Square Dancing in the 1800s


Square Dancing in the 1800s


General - Dance and Culture; Traditional Western (pre-1940); Quadrille; Lancers


Fred Feild is a long-time caller and square dance enthusiast; now living in Tucson, he was instrumental in creating the Chicago Barn Dance Company in the mid-1970s. In recent years, he has started looking through historical sources for contemporary accounts of square dancing, and he posts his findings on a Word Press blog. Generous in sharing his research, he provides illustrations and text both from literature and from newspaper accounts, with a particular focus on the 1800s.

He also has uploaded scores of square dance recordings, available on his YouTube channel and on the Internet Archive.


Fred Feild

Temporal Coverage

19th century - late; 19th century - middle; 19th century - early

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