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Blue Eyes (clip) - Al Brundage

This is an excerpt from Al Brundage's recording on the Windsor label. You'll hear the second time through the figure and then the middle break.

Puttin' on the Style (clip) - Al Brundage

This is an excerpt (opener and first figure) from Al Brundage's recording of the dance on the Windsor label.

Doc Alumbaugh speaking to Al Brundage, 1957

Doc Alumbaugh, based in southern California, was one of the first traveling callers. In 1950, he founded Windsor Records, which became one of the foremost square dance record labels. (In addition to hiring excellent session musicians, Windsor introduced the idea of releasing a record with calls on one side and just the instrumental version on the…

Ed Gilmore - Square Dance Callers Instruction Course - 1949

This is the text of the syllabus of Ed Gilmore's class. It contains plenty of philosophy, discussion of the caller's role, a detailed series of suggestions about how to teach basic figures (complete with specific language that he uses), plenty of detailed dance instructions, and sample patter.

Some excerpts:

• The United States has not…

Andy Allemao - Hexagon Squares

The video shows Andy Allemao calling and explaining Hexagon Squares at the California State Square Dance Convention. April 8-10, 2011 in Balboa Park, San Diego. If you've never seen this you will be amazed! It's really fun to dance to....after you get the hang of it!

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Al Brundage - dance history

Note: The audio file takes a while to load, so be patient.This recording documents a presentation by Al Brundage about the history of square dancing. The tape label has no information about the date of circumstance of the presentation. Al told Jim Mayo that it probably was a demonstration (possibly for a Rotary group or something similar) put…

DOSADO.COM website

This is a vast site, formerly hosted by Hanhurst's Music Review Service and now (2016) owned by Paul and Mary Ellen Cote. It is a clearing house for all manner of dance information and resources, mostly connected to modern square dance. The site used to sell vinyl and CD recordings; now they concentrate on MP3 downloads.

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Ragtime Lonesome Me - Ted Lizotte and Paul Cote

These two modern square dance callers enjoy working together, billed as "The Duo." This video presents a collection of some of their singing square dance duets, recorded at a weekend at East Hill Farm in southwestern New Hampshire.Paul Cote is the presenter in this workshop presentation on using alternative music in a square dance program. Ted…

Square Dance Videos (West Coast) - Joe Dehn

A collection of several hundred videos videotaped by Joe Dehn, mostly from West Coast MWSD conventions, illustrating a variety of styles, callers, and programs. Among the many dances, you might enjoy: festival singing call, typical California mix of dress and ages "high-energy" patter, festival session with less-formal dress APD/DBD patter in…

Using Alternative Music In Your Square Dance Program - Paul Cote

This is a 50-minute audio and video presentation designed to help square dance callers use "alternative music" to make their dance program more relevant. By offering a variety of music to your dancers, you make the activity more welcoming to more kinds of people. (This program was originally presented at Ken Ritucci's Northeast Callers School 2010…

Square Dance Videos - MWSD

Caller Matt McGovern has started a YouTube channel devoted to modern square dancing, including his own videos and those contributed by others. This collection offers a variety of examples, most of which are good representations of current MWSD dancing.

Mike Callahan - MWSD Fairport High School Square Dance Competition

Caller Mike Callahan has been teaching square dancing in the Rochester, NY area for many years. Mike reports that he usually does a two day session for this school teaching the students how to square dance. He has found ways to make the dancing fun and this video shows one of those. At the end of his time there a competition is held called the…

Bruce Johnson - Hash - Rubber Dolly (clip)

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Earl Johnston - Skillet Lickin' (clip)

Categorized here as Mainstream, at the time this recording was released the calls were considered part of CALLERLAB's Basic program. This excerpt, for educational purposes, comes from a compilation album (LP 1980-A)released by the Sets in OrderAmerican Square Dance Society. The albums featured callers from the Square Dance Hall of Fame. The music…

Bob Page - 1950s (clip)

According to Bob Osgood's spoken introduction, this recording is a "re-creation" of patter calling from the early 1950s. It is unclear whether this means an actual 1950s called recording was used or caller Bob Page made a new recording in 1980 using choreography from the 1950s.

The calls would be considered part of CALLERLAB's Basic program,…

Dusty Roads (clip) - Jerry Helt

Categorized here as Mainstream, at the time this recording was released the calls were considered part of CALLERLAB's Basic program.This excerpt, included here for educational purposes, comes from a compilation album (LP 1980-A) released by the Sets in Order American Square Dance Society. The albums featured callers from the Square Dance Hall of…

Arnie Kronenberger - hash, live recording, 1953

Jerry Reed - I believe this recording is an example of what traveling callers were calling in 1953. This choreography is a single patter tip from a dance called by Arnie Kronenberger, from California. The dance was called with a live band in Chicago. At the end of the dance Arnie thanks the band and identifies them as the WLS Ranch Hands. (Note -…

Johnny Barbour - Hash, live recording, 1958

Johnny Barbour 1958 – Track 1

Comment by Jim Mayo

This tip is, I believe, from a group of files shared with the Square Dance Foundation of New England by Stig Malmo from Denmark. Stig has been generous in sharing from his very extensive collection of recordings of early square dances. Although we do not have complete identification of the…

Jim York - Hash, live recording, 1955

Jim Mayo: Jim York was a very prolific writer of choreography. The Sets In Order magazine began publishing dances regularly in 1953 and Jim York's dances appeared regularly from then on. I believe Jim York wrote the Suzie Q call that he used in this dance.

Jerry Reed: I believe this recording is an example of what local callers (area unknown but…

Hurry Hurry Hurry - Marvin Shilling, live, 1953

Jim Mayo: I believe this is the figure used by Doc Alumbaugh in the original Windsor Records recording. The method of setting up lines of four is unusual today. At the time this recording was made in the early 1950's the "Heads (or Sides) Lead to the Right and Circle to a Line" that is today a common way to make lines was not yet common.