Books & Publications
CDP Journal, 343 Turf Lane, Castle Rock, Colorado, 80108, Calvin
Campbell, editor. This publication of CALLERLAB contains articles,
dances and news about the Community Dance Program. You must be a member
of CALLERLAB to subscribe, but members may distribute the publication to
anyone else. E-Mail email@example.com
"CALLERLAB Community Dance
Program Handbook", 467 Forrest Ave, Suite 118, Cocoa, FL, 32922 This handbook explains the concepts behind the creation of
the CDP. Numerous dance examples are included and a sample teaching plan
is provided. E-mail CALLERLAB@AOL.COM
Level Solo Dances, The Bob Howell Collection" Published by
Siddle & Ray Publications for Dance, 1017 Williamsburg Dr., Charleston,
IL 61920. This is a collection of over 130 solo dances originally published
in the "Easy Level" column of American Square Dance Magazine over
23 years. Each dance has music recommendations, concise directions for all
levels of ability, including educational level, plus an interesting history
of each dance.
A Treasure of Dances" Les Henkel, 301 Oak St. Box 18, Tobias,
NE 68453-0018. The book is filled with many dances suitable for the Community
Dance Program. The book includes sections on: One Night Parties, Solo/Line,
Couple Dances, Couple Mixers, Three Person Dances, Mescolanza (4 Person)
Dances, Five Couple Dances, Easy Contras, Community Dance Program
Bob Dalsemer, PO Box 181, Brasstown, NC 28902-0181
has several publications."When the Work's All Done", "A
Square dance party for Beginners and Old Hands" and "Smoke
on the Water" are aimed at the traditional style of square
dancing and contain music and chords for use by a live band. Most of the
material fits within the 24 square dance basic recommended for the CALLERLAB
Community Dance Program. Music is available on cassettes. A third booklet
titled "New England Quadrilles" contains instructions
for how to call traditional square dances and prompt quadrilles as well
as many good solid routines.
Don Armstrong, Lloyd Shaw Foundation Sales Division, PO Box 11, Macks Creek,
MO, 65786. This book has over 100 contra dances along with pictures, diagrams
New England Caller, PO Box 8069, Lowell, MA 01853 has several handbooks that contain material suitable for the community dancing. This
includes line dances, rounds and squares and the original American Square
Dance Society manuals.
Grenn Inc., Box 216, Bath, OH 44210 produces four record
labels. Several catalogue combinations are available that list dances suitable
for the CDP. The dances are even graded as to the difficulty so leaders
have the opportunity to pick and choose records that will fit within the
skills of your dancers. They have several series tailored to fit the the
basics listed in this text book.
The Lloyd Shaw Foundation Sales Division, PO Box 11, Macks
Creek, MO, 65786 produces a wide variety of records for contras, squares,
quadrilles, rounds and folk dancing. They have a recreational square dance
kit and manual that generally stay within CDP guidelines.
Records, Po Box 5576, Whittier, CA 90607-55765. Records can be
Retail Record & Sound Equipment
Supreme Audio, Po Box 50, Marlborough, NH, 03455-0050.
Has one of the largest stocks of records, books, PA equipment,. etc. A catalogue
Palomino Records Inc. 2905 Scenic Dr., Marion, OH, 43302-8386.
Chuck Jaworski Records, 4716 W. Berenice, Chicago, Ill
The Country Dance & Song Society, 17 New South St,
Northampton, MA, 01060 has an extensive catalogue of records, books, etc.
Much of the material fits in the area of traditional dancing.
"An Introduction to CONTRA DANCING", R&R
Video International, 3649 Whittier Blvd., Los Angles, CA 9002. The package
includes a video, two cassettes tapes and a 49 page booklet containing 17
contras, 1 mescolanza and 1 quadrille. Mike Seastrom prompts the dances
with added commentary by Bob Osgood. The video is a product of the California
Contra Callers Association.
The package is an excellent introduction to contras for anyone who is unfamiliar
with this dance form. Both dancers and leaders can use the video to learn
the mechanics. Then the cassette tapes can be used to actually dance the
routines. Finally, the new leaders have a quick written reference for each
of the dances that will enable them to prompt the dances in person.
"Jerry Helt's Dance Party", Kentucky Dance Foundation,C/O
Stew Shaklette. 460 Long Needle Rd., Brandenburg, KY 40108. This video is
worth getting just to study Jerry's presentation techniques.
Special Instruction Guides