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Santa Monica Diamond Jubilee - 1950

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Santa Monica Diamond Jubilee - 1950

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At the time, it was the world's largest square dance event. Santa Monica, California, was celebrating its diamond jubilee, so it planned to celebrate in square dance style. Lloyd Shaw was invited to be the Grand Marshall of the the parade and he acted as MC for the dance on July 13,1950.

Dancing lasted five hours, and some 30,000 people watched as 15,200 people danced in the streets for five hours, from afternoon into the evening. The program was announced ahead of time in Sets in Order magazine, and it's an excellent list of common dances and prominent callers of that era.

The first item here is an articles about the event, followed by a radio interview with Dan Allen, one of the participants, that took place three days after the event. It is followed by the actual program of dances.

One of the featured callers in Santa Monica was Cal Golden; here is a live recording of his tip.

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Article: Let's Dance, August 1950, pp. 22-23
Interview: Mildred Buhler radio scripts
Program: Sets in Order

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List of Dances to be Featured July 13,1950 at
Santa Monica's Diamond Jubilee

SQUARES (Patter)
ARKANSAS STAR — Roy Close.
ARKANSAS TRAVELER--Slim Brough.
AROUND AND THROUGH — Jim William-son.
BIRD IN THE CAGE AND SEVEN HANDS 'ROUND Ed Gilmore.
CATCH ALL EIGHT (With Out and In) — Bert Corell.
CHASE THE RABBIT, CHASE THE SQUIRREL (2 couples working) Wayne Donhoff.
COWBOY LOOP — Mildred Blakey.
DIVE FOR THE OYSTER — Ray Shaw.
DIVIDE THE RING HASH (simple) — Terry Golden.
FORWARD FOUR (Right and Left Along the Line) — Jim York.
FORWARD SIX (Right Hand Over, Left Lady Under) — Ted Roland.
FORWARD SIX — FALL BACK EIGHT — Jack Hoheisal.
FORWARD THREE (Lady Goes Half Way 'Round Again) — Phil Beggs.
FOUR GENTS STAR — Maury Thompson.
GENTS ELBOW SWING — Lefty Davis.
INSIDE ARCH AND THE OUTSIDE UNDER — Bruce Johnson.
LADY ROUND — Hash — Carroll White.
MAKE AN ARCH — Cal Golden.
MISSOURI HOEDOWN — Ross Christianson.
SALLY GOODIN (Greggerson Style) — V. A. Lockaby.
SASHAY PARTNERS HALF 'WAY 'ROUND — Van der Walker.
SHOOT THAT PRETTY GIRL — Hash
YOU SWING YOURS — Wait Bauman.
SISTERS FORM A RING — Marjorie Stout.
SPINNING WHEEL — Del Holley.
STAR BY THE RIGHT — Carl Myles.
TEXAS STAR — Ralph Maxhimer.
THREE LADIES CHAIN — Kenny Young,

SQUARES (Singing)
ALABAMA JUBILEE — Arnie Kronenberger.
EVERYBODY CALLS YOU DARLING — Bill Mooney.
JUST BECAUSE — Doc Alumbaugh.
LIFE ON THE OCEAN WAVE — Ken Keeney.
MY PRETTY GIRL — Earl Pechin.
OLD PINE TREE — Jim Munyon.
PISTOL PACKIN' MAMMA — Joel and Ray Orme.
SHE'LL BE COMIN' 'ROUND THE MOUNTAIN — Paul Pierce.
THERE'LL BE A HOT TIME IN THE OLD TOWN TONIGHT — Fenton Jones.

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ALTAI (Sentimental Journey).
BLACK HAWK.
BOSTON TWO-STEP.
CALIFORNIA SCHOTTISCHE.
CANADIAN BARN DANCE (not progressive ).
GLOW WORM (first verse),
JESSIE POLKA.
LACES AND GRACES.
LINDY LEE.
MERRY WIDOW WALTZ.
SPANISH WALTZ.
TING A LING (first verse).
VARSOUVIANNA (Put Your Little Foot).

Note — The dancing starts promptly at 7:30 p.m. following special Opening Ceremonies.

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This Item is related to Item: Arch of Three - Cal Golden, Santa Monica, 1950
This Item is related to Item: Lloyd Shaw stories, #1