Square Dance History Project
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Bob Brundage autobiography

Bob Brundage's autobiography, This Is My Square Dancing Life, is a detailed and informative history. Brundage writes engagingly about the traditional square dances that he and his brother Al were… View item
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Bob Isaacs - Grid Square - Maze of Heys

Grid squares refers to a style of square dance where the choreography moves dancers from one square to another. Bob Isaacs is calling a dance he wrote, with music provided by the Clayfoot Strutters:… View item
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Bob Isaacs - Grid Square - Balance The Grid

Grid squares refers to a style of square dance where the choreography moves dancers from one square to another. Bob Isaacs is calling a dance he wrote, with music provided by the Clayfoot Strutters:… View item
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Big Can of Worms (Instructions) - Grid Square - Bob Isaacs

Bob Isaacs teaches his grid square at the Dance Flurry, Saratoga Springs, NY. See accompanying video for the actual dancing. View item
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Big Can of Worms - Grid Square - Bob Isaacs

Bob Isaacs is calling a dance he wrote, with music provided by the Clayfoot Strutters:Pete Sutherland - fiddleMark Roberts - banjoLee Blackwell and Ben Davis - guitarsHarry Aceto - bassJeremiah McLane… View item
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Bob Osgood

This is a short clip from a tip called by Bob Osgood at the 1954 National Square Dance Convention in Dallas, Texas. The choreography is a 3 Ladies Chain routine. View item
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Sets in Order yearbooks

Bob Osgood published in 1954 a Five Year Book that printed every dance that had been published in Sets in Order in the first five years. In 1956 he issued the first Yearbook that included everything… View item
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Bob Osgood on Lee Kopman

This piece fromSquare Dancing(later title of what had been Sets in Order)describes the appearance on the Phil Donahue Show of caller Lee Kopman and a group of square dancers. View item
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Aqua Barn

Article describing Seattle's Aqua Barn, a floating dance hall. The hall was created by Jack Riley, whose obituary can be found here. Riley also released records on the Aqua lable; the Internet Archive… View item
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Square Dance Party handbooks

These handbooks, published by Bob Osgood and Sets in Order, describe how to plan a square dance party. They offer a look at modern square dance culture in the years from the early 1950s through the… View item
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Youth in Square Dancing

This is a thorough look at how to involve younger dancers in square dancing, prepared by Sets in Order and published in the 1960s. The handbook opens with an essay by Ralph and Zora Piper on… View item
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Women Callers - article

Article presumably written by Bob Osgood, describing the challenges and opportunities for women square dance callers View item