New Squares - video and web links
Recent years have seen the appearance of a new audience for square dances. One important starting point was a series of dances in the Portland, Oregon, area, led by caller Bill Martin and the Foghorn Stringband. Those dances featured old-time southern Appalachian tunes and high-energy, simple dances, often big sets. A similar pattern has emerged in cities around the country, attracting enthusiastic young dancers. This list, initiated by Janine Smith and expanded by Jim Saxe, is by no means complete, but it does provide a video introduction to some of these new old-time square dances. Please send appropriate additions to this list; view the CONTACT tab for address.
One website that attempts to keep track of these kinds of square dances is here.
An excellent introduction to this scene is the five-minute documentary created by Doug Plummer, a profile of the Seattle Subversive Square Dance Society. Another video uses Dare To Be Square West in 2013 as a way to explore the expanding dance scene up and down the West Coast. Similarly, but with no video, you may enjoy a well-written and evocative story about the square dance revival in Knoxville, TN.
Dances are listed alphabetically by state.
"Ladies bow, gents know how," Striped Pig Stringband, 2008
Arch and tunnel, Humboldt Folklife Festival, Gabe Strand calling, Striped Pig Stringband, 2012
CALIFORNIA: Los Angeles
CALIFORNIA: San Francisco Bay area
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
MASSACHUSETTS: Jamaica Plain
Facebook page: squaredancekalamazoo
NEW YORK: Ithaca
NEW YORK: New York City
NORTH CAROLINA: Durham
NC Squares http://www.ncsquares.com/
Jim Saxe notes: A search on YouTube will also turn up a number of videos of square dancing at Portland's annual Old-Time Music Gathering. (For searching purposes, note that video titles and descriptions might or might not include the word "Music" between "Old-Time" and "Gathering" and that they might have "Old Time" or "Oldtime" instead of "Old-Time".)
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