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Square Dance in Schools

This short article explains the successful square dance program at a small public school in Fairlee, Vermont. (A side note, not mentioned in the article: Ed Durlacher was brought up from New York to teach and call dances with the demonstration groups. The related item looks at Durlacher's work with young dancers in a very different setting.)

Square Dance in Tacoma, 1940–1960

A collection of seven photographs from the collection of the Tacoma (WA) Public Library. It's likely that similar collections of photographs and-- we hope!--old films exist in libraries and historical societies around the country. Please call such resources to our attention!It may indicative of the surge of interest in square dancing, and then its…

Square Dance Institute - Rickey Holden, 1950

Syllabus of a workshop led by Holden in Massachusetts in 1950, introducing Texas style square dancing to New England dancers. In addition to notes on figures and styling, this handout included directions for some sample Texas dances. From the introductory remarks:

"One of the most common misconceptions about Western square dancing is that all of…

Square Dance Legislation Collection

The Square Dance Legislation Collection consists of manuscript materials (1975-present) documenting the history of legislation to designate the square dance as the national or state (folk) dance. The bulk of the materials concerns the public hearing on House Resolution 1706 held June 28, 1984, before the Subcommittee on Census and Population of the…

Square Dance Lessons - Doc Alumbaugh

A series of photographs with text illustrating basic square dance figures. This set, incomplete at the moment, appeared in a Rochester, New York, newspaper in 1950; Alumbaugh led a series of well-attended square dance classes in southern California in the mid and late 1940s. This geographical spread indicates the burgeoning appeal of square dance…

Square Dance Oldies

Stig Malmo is an avid collector (in Denmark) of American square dance recordings and other related material. He makes selected recordings available on his website, and others are released on CD compilations; these come with each cut clearly labeled and attractive labels and packaging based on the original sources. Among the artists represented are:…

Square Dance Party handbooks

These handbooks, published by Bob Osgood and Sets in Order, describe how to plan a square dance party. They offer a look at modern square dance culture in the years from the early 1950s through the mid-1960s.• So You're Going To Give a Square Dance Party was prepared by Osgood in 1950 for Capitol Records.• The Record Square Dance Party…

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Square Dance Patterns - Joan Bennett

This 1969 film was created by Joan Lockhart Bennett as part of her master's degree project for Ilinois State University, Normal, IL.. As an instructional tool this film covers a lot of ground: formation, honors, balance, swing, shoes, walking step, hand positions, posture, circles, dosado, Figure 8, all around left hand lady, weave the ring, grand…

Square Dance Postcards

A collection of postcards showing different styles and personalities associated with square dance. We are eager to acquire more to add to this collection!Card1: no information on backCard2: Pennsylvania Farm Museum, Landis Valley, four miles north of Lancaster on Route US 222Card3: Hotel Motel St-Louis, Les Voitures d'Eau, Ile aux Coudres,…

Square dance publications

This website contains numerous examples of the many square dance publications — newsletters, journals, magazines— that have been created over the years. (See Items 1033 – 1073 for examples.) There are of course far more than those; the Square Dance Foundation of New England has one large collection; eventually, it is anticipated that these…

Square Dance Radio Network

This weekly show focuses on modern square dancing, and is hosted by Dayle Hodge and Barb Jarvis. They describe their mission thus: "The Square Dance Radio Network provides entertaining and educational audio programming to promote and maintain the square dance activity. We offer programming of common interest and general support to dancers, callers,…

Square Dance Resource Net

This is an extraordinarily rich and detailed website, filled with information of interest to anyone with a serious interest in square dance. The emphasis is on modern rather than traditional squares, but even the traditional caller will find useful information. The site is built around a detailed series of databases that provide information about…

Square Dance Resources - CDSS website

A rich, detailed, extensive collection of resources assembled by caller Nils Fredland and hosted on the website of Country Dance and Song Society. In some ways, the website mirrors this site in attempting to list materials about all aspects of square dancing. The square dance enthusiast will find much there of interest.Contains the following…

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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Square Dance Revival in Lincoln [Nebraska], 1940–1950

This detailed booklet describes the revival of square dancing in Lincoln, Nebraska, and offers resources to encourage further growth. After introductory sections describing the historical background of squares in the area, the authors describe qualities needed to be a square dance caller. They include numerous examples of patter and singing calls,…

Square Dance Time - Tommy Cavanagh

Two clips from Tommy Cavanagh's "Square Dance Time" album., excerpts from "Hoedown Boogie" and "Boil that Cabbage." Callers in Great Britain from time to time receive the Tommy Cavanagh award for service to square dancing in that country. Cavanagh was one of the callers befriended by Mildred Buhler when she moved from Northern California to London…

Square Dance Tonight - with Elisha Keeler

This 1949 film features caller Elisha Keeler of South Salem, NY. Keeler was featured in The New Yorker in a brief "Talk of the Town" piece in 1949 and then was given a lengthy profile (some 5,000 words) in The New Yorker (February 9, 1957). That portrait apparently inspired choreographer George Balanchine to create his ballet "Square Dance," and…

Square Dance Video collections

There are thousands of videos on sites such as YouTube that show modern square dancing. Several individuals have done their own collecting, presenting many videos on one location. Andy Abeles is based in southern California. His own videos frequently start with an interview with the club president and the callr for the event, as well as showing…

Square Dance Videos - MWSD

Caller Matt McGovern has started a YouTube channel devoted to modern square dancing, including his own videos and those contributed by others. This collection offers a variety of examples, most of which are good representations of current MWSD dancing.

Square Dance Videos (West Coast) - Joe Dehn

A collection of several hundred videos videotaped by Joe Dehn, mostly from West Coast MWSD conventions, illustrating a variety of styles, callers, and programs. Among the many dances, you might enjoy: festival singing call, typical California mix of dress and ages "high-energy" patter, festival session with less-formal dress APD/DBD patter in…