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Maple Sugar Gal (clip) - Rod Linnell

This clip includes once through the figure, once through the chorus (which comes after each figure), and the closing break, which mirrors the start of the dance.The dance is described in detail in Square Dances from a Yankee Caller's Clipboard, by Rod Linnell and Louise Winston. The notes to that dance point out the distinction "between four ladies…

I Want a Gal (clip) - Rod Linnell

Released on the Rodeo label (Canada, RXP1), with music by The Maritime All Stars. Note the chorus singing the refrain!

Nils Fredland - Bachelor Mill

This dance originated with George Waudby, of Tucson, Arizona, and was adopted by Jimmy Clossin of El Paso, Texas. It is described in more detail in Lee Owens, Advanced Square Dance Figures of the West and Southwest (1950). The dance appears in Bill Litchman's book, Rocky Mountain Caller, and it is one of the dance videos in this collection, from…

Square Dance with Soul, booklet

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

Square Dance with Soul

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

"Dancing to the Music: Domestic Square Dances and Community in Southcentral Kentucky (1880-1940)"

This detailed examination of the role of square dances in south central Kentucky is written by a folklorist, who based his findings on interviews with 20 musicians, dancers, and callers in that region. (Another look at Kentucky dancing, by researcher LeeEllen Friedland in the late 1970s, can be found here.)In his introduction, Feintuch writes:…

Stu Jamieson - The Old-Time Kentucky Running Set

Although the title speaks of Kentucky Running Set, this article deals with many different variations of the big circle or big set formation of Southern Appalachian mountain dancing. The author is Stu Jamieson, who was the caller in the film "To Hear Your Banjo Play" with Margot Mayo's American Square Dance Group. In it, he provides a detailed…

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…

Square Dancing - Bob Osgood film, 1951

Film made by Bob Osgood / Sets in Order in 1951 to popularize square dancing. The accompanying flier was used to spur interest in rentals and sales.A discussion among square dance enthusiasts on the history of the film can be found here. As that discussion reveals, a copy of the film is available on DVD at a much higher resolution.

Down East Squares - 1950s, #2

Live recording made by Dudley Laufman (1955-57) at Orange Hall, Brookline, Massachusetts. Released on cassette tape as "Traditional and Ethnic Square Dance Music of New England — 1955-1957."

Dudley writes: "The dance in Orange Hall, Brookline, Mass. was attended by Cape Bretoners living and working in Greater Boston. Joe Martin and Dan…

Ed Charette – French-Canadian Squares, #3
Chicopee, MA, mid-1950s

The tune is My Little Girl

Live recording made by Dudley Laufman, and released on cassette as "Traditional and Ethnic Square Dance Music of New England – 1955-1957."

Dudley Laufman writes: "French Canadians living in Chicopee, Mass., danced each week at the Union Canadian Hall. Ed Charrette was the prompter. The Golden Eagle Band had…

Ed Charette – French-Canadian Squares, #2
Chicopee, MA, mid-1950s

The tune is Miss MacLeod's Reel.

Live recording made by Dudley Laufman, and released on cassette as :Traditional and Ethnic Square Dance Music of New England – 1955-1957."

Dudley Laufman writes: "French Canadians living in Chicopee, Mass., danced each week at the Union Canadian Hall. Ed Charrette was the prompter. The Golden Eagle Band had…