Square Dance History Project
The rich story of North American square dance finally has a home in the digital age.

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  • Subject is exactly "Transitional/Western 1950s"
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Ends Turn In (clip) - Joe Lewis

Joe Lewis was one of the big names in square dance calling; he played an accordion that was specially fitted out so that different notes would produce different kinds of sounds, and his big hit was… View item
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Royal Square

This demonstration number is for eight couples forming a tandem square, one inside the other. The choreography was created by Kira Heartsong for Calico and Boots. The High Country Squares club… View item
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Old American Barn Dance, 1953

This is an abridged version of a clip uploaded by TVDays.com, edited to show one of the square dance segments featured on each program. For a full clip, go here. View item
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Red Warrick - Grapevine Twist

Red Warrick, of Tyler, TX, calls a traditional southern Appalachian square dance figure. Videotaped by Otto Warteman and uploaded with permission. It was recorded at the Fort Bend County Convention… View item
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Red Warrick - Jessy Polka square

Red Warrick, of Tyler, TX, calls the dance he created with his demonstration team. Jessy Polka Square incorporates the moves of the Jessy Polka into a square. You'll see that Warrick has added some… View item
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Red Warrick - Redwing (Grand Blossom)

Red Warrick, of Tyler, TX, calls with his demonstration team. Videotaped by Otto Warteman and uploaded with permission. Red calls a traditional singing square and adds in the Grand Blossom figure for… View item
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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… View item
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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… View item
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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… View item
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East Meets West (clip) - Lawrence Loy

Lawrence Loy was from western Massachusetts but this recording, with its apt title, shows the influence of the western style of dance, with changing choreography. After generic opening figures, two… View item
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Schroeder's Playboys

Schroeder's Playboys - An Appreciationby Tony Parkes, August 2012If I could be transported back to the 1950s and had my choice of any one square dance band to hear and/or dance to live, it might well… View item
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Square Dances Without Calls

Square Dances Without Calls is a channel on the Internet Archive devoted to older recordings that were made for square dancing. The collection pays particular attention to records from the Southwest.… View item