have all 3 ENJOY them ALL - thank you for the
wonderful opportunity to see its history. Each time
I watch - I see something new!
--- David Millstone <David.Millstone(a)valley.net>
[Apologies for duplicate posting]
I'd like to make folks on this list aware that my
new video about caller Ralph
Sweet is now available for purchase on DVD. Entitled
"Sweet Talk," it's 73
minutes long, mostly an edited interview with Ralph.
Additional material interspersed with the interview
includes segments on the
early years of modern Western square dancing, some
older audio recordings and
photographs of callers and dancers as well as
diagrams from numerous square
dance books. There are also several short sequences
recorded in recent years of
Ralph calling, including at the Greenfield dance the
night when Ralph and his
all-star band recorded the wonderful "Shindig in the
Among the topics that Ralph discusses are his own
history in traditional dance
(from Connecticut to Georgia to Texas and back again
to New England), the rise
of MWSD and some subsequent difficulties that
movement faced, his attempts to
introduce contra dance to modern Western dancers,
his fife and flute business,
and some advice for callers.
Others on this list have seen parts of the video
that were screened at the
recent Ralph Page Dance Legacy Weekend; some have
copies of the entire video
that they purchased at that time. I'll let them
speak to the merits of the
video, if they feel so moved.
I also have copies available of the Dudley Laufman
video and my earlier one that
focuses on Bob McQuillen. Discount prices available
for folks who purchase
packages containing more than one title.
Please contact me off-list for more information.
P.S. And let me conclude by encouraging others to
get out there with a video
camera to record interviews with callers, musicians,
dancers, organizers, as
well as shooting footage from dances. Once you've
done so, look into making that
ootage available to others by getting it--
originals or a good copy-- into an
Callers mailing list
Mavis L McGaugh
510-814-8118 (answering machine-leave message)
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