“Square dancing is friendship set to music,” says author Betty Casey. Just take four couples, old or young, put ’em on a good floor, turn on the music, and you’re all set. Whether you’ve done it before or you’re just starting out, this book tells you everything you need to know—85 basic movements used all over the world, the spirited calls unique to square dancing, the costumes and equipment that are best, and music (from “Red River Valley” to “Mack the Knife”) that will set your feet in motion.
Down-to-earth details and anecdotes give a taste of the good times in store for you. Find out how native folk dances grew out of European quadrilles, jigs, and fandangos. Open this book and get ready to: “wipe off your tie, pull down your vest, and dance with the one you love best.”
This book includes: 50 basic movements, 35 advanced movements, variations, dances that are a part of the American heritage, Contra and Round Dances, polkas and reels, and calls, past and present.
|Publisher:||University of North Texas Press|
|Product dimensions:||8.20(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.60(d)|
About the Author
BETTY CASEY, formerly a ballroom dancing instructor, saw her first square dancing at the Cowboys' Christmas Ball in Anson, Texas. She got the bug while researching the dance so her Girl Scout troop could earn a folk dance badge.
Among the first women callers in Texas, she studied under Dr. Lloyd Pappy Shaw and Francisca Aquino and introduced square dancing to Marshall Flippo, America's foremost national caller. Hundreds of students of all ages attended her school in Abilene, Texas. She taught square dancing and studied foreign folk dancing in Asia, Europe, and Africa. She participated in folk dance cultural programs from Tangier to Hong Kong and from Manila to Munich for the U.S.O., Military Special Services, North Atlantic Girl Scout Council, Brussels World Fair, embassies and consulates, U. S. Information Services, television and movies.
Betty called for square dancing at the Brussels World's Fair and the 2nd Asian Games, and her dancers appeared on TV programs and in movies.
Table of Contents
|I.||Background of the Modern American Square Dance|
|Today's Square Dances Are Different||3|
|II.||Modern Square Dancing...Step by Step|
|85 Mainstream Movements with Calls||13|
|Selected Square Dance Calls||88|
|The Special Language of Square Dancing: A Selected Glossary||103|
|III.||Fifteen Oldies but Goodies with Calls|
|Lest They Be Lost||109|
|IV.||Round Dancing and Contra Dancing|
|The New Look of Round Dancing||124|
|How to Read a Round Dance Cue Sheet||125|
|Round Dance Terms: Selected Definitions||126|
|Steps and Figures||128|
|Round Dance Positions||131|
|Round Dance Symbols and Abbreviations||135|
|American Round Dance Rhythms||136|
|Selected Round Dances, Mixers, and Icebreakers||141|
|Yesterday's Contras for Today||155|
|V.||Calling, Teaching, Calls, Music, Equipment, Fees|
|So You Want to Be a Caller||161|
|VI.||Let's Get Organized|
|Clubs Classes, Costs, and Camaraderie||171|
|Costumes, Courtesy, and Styling||173|
|Demonstration and Exhibition Dancing||175|
|Associations, Festivals, Conventions, Publications, Archives, and Foundation||177|
|VII.||Square Dancing for Youth and Children|
|Tie in with Tomorrow||183|
|Bibliography and Sources of Other Material||185|