Below are links to some web sites we have grown to love.
www.dosado.com - A site where you can buy square and round dance music, books, amplification equipment and more. As of December 2015 they are only selling MP3 music on line.
Buy Square Dance Music On-line - This page provides links to all known web sites where you can buy square dance music on line. Usually you can listen to a little of the music. Most files are MP3 files and are usually delivered immediately. Payment is usually by PayPal.
Inexpensive music - Starting in 2017 Lloyd Shaw music can be purchased at their Bandcamp store for $1.50 a tune with instant download. Also Buddy Weaver has $.99 hoedowns at his Rawhide site.
Square Dance History YouTube Channel - This channel showcases videos of historic square dances. The ones shot at the "Dare To Be Square" dance in November 2011, at the John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC provide great examples of traditional square dances that can be used at square dance partys. The callers are experts, the tunes used are usually specified, and in some cases the teaching of the dance has been videoed as well as the dance itself. The quality is very good with multiple cameras used in some cases. It is easy for a caller to learn a dance they have never done or one they have only read about in a book.
Find old record information This advanced search page at the University of New Hampshire allows you to search for information about recorded square dance tunes, and callers, or record companies. If you put the tune's title in the "track" box it will show all the records in their collection featuring that tune. Put in the "Artist" and you will see all the records in their collection by that artist. Since their collection is extensive you get a good selection.
You 2 Can Dance A web site started in 2010 by ARTS Promoting Square, Round and Contra dancing. Helps people find dances and callers, cuers, and prompters in their area of the US.
Perry's Place is a store in Kentucky which has many of the out-of-print records both square dance and round dance. They buy collections of records on Ebay and also sell bunches of records on Ebay. If you call (859-553-2495) or email them, however, they can search out records you need. Used records are $3.00, new records $6.50, new Royal's are $7.00, plus shipping as of January 2014. Their email is .
United States Callers Associations - This is a page listing United States callers associations by state with their web sites where applicable. There is also a short list of umbrella callers organizations.
www.callerlab.org - The site of the international Association of Square Dance Callers which holds (among other things) the widely accepted lists of calls that are in the Mainstream, Plus, A-1, A-2, C-1, C-2 and C-3A square dance programs.
Jim Penrod's caller teaching tips for the Callerlab Mainstream and Plus programs.
www.ceder.net/ - Vic and Debbie Ceder's Square Dance Resource Net. This site has many valuable pages including lists of singing and patter calls, which callers and record companies recorded them, and cue sheets to replace those that have been lost.
www.americancallers.com - The web site of the American Callers Association which contains, among other things, the list of calls in their "1"floor program.
sdfne.org/ - The web site of Square Dance Foundation of New England, Inc. There is lots of interesting information on the site but in their "library" section there are a series of interviews Bob Brundage had with many famous callers which are quite interesting and provide a first hand look at the history of modern square dancing. Also there is a link to a page Jim Mayo and Clark Baker have created where you can listen to several famous callers actually calling patter and performing a singing call. These recordings were taken from tapes recorded in the 50s and 60s.
Lloyd Shaw Foundation - This site has a catalogue of Foundation music which contains contra dances, square dances, and folk dances. Starting in 2017 Lloyd Shaw music can be purchased at their Bandcamp store for $1.50 a tune with instant download. Also by clicking on the tunes on their web site page you can see the cue sheets for most of the music.
The Square Dance History Project - This site, in a museum multimedia format, offers a detailed discussion of the development of the square dance. There are videos (modern and historic), audios, and pointers to historic square dance publications.
Kentucky Dance Foundation - The Kentucky Dance Foundation no longer seems to have a web site and this link points to a 2009 copy of the website kept on the Wayback Machine. The foundation is the home of Michael and Mary Herman's Folk Dancer records of which there are 28,400 different tunes. Many of these appear on the 63 CDs in their catalog (of which this is a 2009 copy) and many are on sale individually when available. In some cases music not already on CD but in their archive can be made available on special CDs. If you want folk dance music or music for traditional square dances this is the site to visit. You may still be able to reach the Foundation at 6290 Olin Road, Brandenburg, Kentucky 40108 or by email at FDRC@aol.com. Another contact is the Kentucky Dance Institute at 4207 Woodmont Park Ln, Louisville, KY 40245, 502-243-2256.
Many of the Michael Herman records can be heard at the Internet Archive International Folk Dance Site.
http://www.d4bp.com/ - Dancing For Busy People, (authors Calvin Campbell - Ken Kernen - Bob Howell) This is the web site of the Country Dance Program. Site has lots of material for squares and other dances using the 25 basic calls of the Country Dance Program.
www.usda.org - United Square Dancers of America, the "only national dancer's association organized by dancers for dancers and operated by dancers".
www.rogerward.com/CueSheets/CueSheetIndex.htm - Roger Ward's site for round dance cue sheets.
www.rounddancing.net/dance - Harold Sears" site which describes the figures for each phase and rhythm of round dance.
www.round-dance.de - German round dance server containing cue sheets to many round dances.
www.kickit.to/ld/ - The KickIt line dance site. Contains line dance step sheets to a large number of line dances as well as surveys of popular line dances.
Old Songs - Music With Roots - A website about traditional dancing and old time songs for groups based in the Albany, NY area. Some performers provide live music and even old time calling for traditional square dancing.
Hear-2-Dance - This web site describes the components of a relatively inexpensive, off the shelf, system to help hearing impaired dancers hear callers and music at square dances. There is a video of the system in use.
Austrailian Square Dancing - This web site has information about the development of square dancing in Australia with some sound clips.
Sets In Order Magazines Index - This page is an index to the Sets In Order magazines in the digital archive of the University of Denver.
Sets In Order Year Book Index - This page is an index into the Sets In Order Year Books in the digital archive at the Square Dance Foundation of New England.
American Square Dance Magazine - This page can be used as an index into the collection of 775 issues of American Square Dance Magazine at the University of New Hampshire.
Multi-Cycle Regional Plan to Provide a Dance Program Below Mainstream - This page describes how a club or a group of square dance clubs can increase their membership by supporting a dance Program below Mainstream using basically the same resources they now use to provide Mainstream classes. Dancers in this new Program become dancers in 3 weeks and a new class starts every 4 weeks so they can get their friends into a new class quickly. The dancers in this Program then become candidates for 8 week Mainstream classes.
Squre Dance Sewing - Have questions about sewing for square dances outfits and accessories? This is the site for you
Digitizing Square Dance Publications - Power Point slides of talk given to the Callerlab History Committee, March 21, 2016. Updated 4 April 2016.
Digitizing Square Dance Publications - The video of the talk given to the Callerlab History Committee, March 21, 2016. Updated 4 April 2016.
Callarama Tutorials 1. Saving a Routine, 2. Creating an Alias, 3. Special Commands, 4. Modifying a Routine. These links bring up streaming videos explaining how to use Callarama, an interactive computer program which allows callers to practice their choreography.
Non Square dance links
DVD Wrting with a LaCie DVD burner - This page explains my trials and tribulations with Roxio software while trying to write large (1 hour) DVD's. If you have trouble writing DVDs this page may help.
Canon MP730 Printer Waste Ink Tank Full Resolution - This page explains what to do if your Canon MP730 Printer gets the dreaded Waste Ink Tank Full error message what happens if you ignore the message and provides a document on how to disassemble and assemble the printer to possibly fix the problem ignoring the message caused.
Magazine scanning with the Canon MP730 and Nuance software - This page walks you through how to scan a magazine using Nuance software and the Canon MP730 to get best results.
How to change headlights on a 2006 Ford Focus Wagon - There are apparently different headlight assemblies on the 2006 Ford Focus. On some the assembly is held in by tabs. On my wagon there is a screw you get to from the wheel well. I took 4 hours to change the 2 bulbs because I was looking for the tabs when my model had the wheel well screw. This procedure makes it easy.
Cveta Designs - If you are planning a wedding or a corporate retreat on Maui consider hiring Cveta Designs to provide your floral designs and bouquets
Intrax/Academix Scam? Emergency helpful hints - Intrax is a student exchange program. This page may be of help to students on their Work Travel exchanges. It has helpful advice for emergency situations which may not be clear in their literature.
Wagner Power Painter Plus - Comparison and Evaluation - This document compares the Wagner Power Painter Plus (2015) paint sprayer to a sprayer from the late 70's and evaluates the new features. Bottom line, I liked the late 70's model better but if you get today's Power Painter you should get the Power Painter Max.
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