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Square Dance Patterns - Joan Bennett

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Square Dance Patterns - Joan Bennett


This 1969 film was created by Joan Lockhart Bennett as part of her master's degree project for Ilinois State University, Normal, IL.. As an instructional tool this film covers a lot of ground: formation, honors, balance, swing, shoes, walking step, hand positions, posture, circles, dosado, Figure 8, all around left hand lady, weave the ring, grand right and left, stars, star promenade, allemande thar, shoot the star, courtesy turn, dopaso, lines, grids, pass thru, right and left thru, ladies chain, grand chain, cross trail, split the ring, frontier whirl, dip & dive, square thru...

The two callers shown on screen (one male, one female) and the dancers are all college student. One interestin feature is that in addition to the eight dancers in the demonstration square, there are other dancers standing off to the side. The camera will swing to them to illustrate how to swing, for example.


The original 16mm film is at the Library of Congress, Motion Picture/Broadcast division, in Washington, DC; this digital copy has been uploaded with permission of her estate.

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