure in the early 1970s…

Liberty Squares

This square dance sequence, called by Bill Heyman, was recorded on July 6, 1986, part of a weekend celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty. Click here for information about the event.Describing the event, Bill Heyman wrote:Liberty Square Dance - An Expression of the American Spirit"Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled…

Square Dance in Japan

(Note: also available is information on the start of square dancing in Germany.)The linked article, by Lane Earns, describes the key role played by Winfield Niblo in bringing American square dance to Japan in the years immediately following World War II. The article also highlights the enthusiastic participation in square dancing by Prince Mikasa…

New England Squares workshop sampler

This is a sampler of the dances presented by Tony Parkes in his workshop on New England Squares, November 19, 2011. Each dance is presented in more detail, including many with walkthroughs, in other videos in this location:

00:00 Crooked Stovepipe
00:33 Kitchen Lancers
01:28 Deer Park Lancers
02:02 Parisian Star
02:30 Merry Mix-up
03:32…

Crooked Stovepipe - Tony Parkes

This dance was taught by Tony Parkes as part of his workshop session on New England Square Dances, recorded November 19, 2011, at the Dare To Be Square Weekend, John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC. Co-sponsored by the Country Dance and Song Society (CDSS), the event brought together six experienced callers representing different styles of…

Kitchen Lancers - Tony Parkes

This dance was taught by Tony Parkes as part of his workshop session on New England Square Dances, recorded November 19, 2011, at the Dare To Be Square Weekend, John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC. Co-sponsored by the Country Dance and Song Society (CDSS), the event brought together six experienced callers representing different styles of…

Deer Park Lancers - Tony Parkes

This dance was taught by Tony Parkes as part of his workshop session on New England Square Dances, recorded November 19, 2011, at the Dare To Be Square Weekend, John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC. Co-sponsored by the Country Dance and Song Society (CDSS), the event brought together six experienced callers representing different styles of…

Parisian Star - Tony Parkes

Tony Parkes taught this dance during his workshop session on New England Square Dances, recorded November 19, 2011, at the Dare To Be Square Weekend, John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC. Co-sponsored by the Country Dance and Song Society (CDSS), the event brought together six experienced callers representing different styles of traditional…

Darling Nellie Gray walkthrough - Tony Parkes

Ralph Page's usual ending dance was Darling Nellie Gray. Here, Tony Parkes teaches that traditional dance as well as a variation by Rod Linnell called "Atomic Nellie Gray"; Tony commented, "Back when 'atomic' was a good thing." This is the walkthrough; see separate video for samples of the dance itself.

Tony taught both versions for the final…

Darling Nellie Gray - Tony Parkes

This clip shows two versions of the dance, the traditional version called by Ralph Page as his usual ending dance and a variation by Maine caller Rod Linnell called "Atomic Nellie Gray." A separate video in this series shows the walkthrough.

This dance was taught by Tony Parkes as part of his workshop session on New England Square Dances,…

Outside Susie - Larry Edelman - Dances of Jerry Goodwin:

Caller Larry Edelman credits this version of the Susie Q figure to Frank Tyrell. This clip includes a walkthrough.

Recorded at Dare To Be Square, Brasstown, NC, November 19, 2011.

Musicians for this session were Steve Hickman, fiddle; Claudio Buchwald, piano; Phil Jamison, banjo; Jim Morrison, guitar; and Sam Bartlett, banjo. The tune is an…

Let's All Face Out - Larry Edelman - Dances of Jerry Goodwin:

Larry Edelman, caller; dance by Buford Evans. Larry incorporates two figures from the "allemande alphabet": Allemande X (pass one and swing the next) and Allemande O (pass one and dosido).

Recorded at Dare To Be Square, Brasstown, NC, November 19, 2011.

Musicians for this session were Steve Hickman, fiddle; Phil Jamison, banjo; Claudio…

Missing Link, The - Larry Edelman

Larry Edelman, caller, cites this dance by Frank Tyrell as one of his favorites, marking the transitional moment between traditional and modern square dancing. It combines figures from the "around the set" visiting-couple tradition and the "across the set" quadrille tradition, and keeps more dancers active than was common in either tradition. This…

Larry Edelman - Dances of Jerry Goodwin workshop sampler

Larry Edelman led a workshop session on dances he learned from the calling of Jerry Goodwin, originally from West Virginia but living and calling in western Pennsylvania when Larry studied with him in the 1970s. Some of the dances were ones Jerry had learned from his father. In his introductions to the dances, Larry spoke about this tradition and…

Birdie in the Cage walkthrough - Larry Edelman - Dances of Jerry Goodwin:

Larry Edelman led a workshop session on dances he learned from the calling of Jerry Goodwin, originally from West Virginia but living and calling in western Pennsylvania when Larry studied with him in the 1970s. Some of the dances were ones Jerry had learned from his father.

This was recorded at Dare To Be Square on November 19, 2011, at the…

Winfield P. Niblo

Photographs of Winfield P. Niblo, widely credited with bringing American square dance to Japan after World War II. In one photo he can be seen calling with cupped hands; there simply was no PA system available to use.

Square dance demonstration - Calgary Olympics, 1988

Hundreds of modern western square dancers perform as part of the opening ceremony for the 1988 Olympics, held in Calgary, Alberta. The dance features the "Kaleidoscope Square" created by Gloria Rios Roth. The callers are Wilf Wiladal (left) and Ron Refvik; they can be seen at 2:12, 4:51, 6:27