This is the fourth clip in a series of videos documenting Jim Mayo's workshop on Modern Western Square Dance, recorded November 19, 2011. The recording is "Whiffletree," Top #25068.
This was part of the Dare To Be Square Weekend held at the John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC, supported in part--including the videography expense--by Country Dance and Song Society.
For many of the 70 dancers at the weekend, this event was their first exposure to MWSD. For his workshop, Jim started with this hash, sticking to figures that the dancers with backgrounds in traditional squares could be expected to know. He then introduced Star Thru and Square Thru and demonstrated how those gave callers more options to move dancers around. He then spoke about Swing Thru and its effect on the dancing, and how it led rapidly to the introduction of two other calls—Run and Trade.
Throughout the workshop, he did some instruction, then followed with a patter call and then a singing call that often involved some of the same sequence of moves that dancers had just done.
The documentation for the weekend includes these videotapes—nearly 100 by the time the whole series is uploaded—plus audio recordings and a syllabus. Further information about the project can be found here: http://www.SquareDanceHistory.org