Square Dance History Project
The rich story of North American square dance finally has a home in the digital age.



At this time, six organizations are cooperating in this project. The first four are providing financial backing and the other two are assisting in other ways:

Helping guide this project is a group of experienced dance callers plus scholars, archivists, and digital specialists at the University of New Hampshire. All the dance consultants participated in Dare To Be Square at the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC; this major square dance event (November 18-20, 2011) showcased a wide variety of squares: New England, southern Appalachian, traditional western, modern, and singing squares. That weekend attracted 70 dancers—three-quarters of whom were callers!—from around the country. With CDSS financial support for videotaping the event, 100 video clips from Dare To Be Square have been made available. Additional funding supported videotaping at Fall Berkshires C4 Weekend in Lenox, MA in 2011 and West Virginia caller Bill Ohse at another Dare To Be Square weekend in Riner, Virginia, in spring of 2012. Footage from both events is part of this site’s digital library.

Over the past two years, we have been searching archives and collections throughout North America. If you have or know of good movie footage that shows square dancing, please contact us at davidmillstone7@gmail.com with more specific information.