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sample of Les Gotcher's calling style, in this case building a dance from a break sequence

Black Mountain 128

Recorded by the Ralph Page Trio, to the tune of Girl I Left Behind Me (Disc 364)

Arkansas "Arkie" Woodchopper was the stage name and persona adopted by Luther Ossenbrink. He was a star of the WLS National Barn Dance show, and he recorded moe than three dozen sides between 1929 and 1945. Discography.This clip shows a…

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Recorded September 4, 1940, with Spade Cooley (fiddle) and Cooley's Buckle Busters. Decca 3733.

"Now you waltz down the center and there you divide Lady to the right, gent the other side Honor your partner and then make a trade Swing on the corner to a waltz promenade" Digitized from a live recording in the collection of the Arizona Historical…

Schroeder's Playboys - An Appreciationby Tony Parkes, August 2012If I could be transported back to the 1950s and had my choice of any one square dance band to hear and/or dance to live, it might well be Schroeder's Playboys in Phoenix. I've seldom…

Duke Miller was a square dance caller (and a wrestling coach) in Gloversville, NY, and later became a popular caller for summertime dances in the Monadnock region of southwestern New Hampshire. His regular dances in Peterborough and Fitzwilliam…

Lawrence Loy was from western Massachusetts but this recording, with its apt title, shows the influence of the western style of dance, with changing choreography.

After generic opening figures, two head couples lead to the right, circle once…

Audio clip of Chris Sanderson calling with the Pocopson Valley Boys, popular caller and band from southeastern Pennsylvania.

Opening figure: Bow to your partner, Bow to your corner, hands all around, the other way, swing that corner gal, swing…

16-page booklet distributed by Hires Root Beer in 1950 as part of the square dance craze of that time. The booklet calls Sanderson "the most famous man in square dancing" and cites numerous accomplishments: four square dances a week, for the past 17…