(Music Sales America). You can have fun square dancing and you'll learn how to dance the figures and even learn how to call a square dance with Margot Mayo's classic manual, The American Square Dance . Here is the basic book for square dancers containing all of the essentials for many hours of enjoyment. An illustrated glossary of square dance terms shows all of the basic(Music Sales America). You can have fun square dancing and you'll learn how to dance the figures and even learn how to call a square dance with Margot Mayo's classic manual, The American Square Dance . Here is the basic book for square dancers containing all of the essentials for many hours of enjoyment. An illustrated glossary of square dance terms shows all of the basic square dance figures promenade, allemand, left, do-si-do, etc. Complete instructions, calls and illustrated figures for 13 of the most popular American square dances appear, plus the music all ready for your pianist and fiddlers to play....
|Title||:||American Square Dance|
|Number of Pages||:||592 Pages|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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American Square Dance Reviews
I'm getting into square dance calling, and thought this book would help me learn more. Unfortunately, it's not written very well. It's from 1943 but could still be a lot better.It starts with descriptions of several kinds of dances (Square Sets, Quadrilles, Longway Sets, Running Sets, Play-Party Games, and Round Dances) and gives a brief definition of each kind. It goes through the music and instruments, hints for callers, and organizing a square dance evening, and then moves on to the dance moves.This is where it really falls short. It only lists 15 different moves, and only adequately explains 5 of them. Several of the moves are still a mystery to me after reading her description. There are illustrations, but these are not helpful. I think the author was an experienced dancer who didn't really know how to explain things in words.Next, there are 13 dances listed. They include Boston Fancy, Chassez Your Partner, Darling Nellie Gray, Gal From Arkansaw, The Gal I Left Behind, Line 'Em Up Boys, Old Dan Tucker, Pop Goes The Weasel, The Running Set, Samsonville Quadrille, Virginia Reel, You Swing Yours, and Weavily Wheat. This are very interesting to read, but again, many of the moves are not very well defined and the illustrations don't make things any clearer. There are some of each style of dance, one easier and one harder, with suggested music and the tempo. The Running Set dance included a lot of information on the moves, but again, it wasn't very clear.The last section is is simplified sheet music, to copy and hand out to the musicians. It has Cripple Creek, Darling Nellie Gray, The Gal I Left Behind, Lamplighter's Reel, Old Joe Clark, Old Dan Tucker, Pop Goes The Weasel, Sourwood Mountain, T'aint Nuthin' (Samsonville Quadrille), Weavily Wheat, and Sally Goodun. This was a nice addition to the book.Overall, I was disappointed. The book has some good information, but I can't really make heads or tails out of it. If I study other books, I can probably figure it out, but a book that depends on other books to make sense just isn't that useful. This would be a good book for people interested int he history of the dances in the 1940s, but not much use for anyone else.