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This podcast advocates for the newest Modern Western Square Dance program - SSD or Social Square Dancing.  A program that is growing in popularity for the joy it is bringing to more and more dancers everyday.

Today's episode features yesterdays Staff Recording Artists calling singing calls using the SSD program.  This is excellent for home use, when you don't have a caller, or for callers to use as a learning resource.

At this time, none of the musical accompaniment is available so please enjoy this episode.

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This podcast advocates for the newest Modern Western Square Dance program - SSD or Social Square Dancing.  Proving to be a dancer favorite as it promotes dancer success and the opportunity for non-dancers to join into square dancing faster.

Today's episode features Staff Recording Artists calling singing calls using the SSD program.  This is excellent for home use, when you don't have a caller, or for callers to use as a learning resource.

Here are the callers and singing calls in this episode:

Eric Henerlau calling "Sugar Sugar" on Blue Star Music 2573

Ken Bower calling "Night Train To Memphis" on Blue Star/Square L 1003

Andy Allemao calling "TROUBLE" on Rawhide Music 1186

Bear Miller calling "Macho Man" on Rawhide Music 1163

Mike Hogan calling "Sea Of Heartbreak" on Rawhide Music 1099

Lisa Lincoln calling "Hallelujah" on Female Edition Blue Star 201

Jerry Gilbreath calling "Rocking With You" on Rawhide Music 1224

Buddy Weaver calling "Just The Way You Are" on Blue Star Music 2569

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The square dancer of today may not recognize the name, Dick Houlton, but he was a popular personality calling for thousands of dancers each month in his heyday.  His had a great influence over callers of the current generation.

Here is a live dance recording from 1990 of the late, great Dick Houlton.  Dancers of Mainstream and Plus will enjoy the calling while every caller should listen, over and over, to learn from a master caller.

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This podcast advocates for the newest Modern Western Square Dance program - SSD or Social Square Dancing.  A great way to join in square dancing where classes take about 14 weeks and the entire program is about 50 calls.

Today's episode features Staff Recording Artists calling singing calls using the SSD program.  This is excellent for home use, when you don't have a caller, or for callers to use as a learning resource.

Here are the callers and singing calls in this episode:

Andy Allemao calling "Let The Good Times Roll" on Blue Star Music 2563

Jim Steele calling "Two More Bottles Of Wine" on Hi Hat Music 5355

Lisa Lincoln calling "Open Arms" on Female Edition Blue Star 206

Dave Guille calling "Rocky Top" on Rawhide Music 1154

Eric Henerlau calling "I'm Beginning To See The Light" on Blue Star Music 2621

Lone Blume calling "When The Sun Goes Down" on Hi Hat Music 5289

Nicholas Brendzy calling "Earthquake" on Rawhide Music 1243

Mike Hogan calling "Blue Moon" on Blue Star Music 2615

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The newly-minted MWSD program - SSD or Social Square Dancing is again featured.  Here are four patter calls and four singing calls using new music from Buddy Weaver Music as accompaniment.  This is great for dancing when you don't have a caller or as a resource for callers.

the feature of this episode.  With about fifty square dance calls in the program, it is great for dancers to move in time with the rhythm of the music from one-call-to-the-next.

Here are the releases used:

"Showdown" on Blue Star Music 547
"Beautiful Sunday" on Blue Star Music 2553
"Los Danza" on Blue Star Music 557
"Forever Young" on Blue Star Music 2629
"Hi Hat Hornpipe" on Hi Hat Music 1001
"You Ain't Never Had A Friend Like Me" on Blue Star Music 2631
"Lets Marvin Gaye" on Blue Star Music 2589
"I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" on Blue Star Music 2635

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Country music, the sound that gave birth to Modern Western Square Dancing, has evolved over the years.  Gone are the days of a three-piece band, replaced with a full orchestra recorded with modern studio techniques.

This episode is dedicated to the contemporary sound of country music as used in today's MWSD.

Here are the callers and singing calls in this episode:

Buddy Weaver calling "Amie" on Blue Star Music 2593

Jerry Junck calling "We Believe In Happy Endings" on Hi Hat Music 5359

Nicholas Brendzy calling "From A Jack To A King" on Rawhide Music 1238

Masaru Wade calling "Gone At Last" on Hi Hat Music 5338

Lanny Weaklend calling "House Of The Rising Sun" on Hi Hat Music 5334

Jerry Gilbreath calling "Stuck In The Middle With You" on Hi Hat Music 5347

Darren Gallina calling "Blue With Envy" on Hi Hat Music 5362

Tim Merino calling "Heartbreak Mountain" on Rawhide Music 1222

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The newly-minted MWSD program - SSD or Social Square Dancing is the feature of this episode.  With about fifty square dance calls in the program, it is great for dancers to move in time with the rhythm of the music from one-call-to-the-next.

All of the musical accompaniment - today's best square dance music - is part of the Buddy Weaver Music catalog; is available through the BWM website.  Here are the releases used:

"Paloma Blanca" on Blue Star Music 2557
"Hoedown Number Nine" on Blue Star Music 555
"Route Sixty-Six" on Blue Star Music 2609
"Green Grass Of Home Hoedown" on Blue Star Music 588
"Iko Shake" on Blue Star Music 2575
"Here Comes That Rainy Day Feeling" on Blue Star Music 577
"Open Arms" on Blue Star Music 2633
"Cripple Cricket" on Blue Star Music 591

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MWSD is represented by a variety of dance programs that are designed to offer something for every dancer from the occasional enthusiast to the high-frequency veteran.  Our episode today features Plus level or intermediate level, dancing as captured from live dances called by Buddy Weaver in 2008.  Excellent for practice dancing.

All of the musical accompaniment is part of the Buddy Weaver Music catalog and is available through the BWM website.  Here are the releases used:

"Sitting On Top Of The World" on Blue Star Music 2523
"Mountains Of Harmonica" on Rawhide Music 1502
"Ghost Riders In The Sky" on Rawhide Music 1001
"DX Land" on Blue Star Music 568
"Tonight Carmen" on Rawhide Music 1014
"Rebel Rouser" on Blue Star Music 534
"I Found A New Baby" on Blue Star Music 2458
"Skillet Lickin'" on Rawhide Music 1528

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Modern Western Square Dancing, enjoyed by people all around the world, has truly built a firm foundation in Japan.  With dancers, clubs, and callers throughout the country, thousands of Japanese citizens have made MWSD, their very own.  To honor our dance friends in Japan, this episode features some great Japanese square dance callers.

Here are the callers and singing calls in this episode:

Sam Tajima calling "Hey Good Lookin'" on Rawhide Music 1242

Toshifumi Ueno calling "Take It To The Limit" on Hi Hat Music 5331

Kotaro Okawa calling "Cold Cold Heart" on Rawhide Music 1231

Hisae Moriguchi calling "Be Glad" on Rawhide Music 1127

Takako Suzuki calling "I Just Want To Dance With You" on Rawhide Music 1155

Hiroyuki Kaneko, Jr. calling "Your Song" on Hi Hat Music 5346

Hiroshi and Keiko Yaoko calling "Blue Spanish Eyes" on Rawhide Music 1164

Hideyuki Takahashi and Naomi Tomosada calling "Ring Around Your Neck" on Rawhide Music 1091

Makiko Wakamatsu calling "It's My Party" on Rawhide Music 1228

Akitoshi Nakajima calling "Memories To Burn" on Rawhide Music 1132

Tac Ozaki calling "Crazy For Loving You" on Hi Hat Music 5285

Masaru Wada calling "Cupid" on Hi Hat Music 5276

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What MWSD sounds like today and every listener's opportunity to learn easy dance steps at home.

 

Your caller, Buddy Weaver will guide you through calls like "Do Sa Do", "Right Hand Star", and "Swing".  Set to modern music, this is a terrific way for a single or couple to really dance.

 

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Modern Western Square Dancing was the first to progress away from traditional dancing and welcome the female square dance caller.  This episode celebrates the female MWSD caller by featuring some of the top names in the square dance recording field.

Singing calls are tune derivatives that are produced for square dance education.  Here are the callers and their singing calls included:

Deborah Carroll-Jones calling "Cowboy's Sweetheart" on Blue Star Music 2471

Lisa Lincoln calling "Round Round" on Female Blue Star Music 205

Sue Dellere calling "When The Saints Go Marching In" on Rawhide Music 1232

Naomi Tomosada calling "Blue" on Female Blue Star Music 203

Lottie Hummel calling "Operator" on Rawhide Music 1113

Erika Spur calling "Save Me" on Rawhide Music 1207

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What MWSD sounds like today.

Here is Plus level (intermediate level) square dancing patter calls.  Our featured caller is Vic Ceder, one of the most creative MWSD callers today.  This is great for practice dancing in your home.

The following accompaniment is used:

"Forked Tail Deer" on Hi Hat Music 1029
"Coffee Rumba" on Hi Hat Music 1019
"Money Maker" on Hi Hat Music 1023
"Pride Of The Province" on Hi Hat Music 1028
"Pipeline Hoedown" on Hi Hat Music 1021
"Five O Hoedown" on Hi Hat Music 1032

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Here is what Modern Western Square Dancing sounds like today.

Singing calls are a big part of the dance activity in the 21st century.  These tune derivatives are produced for square dance education.  Reflecting the dance calls, the style of calling, the speed of dancing, and the changing musical tastes of the dancers, they represent the best of today's Modern Western Square Dancing.

The calls used in these singing calls are from the SSD or Social Square Dance program.  The callers are staff recording artists for the Blue Star Music label.  

"Someday (We Could Be In Love)" by Buddy Weaver on Blue Star 2619

"Forever Young" by Mike Hogan on Blue Star 2629

"Round Round" by Eric Henerlau on Blue Star 2630

"Hallelujah" by Ken Bower on Blue Star 2595

"Nice To Be With You" by Andy Allemao on Blue Star 2627

"Open Arms" by Buddy Weaver on Blue Star 2633

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Buddy Weaver Music is the copyright owner of Dance Ranch Record/Dance Ranch Music.  This episode features the Dance Ranch Staff CD released in 2005.  

Dance Ranch was active from 1971 through 2012.  Here are the recording staff callers doing patter calls from the 2005 CD.  Five great callers from three countries.  Dancing is at the Mainstream level and much of the musical accompaniment can be found on the Rawhide Music website.

Featured callers are:

Brian Hotchkies

Mike Driscoll

Darin Keith

Shozo Nishimura

Scott Bennett

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What MWSD sounds like today.

Here is square dancing for two-couple squares.  Both couples are "head couples" and the SSD or Social Square Dance program of calls is featured.

Called by Buddy Weaver.  The following accompaniment is used:

"Cripple Cricket" future release on Blue Star Music
"Get Ready" on Blue Star 2613

"Grand Slam" on Blue Star 582
"When You Walk In The Room" on Blue Star 2626

"Here Comes That Rainy Day" on Blue Star 577
"I Left My Heart In San Francisco" on Blue Star 2473

"Candy Girl" on Blue Star 579
"Green Green" on Hi Hat 5336

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Modern Western Square Dancing as enjoyed by a world-wide audience in the 21st century.

This is a continuation of episode 321.  The second of two parts featuring the Blue Star Music dance held in Los Angeles, October 2019.

The following callers and songs are featured:

Ken Bower - "Blue Stone Rag" (hoedown) on Blue Star 526

Ken Bower - "Marry You" on Blue Star 2581

Andy Allemao - "Michi Hoedown" (hoedown) on Blue Star 569

Andy Allemao - "Summertime" on Blue Star 2463

Buddy Weaver - "All I Want To Do Hoedown" on Blue Star 583

Buddy Weaver - "Let Me Sing" (future release)

All Staff - "Let The Good Times Roll" on Blue Star 2563

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A true representation of what Modern Western Square Dancing sounds like in the 21st century.  Recorded in October 2019 in Los Angeles, here are five square dance callers who are the Blue Star Music Staff Recording Artists.

Featured callers and songs are:

All Staff - "Beautiful Sunday" on Blue Star 2553

All Staff - "Gen X" (hoedown) on Blue Star 513

Mike Hogan - "Make A Wish" (hoedown) on Blue Star 567

Mike Hogan - "Road Less Travelled" on Blue Star 2625

Eric Henerlau - "Outtasight" (hoedown) on Blue Star 573

Eric Henerlau - "Route Sixty-Six" on Blue Star 2609

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