Website: Miriam and Clark Baker

This website includes a large number of articles about various aspects of square dancing. It hasn’t been updated in a while, but there are some informative articles in the collection.

http://www.tiac.net/~mabaker/

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Comparison of Entry Programs for Teaching Square Dance Calls

The usual order of the programs is Basic, Mainstream, Plus, Advanced, and Challenge. However, several variations of entry programs have been proposed. This chart gives a visual representation of the differences between several square Dance entry programs. The totals on the right indicate how many times a particular call has been included in one of the programs. The higher the number (and the darker the colour), the more popular the call is.

Figurative Use: Full Scale Government Hoedown

In 2013, the US government shut down over arguments about the federal budget. The very funny people at The Onion decided to refer to the shutdown as a hoedown, and included many references to square dancing and other kinds of folk dances in the article.

U.S. On Verge Of Full-Scale Government Hoedown
September 30, 2013

While many bemoan the decrease in square dancing around the world, it seems that square dancing terms can still be used and generally understood in popular media. Square dancing is still fairly well-known, if not well-practiced, at least in the United States.

The association between square dancing and right wing (Republican) thinking is also apparent in this article. I do wish that association didn’t exist. I like my hobbies to be non-partisan…

Documentary: Do-Si-Do in the Sky

I have heard of square dancing tractors, but I didn’t realize there were also square dancing helicopters! I’m going to have to make a whole new category for this!

Trailer for Do-Si-Do in the Sky

Here is the movie’s website.
http://www.dosidomovie.com/

You can rent or buy the video through Vimeo.

More information about the project to get this movie made on Indigogo:
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/do-si-do-in-the-sky-the-u-s-army-helicopter-square-dance-team#/story

There is also a book about this phenomenon:
Dancing Rotors by Jr Gilliand

Book: Dancing for Busy People by Calvin Campbell

“Dancing for Busy People” is a collection of over 400 dances using easy to teach dance movements. Most dances use only walking movements based on commonly used square dance terminology. Only 25 basics are used. The same basics are used for contra dances, trios, quadrilles, Sicilian circles, mescolanzas and many of the round dance mixers. Some special description of footwork is necessary for the no-partner dances.

You can contact Calvin to purchase the book at this link:
http://d4bp.com/wp/the-book-d4bp

Anachronistic Costumes

Longer dresses were more common in earlier times, so why don’t we wear them? And bonnets, too? Of course, the answer is that the times changed, and so did the dress. But then, somehow, our idea of what to wear got frozen in time. Is it time to reconsider our anachronistic costumes?

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Various resources about the art and sport of square dancing