Alamo Square (clip) - Ted Sannella
This clip is part of a series of eight square dances called by Ted Sannella at the Chesapeake Spring Dance Weekend, sponsored by the Folklore Society of Greater Washington. (Ted called another four or five squares during the weekend, plus contras and triplets.) Each clip includes Ted's walkthrough, plus the introduction and first time through the figure. We've included so many clips from one event so callers of traditional New England style squares can hear how Ted taught dances and how he varied the opening of dances throughout the weekend.
The recording was made by Joel Bluestein, April 3–5, 1987, at Camp Letts, near Annapolis, MD. Musicians are Peter Barnes, piano; Mary Lea and Ruthie Dornfeld, fiddles.
A CD with 14 live recordings of Ted Sannella calling is part of Ted's booklet, Calling Traditional New England Squares, published by Country Dance and Song Society. The selections on that CD were chosen because of the variety of the breaks. Detailed instructions for this particular dance can be found in Ted's Balance and Swing book.
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