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Newfoundland Square Dance - Fogo Island

Traditional Newfoundland square dancing in the early 1990's. Tunes played on the accordion are: Off She Goes, Mussels in the Corner, and Rode up in a Dory. The dances are performed by many of the locals Fogo Island. This dance is a double quadrille, two couples on each side of a large square. The four head couples dance with each other, while the…

Square Dance Radio Network

This weekly show focuses on modern square dancing, and is hosted by Dayle Hodge and Barb Jarvis. They describe their mission thus: "The Square Dance Radio Network provides entertaining and educational audio programming to promote and maintain the square dance activity. We offer programming of common interest and general support to dancers, callers,…

Runnin' the Goat - Newfoundland

Harbour Deep was a Newfoundland logging and fishing community that no longer exists; when the cod fishery collapsed, the town disappeared, with the last residents leaving in 2002. This documentary from 1980 shows a four-couple traditional dance from that community. The dance runs some 17 minutes in length, at a fast pace; be prepared to be…

Lake of the Ozarks Square Dancers - 1953

The Lake of the Ozarks Square Dancers were based in Tuscumbia, Missouri.The group toured around the Midwest and eventually reached national fame after appearances with caller L. D. Keller on the Ted Mack Amateur Hour. Their energetic dance style was very popular with television audiences; this clip comes from their second television appearance,…

Square Dance Revival - Australia, 1980

Television documentary that looks at square dancing in Australia. Mention is made of the boom years of the early 1950s an the start of square dancing there, but this focuses on a revival around 1980. Features interviews with caller Colin Huddleston and lots of dance footage. Interviews with Val Maldowney about square dance clothing and dancer…

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Australia Square Dance Boom, 1952 - Jim Vickers-Willis

Drawing on audio clips, still photographs, newspaper clippings, and other illustrates, this short piece describes the enormous interest in square dancing in Australia in the 1950s. The primary focus is caller Jim Vickers-Willis, but other callers are mentioned. Readers wanting more information about the Australia boom can find it on on a web page…

Square Dancing with Joe Lewis - Australia, 1952

A unique heritage clip of the Australian visit of American 'Hall of Fame' Square Dance Caller, Joe Lewis, on arrival at Essendon airport, Melbourne, in 1952, with commentary by Australian square dance caller Jim Vickers-Willis.Lewis made an earlier trip to Australia, in 1950, as noted in this advertisement in a Sydney newspaper for "square dance…

Going to the Barn Dance Tonight - Soundie

Carson Robison (on guitar) was a country music star. The Wikipedia article about him says, "According to Billboard, his 1942 recording of the standard "Turkey in the Straw" was that year's top selling country recording."From CineGraphic, YouTube contributor:"Here's yet another "Soundie" from my collection. The original opening and closing titles…

Barn Dance - Wisconsin

This is video from an Old-time Barn Dance held in the O'Brien Farms beautifully refurbished barn in Brooklyn, WI. Music provided by the Ambrosia Dance Band (Chuck Hornemann, Paul Kienitz, Peter Gorman, Dave Batson with dance caller Mike Mossman).

The dances shown are mostly big sets, although some northern figures (ladies chain, balance and…

The Farmer

Square Dancing at the Firemen's Hall in Grafton, OH.

This dance starts as variation of the classic Cut Away Six / Divide the Ring figure, with additional weaving back to place by the lead couple.

Ed Austin's Life in Dance

This autobiography by Ed Austin focuses on his lifetime involvement with traditional dance, including a detailed description of the dances he filmed in Central City, Colorado. Click here to watch his film.

Central City, Colorado - 1955

The caller featured here is Ray Smith; we have not yet identified the fiddler and piano player. By 1960, Al "Tex" Brownlee was the caller and he used recorded music.Dancers:Couple 1: Dave Chandler and Edie Vecqueray (Edie was a Cheyenne Mtn. Dancer with Pappy)Couple 2: John Bradford and Dolly MayerCouple 3: Max Smith and Diane Smith (not…

Not Your Grandparents Square Dance

Old-time music and square dancing in Portland, Oregon. Interviews with Bill Martin and Michael Ismerio, and footage from the Old Time Music Gathering, reveal the intimate links between the old-time music scene and the revival of square dancing.This is one of a series of short documentary videos produced by Doug Plummer; you can find many more…

Bill Martin - Oregon Public Broadcast TV

Broadcast in 2003, this public television documentary profiles caller Bill Martin and the old-time southern Appalachian music and dance scene in Portland, Oregon. Bill is widely credited with creating a vibrant community, encouraging musicians and mentoring younger callers, here seen working with Caroline Oakley. The influence of this Portland…

Bud Udick - Hash #2

This 1949 audio clip features Bud Udick calling with "Cactus" Tait's Orchestra, recorded live "at the regular weekly square dances at the beautiful Broadmoor Hotel" in Colorado Springs, Colorado. A set of five ten-inch 78rpm recordings with Udick calling was released by Pikes Peak Records asBar-Nothin' Squares, "an album of real Western square…

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Bud Udick - Hash #1

This 1949 audio clip features Bud Udick calling with "Cactus" Tait's Orchestra, recorded live "at the regular weekly square dances at the beautiful Broadmoor Hotel" in Colorado Springs, Colorado. A set of five ten-inch 78rpm recordings with Udick calling was released by Pikes Peak Records asBar-Nothin' Squares, "an album of real Western square…

Docey-doe / Do Paso agreement

Docey-doe / Do Paso / Do-si-do / Dos a Dosexcerpt from Step by Step Through Modern Square Dance History by Jim Mayo... Others were more receptive to change. Another action that spread, probably from the Shaw schools, was the Wagon Wheel. It was a break type of action involving a set routine following an Allemande Left from a basic square formation.…

If You Knew Susie - Ralph Sweet (2010)

Recorded August 1, 2010, at the Champlain Valley Folk Festival, Burlington, Vermont, during a workshop on singing squares led by caller Ralph Sweet.

Musicians are Thal Aylward, fiddle; Will Patton, mandolin; Dono Schabner, guitar

When You're Smiling - Ralph Sweet

Recorded August 1, 2010, at the Champlain Valley Folk Festival, Burlington, Vermont, during a workshop on singing squares led by caller Ralph Sweet.

Musicians are Thal Aylward, fiddle; Will Patton, mandolin; Dono Schabner, guitar

Shindig in the Barn - Ralph Sweet

Recorded January 23, 2011, at the Powder Mill Barn, Hazardville, CT. This footage was recorded as part of a three-camera shoot for a proposed television series, "Barn Dance!"

Musicians are Peter Barnes, piano, and Dave Langford, fiddle.