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Square Dance patter tip with all dance programs

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Published on Oct 27, 2011

Called by Vic Ceder at the Fall Berkshires C4 Weekend in Lenox, MA on Oct. 22, 2011. A group of volunteer dancers returned from their lunch early to dance a special tip in which each sequence was from a different dance program. The 10 sequences are: Mainstream, Plus, A1, A2, C1, C2, C3A, C3B, C4 (easy), C4 (hard), but were called in a random order.

This footage was gathered as part of an effort (www.SquareDanceHistory.org) to document and illustrate different types of modern square dancing, as well as different regional styles of traditional squares.

In Modern Western Square Dancing the dancers learn a vocabulary (69 calls for Mainstream, over 1000 for C4) but do not memorize a dance pattern. Instead the caller puts the calls together in an ever changing order and the dancers respond in real time. While the dancers were familiar with the vocabulary, they had never heard the particular sequences of calls before, and did not know what was going to be called. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Square_d... for more info.

Dancers familiar with MWSD may enjoy watching with the sound turned off and trying to match each sequence to its corresponding dance program by watching the patterns.
Here is where each sequence starts in the video:
00:20
01:10
01:56
02:40
03:13
04:16
04:56
06:34
07:34
08:25

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