Caller Bob Dalsemer describes his experiences in traditional dance communities. Each community may have just a few break figures that appear in all dances, which means that callers can program a lot of dances in an evening without much instruction. He contrasts that with the squares called in contemporary contra dance communities, for example, where each dance will have a different main figure and break figure, which requires much more teaching time.
Bob Dalsemer discusses how a traditional dance, done in a community over time, becomes a sort of gem, all the essence and no frills.
Selected portions of an interview conducted by David Millstone in November 2011 in Brasstown, NC.