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Bouquet Waltz - Jim Kimball

Afternoon workshop of traditional New York state square dances
Sponsored by the Southern Tier Country Dance Society
Saturday, May 14, 2016
Cuba Grange
Cuba, NY

Jim Kimball says that the figure was known locally as "Two by Three in a Bouquet Waltz." The same figure in other locales done by two circles of four, is sometimes called a Pokey…

Redwing - Jim Kimball

Afternoon workshop of traditional New York state square dances
Sponsored by the Southern Tier Country Dance Society
Saturday, May 14, 2016
Cuba Grange
Cuba, NY

The tune is Redwing, commonly used for the Dip and Dive figure. This dance is simpler.

Jim Kimball, caller and button accordion
Curt Osgood, hammered dulcimer
Evelyn Jones,…

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Coming Round the Mountain - Jim Kimball

Afternoon workshop of traditional New York state square dances
Sponsored by the Southern Tier Country Dance Society
Saturday, May 14, 2016
Cuba Grange
Cuba, NY

Kimball starts with a few comments on the Perry family orchestra with a 100+ year history of playing for dances in upstate New York.

Jim Kimball, caller and button accordion
Curt…

Marching Through Georgia - Jim Kimball

Afternoon workshop of traditional New York state square dances
Sponsored by the Southern Tier Country Dance Society
Saturday, May 14, 2016
Cuba Grange
Cuba, NY

Jim Kimball, caller and button accordion
Curt Osgood, hammered dulcimer
Evelyn Jones, piano accordion
Howard Blumenthal, fiddle

Hinky Dinky Parlez-Vous - Jim Kimball

Different callers have put different figures to this tune.

Afternoon workshop of traditional New York state square dances
Sponsored by the Southern Tier Country Dance Society
Saturday, May 14, 2016
Cuba Grange
Cuba, NY

Jim Kimball, caller and button accordion
Curt Osgood, hammered dulcimer
Evelyn Jones, piano accordion
Howard…

Texas Square Dance - Family Tree

The author attempts to trace the various antecedents leading up to Texas square dancing in the 1940s. After the obligatory look at British sources, he notes: "The recent history of the square dance is complicated by what appears to be a dual development – with the vigorous folk strain of round and chain dances extending directly from the Low…

Square Dance Contests - Texas debate, 1948

In the 1920s and 1930s, continuing a little into the 1940s, Texas had numerous square dance competitions. These two essays from Foot 'n' Fiddle magazine debate the merits of such events.In the first piece, Jane Harris argues, in part, "I would not strike out the demonstration group or the occasional exhibit of the highly trained dancers. It most…

Ed Gilmore - live recording - 1958

This live recording of three dances called by Ed Gilmore comes from Don Ward's Podbean site.After a musical introduction, the recording starts with Ward's comments and then moves to the dances: 3:15 Hash 7:00 Quadrille with Grand Square, with extensive teaching 13:55 Singing square, "Whispering"The second dance is using the tune commonly…

Social Symbolism in a Rural Square Dance Event

This scholarly article looks in depth at a Grange dance in a small town in western Pennsylvania. Written from a sociological/folklorist perspective, the authors describe the community in which the dance takes place, the ethnic background of participants, the local economy, and the centrality of the event in community life:

"Considering the…

Danse québécoise - Quadrille en 5 parties

This is an edited version of a dance created by choreographer Yvan Gagné, from Quebec City. You can see the original video, complete with his teaching the figures, at this site. In somewhat the same way as contra dance choreographers have created a wealth of new material, sometimes stretching the boundaries of that dance form, Gagné's…

Lancers

Footage from a 2015 historical ball sponsored by the Golden Forest dance group in Russia. This version has some interesting variations the "chassez by your partner" in the fourth figure instead of "right hands across, left hands back", and starting the grand chain in the last figure with left hand to partner (only the center set gave right hand.The…

Independence Lancers

The Lancers is a five-part Quadrille that made its way from 19th century ballrooms to 1985 in southwestern Pennsylvania at the Independence Grange Hall, Independence Township, Washington County, Pennsylvania. Recorded May 11, 1985. The Related Item shows footage from 1983 of that dance in the same location.

Duck and Dive - Bill McAdoo

A section of square dance caller Bill McAdoo calling Duck and Dive on May 11, 1985 at the Independence Grange Hall, Independence Township, Washington County, Pennsylvania.

Similar examples may be tagged "Duck and Dive" or "Dip and Dive."

Eriskay Quadrilles - Scottish square

Performed to Allan MacDonald on the pipes. Ceolas Summer School, Eriskay Ceilidh, Scotland. Notice the aerial figure created by the two side couples at 5:45!

Fiddlers' Festival dance - Cape Breton

We're not sure where this event took place. The musicians here are Brian MacDonald and Hilda Chiasson.This is one of a large collection of videos posted on Facebook by the Cape Breton Music Media Historical Society. Others from this event…

Mabou Dancers

The Mabou Dancers are a performance group that shows the 3rd figure of the Mabou set. Here they are performing in the Mabou Community Hall.

Inverness Set - 2nd and 3rd figures

Great example of square dancing at a house party, an authentic setting. It's common for squares to be done at house parties. Lots of well-known locals in the video. The musicians are Howie MacDonald & Mac Morin.

And They Danced - Cape Breton dance

This documentary (47 minutes) is a rich portrait of stepdancing and square dance traditions in Cape Breton Island, particularly in Inverness County.

Danse québécoise: Quadrille en 5 parties

Each figure begins with instruction, followed by a sequence of that figure being danced to music. This is one of more than 200 short videos uploaded by caller and choreographer Yvan Gagné. You can find the complete set here; scroll past the many videos illustrating step-dance figures to find the square dance videos.

Square Dances - 1981 - Pam McKeever & Tod Whittemore

This footage was recorded by Kirston Koths, Oak Leaf Studios, on December 31, 1981, going into January 1, 1982. The event was a New Year's Eve dance with callers Tod Whittemore and Pam McKeever, held at Belmont Hill School near Boston.The programs mixes contra dances with these squares:Wagon Wheel (00:00)Take a Little Peek (4:38)Head Two Ladies…