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"Play Me Something Quick and Devilish"

Bob Holt (1930–2004) was a respected Missouri dance fiddler, a 1999 recipient of the National Heritage Fellowship. He is featured on several videotapes of Ozark style dancing in this website's collection.This article appeared in the English journal, Musical Traditions, and in The Old-Time Herald.See also:• a book of the same title,…

Set Running - Berea Country Dancers

In a voiceover at the start of the clip, the group's director, John Ramsay, speaks about the history of the dance and share some of his philosophy about dance bringing people together.Other "set running" resources on this site include Stew Shacklette talking about the dance's history and providing more detailed instruction and demonstration.

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…

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…

Stan Winchester - C4 Singing Squares

Stan Winchester was a MWSD dancer who created a large body of singing squares for the C4 community. These dancers sometimes share a series of recorded audiotapes with prerecorded calls, and Winchester was appreciated for his ability to fit the complex choreography of challenge dancing into well-phrased singing calls.Caller Clark Baker maintains a…

Lake of the Ozarks (photo)

Photograph of the square dance team, caller, and musicians. Click here to see a video clip of this exciting dance group in action, performing on the Ted Mack Amateur Hour.

Nineteenth Century Social Dance (article)

Library of Congress overview of dance history, including links to specific books in their collection.

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Late Eighteenth-Century Social Dance (article)

Article that provides a summary of 18th century dance, including the contredanse française, a dance for four couples in a square. Also offers links to documents in the Library of Congress website of dance manuals.

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La naissance du cotillon et du quadrille, contredanses françaises

Article (in French) by Simonne Voyer, who is the author of La danse traditionnelle dans l'est du Canada: quadrilles et cotillons. For a translation in English by Susan Kevra, click here.

Paine's First Set of Quadrilles, 1815

Paine's First Set of Quadrilles 1815 Nederlands Historisch Dans-en Theaterensemble, artistic director Maria Angad Gaur Performance: Jane Austen Bal, The Netherlands 2006 Part 2,3,4,5 and 6 only danced twice instead of the usual four times!For comparison, see the same dance performed by the Quadrille Club, London.

Cotillon / Cotillion / Contredanse Française

referring to a dance in our collection:The dance is a contredanse from de la Cuisse, published in 1762. It was not called a cotillion in France. Once de la Cuisse had published his collection, the contredanses became popular in England and were simplified (fewer figures but the same idea of a main chorus with changing verses) and called them by the…

La Nouvelle Carel, French cotillion 1762

Cotillion, La Nouvelle Carel, Le Repertoires de Bals, de la Cuisse, Paris, 1762Here is another dance from the same collection, performed by a different group.

Nouvelle Anglaise, French cotillion

This dance is Nouvelle Anglaise, a French cotillion by de la Cuisse and notated by Feuillet, published in Repertoire de Bals, Paris, 1762. The music is Sur L'Air du Tambourin de Daquin.The 18th century French Cotillions are the ancestors of 19th century, 20th century and 21st century square dances.Here is another dance from the same publication.

Grey Eagle Square Dance with the New Lost City Ramblers

This program appeared on German television during the 1966 European tour by the New Lost City Ramblers, with Roscoe Holcomb, the Stanley Brothers, Cousin Emmy and others. See article by Philip Gura in the Old-Time Herald for more information on the band's history. If you can identify the caller, please let us know!

Square dancing, Berea, KY - c. 1950 style

The footage was taken and posted by John Ramsay, who writes: "The Jackson family in Berea, Kentucky got a group together to demonstrate the type of square dancing which was danced by local citizens around 1950. I shot the footage at the Jackson home in Berea sometime between 1974-1976. The three daughters begin by step dancing/ hoedown/ clogging.…

Quadrille - late 19th century

From a series of dances videotaped for the Library of Congress, illustrating different styles throughout several centuries of American dance.

Caribbean Quadrille - Dominica

This is but one example of a quadrille tradition that has been kept alive in many Caribbean islands, here performed by Dominica Oversea Nationals Association (DONA) - Quadrille Dancers.

Medicine Fiddle

This beautiful ethnographic film explores the music and dance heritage of the Fur Trade among Native and Métis families on both sides of the U.S. and Canadian border in the area of the northern Great Plains. The film features Michigan and Ontario Ojibwa, Wisconsin Menominee, Manitoba Metis, North Dakota Metis, and Ontario Ottawa fiddlers and…

Fogo Island, Newfoundland - A Wedding and a Party

A Roman Catholic wedding (1967) in the church in Joe Batt's Arm South on Fogo Island, Newfoundland; then a party afterward with music and dancing in Joe Batt's Arm North.

There appears to be no way to jump through the wedding sequence to get to the dance footage, about two-thirds of the way through the posted video.