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le quadrille Américain - late 19th century

Tune composed and dance choreographed by François Paul in 1888, this dance was done up until World War I. It is composed of five figures: promenade, the basket, wooden horses, the visits and "The American." The last figure is a combination of a double basket figure and a variation of La Boulangère, in which dancers do a series of swings with new…

Lancers, 5th figure

The music for this group of dancers is by Spare Parts, from their compact disc, The Civil War Ballroom.

Waltz Cotillion & Prince Imperial Quadrille

The Quadrille Club and others dancing at a Ball in Richmond, England. The Waltz Quadrille is the first item of three in this video; the Prince Imperial Quadrille begins about 05:53.

Appalachian Big Set - Berea- 1993

The Berea Festival Dancers, with caller Teresa Lowder, perform an Appalachian Big Set demonstration at the 1993 Mountain Folk Festival, Berea, Kentucky. The group is introduced by their director, John Ramsay; the dance itself begins about 1:15.

Figures include:
Little Side Door (lady round two and the gent cut through)
Mountain Do-Si-Do
Shoot…

Kentucky Set Running - 1993

Notes by John Ramsay: "The Kids From The Country, a country dance team from Silver Creek School in Berea, Kentucky demonstrate "running a set" or Set Running. Their music teacher, Mr. Barton, is the caller. Note that each couple takes a turn being the leader. In Daniel Boone's time, each couple would repeat the same figure; when each had their…

Down East Squares - 1950s, #1

Live recording made by Dudley Laufman (1955-57) at Orange Hall, Brookline, Massachusetts. Released on cassette tape as "Traditional and Ethnic Square Dance Music of New England — 1955-1957."

Dudley writes: "The dance in Orange Hall, Brookline, Mass. was attended by Cape Bretoners living and working in Greater Boston. Joe Martin and Dan…

Ed Charette – French-Canadian Squares, #1
Chicopee, MA, mid-1950s

The tune is Les Fraises et les Framboises.

Live recording made by Dudley Laufman, and released on cassette as "Traditional and Ethnic Square Dance Music of New England – 1955-1957."

Dudley Laufman writes: "French Canadians living in Chicopee, Mass., danced each week at the Union Canadian Hall. Ed Charrette was the prompter. The Golden Eagle…

Ed Charette – French-Canadian Squares, #2
Chicopee, MA, mid-1950s

The tune is Miss MacLeod's Reel.

Live recording made by Dudley Laufman, and released on cassette as :Traditional and Ethnic Square Dance Music of New England – 1955-1957."

Dudley Laufman writes: "French Canadians living in Chicopee, Mass., danced each week at the Union Canadian Hall. Ed Charrette was the prompter. The Golden Eagle Band had…

Ed Charette – French-Canadian Squares, #3
Chicopee, MA, mid-1950s

The tune is My Little Girl

Live recording made by Dudley Laufman, and released on cassette as "Traditional and Ethnic Square Dance Music of New England – 1955-1957."

Dudley Laufman writes: "French Canadians living in Chicopee, Mass., danced each week at the Union Canadian Hall. Ed Charrette was the prompter. The Golden Eagle Band had…

Down East Squares - 1950s, #2

Live recording made by Dudley Laufman (1955-57) at Orange Hall, Brookline, Massachusetts. Released on cassette tape as "Traditional and Ethnic Square Dance Music of New England — 1955-1957."

Dudley writes: "The dance in Orange Hall, Brookline, Mass. was attended by Cape Bretoners living and working in Greater Boston. Joe Martin and Dan…

I Want a Gal (clip) - Rod Linnell

Released on the Rodeo label (Canada, RXP1), with music by The Maritime All Stars. Note the chorus singing the refrain!

Mountain Dance Trail - West Virginia

Created by folklorists Gerry Milnes and Becky Hill at Davis & Elkins College in Augusta, West Virginia, the Mountain Dance Trail is a statewide effort to support local square customs. The project received a lengthy article in the New York Times, which included a slideshow and video of dancing on its website, and a story (September 5, 2013) on…