Dare To Be Square Weekend 2011, Brasstown, NC


The November 18-20, 2011 Dare To Be Square Weekend at the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC featured six nationally known callers: Bob Dalsemer, Larry Edelman, Phil Jamison, Bill Litchman, Jim Mayo, and Tony Parkes representing a wide range of traditional and modern square dance styles.

The weekend was co-sponsored by The Country Dance and Song Society (CDSS) and was documented on video by David Millstone and John-Michael Seng-Wheeler. This exhibit gathers together the video footage of the dances. You can download a spreadsheet listing all the dances, callers, and programs.

You will also enjoy a related exhibit containing interviews with the callers, a total of 25 additional videos.

In addition to these materials, CDSS is publishing a detailed syllabus of the weekend, as well as more than 10 hours of audio (more than 150 mp3 files), all contained on one disk. This item is available for sale at the CDSS Store.



Friday Evening, Saturday Evening and Sunday Morning Dance Sessions

The two evening and Sunday dance session featured the six callers each caling a few dances. The musicians were Steve Hickman, Claudio Buchwald, Sam Bartlett and Jim Morrison.

The dances are presented in the order in which they were called.


Phil Jamison
Big Set
Shoot the Owl
Texas Star walkthrough
Texas Star

Bill Litchman
Goin’ Uptown
Trail of the Lonesome Pine
Box the Gnat walkthrough
Box the Gnat

Jim Mayo
Hash with Daisy Chain
This Land is Your Land

Larry Edelman
Harlem Rosette
Silly Threesome
Double Birdie
Milagro Square

Tony Parkes
The Odd Couple Promenade
Squareback Reel walkthrough
Squareback Reel
Swing Two Ladies
Do-si-do and Face the Sides

Bob Dalsemer
Arkansas Traveler
Down Yonder

Bob Dalsemer
Pigtails and Ribbons
Wrong Way Thar

Larry Edelman
Outside Susie
Let’s All Face Out
The Missing Link

Phil Jamison
Double Bow Knot
Pull the Ladies Thru
Grapevine Twist

Jim Mayo
Fiddle Faddle
Put on your Old Grey Bonnet
Best Things in Life are Free
When the Saints Go Marching In

Tony Parkes
The Auctioneer
Six Pass Through
The Rout

Bill Litchman

Forward 6, Fall Back 8
Northern Lights

Jim Mayo

Hash with Allemande Thar
Just Because

Phil Jamison
Big Set
Divide the Ring with Corner Lady Swing

Bob Dalsemer
The Ninepin
Gents Three-Quarter Star

Larry Edelman
Calico Top walkthrough
Calico Top

Bill Litchman
The Bachelor Mill
Push ol’ Pa, Push ol’ Ma

Tony Parkes
The Merry-Go-Round
My Little Girl

Saturday Workshops

Each of the six callers at the Dare To Be Square Weekend conducted a 50 minute workshop during the day on Saturday, November 19, 2011.