The Square Dance and Contra Dance Handbook
Calls, Dance Movements, Music, Glossary, Bibliography, Discography, and Directories
About the Book
This comprehensive guide to traditional style square and contra dancing, sometimes referred to as “country dancing,” covers both music and style and gives background information on various dance types and calling techniques. Ninety dances, presented in chapters according to type (mixers, progressive circles, contra, Southern mountain style, squares and others), in a wide variety of formations are described with drawings and diagrams for many of the movements.
A glossary of terms, a directory of addresses (organizations; vendors of books, recordings and audio equipment; and dance camps), and an annotated discography and bibliography are also provided.
About the Author(s)
Format: softcover (8.5 x 11)
Bibliographic Info: photos, discography, bibliography, glossary, index
Copyright Date: 1996
Table of Contents
List of Dances, Dance Figures, and Tunes vii
Preface and Acknowledgments ix
The Basics of Square and Contra Dancing 1
Mixers: An Easy Start 17
Progressive Circles and Other Easy Dances 39
Contra Dances 58
Southern Mountain Style Square Dancing 90
Square Dances 116
Materials for Musicians 229
Annotated Discography 235
Annotated Bibliography 265
Book Reviews & Awards
“libraries catering to folk dancers should consider reference as well as circulating copies of this excellent resource”—Booklist; “well written and easy to use”—Come-All-Ye.