There are many similarities between this kind of dancing and Modern Western Square Dance (MWSD). They clearly come from the same roots. I wonder if there is a different name for this dance, or if it is just known as square dancing. I’m sure this is a good way to stay warm in the frozen north of Canada!
From the description of the website:
The Canadian Olde Tyme Square Dance Callers’ Association was founded in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in 1954 by a group of callers interested in preserving, and promoting the traditional Canadian style of square and couple dancing.
From the organization’s website:
There are over 20 clubs offering Open House nights in September so that you can see what Square Dancing, Round Dancing and Line Dancing is all about. You can dance all over Eastern Ontario and neighbouring areas… from Belleville to Prescott, Carleton Place to Pembroke, Ottawa to Cornwall and many cities and towns between. Come join us.
Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh dance at a square dance in their honor in Ottawa, by Governor General Viscount Alexander. (October 17, 1951)
Did you know that square dance was featured at the opening ceremony for the 1988 Olympics in Calgary, Canada?
Callers: Wilf Wiladal, Ron Refvik
Article in the Journal Pioneer (Summerside, Prince Edward Island, Canada) about square dancing.
Keeping the Tradition of Square Dancing Alive
August 10, 2014