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Back then, when you heard the square dance caller on the old Barn Dance shows, you were probably hearing Tom Owens, who they said had called more square dances than anybody.
Even back in 1935, there may have been a generation gap, for they wrote that the '...younger generation may not understand exaclty what it signifies when the caller stands up with the sing-song shout all the way through the dance.'
The square dances were called 'these old style dances' in the WLS Family Album of 1935 and even still, they became a staple of shows such as this and the Grand Ole Opry. They were said to be '...more intricate than some of the modern dances, and they involve many complicated figures.' The dancers followed the lead of the caller, hearing such things as "Circle Four" or "Do See Do" or "Circle to the left" and many other evolutions. But there was always some way to tell when a dance was coming to an end when you might here a caller such as Tom sing out "Promenade all, you know where, I don't care."