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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…

Square Dance and Square Dance Music in Western New York State

Two articles by the pre-eminent scholar of this region's traditional music and dance traditions, and included on the site with the permission of the author. Kimball discusses the history of dances in this region, looks at the dances themselves and their social context, and describes the music commonly played.

An excerpt:
"...As early as the…