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Square Dance at Palms Promenade

I’m not entirely sure that this book has anything to do with square dancing. Maybe you can tell me in the comments if you have read it?

Square Dance at Palms Promenade by Cutler, Esme, Flactem, Gutierrez, Mendelewicz, Neumann and Poor

Spade Cooley Square Dance Music

Spade Cooley was a famous musician and actor in the 1940s to 1950s. His career was prematurely ended when he was convicted for the murder of his wife in 1961. He died while on a 72-hour furlough from prison in 1969.


This is a little box set of Spade Cooley 45 RPM square dance records without calls. The records were in great shape. Strange green color translucent vinyl. Tunes included Ida Red, To The Barn, Flop Eared Mule, Waggoner, Wake Up Suzie and Eighth of January. If you don’t know Spade Cooley you could sum up his music by saying he’s the Spike Jones of Western Swing music.

Listen to the album on Soundcloud:

Book: Square Dance Saga by Becky Corwin-Adams

When middle-aged couple Reggie and Abbie Bartlett moved to a new town, they found themselves in need of exercise and a little excitement. Intrigued by a classified ad for square dance lessons, they sign up. As they progress from beginners to “official” square dancers, they get much more than they bargained for.

Follow the zany adventures of the couple and their interesting new friends, including one tenacious lady who insists on tackling the male and female parts of the dances, even though she can’t get through one dance without breaking down the square and one cantankerous old codger who enjoys speaking his mind, no matter who he’s insulting.

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Book: Lloyd Shaw and the Cheyenne Mountain Dancers


Lloyd Shaw and the Cheyenne Mountain Dancers

This is the story of an extraordinary educator who also became a dance leader. As superintendent of the public K-12 Cheyenne Mountain School in Colorado Springs from 1916 to 1951, Lloyd Shaw conducted an experiment in public education that won national attention. After coaching a successful football team for several years, he discontinued the sport and went in search of a safer and more inclusive activity. When he stumbled upon the American square dance, he knew he had found something precious that could occupy his students and enrich the lives of adults as well. He researched this intrinsically American folk art and developed an exhibition team of high school students whose performances during the 1940s revived an interest in square dancing across the nation. But square and folk dancing was only one facet of the Cheyenne School experience. Lloyd Shaw also wanted his students to experience the extended world around them. There were camping trips and expeditions around the state, ski outings before there were any ski resorts, a nature preserve as part of the school campus, a student-owned school cabin up above Seven Falls, and performances of every sort. Much of the story of his life presented here was written by Lloyd Shaw himself and by his wife Dorothy Stott Shaw, who was a respected poet in the Colorado Springs area. It has been edited and completed by their granddaughter, Enid Obee Cocke.