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Les Gotcher - hash - 1958

live recording - note the fast tempo, about 138 bpm

Les Gotcher was one of the early full-time traveling callers. He was known as the "Hash Master" and this clip from a 1958 dance illustrates how appropriate that term is.

Walk All Around the left hand lady
See Saw 'round your pretty little taw
Allemande Left about like that
Back to your…

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Hash with stars - Ed Gilmore, 1956

live recording

Jerry Reed - Ed Gilmore was one of the early full time traveling callers. He also was an early teacher of callers. He urged callers to keep their patter calls organized and this clip illustrates that. The last two routines in this clip are a star pattern written by Jim York in 1955.

Honor Your Partner, Your Corners…

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Annie Lurie (clip) - David Park Williams

The dance figure here is the familiar Head Two Men Cross Over, changing to the name tune, and a different meter,for the promenade and break.

From the CD set "Mostly Quadrilles," containing two CDs of called dances, 24 in all, and two CDs of just instrumental tracks, arranged by David Park Williams. Musicians are Bill J. Sparrow, fiddle;…

Louisiana Swing (clip) - Ralph Sweet

Singing square: this clip contains once through the figure and the break, which contains a Grand Square. Recorded at the February 2, 2004, at the Guiding Star Grange, Greenfield, MA, on the occasion of recording an album of singing squares. Musicians are the Ralph Sweet All-Stars: Dave Langford, fiddle; Ann Percival, guitar and backup vocals;…

Ralph Sweet - Oh Johnny (clip)

Singing square: this clip contains once through the figure and the break, which contains a Grand Square. Recorded at the February 2, 2004, at the Guiding Star Grange, Greenfield, MA, on the occasion of recording an album of singing squares. Musicians are the Ralph Sweet All-Stars: Dave Langford, fiddle; Ann Percival, guitar and backup vocals; Pete…

Marshall Flippo interview

Marshall Flippo is one of the most popular and durable of MWSD callers. This is a recent interview with him done at the Riverside County Square Dance Festival in November of 2011.

Grand Colonel Spin - demonstration

The Grand Spin call is no longer on the standard lists of MWSD calls. The dancers here are tapping but the figure itself can be clearly seen, starting at :35. The dancers are the Air Cap Tappers at McConnell AFB, Wichita, Kansas.Writing in The American Dance Circle (Volume 34, Number 3; September 2013), Paul Moore describes the figure…

50 Years of Square Dancing in Germany

The first square dance was held in Bremen on July 16, 1949, called by Paul Hartman and attended by five squares, mostly American servicemen and their guests. The event was a success and Hartman began calling dances on a regular basis; he also traveled to other locations to organize square dance clubs. This site also includes information about the…