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Recorded Square Dance Calls

Allan C. 09 Jul 12 - 05:30 PM
Leadfingers 09 Jul 12 - 06:57 PM
Bert 09 Jul 12 - 08:48 PM
Bert 09 Jul 12 - 09:13 PM
Bert 09 Jul 12 - 09:14 PM
Desert Dancer 10 Jul 12 - 12:08 AM
Bert 10 Jul 12 - 01:18 AM
Allan C. 10 Jul 12 - 06:30 AM
AllisonA(Animaterra) 10 Jul 12 - 07:54 AM
Bert 10 Jul 12 - 02:14 PM
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Subject: Recorded Square Dance Calls
From: Allan C.
Date: 09 Jul 12 - 05:30 PM

In the latter years of elementary school, on some of the days when playing outside wasn't possible due to bad weather, some other alternatives were presented. I remember learning "tumbling" which consisted mostly of learning how to fall without getting hurt. We also were taught such useful things as "the frog headstand" involving a tripod of head and hands. (I will admit to having demonstrated this once or twice after an appropriate number of drinks.) There were certain other gymnastics we were taught during such times, including the standing broad jump and even a bit of running high jump. However, though I enjoyed all of the above, a favorite was square dancing, most especially, The Virginia Reel for some reason I can't recall.

All of the dance "calls" were on records, usually 78rpm. There was one in particular that must have been played quite a bit because the whole thing came back to me a few days ago:

(To the tune of "O Johnny, O Johnny, O!")

Now you all join hands and you circle the ring.
Then you stop where you are. Give your honey a swing.
You swing that little gal behind you.
Then swing your own and you will find that she's not lonely.
Alamanda left with your corner gal and do-see-do your own
And now you all promenade with your sweet corner date
Singing: O Johnny, O Johnny, O!

Anyone remember any others?


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Subject: RE: Recored Square Dance Call
From: Leadfingers
Date: 09 Jul 12 - 06:57 PM

I think 'Singing Calls' are far more an American thing than this side of the pond Alan , though I have heard the occasional one at the odd American Style Evening.


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Subject: RE: Recored Square Dance Calls
From: Bert
Date: 09 Jul 12 - 08:48 PM

google square dance singing calls and you'll get 9,000,000 hits.


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Subject: RE: Recored Square Dance Calls
From: Bert
Date: 09 Jul 12 - 09:13 PM

Of course, most of those won't be appropriate unless your dancers are up to main stream level.


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Subject: RE: Recored Square Dance Calls
From: Bert
Date: 09 Jul 12 - 09:14 PM

Try this site


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Subject: RE: Recored Square Dance Calls
From: Desert Dancer
Date: 10 Jul 12 - 12:08 AM

For a lot of classic stuff, try the Lloyd Shaw Foundation.

Here are resources via CDSS: Square Dance Video & Audio

The Square Dance History project is collecting video and audio here (many of the CDSS links go to their video collection).

You may also find some here on this podcast blog, though it's not indexed: SquareDance at podbean

~ Becky in Tucson


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Subject: RE: Recored Square Dance Calls
From: Bert
Date: 10 Jul 12 - 01:18 AM

Here's a few

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QjQegS3uC7c
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-i7TNsxNSU&feature=relmfu
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1pHq9A0qLc&feature=relmfu
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=quu7SyfavZc
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UWlHdVavwk0&feature=relmfu
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FBCElrznG9M&feature=relmfu


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Subject: RE: Recored Square Dance Calls
From: Allan C.
Date: 10 Jul 12 - 06:30 AM

Wow!


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Subject: RE: Recored Square Dance Calls
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)
Date: 10 Jul 12 - 07:54 AM

There's nobody like Ralph Sweet!


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Subject: RE: Recored Square Dance Calls
From: Bert
Date: 10 Jul 12 - 02:14 PM

When modern American Square Dancing crawled out of the traditional swamp in the Fifties and Early Sixties, a singing call was made of just about every pop song that was in 2/4 or 4/4 time.

Google '(your favorite Fifties song title) singing call' and see what you get.


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