The New York City Ballet Company was the first to offer Square Dance in a ballet, in 1957. In this original version, the musicians were placed on stage and a square dancer called out the steps. In 1976, the ballet was revived, with musicians placed in the pit and there was no caller (a male dancer improvised the caller). Other ballet companies have since performed the program (Miami and San Francisco).
A. No, Modern Western Square Dance (MWSD) evolved from Old Time Square Dancing. Comparing the two is like comparing the first rotary dial telephone to today's iPhone. Gone are the fiddlers and hoedown music, replaced by sound systems and an endless variety of recorded music. The barns and fields have given way to modern, air-conditioned halls, with larger dances being held in hotel ballrooms and major convention centers. Old Time Squares has about 25 calls. Modern Western Square Dance has over 500 calls. The most commonly danced program is "Mainstream", which consists of 68 calls. Our club, Wheatland Whirlers, is a Mainstream club.