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Mountain Dance Trail - West Virginia

Created by folklorists Gerry Milnes and Becky Hill at Davis & Elkins College in Augusta, West Virginia, the Mountain Dance Trail is a statewide effort to support local square customs. The project received a lengthy article in the New York Times, which included a slideshow and video of dancing on its website, and a story (September 5, 2013) on…

How To Square Dance series

This square dance video teaches the following square dance calls on the mainstream list: Ocean Wave, Swing Thru, Run (Boys, Girls, Centers, Ends), Pass the Ocean, Trades (Boys, Girls, Ends, Centers), Dive Thru, Extend. Others in that series deal with Mainstream and Plus calls including: Fan the Top, Acey Deucey, Tea Cup Chain, Ping Pong…

MWSD Pacific Northwest Teens – Senior Final

The Pacific Northwest Teen Square Dance Festival (PNTSDF) provides opportunities for young people up to and including 19 years of age to meet and enjoy competition in Square Dancing, Calling, Round Dancing and Cueing along with an Exhibition Dancing category for all club members and their advisors and family members.
This Festival has been held…

MWSD Pacific Northwest Teens – Senior Final – Part 2

The Pacific Northwest Teen Square Dance Festival (PNTSDF) provides opportunities for young people up to and including 19 years of age to meet and enjoy competition in Square Dancing, Calling, Round Dancing and Cueing along with an Exhibition Dancing category for all club members and their advisors and family members. This Festival has been held…

MWSD Pacific Northwest Teens – Senior Final – Part 1

The Pacific Northwest Teen Square Dance Festival (PNTSDF) provides opportunities for young people up to and including 19 years of age to meet and enjoy competition in Square Dancing, Calling, Round Dancing and Cueing along with an Exhibition Dancing category for all club members and their advisors and family members. This Festival has been held…

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MWSD Pacific Northwest Teens – Senior Final

The Pacific Northwest Teen Square Dance Festival (PNTSDF) provides opportunities for young people up to and including 19 years of age to meet and enjoy competition in Square Dancing, Calling, Round Dancing and Cueing along with an Exhibition Dancing category for all club members and their advisors and family members. This Festival has been held…

MWSD Pacific Northwest Teens – Intermediate Preliminary

The Pacific Northwest Teen Square Dance Festival (PNTSDF) provides opportunities for young people up to and including 19 years of age to meet and enjoy competition in Square Dancing, Calling, Round Dancing and Cueing along with an Exhibition Dancing category for all club members and their advisors and family members. This Festival has been held…

MWSD Progressive Squares - Mainstream

Nasser Shukayr calling and explaining Progressive Squares, starting at about :42 into the video. The dance was a club dance for the Canyon Twirlers of Canyon Lake, CA on October 11, 2009. The choreography is Progressive Squares where dancers move from one square to another during the dance. The calls are from the CALLERLAB Mainstream Program.A…

Brian Hotchkies - MWSD Australia 2010 – Mainstream

Brian Hotchkies calling to six squares at the double trouble dance weekend 20-22 August 2010 run by Waggon Wheel square and round dance club of Dunedin, New Zealand.The choreography is Progressive Squares where dancers move from one square to another during the dance. The calls are from the CALLERLAB Mainstream Program.

Mike DeSisto - Progressive Squares (MWSD)

Mike DeSisto calls a high energy "progressive squares" tip at the 26th annual IAGSDC square dance convention in Washington, DC on April 9, 2009. About 900 square dancers, their friends and families from all over the US, Canada and Japan were in attendance! This video features "progressive squares" where an even rectangular matrix of several dozens…

Ed Durlacher (photos)

Two photos of New York caller Ed Durlacher, one showing him in regular clothing behind the microphone and one where he's in full dance caller regalia. Both photos are from newspaper files; one is date-stamped "April 26, 1953" and the other has "1953" written on the back. This site contains a link to newsreel footage of Durlacher calling to huge…

Sandi Bryant - MWSD Challenge-3B Dancing

This video is several segments of dancing at the AACE (Academy of Advanced and Challenge Enthusiasts) event in Milwaukee, WI in June of 2011. The CALLERLAB dance program is Challenge 3B. The callers identified at the start of each clip are Sandie Bryant, Barry Clasper and Vic Ceder.

Vic Ceder - MWSD Challenge-2 Singing Call

This video is most of a singing call in the Challenge-2 hall at AACE (Academy of Advanced and Challenge Enthusiasts) before the scheduled start of a session on June 18, 2011 in Milwaukee. WI. The caller is Vic Ceder.

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Bronc Wise - MWSD Challenge-1 Dancing

This video is made up of short segments of dancing in the CALLERLAB Challenge-1 Program sessions at the Golden State Round Up, May 2011. This convention has been held annually for several decades in Northern California. The C-1 Program is intended for very experienced dancers who have learned more than 200 calls. In dances at this program the flow…

Old Folks' Frolic

This is a photograph from a news story in the St. Petersburg (Florida) Times of April 7, 1942. Caption: "These lively square dancers and other oldsters performing yesterday brought a Chautauqua salute of white handkerchiefs from the large audience." The performance was part of an "Old Folks' Frolic" staged by the Three-Quarter Century Club. The…

Bronc Wise - MWSD High Energy Plus Singing Call

This is a video of dancing in the High Energy Plus sessions at the Golden State Round Up, May 2011. This convention has been held annually for s everal decades in Northern California. The high energy hall gives callers and dancers a chance to "play with" the MWSD calls in sessions designed for experienced dancers. This is a singing call modified by…

Paul Place - MWSD Traveling Hoedowners - Plus Program

The Traveling Hoedowners is a demonstration group associated with the Travelinghoedowners.com web site. This site offers training videos and other information about square dancing. This video was made during a trip by the group to a Whirl and Twirl square dance event in Orlando, FL probably in 2007. The calls are from the CALLERLAB Plus Program.…

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Plus Program Square Dancing in Germany

This is a video of a square dance in Germany in 2008. The callers are Jerry Jestin from the USA and Joe Kromer from Germany. The video is of a singing call, Tiger By the Tail and the two callers join in harmony. The dance choreography uses the CALLERLAB Plus Program calls. The singing call is followed by a series of interrupted clips of Plus…

Dare To Be Square - Brasstown, 2011 - program

Program for the Dare To Be Square weekend held at the John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC, and documented extensively on this site and elsewhere.

Princess Elizabeth square dancing - 1951

This photograph of then Princess Elizabeth square dancing took place during a visit to Canada in 1951. The press coverage helped spur the rapid growth of square dancing in that country.

In his monthly column, "As I See It" (American Square Dance, October, 1995, p. 75), Bob Osgood passed along information about that event.

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