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Marina - Rich Sbardella - MWSD Early – Basic Program

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Marina - Rich Sbardella - MWSD Early – Basic Program

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Marina – singing square


This video is of a dance at the Powder Mill Barn in Enfield, CT. The barn is owned by Ralph Sweet. The caller is Rich Sbardella. Rich is a disciple of Dick Leger and calls in Dick's style which, although this dance was in April of 2012, is representative of the early style of MWSD. The calls are from the CALLERLAB Basic Program.

This dance music was recorded by RI caller Dick Leger. Several of Dick's modern western square dance recordings had an international flair. The song was originally recorded in Italian in the late 50's and later covered by Dean Martin in English in 1962. Rich Sbardella has changed the figure from that used by Dick and has added a verse sung in Italian.

Rich Sbardella writes: "The MWSD calls are all prompted in Dick Leger's method, and the live music calls are a mixture. I have been calling MWSD for 20 years but I have never used sight calling and 95% of the calls I use are from the Callerlab "basic" list. I develop a figure, usually 64 beats or 96 beats, then I develop a patter tip by combining a break with a 64 beat pattern, followed by a 96 beat pattern. I call both figures, once for heads and once for sides, then I conclude with the same break as starting break. Dick Leger would usually call the same pattern twice for heads and twice for the sides; he would also generally use the same break to begin, in the middle, and to end the patter. When I began my calling journey, I did not want to be like anyone else, but I wanted to continue with Dick's timing method. My calling looks to be a little more MWSD but it too is disguised traditional calling."



April 2012


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