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Arch of Three - Cal Golden, Santa Monica, 1950

This is an audio recording from the 1950 Santa Monica dance, the world's largest square dance event at that time. Caller Cal Golden is being introduced by Lloyd Shaw, master of ceremonies for the five-hour square dance marathon. (Here is the program of dances and callers.)The tune is Ragtime Annie.

Santa Monica Diamond Jubilee - 1950

List of Dances to be Featured July 13,1950 at
Santa Monica's Diamond Jubilee

SQUARES (Patter)
ARKANSAS STAR — Roy Close.
ARKANSAS TRAVELER--Slim Brough.
AROUND AND THROUGH — Jim William-son.
BIRD IN THE CAGE AND SEVEN HANDS 'ROUND Ed Gilmore.
CATCH ALL EIGHT (With Out and In) — Bert Corell.
CHASE THE RABBIT, CHASE THE SQUIRREL (2…

Oklahoma Cyclone (clip) - Butch Nelson

Butch Nelson was a regular caller at the Lighted Lantern dance camp in Colorado.

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.

Swing All Eight (clip) - Pancho Baird

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

Whirl Wind (clip) - Bill Castner

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Hashing the Breaks (clip) - Les Gotche

Les Gotcher was the self-proclaimed king of hash. Here's an example of his calling. Square dance enthusiasts who followed him from dance to dance in New England in the 1950s noticed, though, that he called the same sequence of figures; this in no way detracted from the excitement for the dancers. The caller making up figures on the fly was an…

Four Star Hash (clip) - Ed Gilmore

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Ends Turn In (clip) - Raymond Smith

Dance created by Ed Gilmore, with many versions available on this site. Music here is played by Jack Barbour's band.

Texas Whirlwind (clip) - Rickey Holden

Starting with a simply RH star in the center, Holden ups the complexity with a series of Catch All Eight calls around outside of the circle.

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TEXAS WHIRLWIND (Folkraft 1073A) – Rickey Holden
(original figure by Fenton Jones, Los Angeles, California)

( prelim) Ladies to the center and back to the bar
Gents to the center and form a…

Silver Bell (clip) - Dick Leger

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Dick Leger - Marianne

The Square with the Bongo Beat, Dick Leger's dance, "Marianne," was a 1957 hit. Here are additional links to the recording itself and to a video of the dance called by Tony Parkes.

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…

Chain Down the Line (clip) - Herb Greggerson

Herb Greggerson is one of the most important names in southwestern U.S. square dance calling. This routine is also known as The Route.This site contains video footage of The Route called by Tony Parkes in 1992 and by Bob Dalsemer in 2009.

Les Gotcher - photo

Gotcher was a recipient of the Milestone award from CALLERLAB, with this biographical information.