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This is a series of videos documenting Jim Mayo's workshop on Modern Western Square Dance, recorded November 19, 2011. This was part of the Dare To Be Square Weekend held at the John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC, supported in part—including the videography expense—by Country Dance and Song Society.

For many of the 70 dancers at the weekend, this event was their first exposure to MWSD. For his workshop, Jim started with a hash using only figures that the dancers with backgrounds in traditional squares could be expected to know. In clip 2a he introduced Star Thru and Square Thru and demonstrated how those gave callers more options to move dancers around. He then spoke about Swing Thru and its effect on the dancing, and how it led rapidly to the introduction of two other calls—Run and Trade. In this clip he calls hash using Star Thru and Square Thru.

Throughout the workshop, Jim did some instruction, then followed with a patter call and then a singing call that often involved some of the same sequence of moves that dancers had just done.

Jim used a recording from his collection— ESP Records # 408 "Cuttin Up"— for the music for this series of calls.



November 19, 2011


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