Traditional Barn Dances With Calls & Fiddling

Instruction for folk and barn dances and authentic tunes that have been performed for over 350 years!


Teach 53 dances to participants of all ages and abilities. This book offers historical and cultural information about each dance as well, and includes two music CDs and a DVD with a video glossary and full demonstrations for select dances.

Music and Dance Combine

This text provides sheet music, which allows you to have your physical education and music departments working together to encourage teamwork and give students the chance to dance to live music. While PE students are learning the dances, music students will have the opportunity to branch out from their typical curriculum as well!

Easy Instruction

Dance instruction has never been easier than with this book created by Dudley Laufman, a traditional New England dance caller and fiddler, and his cofiddler, Jacqueline Laufman. The two have more than 80 years of combined experience, and have put everything you need to know for teaching 53 dances to participants of all ages into this book, CD, and DVD combo.

The book features all of the calls and directions for the dances in large print, which makes it easy for you to read them from a distance as you move about the room to help dancers. The DVD contains video demonstrations for select dances, which enhances our ability to teach them to students.


This book features 11 chapters covering a variety of traditional folk dances and various teaching tips:

  • Dance Finder
  • Tune Finder
  • Foreword
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • How to Use This Book, Music CD, and DVD Package
  • DVD Contents
  • Chapter 1. History of Traditional Barn Dance
  • Chapter 2. Setting Up and Calling the Dances
  • Chapter 3. Music and the Fiddle
  • Chapter 4. Tips for Teachers
  • Chapter 5. Circle Dances
  • Chapter 6. Longways Dances
  • Chapter 7. Square Dances
  • Chapter 8. Dances in Other Formations
  • Chapter 9. Contra Dances
  • Chapter 10. Dances for Folks With Varying Abilities
  • Chapter 11. How to Run a Community Barn Dance
  • Glossary
  • Resources and Suggested Readings
  • About the Authors
  • CD Contents

Book is 216 pages.

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