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Square Dance—A Social Recreation Aid (1937 article)

Article explaining the basics of square dance, the importance of the caller, the structure of a set, appropriate music, two methods for how to swing, and sample dances. Dance directions are given for Swing Andy Gump, "Single File, Indian Style," Cast Off Six, The Girl I Left Behind Me, Lady Round the Lady, Double Grapevine Twist, Two Lone Gent Do…

Otto Wood - singing squares

Caller Otto Wood's calls and notes for singing squares. You can hear Belle of the Ball called by Ira Huntley here; it's the second dance in the set of three on this link.This collection was created by storyteller and dance caller Donald Davis, and are included here with his permission. Davis writes, "What you have are copies of the notes and music…

Girl I Left Behind Me (clip) - Dudley Laufman

Live recording, Bernardston, Massachusetts, with Dudley Laufman calling. This was the third dance of the evening. At the end of Soldier's Joy, a contra, Dudley had groups of two couples circle left and right, then find another foursome to circle left, eight hands around. He now had his groups for the square dance. Caller's note from Bob Livingston:…

Star the Ring (clip) - Ralph Page

Recorded by the Ralph Page Trio, to the tune of Girl I Left Behind Me (Disc 364)