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Square Dance at the Aqua Barn, Seattle

Kappie Kappenman, caller; Vivian Williams, fiddle; Phil Williams, guitar; Judy Webster, bass, videoed in the early 1990s by Phil's brother, Mike. The tune is Ragtime Annie. Vivian and Phil started playing for Kappie at the Seattle World's Fair in 1962. The Aqua Barn was a major square dance hall in the Seattle area for generations. It was torn down…

Mildred Buhler demonstration group

Contributor Paul Moore writes: "In the late 1940's through the early 50's there was a very popular caller in Northern California named Mildred Buhler. The film was Mildred calling to the demonstration group she had in NorCal. When her husband was transferred to London, Mildred took along her calling equipment and called there. She established the…

A Square Dance Pioneer: Jimmy Clossin

This summary of an interview with Jimmy Clossin by Miriam Gray appeared in 1960. More than 50 years later, it is impressive the ways in which he anticipated the challenges facing the square dance movement. This excerpt provides a taste of Clossin's views:

"Mr. Clossin stated that recent activities in square dance have created confusion and have…

Easter Festival, Örebro Sweden

This video is from the annual Easter dance weekend Påskfestivalen i Örebro on March 21-23, 2008. The callers on the video are Jet Roberts (the short guy on the right) and two Swedish callers, Tomas Hedberg and Jack Borgström

Osa Mathews - patter

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Red Warrick - Redwing (Grand Blossom)

Red Warrick, of Tyler, TX, calls with his demonstration team. Videotaped by Otto Warteman and uploaded with permission. Red calls a traditional singing square and adds in the Grand Blossom figure for a break.

It was recorded at the Fort Bend County Convention Center, during the annual Houston Hoedown in 1994.

Red Warrick Demonstration Team

Red Warrick, of Tyler, TX, is the caller for his demonstration square dance team. Videotaped by Otto Warteman and uploaded with permission.

It was recorded at the Fort Bend County Convention Center, during the annual Houston Hoedown in 1994.

After the entrance promenade the team starts with examples of early traditional dance actions and then…

Red Warrick - Grapevine Twist

Red Warrick, of Tyler, TX, calls a traditional southern Appalachian square dance figure. Videotaped by Otto Warteman and uploaded with permission. It was recorded at the Fort Bend County Convention Center, during the annual Houston Hoedown in 1994. This clip is of a common routine used in both traditional and MWSD during the 1950's. A search for…

Red Warrick - Jessy Polka square

Red Warrick, of Tyler, TX, calls the dance he created with his demonstration team. Jessy Polka Square incorporates the moves of the Jessy Polka into a square. You'll see that Warrick has added some moves to the dance compared to its earlier published version from 40+ years earlier. (see related item)Videotaped by Otto Warteman and uploaded with…

Pam McKeever - Cheyenne Mountain Dancers demo, 1990

Pam McKeever is the caller; the dancers are demonstrating a routine like that used by Lloyd Shaw's Cheyenne Mountain Dancers in the late 1930s and 1940s. You'll note a series of dramatic aerial figures that helped make the Cheyenne dancers such a sensation as they toured the country. The musicians are Brendan Doyle, banjo; Chris Romaine, fiddle;…

Swing All Eight (clip) - Pancho Baird

This link will provide a list of other Pancho Baird recordings on this website.

Smoke on the Water (clip) - Pancho Baird

Pancho Baird's big hit. This project contains videos of the dance. This link will provide a list of other Pancho Baird recordings on this website.

Pancho Baird - square dance medley

This is a rare home recording made by Pancho Baird, a medley of singing squares:

End of the World
Alabama Jubilee
Rose of San Antone
Down Yonder
You Call Everybody Darling

Square Dances in Western Style

A handbook of basic dance figures, written by a Virginia dance caller in the early 1950s.

Ralph Piper - Teaching the Waltz, 1953

This is a handout by caller Ralph Piper for use at a class during the American Squares week at Camp Ihduhapi, MN, in 1953. He provides a brief description of different styles of waltz, then outlines in detail the steps he suggests using to teach the waltz.

Ralph Sweet's Personal Square Dance History

This is a 2005 presentation by Ralph Sweet to NECCA (New England Council of Callers Associations), a group of MWSD callers. Reviewing his own interest in this activity provided Ralph with an opportunity to examine trends and challenges faced by square dancers over the past six decades.Ralph's interest in squares and contras dates to the 1940s, and…

Challenge Square Dancing - C4

This half-hour video was shot at the Fall Berkshires C4 Weekend in Lenox, MA on October 22, 2011. It contains dance sequences and interviews with avid C4 dancers who describe the more complicated forms of MWSD and the several CALLERLAB programs. Much of the explanation is by Clark Baker who is a Challenge Program caller and was a member of the…

Vic Ceder - MWSD patter tip with all dance programs

Called by Vic Ceder at the Fall Berkshires C4 Weekend in Lenox, MA on Oct. 22, 2011. A group of volunteer dancers returned from their lunch early to dance a special tip in which each sequence was from a different dance modern square dance program. The 10 sequences are: Mainstream, Plus, A1, A2, C1, C2, C3A, C3B, C4 (easy), C4 (hard), but were…

Between Those Ladies (clip) - Ray Smith

This 1953 clip features Texas caller Raymond Smith introducing the seeds of modern Western square dance style at Camp Becket in Massachusetts. He's calling "Between Those Ladies" by Toby Allen, a variation of the traditional figure "Right Lady High, Left Lady Low."

The form of square dancing that became MWSD started in the 1940s when callers…