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14
Jul
Posted in Uncategorized by squaredance at 2:43 pm

Treat your dancers to a musical cruise, Down Where The Trade Winds Blow, along with the Sundowners band.
The melody is infectious, the beat moves your feet and you can ride the phrase all way through.
Another refurbished dance tune ready to lift the floor.
Enjoy
don ward

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11
Jul
Posted in Uncategorized by squaredance at 3:09 pm

Here's 2 great singing calls for your dancers.
Totally refurbished (response 40hz-10khz) Jack Barbour and Rhythm Rustlers, Sugar Time and 8 More Miles to Louisville.
Almost any 32 bar singing call figure will work with these 2 straight forward tunes. Take one of your favorite figures and give it a new life with this great music.
Hope you enjoy.  I'll be be posting more in the coming weeks. 

*copyright july 2016 as new recordings by Don Ward. Free dance use is allowed.

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15
Apr

I am posting 2 of what I would put on my list of "traditional" dance tunes played by a traditional band, Floyd Woodhull and his Old Tyme Masters.
The first is "Blackberry Quadrille", in 6/8 or what is sometimes called a "Jig".
The tune makes you want to "jig" up and down.
don ward

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15
Apr

This is the second of what I put in the traditional list of tunes played by a more  traditional band,  Floyd Woodhull, who play's accordion with his band
This is  "Soldiers Joy"  a good example of  4/4  time.

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4
Apr
Posted in Uncategorized by squaredance at 11:40 pm

Heres an uncomplicated dance but will  keep you  on your toes without any puzzles to solve.
The choreograph comes from the 1948-1953 Sets In Order Archive. Bob Osgood makes good use of  ladies chain. 
One move no longer  used is  active couples lead to couple on right, circle left  half way, head men let go of the person in their left hand and  the circle  straightens out  into a line of 4  facing across the set.
The challenge, like APD, calls are to the dancers in the given position at the time of the call.
Good luck with this  great  elementary  dance.    Keep a smile on your face.

Don Ward

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4
Apr
Posted in Uncategorized by squaredance at 11:28 pm

De Boom, Hoedown is the background for Bob Osgoods calling of The Route and features  the banjo artistry  of Jack Hawes.
The original 78 rpm recording is Sets In Order #2087. The tempo is 130bpm which was common in the  late 1940's through the 1950's.

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1
Mar
Posted in Uncategorized by squaredance at 7:36 pm

Now here is the called version. You will notice  a distinct difference in the music on the Decca records release which was recorded before the instrumental version on Balance.

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1
Mar
Posted in Uncategorized by squaredance at 7:30 pm

Welcome to "Our"  square dance music room.  I say "Our" because this is a place  where you may be able to locate vintage dance music and  I get to share some of my favorite classics.
Rich Sabardella  asked for  called and  music  by Ed Gilmore of his "Lady Be Good" dance. 
The called version was released on Decca Records 78rpm #40231, with the music  redone on the Balance label 78rpm #203.
Here you are Rich and  the rest of  my followers. Check out the  use of a tuba for the  dance beat.............   yea   Ed  got everyone's  attention.
Happy dancing
Don Ward

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19
Feb
Posted in Uncategorized by squaredance at 12:40 am

Much has been discussed lately about  too many moves and too many puzzles  in todays  MWSDing ..... 
How about an entire tip with nothing more  than  allemande left/right, 4 ladies chain, right and left hand stars and  do paso  called descriptively.
Take a listen to Arnie Kronenberger calling "Put em in the lead".
Make a few notes of the choreography sequence and call it at your next dance  and  watch  what happens..........  the dancers just might  be surprised   and you too.

don ward 

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29
Dec
Posted in Uncategorized by squaredance at 7:53 pm

From the  Henry Ford "Good Morning"  recordings comes  this called version of "Portland Fancy, as a circle mixer (couple facing couple).

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