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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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Utah Square Dance History

The June 28, 1973 issue of the Deseret News (a Mormon-owned daily newspaper published in Salt Lake City) contained a supplement on the 22nd National Square Dance Convention. The article on Utah square dance history (on page 2-S) gives interesting information that is hard to find elsewhere. Its authors, Wendell and Celia Taylor, learned to square…

Schlitz beer ad, 1950

Full page ad for Schlitz beer that appeared in Newsweek magazine, August 21, 1950, attesting to the popularity of square dance in popular culture. Modern Western square dancers were not pleased to see square dancing depictedin beer ads, as dancers in many towns depended on the alcohol-free image of their activity for permission to use schools,…

Lonesome Luke & His Farm Hands – Wild Hog in the Woods

Recorded Thursday, February 12, 1931 Richmond IN (Champion 16229)Luke Decker - FiddleIra Decker - BanjoC.W. Johnson - GuitarLee Day - Guitar/CallsPhil Jamison: "Wild Hog in the Woods is one of four recordings made by Lonesome Luke & His Farm Hands in 1931 that includes dance calls. It has been widely available to old-time musicians since the…

Beaver Valley Breakdown - Lonesome Luke

More information about this band is available here.

Barnacle Bill (clip) - Cal Golden

Cal Golden was a prominent modern caller; another audio clip on this website shows him at the giant 1950 Santa Monica square dance, being introduced by Lloyd Shaw. He was a caller with deep Arkansas roots who called in all 50 states.See this entry on Vic and Debbie Ceder's website for more information and a photograph. The Ceders write: "The term…

Tulip Square (clip) - Jim Brooks

Square dance set to the popular tune, "When You Wore a Tulip (and I Wore a Big Red Rose").

Red Warrick memorabilia

A series of artifacts associated with Red Warrick

Mac McKenrick photos

Photograph of McKenrick
advertisement for square dance instruction at his barn

New Zealand Square Dance Convention, 1977

Television news story about modern square dance weekend in Christchurch, New Zealand, featuring Chicago caller Dave Taylor.

San Antonio Rose - Tod Whittemore

Tod Whittemore calls one of many versions of square dances set to this popular tune; this version features simple choreography with a very smooth flow. Tod does not recall where he learned this version.

Recorded by Ernie Spence in Francestown, NH, January, 1986. Musicians are Peter Barnes, piano, and Allan Block, fiddle.

Quadrille - 3 changes

Tony Parkes calls the figures at the Christmas Cotillion, Scout House, Concord, MA, December 21, 1985. Music provided by Yankee Ingenuity.

Lloyd Shaw stories, #1

This is part 1 of 5, four audio clips and one video that present a History and Heritage session about Lloyd "Pappy" Shaw, recorded at the 1989 CALLERLAB convention. Participants on the panel were Bob Osgood, chair; Herb Egender, a member of Shaw's Cheyenne Mountain Dancers in 1939, and Bob Howell, Ohio dance caller.This audio clip presents Osgood's…

Lloyd Shaw stories, #2

This is part 2 of 5, four audio clips and one video that present a History and Heritage session about Lloyd "Pappy" Shaw, recorded at the 1989 CALLERLAB convention. Participants on the panel were Bob Osgood, chair; Herb Egender, a member of Shaw's Cheyenne Mountain Dancers in 1939, and Bob Howell, Ohio dance caller. This audio clip presents…