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Rowdy Square Dance

When: Fri., Oct. 14, 9 p.m. 2011

The primary purpose of a square dance caller is to give instructions to the dancers. The caller directs to bobbing and weaving couples on the dance floor and times his/ her calls to the beat of the music. One of the most delightful aspects of square dance calling, something that separates it from forms such as contra dancing, is the use of patter calls. In The Old-Time Herald, musician and caller Phil Jamison writes that the purpose of patter calls is to fill in the time between instructional calls. Often sung or chanted, patter calls can include delightful nonsense rhymes. Here's an example: "Home little gal and don't you know/ I like sugar in my coffe-o/ And meet your partner and promenade-o/ You can't catch a rabbit 'til it comes snow." For this dance, the caller is Anna Lena Phillips, with live music by local old-time pickers the Five Points Rounders. The 9 p.m. event costs $5; Phillips will give brief lessons beforehand. —Meg Stein

Price: $5

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