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Two singing squares - Tod Whittemore, 1986

Tod Whittemore provides the instructions and calls the figures at these two singing squares: Maple Sugar Gal and Smoke on the Water. Music is by Allan Block on fiddle and Peter Barnes on piano. Recorded by Ernie Spence in Francestown, NH, in 1986.

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…

San Antonio Rose - Tod Whittemore

Tod Whittemore calls one of many versions of square dances set to this popular tune; this version features simple choreography with a very smooth flow. Tod does not recall where he learned this version.

Recorded by Ernie Spence in Francestown, NH, January, 1986. Musicians are Peter Barnes, piano, and Allan Block, fiddle.

Tod Whittemore - Grand Colonel

Tod Whittemore calling at his dance series at the VFW, Cambridge, MA, December, 1985. Musicians: New England Tradition (Bob McQuillen, piano; April Limber, fiddle; Pete Colby, banjo). Videotaped by Ernie Spence (dancer wearing red shirt).

The dance features a grand square figure. The dance is sometimes paired with the Colonel Bogey's March tune,…

Chime Bells - Tod Whittemore

Tod Whittemore calling at his dance series at the VFW, Cambridge, MA, December, 1985. The first half of the footage shows dancers, and then the camera is turned toward the caller. Tod Whittemore is well-known for his yodeling squares; the SDHP contains many examples of Tod at the caller's mic.The choreography for this dance comes from a shortened…

Maple Sugar Gal - Tod Whittemore

Singing square, called by Tod Whittemore at the 24th annual Ralph Page Dance Legacy Weekend in Durham, NH.The musicians are Bob McQuillen, piano; Randy Miller, fiddle; Peter Siegel, mandolin. The late Rod Linnell is the caller credited with setting this choreography to the tune; you can listen to his recording of the dance.Named in honor of the…

Smoke on the Water - Tod Whittemore

Tod Whittemore is the caller; music is provided by Bob McQuillen, piano; Randy Miller, fiddle, and Peter Siegel, mandolin. This was part of a dance workshop on singing squares, recorded on January 15, 2011, at the 24th annual Ralph Page Dance Legacy Weekend in Durham, NH.Named in honor of the great New England caller of contra and square dances,…

Just Because - Tod Whittemore

Tod Whittemore is the caller; music is provided by Bob McQuillen, piano; Randy Miller, fiddle, and Peter Siegel, mandolin. This was part of a dance workshop on singing squares, recorded on January 15, 2011, at the 24th annual Ralph Page Dance Legacy Weekend in Durham, NH. Named in honor of the great New England caller of contra and square dances,…

Trail of the Lonesome Pine - Tod Whittemore

Tod Whittemore is the caller; music is provided by Bob McQuillen, piano; Randy Miller, fiddle, and Peter Siegel, mandolin. This was part of a dance workshop on singing squares, recorded on January 15, 2011, at the 24th annual Ralph Page Dance Legacy Weekend in Durham, NH. Named in honor of the great New England caller of contra and square dances,…

Crooked Stovepipe - Tod Whittemore

The caller is Tod Whittemore; musicians are Randy Miller, fiddle; Peter Siegel, mandolin; and Bob McQuillen, piano. Danced during a Retrospective session at the Ralph Page Dance Legacy Weekend, January 15, 2011. Ralph adapted this from a traditional French-Canadian dance and tune, and it is often the first square learned by New England callers. You…

Grandma Slid Down the Mountain - Tod Whittemore

Caller Tod Whittemore with his yodeling square dance, "Grandma Slid Down the Mountain." As Tod says in his introduction, "This is a dance by Ted Sannella... but he never called it exactly like this." (Tod based his dance on Ted Sannella's Presque Isle Eight, which in turn borrowed from Maine caller Rod Linnell's dance, Presque Isle Eighth.) Tod had…

Kathy Anderson - Getting started as a caller

Today, Kathy Anderson is one of the more actives callers of traditional and newly-composed square dances in the contra dance world; she is a featured caller at dance weekends and camps across the country and abroad. Here, she reflects on how she got started as a caller, how she developed her skill, and how she had a difficult time being accepted in…