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Texas Star (a) - Phil Jamison

Phil Jamison calls this classic square dance at the Dare To Be Square weekend held November 18-20, 2011, at the John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC. Phil uses "rip and snort" as a figure used during the break. Here is the walkthrough before this dance.Musicians are Steve Hickman and Claudio Buchwald, fiddles; Jim Morrison, guitar; Sam…

Big Set 1- Phil Jamison

Phil Jamison calls at the Dare To Be Square weekend held November 18-20, 2011, at the John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC. This southern Appalachian dance kicked off the Friday night session of the weekend. Phil relies here on just two of the many figures that can be incorporated into that style, "right hand across" and "roll the barrel."…

Divide the Ring - Phil Jamison

Phil Jamison calls at the Dare To Be Square weekend held November 18-20, 2011, at the John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC. The basic "Divide the Ring" sequence has the leading couple cutting off six people, then four, then two; this variation, by Louis Wiles, introduces a corner swing each time through for the other three couples, making it…

Big Set 2 - Phil Jamison

Phil Jamison calls at the Dare To Be Square weekend held November 18-20, 2011, at the John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC. Figures included in this version include right hands across, Georgia Rang Tang, birdie in the cage, and make a basket (ladies bow, gents know how), Another example from the weekend of this big set formation can be found…

Shoot the Owl - Phil Jamison

Phil Jamison calls one version of the traditional Shoot the Owl square dance figure at the Dare To Be Square weekend held November 18-20, 2011, at the John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC.

Musicians are Claudio Buchwald and Steve Hickman, fiddles; Jim Morrison, guitar; Sam Bartlett, banjo. The tunes are "Nancy Rowland/Gate to Go…

Joe Casey - hash

Joe Casey died June 22, 2012. He was a square dance caller for 62 years, starting as a traditional dancer and then moving into modern square dance. He was a caller for six clubs and a guest caller throughout New England and New York. He was a founder and charter member of the Tri-State Callers Association, a member of CALLERLAB, a founding member…

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Old American Barn Dance, 1953

This is an abridged version of a clip uploaded by TVDays.com, edited to show one of the square dance segments featured on each program. For a full clip, go here.

Soco Gap Dancers

Photograph of the Soco Gap Dancers, North Carolina

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.

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.

The Farmer

Square Dancing at the Firemen's Hall in Grafton, OH.

This dance starts as variation of the classic Cut Away Six / Divide the Ring figure, with additional weaving back to place by the lead couple.

Barn Dance - Wisconsin

This is video from an Old-time Barn Dance held in the O'Brien Farms beautifully refurbished barn in Brooklyn, WI. Music provided by the Ambrosia Dance Band (Chuck Hornemann, Paul Kienitz, Peter Gorman, Dave Batson with dance caller Mike Mossman).

The dances shown are mostly big sets, although some northern figures (ladies chain, balance and…

Going to the Barn Dance Tonight - Soundie

Carson Robison (on guitar) was a country music star. The Wikipedia article about him says, "According to Billboard, his 1942 recording of the standard "Turkey in the Straw" was that year's top selling country recording."From CineGraphic, YouTube contributor:"Here's yet another "Soundie" from my collection. The original opening and closing titles…

Square Dancing with Joe Lewis - Australia, 1952

A unique heritage clip of the Australian visit of American 'Hall of Fame' Square Dance Caller, Joe Lewis, on arrival at Essendon airport, Melbourne, in 1952, with commentary by Australian square dance caller Jim Vickers-Willis.Lewis made an earlier trip to Australia, in 1950, as noted in this advertisement in a Sydney newspaper for "square dance…

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…

Square Dance Revival - Australia, 1980

Television documentary that looks at square dancing in Australia. Mention is made of the boom years of the early 1950s an the start of square dancing there, but this focuses on a revival around 1980. Features interviews with caller Colin Huddleston and lots of dance footage. Interviews with Val Maldowney about square dance clothing and dancer…

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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,…

Caribbean Quadrille - Dominica

This is but one example of a quadrille tradition that has been kept alive in many Caribbean islands, here performed by Dominica Oversea Nationals Association (DONA) - Quadrille Dancers.

Grey Eagle Square Dance with the New Lost City Ramblers

This program appeared on German television during the 1966 European tour by the New Lost City Ramblers, with Roscoe Holcomb, the Stanley Brothers, Cousin Emmy and others. See article by Philip Gura in the Old-Time Herald for more information on the band's history. If you can identify the caller, please let us know!

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.