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Square dance demonstration - Calgary Olympics, 1988

Hundreds of modern western square dancers perform as part of the opening ceremony for the 1988 Olympics, held in Calgary, Alberta. The dance features the "Kaleidoscope Square" created by Gloria Rios Roth. The callers are Wilf Wiladal (left) and Ron Refvik; they can be seen at 2:12, 4:51, 6:27

Best Things in Life Are Free - Jerry Helt

From the "Jerry Helt's Dance Party" video (KDF-003). This is a video and audio cassette for non-dancers, people of all ages, square dancers, school groups, square dance callers, and collectors, available from Kentucky Dance Foundation and used with permission. Kentucky Dance Foundation, c/o Folk Dancer Record Center, 6290 Olin Road, Brandenburg,…

Don Armstrong - Paddock Parade

Recorded at the York Contra Holiday, November, 1996; Don Armstrong, caller. Instructions for the dance can be found here.From a set of videos issued by Kentucky Dance Foundation, c/o Folk Dancer Record Center, 6290 Olin Road, Brandenburg, Kentucky 40108, and used with permission. The music is Wilshire Tempest, recorded by the Cecil Sharp Folk Dance…

Ends Turn In (clip) - Joe Lewis

Joe Lewis was one of the big names in square dance calling; he played an accordion that was specially fitted out so that different notes would produce different kinds of sounds, and his big hit was Alabama Jubilee. This live recording (1960) comes from the collection of the Square Dance Foundation of New England.

This excerpt of Ends Turn In,…

Ends Turn In - Susan Kevra

Dance composed in 1952 by Ed Gilmore, a well-known square dance leader of the 1950s; Susan Kevra, caller; Becky Tracy, fiddle, and Keith Murphy, piano; recorded at Pinewoods Camp, Plymouth, MA, Family Week, 2011. The tune is Barracuda (Keith Murphy, Black Isle Music, BMI).Another video of this dance can be found here.This site includes Ed Gilmore…

Square Dance - Steamboat Springs, 1951

This silent movie shows children dancing at the second annual Square Dance Festival held in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. The film was taken by Leonard Fisher, whose daughter was one of the dancers; the original footage comes from the collection of the Tread of Pioneers Museum in Steamboat Springs, and is used by permission of the museum and the…

Lancers Quadrille (in costume)

This performance of the mid-19th century Lancers was produced by Dance Through Time, and is used with permission. The dances are reconstructed and presented under the expert direction of Carol Téten, a noted scholar of western social dance history For more information about this series of historical dances, visit their site. An accompanying…

Lancers Quadrille (instruction)

This instructional video was produced by Dance Through Time, and is used with permission. It shows the five figures of the Lancers Quadrille, with text and narration explaining the figures.The dances are reconstructed and presented under the expert direction of Carol Téten, a noted scholar of western social dance history. Click here for more…

Eddie Mayall - hash

Modern square dance, Plus program. Videotaped by Tim Stanger at the Papoose Pond square dance weekend, N. Waterford, Maine, 1994.

Elizabeth Burchenal 5 - square dance

Several figures incorporated into four-couple square dance, with the men doing some fancy footwork.

Starting at 2:16 and until the end, notice the musicians, two fiddlers and a banjo. The fiddlers have very different styles.

Elizabeth Burchenal 4 - big set, rooftop

In this dance, the lead couple passes around their neighbors, and while behind them passes each other by the right hand, then returns to the center of the set, swings the opposite, and moves on to the next couple.

At :46, the two couples form a basket (ladies bow, gents know how) for a very short basket swing.

At 1:21, the ladies go into the…

Elizabeth Burchenal 3 - big set demo

This appears to be a demonstration of various southern Appalachian big set figures. There are several shots of musicians scattered throughout.The film starts with the Georgia Rang Tang figure, also known by many other names: right hand turn opposite, left hand turn partner, right hand turn opposite, left hand turn partner, swing opposite, swing…