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10th National Square Dance Convention - Detroit, 1961

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10th National Square Dance Convention - Detroit, 1961


Two television stories about the 10th Annual National Square Dance Convention, Cobo Hall, Detroit, recorded June 30, 1961. The reporter in both programs is Shelby Newhouse.

The first is a half-hour broadcast, probably aired on local television. The second is shorter, and was aired nationally as part of the Today show, where host Edwin Newman gives less-than-enthusiastic comments before and after.

In addition to the videos, this item includes the convention program. Dorothy Shaw, "Grand and Gracious First Lady of Square Dancing," was the Honorary Hostess of the event. Comments below about the exhibition groups come from that program, p. 31 of the booklet (p. 17 of the PDF).

Index codes are given for the long program if you want to skip to a specific section.

00:00    introduction, with Arnie Kronenberger calling patter in the background
02:10    Al Brundage calling Kansas City
04:40    interview with Harold Erickson, convention chair
07:00    Kon-Tiki: round dance
09:50    interview with Max Forsyth
11:20    Marshall Flippo calling, patter, with commentary
14:30    interview with Ginger and Lou Brown, discussing contra dance
15:40    The Contraband (Medway, MA), leader-Ginger Brown; contra dance demonstration, medley of figures: "Using a blend of authentic contras and squares, the Contraband dances without the help of a caller. They feature a spectacular Double Royal Square and illustrate the theme, "Me and My Shadow."
17:03    (The dancers are dancing Rory O'More to the tune of Me and My Shadow!) 
19:35    interview with Al Brundage, discussing round dances
20:40    Neopolitan Waltz: round dance
23:00    interview with Dick Wilson, leader of Dudes and Dolls
23:45    Dudes and Dolls (San Fernando Valley), teenage demonstration group: "The Dudes and Dolls specialize in precision Square and Round dancing without calls."
27:30    Max Forsyth calling Ragtime Piano

00:00  Introduction, with square dance in the background
01:41  Interview with Harold Erickson
03:30  Arnie Kronenberger calling patter
06:15  Interview with Bob Osgood
07:52  Arnie Kronengerger calling "Somebody Else's Date"

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June 30, 1961

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