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



Square Dance History Project Consultants

Bob Dalsemer (Hayesville, NC) is a dance caller, folk musician, collector and writer who served as Coordinator of Dance and Music Programs at The John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, North Carolina from 1991–2013. He has published West Virginia Square Dances (CDSS, 1982), as well the cassette/booklet combinations Smoke On the Water: Square Dance Classics (1989), and When The Work’s All Done: A Square Dance Party for Beginners and Old Hands (1991).

Larry Edelman (Denver, CO) has called and played for square dances for more than 30 years. An avid square dance researcher, he has intensively studied and documented the traditional dances of southwestern Pennsylvania. Recently he has released two square dance related DVDs: Dance to the Music and Listen to the Calls: The Square Dances and Calling of Jerry Goodwin, and Yee Haw: A Curious Glimpse of the History of Square Dancing. He is currently producing a documentary on the Lancers as danced at the Independence Grange Hall in Independence, Pennsylvania in 1985.

Phil Jamison (Asheville, NC) has been calling dances since the mid-1970s at festivals and dance events throughout the US and overseas, including close to thirty years as a member of the Green Grass Cloggers. His flatfoot dancing was featured in the film Songcatcher for which he also served as Traditional Dance consultant.. An advocate of old-time squares, he has done extensive research and published many articles on traditional Appalachian dance. He is dance editor of The Old-Time Herald and he coordinates the Old-Time Music & Dance Week at the Swannanoa Gathering

Bill Litchman (Albuquerque, NM) is an authority on traditional western squares. He is a past president of the Lloyd Shaw Foundation, Director of the LSF Archives (now housed at Denver University), and recipient of a Silver Spur award from the American Square Dance Foundation (Bob Osgood). He has the author of Rocky Mountain Caller: Bill Litchman’s Calling Book and he has published several CDs of instrumental square dance music and called squares including “Allemande Left!” and “Hoedown.”

Jim Mayo (Hampstead, NH), a caller for more than 60 years, has been involved in modern square dance from the beginning. A member of the CALLERLAB Board of Governors since its formation in 1975, he is a member of the Sets in Order ASD Hall of Fame, The New England Square Dance Foundation Hall of Fame, and recipient of the CALLERLAB Milestone Award. He is the author of Step By Step Through Modern Square Dancing, the only book that has yet been written about the history of the modern form of square dancing.

David Millstone (Lebanon, NH) has been calling contras and squares since the 1970s. In addition to numerous articles about dance history, he has produced six documentary videos about traditional dance callers, musicians and communities, including The Other Way Back, about noted New Hampshire dance caller Dudley Laufman, Paid To Eat Ice Cream: Bob McQuillen and New England Contra Dancing, and Sweet Talk, an interview with long-time Connecticut caller Ralph Sweet.

Tony Parkes (Billerica, MA) is a Boston-based dance caller specializing in contras, traditional squares, and 1950s squares. Tony has led workshops in the United States and abroad on the many and varied aspects of teaching and calling squares and contras. He is the author of Contra Dance Calling: A Basic Text and has made many dance recordings as caller and pianist. He has an extensive personal collection of old books and square dance recordings.