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Box the Gnat - Bill Litchman

Bill Litchman calls at the Dare To Be Square weekend held November 18-20, 2011, at the John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC.

Musicians are Steve Hickman and Claudio Buchwald, fiddles; Jim Morrison, guitar; Sam Bartlett, banjo. The tune is "Green Willis."

The weekend was sponsored by the Folk School and by Country Dance and Song…

Fluid Drive - Bob Dalsemer

Bob Dalsemer calls a Ted Sannella composition to the tune of Gaspé Reel; music provided by Old New England (Bob McQuillen, Jane Orzechowski, and Deanna Stiles). The clip includes Bob's walkthrough of the dance, plus several times through the figure. Recorded at a "Salute to Ted Sannella" workshop at the annual Ralph Page Dance Legacy…

Swing Thru - Jim Mayo - MWSD 3a

This is one of a set of videos documenting Jim Mayo's workshop on Modern Western Square Dance, recorded November 19, 2011. In this series, Jim teaches Swing Thru, a figure that opened up exciting new choreographic possibilities, and explains how this move led rapidly to the introduction of two other calls—Run and Trade. Here, Jim introduces the…

Cowboy Dances - records and movies

Provides information about the Lloyd Shaw recordings on Decca, the movies that were made to accompany them, and the relevant dance figures and their location in the Co

12th Street Rag - Jim Mayo - MWSD 2c

This is a series of videos documenting Jim Mayo's workshop on Modern Western Square Dance, recorded November 19, 2011. This was part of the Dare To Be Square Weekend held at the John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC, supported in part—including the videography expense—by Country Dance and Song Society.

In this clip, Jim takes figures…

Adam Boyce - Virginia Reel

Traditional American dance, recorded in West Newbury, VT, on July 24, 2010. The caller and fiddler is Adam Boyce, accompanied by piano player Donna Weston. With seven couples in the set, the dance took a full 14 minutes to complete; this is just an excerpt.

Arkansas Traveler - Bill Litchman, Traditional Western Square Dances 1 -

Bill Litchman taught this dance as part of his session (November 19, 2011) on Traditional Western Squares at the Dare To Be Square Weekend, John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC.

Arkansas Traveler with a Cross Trail Thru - Bob Dalsemer

Bob Dalsemer calls at the Dare To Be Square weekend held November 18-20, 2011, at the John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC. This version of Arkansas Traveler, with the cross trail figure, comes from "Dance a While" by Harris, Pittman & Waller. The 9th edition (2005) of this long-running collection, now by Pittman, Waller and Dark, still…

Auctioneer - Ralph Sweet

Recorded at the Greenfield, MA, Grange Hall on June 27, 2010. The event was sponsored by Country Dance and Song Society to celebrate the publication of "On the Beat with Ralph Sweet." This dance is one of Ralph's signature numbers, and directions and music are in his book, available from CDSS store.The musicians are the band Elixir (Ethan…

Auctioneer (description and history)

The Auctioneer by David Millstone July, 2012 The Auctioneer is Ralph Sweet's signature number, and the dance has a storied history before him. The Auctioneer song was a 1956 hit, selling 2.5 million copies for for Leroy Van Dyke and catapaulting him to country music fame. (Here he is singing it on a 1962 television show.) Two years later,…

Back to Donegal - Bob Dalsemer

Bob Dalsemer calls this singing square, with music provided by Notorious (Eden MacAdam Somer on fiddle, Larry Unger on guitar). Recorded January 18, 2013, at the Ralph Page Dance Legacy Weekend, Durham, NH. The dance was created by Maine caller and choreographer Ron Linnell, using the Irish folk song "Dear Old Donegal" made popular by Bing Crosby.…

Best Things in Life Are Free - Jim Mayo

This song was used by Jim Mayo for his first recording which was on Mac Gregor Records (#2055) in 1963. The figure used here was created for this group of dancers to show how MWSD singing calls are adapted choreographically.For another version of this dance, aimed at people who are not experienced modern square dancers, watch this version by caller…

Big Can of Worms - Grid Square - Bob Isaacs

Grid squares refers to a style of square dance where the choreography moves dancers from one square to another. Bob Isaacs is calling a dance he wrote, with music provided by the Clayfoot Strutters:Pete Sutherland - fiddleMark Roberts - banjoLee Blackwell and Ben Davis - guitarsHarry Aceto - bassJeremiah McLane - accordionPeter Davis - pianoYou can…

Big Can of Worms (Instructions) - Grid Square - Bob Isaacs

Bob Isaacs teaches his grid square at the Dance Flurry, Saratoga Springs, NY. See accompanying video for the actual dancing.

Big Set square dance called by Phil Jamison

Phil Jamisonn calls at the Dare To Be Square weekend held November 18-20, 2011, at the John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC. Figures included in this version include right hands across, Georgia Rang Tang, birdie in the cage, and make a basket (ladies bow, gents know how).

Musicians are Steve Hickman and Jim Morrison, fiddles; Claudio…

Bob Dalsemer 1: Structure of Dance Programs in Traditional Series

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,…

Bob Dalsemer 2: How Callers Use Dance Structure

Caller Bob Dalsemer discusses ways that square dance callers can present basic figures in different variations, provided that they understand the basic structure of a given dance. This gives the caller flexibility in shaping a program to fit a particular audience.

Bob Dalsemer 3: Traditional Dance is a Polished Rock

Bob Dalsemer discusses how a traditional dance, done in a community over time, becomes a sort of gem, all the essence and no frills.

Bob Dalsemer 4: How do you choose what dances to teach?

Caller Bob Dalsemer discusses some of the choices he makes in deciding what kind of squares to include in a dance program. What kind of music is available? Who are the dancers and what are they expecting? What material have I already introduced in the program on which I can build?