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CALLERLAB Milestone Recipients

The photograph shows the Milestone Award recipients in 1980 in Miami. Left to right: Charlie Baldwin, Don Armstrong, Carolyn Lasry, Jack Lasry, Ralph Page. Also receiving the award that year, posthumously, was Benjamin Lovett.

(Note: The pdf contains links to biographies of recipients. Below is general information about the award, followed by a…

Garden of Eden (clip) - Sandy Bradley

Sandy Bradley calling with the Gypsy Gyppo String Band: Rob Naess and Armin Barnett, fiddles; Warren Argo, banjo; Jerry Mitchell, mandolin; Tracy Schwarz, guitar; from Potluck & Dance Tonite, Alcazar #202 (1979).The tune is Chinese Breakdown.

Cheat or Swing (clip) - Sandy Bradley

Sandy Bradley calling with the Arm and Hammer String Band (Vermont): Pete Sutherland, fiddle; Joel Eckhaus, guitar; Hilary Woodruff, bass; Sid Blum, banjo; from Potluck & Dance Tonite, Alcazar #202 (1979).There is a version of the dance in Lloyd Shaw's Cowboy Dances, but Sandy's version is different. It's probably safest to say that this is her…

Canadian Square and Round Dance Society

Offering Canada Wide Support to Square, Round, Line, Contra, and Clog Dancing

The Canadian Square and Round Dance Society (CSRDS) was formed to establish a national organization to deal with matters involving the activity. (The word "square" is generic and encompasses all the activities under our "umbrella" activity.)

Among other services,…

Learn To Dance and Call Square Dances the Foster Way

Two sets of instructional cards are available online. Each set contains 35 two-sided cards, with descriptions of basic figures as well as complete dance routines.Some original sets are available for sale at Vic and Debbie Ceder's extraordinary website. Here's how they describe these materials:===C.D. Foster was one of the last great square dance…

Fledermaus Quadrille

Michael Bergman: Sadly, they've substituted walking steps for the more difficult Regency-era style steps that were still in fashion when the music was written. They are correctly using the older French formation of lines of couples facing couples across the set, with no progression, which predates the four-couple quadrille. On the positive side,…

Late Nineteenth Century Quadrille

Virtually every dance manual published during the nineteeth century contains information on the performance of the quadrille. The Library of Congress site where this video (and others in the same series) first appeared gives many links for further study. (That site also provides links to the video in many different formats for viewing.)Other videos…

Bob Page - 1950s (clip)

According to Bob Osgood's spoken introduction, this recording is a "re-creation" of patter calling from the early 1950s. It is unclear whether this means an actual 1950s called recording was used or caller Bob Page made a new recording in 1980 using choreography from the 1950s.

The calls would be considered part of CALLERLAB's Basic program,…

Earl Johnston - Skillet Lickin' (clip)

Categorized here as Mainstream, at the time this recording was released the calls were considered part of CALLERLAB's Basic program. This excerpt, for educational purposes, comes from a compilation album (LP 1980-A)released by the Sets in OrderAmerican Square Dance Society. The albums featured callers from the Square Dance Hall of Fame. The music…

Bruce Johnson - Hash - Rubber Dolly (clip)

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Auctioneer - Ralph Sweet

This is the opening of Ralph Sweet calling his version of Marshall Flippo's classic singing square, Auctioneer. Ralph is calling a basic goal post pattern; compare other versions of the dance and read a full description here. The musicians are the band Swallowtail. Recorded January 15, 2000, at the annual Ralph Page Dance Legacy Weekend, Durham,…

Fred Breunig - Listen to the Mockingbird - singing square

An excerpt of the calls for this old square dance, led by Fred Breunig and recorded at the 2004 Ralph Page Dance Legacy Weekend.

Music by Wild Card: Terry Traub (Piano), Vince O'Donnell (Fiddle), Robin Kynoch (Whistle) and Jon Weinberg (Hammered Dulcimer)