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Latest Feedback

Larry from Florida - February 2017
“My name is Larry Skipper and I am a member of the Swinging Squares of Panama City, Florida. Since learning about the Traveling Hoedowners DVDs, our club has purchased over 25 of them. The DVDs have been a great visual tool in helping our beginning square dancers to progress. They are able to review what they learned this week and take a look at what they will learn next week. Our members, who have been dancing for a couple of years, say that they learn something new every time they watch them. As for myself I have benefited a lot from both the Mainstream and Plus DVDs. The Swinging Squares thank you for support and look forward to purchasing more DVDs in the near future.”

Paula from Louisiana - February 2017
“Our Party Saturday night went very well. Your [Instant Hoedown] video worked very well and everyone had a great time. It was perfect because there was only one or two out of 50 or 60 youth who had ever square danced before and being able to see the moves in addition to hearing the descriptions made up, in part, for not having experienced dancers to guide them through it. It also made it possible for me to teach them as I have zero experience teaching or calling square dance. Since we couldn't afford to hire a caller, your video pretty much made this activity possible. I'm sure we will use this video again and again. Our youth really enjoy structured dances so I really think this could become a favorite for them. Thank you so much!”

Pete from California - January 2017
“Your Mainstream and Plus Square Dance Videos are really helpful. They make learning the square dance calls so simple!”

Melva from Oklahoma - July 2016
“The Mainstream and Plus Reference DVDs that The Traveling Hoedowners produce are of excellent quality and beneficial in teaching square dance movements. We recommend that all our new dancers purchase them and watch them to review and study for the next lesson. We have enjoyed excellent service from the group and would give them the top ratings for this type material.”

Bill, a square dance caller from Canada - May 2016
“I have borrowed your DVDs on mainstream and plus. These are great and I would like my own set. I will be teaching plus this fall and your DVDs explain very well.”

Winfried & Nicole from France - April 2016
“The Instant Hoedown DVDs are well done, easily understandable, and would be the right solution for people who had heard about square dance, but have no idea how to manage. We have been square dancing for more than 40 years so I am happy with the Instant Hoedown CD, because after a short explanation of the calls to come, I can go directly to the dance in order to provide an immediate feeling of success for my friends who are new to square dancing.”

Robert from Colorado - April 2016
“We have your Mainstream Reference DVD, and we love it. We are now ordering your Plus Reference DVD.”

Bruno & Sabine from Germany - November 2015
“Thank you very much for sending the DVD so quickly. My wife and I started square dancing last August. Your [Mainstream Reference] DVD is a terrific support to learn square dancing very easily. We recommend your DVDs to anyone who wants to learn square dancing. Best wishes from Germany to your team.”

Karin and Manfred from Germany - July 2015
“Thank you for sending the DVDs. They are just great because everything is clear and easy to understand. Best wishes to you and your team from Germany.”

Glenn & Wanda from Florida - May 2015
“I don't know where to start on my praise for these videos! My wife and I just started square dancing about eight weeks ago (I am 66 and she is 64). I first ordered the mainstream video to see if we could do it and if my wife would like square dancing. When I put the video in she couldn't stop watching it. First it was SO WELL PRODUCED and DONE, second, in my opinion it is the BEST video for beginners and ANYONE who wants to improve their dancing skills. We found a square dance group and informed our caller that we were preparing to go to the 61st Square Dance Convention in Lakeland, Florida in May 2015. He encouraged us and pushed us to learn. Next I ordered the Plus DVD and the Square Dance Party DVD/CD Combination. We went to class twice a week and were ONLY able to keep up by watching these DVDs in between classes! We also put the Square Dance Party CDs in the car DVD Player and listened every time we went somewhere. These videos and CDs were the key to our rapid advancement and success!! We just got home from the convention and we were SO GLAD we had these DVDs to learn from. On Saturday we started dancing in the mainstream hall at 10 a.m. and did not stop dancing until the 4 p.m. break! We then went back and danced again until closing at 10 p.m.! Everyone there was surprised when we told them we had only been dancing for eight weeks! Thanks to All of you for this wonderful system and God Bless the late Paul Place for his wonderful teaching, he will be sorely missed. The icing on the cake for us was that we got to meet Michael and Alice and Ian and Sandy at the convention. We talked to Michael and Alice for a short while and they were so gracious and encouraging. To everyone involved in the making of these DVDs & CDs, you have done a wonderful service to Square Dancing, and my guess is you will NEVER know how much you have helped.”

Ed from Florida - May 2015
“You guys are great and your DVDs are the best available. They are extremely easy to navigate and the material contained is thorough and comprehensive. I highly recommend these DVDs to anyone that wants to learn Square Dancing or improve their Square Dancing skills.

I had never Square Danced before and my partner had last danced 5 years ago. We took Mainstream Square Dancing lessons - it was all new to me. I used your mainstream DVD to review calls that were taught in class and to prepare for new calls. This approach allowed me to learn the calls quicker, better execute the calls in class, and to become more confident.

Once I knew the mainstream Square Dance moves, I taught myself the 30 Plus Calls strictly from your Plus DVD. I was able to learn the call definitions, moves, and ending positions easily from your DVD. As my Mainstream class ended, I had already started dancing Plus tips at dances. I continued with the class workshop to reinforce my Plus skills and fine tune and practice calls.

I used your DVDs to supplement class and learn calls whereas my partner already knew the calls. However she was also able to gain tremendous value by using the DVDs to refresh calls and brush up on technique. Watching the execution of the calls and seeing them in a dance provided her a tremendous opportunity to review and refresh her skills. Your DVDs were great for her as well.

People are amazed by my progress and how well I dance. It has taken me less than six months to get to a competent Plus level. It took my partner over 2 years to get to this same ability level. I credit my success to your DVDs. They are a great supplement to classes and a FANTASTIC way to accelerate learning!! I owe my success to you guys!! You're the best. THANKS!!!”

Rose Marie, 4th Grade Music Instructor from Arizona - April 2015
“Our school ordered your square dance Instant Hoedown to be used as part of the fourth grade music concert. I was afraid that what I was asking for would turn out to be something entirely different. However, it was EXACTLY what I wanted! The students were a bit resistant at first, but after watching the video, practicing, watching again, practicing more, and finally getting it, they were extremely excited about music class. We all were quite happy about the ease with which the dances could be learned (once we figured out which way was left and which way was right. Ha Ha) The lessons were demonstrated very well and there was never any doubt as to what was expected. The audiences that we performed for thoroughly enjoyed it. Several parents came up afterwards to thank me for teaching the kids the dances. I asked the kids today if I had a square dance club for an afterschool activity, how many would go. Many hands went up. I sincerely hope I can "swing" that for a club next fall (no pun intended). Thank you very much for your instructional DVD and CD of music.”

Hugh & Dede from Florida - April 2015
“AWESOME... when starting lessons at Whirl & Twirl Square Dance Club, I purchased the Traveling Hoedowners Instructional DVDs (mainstream & plus). They are sooooo helpful. I am able to watch the dancers over and over. Our caller teaches us the steps, but having the DVDs to see how it is done is such a helpful tool to becoming a better dancer. The DVDs are excellently done - easy to understand, encouraging to watch. Thank You to The Traveling Hoedowners for taking the time and effort to make the instructional DVDs for beginners and for those who need a refresher course.”

Joachim from Germany - March 2015
“I live in South Germany and am a student in square dancing. My graduation will be in May and I hope I will pass. I bought your Instant Hoedown, Mainstream Reference, and your Square Dance Party Pack. Your DVDs are very helpful. I like to carry your Mainstream Reference with me for better learning.”

Lori from The Wisconsin Squares - February 2015
“WOW! the DVDs are absolutely wonderful! we meet at my Aunt's and practice with Friends! The DVDs (Mainstream & Instant Hoedown) are EASY to follow and we have A BLAST ... Money Well Spent!”

Magazine Reviews

Review by Video Librarian Magazine - January/February 2012
“Instant Hoedown! ***1/2 (2011) 2 discs. 137 min The clockwork precision of square dancing has never looked more entertaining than in Instant Hoedown! (a double-disc DVD set with an accompanying CD), which presents - over the course of 10 mini-lessons - both the vocabulary and essential choreography of the form. Featuring seasoned callers Scotty Sharrer and Roland Morin (who also serve as guides for home viewers) and the Traveling Hoedowners (four couples who demonstrate the various movements), this how-to looks at the basics - squaring sets, home positions, identifying corners, understanding what makes a head couple versus a side couple - before tackling fun stuff such as pass-throughs, star-throughs, twirling, and promenading. Highly recommended.”  

Review by Square Dance Magazine - September 2011
“An ‘Instant Hoedown’ DVD is the latest production from The Traveling Hoedowners and it doesn't disappoint. It's designed for adults or children with no square dancing experience. In 10 or 15 minutes they can learn enough to enjoy a simple square dance and by listening to or watching further modules they can progress further.

This square dancing tutorial is perfect for:
- School teachers wanting to teach children a fun form of exercise
- Square dancers who want to teach friends or family how to dance as a party activity
- A group of individuals who want to learn in the privacy of their own home
- Youth groups or any group holding a western dance

All that is required is a group of eight people and a DVD player and you can experience the fun of square dancing in bite size chunks.

I can unreservedly recommend the ‘Instant Hoedown’ DVD along with the other training DVD's by The Traveling Hoedowners as the best of their type. They have done everything possible to produce top quality square dance lessons that are easy to use and enjoy. Highly recommended.”
Read the full review in Square Dance Magazine   

Square Dance Magazine - August 2009
“If you're looking for some Mainstream or Plus square dance music [and videos] then put Square Dance Party! at the top of your list. You won't be disappointed by this very professional production! The Traveling Hoedowners set a standard that is almost impossible for anyone else to exceed, such is the quality of their productions.”
Read the full review in Square Dance Magazine

Robert Scott, Editor of Square Dance Magazine - January 2008
“These are easily the best square dance training videos that I have come across and being on DVD makes them extremely easy to use. Congratulations to the Traveling Hoedowners on a job well done.”
Read the full review in Square Dance Magazine

Comment by Roger in Square Dance Magazine - January 2008
“I viewed the Plus DVD. This is an excellent adjunct to the learners' class... The instruction sticks to the basics (no left hand or tricky stuff), is very clear, and will clarify moves for those dancers who have doubts. ... People who purchase this DVD will not be disappointed.”

Instant Hoedown Feedback

Paula from Louisiana - February 2017
“Our Party Saturday night went very well. Your [Instant Hoedown] video worked very well and everyone had a great time. It was perfect because there was only one or two out of 50 or 60 youth who had ever square danced before and being able to see the moves in addition to hearing the descriptions made up, in part, for not having experienced dancers to guide them through it. It also made it possible for me to teach them as I have zero experience teaching or calling square dance. Since we couldn't afford to hire a caller, your video pretty much made this activity possible. I'm sure we will use this video again and again. Our youth really enjoy structured dances so I really think this could become a favorite for them. Thank you so much!”

Winfried & Nicole from France - April 2016
“The Instant Hoedown DVDs are well done, easily understandable, and would be the right solution for people who had heard about square dance, but have no idea how to manage. We have been square dancing for more than 40 years so I am happy with the Instant Hoedown CD, because after a short explanation of the calls to come, I can go directly to the dance in order to provide an immediate feeling of success for my friends who are new to square dancing.”

Rose Marie, 4th Grade Music Instructor from Arizona - April 2015
“Our school ordered your square dance Instant Hoedown to be used as part of the fourth grade music concert. I was afraid that what I was asking for would turn out to be something entirely different. However, it was EXACTLY what I wanted! The students were a bit resistant at first, but after watching the video, practicing, watching again, practicing more, and finally getting it, they were extremely excited about music class. We all were quite happy about the ease with which the dances could be learned (once we figured out which way was left and which way was right. Ha Ha) The lessons were demonstrated very well and there was never any doubt as to what was expected. The audiences that we performed for thoroughly enjoyed it. Several parents came up afterwards to thank me for teaching the kids the dances. I asked the kids today if I had a square dance club for an afterschool activity, how many would go. Many hands went up. I sincerely hope I can "swing" that for a club next fall (no pun intended). Thank you very much for your instructional DVD and CD of music.”

Judy from Ontario, Canada - March 2014
“We ordered your Instant Hoedown a few months ago and we have learned a lot and are really enjoying it. We want to continue learning so would now like to order your Mainstream and Plus Reference DVDs!”

Vanessa from New York - February 2014
“I stumbled upon the Traveling Hoedowners website a few years ago while looking for music with cues to implement into my Physical Education classes. It was a gold mine of a find! Students who were not familiar or interested in square dancing or line dancing opened up to explore different dances with smiles on their faces! As a teacher, the breakdown of the calls within the songs and the additional visual support of the DVDs helps all learners and clearly fits into the common core standards! Excellent job! Keep up the good work!”

Angela from Missouri - February 2014
“The DVDs came in less than a week, perfect condition - and they are SO MUCH FUN!! I would definitely order from the Traveling Hoedowners again!!”

Marion from New Jersey - September 2013
“I live in a retirement community in New Jersey and I am facilitating a square dance class for our residents. Most of them are in their late 70s and 80s. Some have danced before but many are trying it for the time. I must be careful about vertigo, balance issues and shortness of breath, and we have to be conscious of the speed and complexity of the dance steps. We have had our best success using DVD 1 of the "Instant Hoedown!" series, i.e. Hamster Rhythm, Sunny, Jude, and Taking it Easy.”

Wayne & Sharon from Texas - March 2013
“We want to thank you for your ‘Instant Hoedown’ instructional DVD/CD, it worked well with 65 5th thru 8th graders. We were able to have them dancing to music the first week. We ended week 4 (1 hour session per week) with a dancing session of one hour. They loved it and the instructors did too.”

Laurie from California - October 2012
“The California 8th grade Physical Education content standards include instruction in square dance. As a California middle school physical education teacher, I have been using the Instant Hoedown, and Mainstream, DVD programs for over a year with great success. Basically, all of my students have never seen anyone square dancing before, so using the Traveling Hoedowners DVDs really helps my students see and understand how to square dance more quickly. I highly recommend the Traveling Hoedowners instructional DVDs whether you are teaching others to square dance or learning yourself.”

Bill & Suzanne from Nevada - August 2012
“Our square dance caller is away for the summer, but our square dance group wanted to continue learning and dancing while he is away. Our learning group is up to track 14 of Instant Hoedown. We have the first 13 tracks almost mastered and our goal is to get through all 23 tracks by the end of summer. We will then have a great feeling of success. We printed the call sheets for the dances. We read the call sheets, walking through all the square dance calls. Then we play the music and dance. All in our group agree that walking through the calls first works very, very well. We love the sheets! Our group is also very pleased with how clear and distinct the calling is. Our dance instructor is going to be amazed at how much we have learned in his absence. We do very well with your call sheets and recordings. You are our heroes. Thanks so much!”
[Call sheets for our products can be downloaded from our detailed information page]

Ron & Diane from British Columbia, Canada - January 2012
“We like the [Instant Hoedown] teaching format with the lessons followed by a tip enforcing the moves taught. Even though we have danced for many years, we are enjoying a chance to listen and dance to new calls and callers.”  

Ailene from California - October 2011
“We received our Instant Hoedown package ... thank you! We have watched the DVD and tried out the first dance with family. Everyone really enjoyed it and thought it was quick and easy to learn. Your group did a really nice job putting it together! We're amateurs who've been to a few square dance parties and I did it in the fourth grade. We LOVE it though! It's such good, clean, fun and a great way to exercise!

We enjoy having friends over to our home and started including square dancing as part of the entertainment and everyone just loves it! In fact, we've been getting calls from the friends we had over to come teach square dancing at their house because they were having an anniversary party or the like. One of the things I really appreciate with your package is the simplicity of the first song, it will get everyone dancing in no time at all! Plus, it has room for growth for those who want to learn more. I'm sure I will be ordering more products from you in the future. Thanks again!”  

Rod Barngrover (A new Caller) - September 2011
“The Instant Hoedown set is a great DVD to let you try Square Dancing at most any social event. It is very well made and even if you have never tried square dancing before this 2-DVD 1-CD set lets you give it a try. So get your friends together and learn the basics while having a lot of fun. If you have fun join a square dance club! Thanks Traveling Hoedowners.”  

Reggie Kniphfer, Owner & Producer of Tarheel Records - August 2011
“I received the DVDs today of your Instant Hoedown. They are just great and I would like to thank you for the great job the dancers and callers did on this production. Thanks again for using my Hoedowns on your production and inform the dancers and callers that I think they did a great job.”  

Feedback covering more than one product (Mainstream, Plus, Party, Instant Hoedown)

Pete from California - January 2017
“Your Mainstream and Plus Square Dance Videos are really helpful. They make learning the square dance calls so simple!”

Melva from Oklahoma - July 2016
“The Mainstream and Plus Reference DVDs that The Traveling Hoedowners produce are of excellent quality and beneficial in teaching square dance movements. We recommend that all our new dancers purchase them and watch them to review and study for the next lesson. We have enjoyed excellent service from the group and would give them the top ratings for this type material.”

Karin and Manfred from Germany - July 2015
“Thank you for sending the DVDs. They are just great because everything is clear and easy to understand. Best wishes to you and your team from Germany.”

Glenn & Wanda from Florida - May 2015
“I don't know where to start on my praise for these videos! My wife and I just started square dancing about eight weeks ago (I am 66 and she is 64). I first ordered the mainstream video to see if we could do it and if my wife would like square dancing. When I put the video in she couldn't stop watching it. First it was SO WELL PRODUCED and DONE, second, in my opinion it is the BEST video for beginners and ANYONE who wants to improve their dancing skills. We found a square dance group and informed our caller that we were preparing to go to the 61st Square Dance Convention in Lakeland, Florida in May 2015. He encouraged us and pushed us to learn. Next I ordered the Plus DVD and the Square Dance Party DVD/CD Combination. We went to class twice a week and were ONLY able to keep up by watching these DVDs in between classes! We also put the Square Dance Party CDs in the car DVD Player and listened every time we went somewhere. These videos and CDs were the key to our rapid advancement and success!! We just got home from the convention and we were SO GLAD we had these DVDs to learn from. On Saturday we started dancing in the mainstream hall at 10 a.m. and did not stop dancing until the 4 p.m. break! We then went back and danced again until closing at 10 p.m.! Everyone there was surprised when we told them we had only been dancing for eight weeks! Thanks to All of you for this wonderful system and God Bless the late Paul Place for his wonderful teaching, he will be sorely missed. The icing on the cake for us was that we got to meet Michael and Alice and Ian and Sandy at the convention. We talked to Michael and Alice for a short while and they were so gracious and encouraging. To everyone involved in the making of these DVDs & CDs, you have done a wonderful service to Square Dancing, and my guess is you will NEVER know how much you have helped.”

Ed from Florida - May 2015
“You guys are great and your DVDs are the best available. They are extremely easy to navigate and the material contained is thorough and comprehensive. I highly recommend these DVDs to anyone that wants to learn Square Dancing or improve their Square Dancing skills.

I had never Square Danced before and my partner had last danced 5 years ago. We took Mainstream Square Dancing lessons - it was all new to me. I used your mainstream DVD to review calls that were taught in class and to prepare for new calls. This approach allowed me to learn the calls quicker, better execute the calls in class, and to become more confident.

Once I knew the mainstream Square Dance moves, I taught myself the 30 Plus Calls strictly from your Plus DVD. I was able to learn the call definitions, moves, and ending positions easily from your DVD. As my Mainstream class ended, I had already started dancing Plus tips at dances. I continued with the class workshop to reinforce my Plus skills and fine tune and practice calls.

I used your DVDs to supplement class and learn calls whereas my partner already knew the calls. However she was also able to gain tremendous value by using the DVDs to refresh calls and brush up on technique. Watching the execution of the calls and seeing them in a dance provided her a tremendous opportunity to review and refresh her skills. Your DVDs were great for her as well.

People are amazed by my progress and how well I dance. It has taken me less than six months to get to a competent Plus level. It took my partner over 2 years to get to this same ability level. I credit my success to your DVDs. They are a great supplement to classes and a FANTASTIC way to accelerate learning!! I owe my success to you guys!! You're the best. THANKS!!!”

Hugh & Dede from Florida - April 2015
“AWESOME... when starting lessons at Whirl & Twirl Square Dance Club, I purchased the Traveling Hoedowners Instructional DVDs (mainstream & plus). They are sooooo helpful. I am able to watch the dancers over and over. Our caller teaches us the steps, but having the DVDs to see how it is done is such a helpful tool to becoming a better dancer. The DVDs are excellently done - easy to understand, encouraging to watch. Thank You to The Traveling Hoedowners for taking the time and effort to make the instructional DVDs for beginners and for those who need a refresher course.”

Joachim from Germany - March 2015
“I live in South Germany and am a student in square dancing. My graduation will be in May and I hope I will pass. I bought your Instant Hoedown, Mainstream Reference, and your Square Dance Party Pack. Your DVDs are very helpful. I like to carry your Mainstream Reference with me for better learning.”

Lori from The Wisconsin Squares - February 2015
“WOW! the DVDs are absolutely wonderful! we meet at my Aunt's and practice with friends! The DVDs (Mainstream & Instant Hoedown) are EASY to follow and we have A BLAST ... Money Well Spent!”

Renzie from Florida - February 2014
“I had not square danced in 25 years. I had to take a trip out to California and I watched your Mainstream and Plus Reference DVDs on my flights out and back. When I got home I was square dancing again!”

Renton from Canada - January 2014
“I am a customer who has purchased a pack of 10 DVD/CDs with which we have been having loads of fun. The Instant Hoedown sets are being used by our beginners. Our senior PLUS group is now getting in shape for the Canadian Square Dance Convention which is being held down the road in Ottawa this July. We have been having a ball with the Plus calls in the Square Dance Party set. Many thanks to the Traveling Hoedowners for all the fun we’ve had so far.”

Expanded Feedback - Renton from Canada - January 2014
“We came across the Traveling Hoedowners on an internet search and we sure lucked out when we found you. The instructional DVDs are excellent, especially with the view from a high angle. One can tell that the production of the whole package was professionally done. We have had a ton of fun and beginner success because of your product. Thanks so much!

We are a small club and since for one reason or another dancers leave and so we always need beginners. All club members are then in the situation where we, the dancers who have stayed with the club for some time, are doing lower level dances to accommodate the Basic and Mainstream dancers. Our caller is also challenged with this situation. Since a week is a long time to wait for another lesson, we give out the Instant Hoedown DVDs to the beginners. We also get a square together at a person’s house and do the dances where the new dancers are not pressured to learn right away so they don’t hold up others in the class. It is a social time where we get to know each other better when not busy dancing on our one night of the week with our caller. The Instant Hoedown dances are great with the lively music and singing calls.

So now that we have the beginners looked after, and since we Plus dancers don’t get much dance time on our caller night, we do the same thing. Because we are all retired, we meet at different couples’ houses about 3:00 in the afternoon - dance for a couple of hours and have a supper for which each couple brings a certain dish - and then dance till sometimes approaching 10:00 in the evening. Despite this effort, we are not serious people, so when first trying a new dance in the Party Pack, we will break down - but always with a hoot and a holler. One evening we spent over an hour before we could dance the whole thing through without a mistake - we just kept at it because we were having so much fun breaking down, but still determined to get it. And once done without a mistake, there is the rush of accomplishment. We do this because we have to learn to dance quickly to new callers at a large invitation dance or at a Square Dance Convention. With your product, we will get there, whereas our caller wouldn’t have the time or the patience.”

Grace from New York - January 2014
“We have your Plus Reference DVD and your Party Pack. We also have a Mainstream DVD from one of your competitors, but we want to order your Mainstream Reference DVD. My husband is a senior citizen and he always falls asleep while watching your competitor's product, but he is alert and interested while watching your DVDs!”

Ralph and Jill from Iowa - December 2013
“Thank you for these wonderful DVDs. They have greatly increased our comfort level in our square dance classes. They are both educational and fun to watch. I have watched the Mainstream DVD four times and am ready to move on to the Plus DVD. The Square Dance Party DVD brings it all together and showcases the true mastery of Paul Place and the Traveling Hoedowners. We are truly sorry that we will never have an opportunity to participate in a dance called by Paul but maybe someday we will meet some of the Traveling Hoedowners in person.”

David & Sarvani from Iowa - May 2013
“We have 3 of your DVDs and just love them and some of our friends have also ordered your DVDs. Your Mainstream Reference DVD certainly helped us a lot learning Mainstream. We now have your Plus Reference and your Square Dance Party Pack dances as well!”

Lance & Rita from Florida - April 2013
“We learned to square dance from your DVDs! We still use them to refresh ourselves after not dancing for a while. We especially like your DVDs since we can go directly to the calls we wish to review.”

Tom from Texas - March 2013
“We received the DVDs on Thursday and they are terrific. My wife and I began square dance lessons for the second time in September last year and are scheduled to graduate from plus in April. Your DVDs are a great review tool for us. Thanks for making such a wonderful contribution to our square dance learning experience.”

Joe & Pat from Indiana - February 2013
“We have your Mainstream and Plus Reference DVDs - they are wonderful and really helped us! When we were learning to dance we watched them all the time. Now we still watch them to review calls when we have not been dancing for a while. We told our friends to buy your Mainstream and Plus DVDs, and we now want to purchase your Square Dance Party Pack so we can dance even when we do not have a caller.”

Rodney & Jan from Florida - January 2013
“We have both your Mainstream and Plus Reference DVDs and we have been watching you every night. I really believe everyone who is learning to square dance should have your DVDs. You did an excellent job making them and they really help us to understand the calls.”

Bill from Nevada - January 2013
“Wow, we will have fun now and learn so much thanks to you! Our retirement community group has separate practice sessions with your CDs. We encourage people to view your Reference DVDs prior to coming to our practice sessions. The ultimate would be to have a huge TV screen to play your DVDs while the dancers are watching, and then do the dance. We have no such luxury so cope with playing the CDs on a boom box after reading through your call lists. Thanks for the communications and good luck to you in your promotion of square dancing. We support you!”

Anita from Washington State - October 2012
“Just received your Plus DVD, thank you so much for getting it to me so quickly. Your Mainstream DVD was invaluable to me while I was in class and even after when I had to take some time off to watch the video again and brush up was really helpful. Began watching the Plus DVD and already know it will help me immensely. Thank you so much. It was so clever to match the outfits so I can keep track of the dancers as they move around. Really awesome DVD! Thank You!”

Betty & Derald from California - August 2012
“We purchased both your Mainstream and Plus Reference DVDs about a year ago. They are fantastic! We really enjoy them. We have recently lost the Plus DVD and we really miss it, so we now want to order a replacement. We can't live without it!”

Roger from Virginia - June 2012
“My wife and I were out of square dancing for over 12 years. We got back into it recently and with your Mainstream and Plus DVDs it made it so much easier to relearn all that we have forgotten. These are great and I would recommend them for beginners and anyone who wants to refresh their skill level. They are excellent.” 

Kelly from Texas - May 2012
“I wanted to let you know that I received my DVDs and my children (boy-15 and girl-11) and I have been enjoying the Mainstream DVD. We have practiced with it every day since it arrived, and it has been very helpful. At square dance last night, after less than a week with the DVD, I did better than I ever have, and was told that I am "doing wonderfully"! Thank you so much for offering this great product. Once I have mastered Mainstream, my children (who graduated from Mainstream last year) and I are going to start on the Plus DVD. My son has already been watching that one. I am looking forward to graduating from Mainstream and being a full member of our local club, and really appreciate the confidence your DVD has given me.” 

Rod & Chris from Kansas - May 2012
“A word of thanks to Paul Place - I am writing with the hope that you might be able to help me express a word of thanks and appreciation to the family of Paul Place. I am a grateful recipient of a Scholarship to the Heart of America Callers School to be held in Topeka KS in June. I would like to be able to thank Paul's heirs for the generosity that makes these Scholarships possible. I feel a particular significance in receiving this scholarship, because the DVDs that Paul and the Traveling Hoedowners produced were very instrumental in helping my wife and I to learn to square dance! His voice and style became very familiar to us, and this scholarship feels to me like a gift from a dear old friend and mentor. It is another example of how Paul's love for this activity and its people just keeps on giving and giving. May his legacy continue to bring people joy for many years and generations to come. I feel privileged to be a part of that legacy and to honor his memory in this way. He had a major role in my inspiration to become a caller, and I will strive to uphold the high standard that he set for our wonderful activity of square dancing.” 

Lance & Rita from Florida - May 2012
“We have your mainstream and plus reference DVDs. They were a Godsend when we were learning to dance. They are so easy to use since you don't have to watch the whole thing - you can go directly to the call you want to see.” 

Sanford from Illinois - February 2012
“Your DVDs on Mainstream and Plus squaredancing were so helpful in my learning how to square dance. They helped along with the group lessons I was taking at the time. I just followed the man in the yellow shirt. Coincidently, 3 years later I met him and other Traveling Hoedowners at the dance in Lakeland, Florida. In 8th grade after school I had 3 or 4 lessons of square dancing, but my paper route came first. Someday I hoped I could pick it up. At 67 I finally started taking lessons, I have achieved my goal, thanks to you guys. Keep up spreading the joy of squaredancing. Thank you!”  

Bill & RB from Wyoming - November 2011
“We are square dancers from Wyoming and have practiced and practiced with your Mainstream and Plus DVDs. We think your DVDs are about the best supplemental program on the market.”  

Violet from Washington State - November 2011
“I bought your Mainstream and Plus instructional DVDs at Petticoat Junction in Everett, Washington. I enjoy them and wanted something more by the same group, so I am now ordering your Square Dance Party Pack.”  

Murray from Canada - September 2011
“We have your Mainstream and Plus instructional DVDs and your Square Dance Party. They are all excellent. We are now ordering your new Instant Hoedown set.” 

Doris & George from Florida - April 2011
“We have been away from square dancing for a while and we use your Mainstream and Plus Reference DVDs to review before going to a dance. Your DVDs are lifesavers.”  

Tom from Colorado - April 2011
“My wife and I love your products as do our square dance friends. Thanks for being so prompt in filling our orders. Keep up the good work.”  

Ed & Carol from Alabama - March 2011
“I'm a new square dancer and have thoroughly enjoyed your DVDs, both mainstream and plus. Everything about both DVDs is outstanding. The caller does a great job in both calling and teaching. The dancers are wonderful as well; both DVDs are a 10+. Keep up the great work!”  

Dorothy from Texas - February 2011
“We have your Mainstream, Plus, and Party Square Dance DVDs, and have purchased 3 more of your Basic/Mainstream DVDs for friends. Now I want to order another of your Mainstream Reference DVDs as a gift for our friends who are just starting lessons. I love your DVDs. They are so helpful when you are just getting started. You did a wonderful job on them and have helped a lot of people.”  

Paul Bristow, Owner and Producer of Sting Productions - January 2011
“I would like to tell you how impressed I am with your projects, to date. You clearly have an excellent understanding of the best way to present Square Dancing on DVD.”  

Don Wood, Owner & Producer of Lou-Mac Records - January 2011
“I have seen your videos, they are well done. Please feel free to use our music [in your next project].”  

Joan from South Carolina [Second order] - October 2010
“Your mainstream & plus reference DVDs are very instructional. I loaned mine to a friend and now I am ordering more because I do not want to be without them! They are terrific!”

Jonette & Wally from Minnesota - September 2010
“I received your Mainstream Reference DVD and Party package within two days of my online order. I like the setting of your DVD with real people and not virtual people. I have a Party Pack CD wake us up each morning through the BOSE. I love the music and your talent with calls. It gets us in the mood each day and gets us moving. Blessings on your endeavors to keep square dancing alive as I hope to introduce this to my nieces and nephews during our visits.”

Gary & Sue from California - July 2010
“We can't say enough about your DVDs; we have grown to love them. My wife and I are new student dancers and faithfully watch upcoming calls on your DVDs before each lesson. It makes all the difference in the world in helping us and other class members (who also have a set of Traveling Hoedowners' DVDs) to advance. We dance at four clubs and new dancer classes each week, and are sharing the great DVDs experience to help others learn Mainstream and Plus level dancing. We ordered a 10-pack earlier and now have an order for another 10-pack. That's how great we and others think you DVDs have helped us learn! Being able to see the entire square is unique in the instructional DVD available today, and it has helped our understanding of Square Dancing.”

Jerry & Hap from Florida - June 2010
“We are very happy and pleased with [your mainstream and plus] DVDs. They are easy to follow - really excellent.”

Olin from Texas - May 2010
“Your Mainstream and Plus Reference DVDs are the best I've seen. Your caller is excellent and the demonstrations are outstanding. I started square dancing about 2 years ago and your DVDs are the best solution for smoothing out the calls. It makes square dancing fun, so you aren't worrying about the next call. I really appreciate what your group has done to help square dancers.”

Diana from Australia - February 2010
“I have had your mainstream and plus DVDs for 2 years and they are great. I find the words and style Paul uses for teaching suit me and I have benefited greatly.”

Carl from Texas - February 2010
“We have both your mainstream and plus reference DVDs. They are both very well done in every way!”

Bob & Mary from Florida - February 2010
“We really are enjoying your Mainstream video and would like to purchase your Plus video as well.”

Virden from Prince Edward Island (Canada) - January 2010
“Your mainstream, plus, and party DVDs are excellent. I have been dancing for 35 years and now I have a new partner and she is delighted with the Mainstream DVD. The instructions are very clear and a wonderful help to her. Thank you very much.”

Louise from Prince Edward Island (Canada) - January 2010
“Got the [Mainstream, Plus, and Party] DVDs today and they are fabulous - Thank You for making them.”

Charles and Jeanne from South Carolina - January 2010
“We purchased the Dance Party DVD and the Mainstream Reference DVD and love them both. We feel that the reference DVD in particular has helped us progress through the classes and look forward to many years of square dancing!”

Dale & Marnie from Ontario, Canada - August 2009
“We are very pleased with your Mainstream and Plus Reference DVDs. We have lost count of how many times we have looked at them. They are excellent. When we were trying to find some square dance DVDs, I had said to my wife something like ‘wow, those testimonials are impressive but you have to wonder if they were just made up to sell the product’. But, after receiving your DVDs I believe that they are exactly how the people feel about your videos. Just as soon as your DVDs arrived we looked at them and we were more than pleased that we had gotten them. Your DVDs have really been a great help to us.”

Linda from California - July 2009
“We love your [mainstream and plus] DVDs so much and use them all the time for learning and review along with our class. We are in Plus now and are wishing you would make one for Advanced. Your DVDs have saved our dancing and are so well done. Thank you.”

Judith from Texas - May 2009
“Your DVDs are really great. We have watched them over and over; they are so easy to use and so helpful. We just finished our mainstream class and are now learning plus. With your help we are even teaching our grandchildren to square dance.”

Karen from California - May 2009
“I ordered your Mainstream and Plus instructional square dance DVD's from your site. They came quickly, and I'm amazed at how well all of the calls are explained and demonstrated. These are the best instructional DVD's that I've ever seen. They've really complimented my square dance class and they've helped me to understand how to do the calls that were hard for me in the class. I have recommended your website to many of my classmates already. Thank you so much!!”

Robyn & Gerry from Australia - April 2009
“We just watched your Mainstream Reference, and it is fabulous, just what we wanted ... Robyn and I have only been dancing seven months, and we need some reinforcement when we return home from a workshop ... and these Reference DVDs will be great to give us that reinforcement. We live in a gated community for the over 50s, and the Party DVDs will be great for when we want to get together for a dance when our caller is not available. The same with the CDs, we can take them away when we travel together in our caravans and have a dance night in the outback, or beyond the black stump. Thank you to Paul, Gene and the Traveling Hoedowners ... your products are first class.”

Jim from Montana - March 2009
“I'm really happy with your Mainstream and Plus Square Dance DVDs. The video images are top quality. The camera angles are chosen very intelligently, and everything is clearly visible. The instructions for the movements are given quite clearly, and when it is necessary or important, the movement is shown in different contexts to avoid confusion. Having taken the beginning portion of square dance instruction so many times, I feel great pleasure in finally getting to understand movements that are only taught at the end of the season. Having the DVD indexed to go straight to the figures of interest is a great benefit indeed. It is not clear if I will ever get to complete a square dance class due to my business commitments. However, it is absolutely clear that I will be prepared to dance mainstream or plus - at my pleasure - within a month or six weeks, thanks to your DVDs.”

Frank & Evelyn from California - March 2009
“Your Reference DVDs have been such a blessing and we enjoy watching the Party and looking forward to the day we can dance like that. Please do use our comments...It is a pleasure to endorse such quality work.”

Andrea & Oliver from Germany - February 2009
“Last year when we danced in Florida we met three couples of ‘The Traveling Hoedowners’ from Orlando and had a lot of fun with them. We bought one of each of their Mainstream and Plus DVDs to help us learn the different moves, and they are wonderful. We like them so much that we ordered them from Germany for our whole class and everybody loves them. We love their DVDs and we really use them. Now they have produced a new DVD and we are sure we must have it.”

Cynthia from Virginia - December 2008
“Best ever DVDs with super fast shipping -- the angle that they were filmed from is the best I've ever seen. They are perfect!”

Helmar from Germany - November 2008
“Looking for a perfect Mainstream square dance tutorial? It could hardly be done better! Thanks also for the perfectly done and helpful Plus DVD! A+”

Julian & Penny from France - November 2008
“We live in the South of France and recently joined our local Square Dance club ... We knew nothing about square dancing ... and found your mainstream DVD on the internet and bought a copy. In one month we abandoned the beginners group and jumped into Mainstream. Nobody can believe how much progress we made in 6 weeks. The answer is simple - the Traveling Hoedowners DVD used as a crash-course! We know the MS DVD by heart! Now everyone wants a copy. So I have ordered a 10-pack of MS & Plus to sell in the two clubs we are attending.”

Lynda & Darwin from California - August 2008
“We recently purchased the mainstream level and the plus level DVD sets from you and all we can say is--WOW! These sets are so well done and up to date! The format is easy to follow and it is nice to skip to the calls that we have questions about or need to review. You have made this so easy to follow with each couple wearing matching attire.”

Suzanne from Florida - August 2008
“These DVDs are superbly produced and professionally presented. The caller's voice is rich and clear, and his personality is engaging. His explanations are crisp and concise, with a light touch of humor.”

“The dancers are skilled and graceful, with just the right amount of flair for an instructional DVD. Each couple in the single square wears a different, brightly colored outfit. This makes it easy to follow a single couple or dancer throughout the sequence of calls. Most of the camera angles are shot from above, so that the overall pattern of the moves is apparent.”

“There is a handy list of calls included with both the mainstream and plus DVD. Each call has its own track, making it easy to skip to the sections of interest. Each section has an introductory (often whimsical) graphic with directional arrows around still shots of the dancers to show the flow of the call.”

“As a mainstream graduate and plus student, I have found the DVDs invaluable for reinforcing new calls, catching up on calls that I missed, and reviewing moves that need extra work. They are also a great resource for someone who is relocating and wants to bring an instruction team along to the next club! I recommend them highly.”

Doyle from Missouri - April 2008
Doyle has made an unsolicited offer to talk, by phone, with people considering buying our DVDs; please don't abuse the privilege.
“I have been told that I am the best dancer at my club, and it is all thanks to your DVDs. So I bought a 10-pack of your DVDs for my friends to help them improve their dancing. Previously I had purchased some tapes, and they were terrible. Your DVDs are just absolutely fantastic! My friends are really happy with them. Thank you! I would be happy to speak to anyone interested in your DVDs. People considering your discs may call me if they like at 417-682-6990.”

Mainstream Feedback

Robert from Colorado - April 2016
“We have your Mainstream Reference DVD, and we love it. We are now ordering your Plus Reference DVD.”

Bruno & Sabine from Germany - November 2015
“Thank you very much for sending the DVD so quickly. My wife and I started square dancing last August. Your [Mainstream Reference] DVD is a terrific support to learn square dancing very easily. We recommend your DVDs to anyone who wants to learn square dancing. Best wishes from Germany to your team.”

Des from Cheltenham, United Kingdom - December 2013
“I found your Mainstream Reference DVD really excellent and I am very pleased with it; the video and sound quality is excellent. My wife and I have recently joined our local Square Dance club, the Cheltenham Swinging Squares, where we have been made most welcome. As there is only one other new member, we need to get 'up to speed' as soon as we can so that we can join more of the dances. We have found your video to be most helpful to achieve that.”

Des from Cheltenham, United Kingdom - December 2013
“I found your Mainstream Reference DVD really excellent and I am very pleased with it; the video and sound quality is excellent. My wife and I have recently joined our local Square Dance club, the Cheltenham Swinging Squares, where we have been made most welcome. As there is only one other new member, we need to get 'up to speed' as soon as we can so that we can join more of the dances. We have found your video to be most helpful to achieve that.”

Jennifer from Florida - May 2013
“It is indeed a treat to watch videos of 'The Traveling Hoedowners' as they strut their stuff in perfectly synchronized dance moves to the square dance caller's melodious voice. I have managed to carve out some time in my busy schedule to learn square dancing and it has added a new dimension to my life. I LOVE IT - the dance, the music, the costumes, the camaraderie all combine to guarantee a FUN PASTIME! A big thank you for keeping the spirit of square dancing alive!”

Bill & Becky from Florida - May 2013
“The Mainstream DVD is a ‘must buy’ for anyone wanting to learn Mainstream Square Dancing. We just completed Mainstream square dance lessons and, thanks to the DVD, we were able to review any calls we were weak on before the next lesson. It was great to be able to watch dancers perform the calls. We cannot imagine trying to complete the lessons without being able to go over and review what we learned in the previous lessons because there is so much to learn. Also, the way the DVD is set up, you can quickly and easily go to any particular call you need help with. This DVD really is an invaluable tool for anyone wanting to make learning easier.”

Linda from Georgia - September 2012
“I love your DVD! I am currently using your Mainstream & Basic DVD, and I find it invaluable to me. I am taking lessons at my local county club, having done just two. Then I come home and watch your DVD to review the steps we learned and take notes if I am confused as to which way to turn, etc. Being able to stop and restart and watch over and over helps cement the moves and calls prior to the next lesson and I don't mess up quite as often!! I just received the Plus and will use it in January. Thanks for an excellent product and doing a great job at it.”

Diva from Illinois - September 2012
Upon receiving our Mainstream Reference DVD, Diva immediately ordered our Plus Reference DVD.
“I bought your Mainstream Reference DVD and also need Plus. I'm the worst dancer in my club but I think that's going to change with these DVDs. I'm so excited to get these DVDs and I can tell they're helping tremendously. I was having so much trouble because I'm not a linear thinker, so being able to see someone going through the steps really helps. I'm also impressed how professionally they're done. I thank you and I'm sure my square dance club thanks you!”

Jerry & LaDonna from Arkansas - May 2012
“We are re-learning after a 6-year break and absolutely love your Mainstream DVD. We're also re-taking lessons and have recommended your Mainstream DVD to other classmates brand new to square dancing. If you could include additional business cards when you ship the Plus DVD we'll pass them out to all that we can. Thanks so very much for helping get us back up on our dancing feet after such a long break!” 

Jacqueline from Mississippi - May 2012
“We purchased your Mainstream Reference DVD in the spring and we really like it. We can follow the calls very easily. I would now like to order your Square Dance Party Pack and your Plus Reference DVD. We will be starting our Plus lessons in the fall.” 

Ray from Washington State - May 2012
“Your Mainstream Reference DVD is exactly what I was looking for - I am so impressed! I called to thank you for doing such a fine job making it. Lessons in my area are very infrequent and are hard to find since they keep canceling the lessons when there are not enough students. When my lessons do start in September I am already going to know how to dance!” 

Marcella from Arizona - February 2012
“This DVD is great! Better than I thought it would be. I would recommend it to anyone who is learning to square dance.”  

Larry from Virginia - February 2012
“I purchased your Mainstream Reference DVD last December. It has helped me so much I would now like to purchase your Plus Reference DVD. Thank you.”  

Mickey from California - November 2011
“I received my Mainstream Reference DVD in time to take it with me and study it while I was on vacation. When I showed up for class after missing two sessions I didn't miss a beat. I love your instruction video! You guys did a great job of getting it to me promptly and the teaching is GREAT! Some in the class are interested and I am letting them know of your video so they can order it too. Thanks so much.”  

Ann from Texas - July 2011
“I would like to order your Plus Reference DVD. I have your Mainstream Reference DVD and it is great. It really helped a lot.”  

Torben from Denmark - June 2011
“I would like to express my thanks to you for your excellent and fast service. We bought your square dance DVDs and received them in good condition here in Denmark very fast. These are very high quality and a source of inspiration that we appreciate and that we recommend to others.”  

Robyn from Colorado - June 2011
“Very speedy service! Our friends and neighbors found your fantastic DVD and after seeing theirs we ordered our own so we could review every week. Thanks so much for your wonderful DVD, it really made learning easy. Our graduating class has formed a brand new square dance club, "The Ponderosa Promenaders." It would be wonderful to see you in a square someday, but in the meantime, we'll enjoy your square on the DVD!!”  

Charles & Debra from Alabama - May 2011
“Your Mainstream DVD was a great reference for Mainstream Class! We have ordered your Plus DVD for Plus lessons beginning next month! ”  

Lothar from Germany - March 2011
“I received your DVD, it's just great. It's very easy for us to repeat the figures we learned before. It's the very best I've ever seen. Thanks a lot and keep on dancing. Best wishes from good old Germany”  

Bob & Linda from Idaho - January 2011
“Your Mainstream Reference DVD is excellent and a tremendous help. We reviewed some of the calls we were not sure about several times. We like it so much that we have now purchased your Plus Reference DVD.”

David & Tammi from Florida - January 2011
“We just graduated from our square dance class in November and have been away from dancing for a while, so we watched your Mainstream Reference DVD before coming to the dance. It definitely paid off!”

JoJo from South Carolina - June 2010
“Your Mainstream DVD helped us over the hurdle of learning to square dance after taking lessons and lessons. Our caller is great, but the availability of repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat helped us so much! We are now starting Plus and want to order your Plus DVD.”

Don from Arkansas - March 2010
“Your mainstream reference DVD has really enhanced my dancing skills. Without your demonstrations I would not have learned to square dance.”

Marvin from Michigan - March 2010
“We profited greatly from your Mainstream DVD, and now we are purchasing your Plus Reference DVD as we have progressed to that level.”

Lee from Montana - February 2010
“This is a wonderful DVD for beginning Square Dancers. I have a sister and friends that are learning and they really like it. Thanks for a wonderful product.”

Beverley from Canada - January 2010
“I learned how to square dance from your [mainstream] DVD. It really helped me.”

Buddy from Ohio - January 2010
“Tell folks that Buddy L. Schwab says [your mainstream Reference DVD] is the best, I love it!”

Naomi from Prince Edward Island - December 2009
“Your mainstream reference DVD is excellent. It is really helping me in learning to square dance.”

Robert from Oklahoma - November 2009
“The Traveling Hoedowners have produced an outstanding instructional DVD for beginning square dancers! The basic and mainstream dance steps are very clearly demonstrated by this fine group of square dancers. The DVD is especially helpful to me as I have had some memory loss. I or anyone else can go over any square dance call as often as needed to get it memorized. (Additionally, I received my DVD very quickly. I ordered it on a Friday and received it the following Monday.) Thank you to The Traveling Hoedowners! ”

Ralph from Tennessee - November 2009
“Wow, this video just shows how people can have so much fun together. I can hardly keep from tapping my toes watching all the fun. What a great video [and it's] so easy to follow. Such a friendly narrator makes everybody want to learn to Square Dance.”

Bob from Florida - November 2009
“Your mainstream reference DVD is very professionally done and it really helps with learning the calls.”

Fern from Minnesota - October 2009
“I just received your DVD and am very pleased with it. I started taking square dance lessons this fall and this has been a great supplement. At first I was doing great but as more and more new calls are added it started to get confusing. Your clear, concise calls and visually observing the dancers give me a better understanding of how the movements work together. I am able to review what I learn at lessons and go back the next week with more confidence. Thanks for a really great DVD.”

Leland from California - October 2009
“My wife and I are in charge of organizing and teaching a beginners class. Since we have little experience in this we purchased your mainstream DVD. We really like it and are planning to teach the class with this DVD as our guide. We love how it clearly shows and demonstrates each square dance move. Thank you very much and thank you for the quality of your great DVDs.”

New Zealand [Name withheld by request] - August 2009
“I recently purchased your Mainstream Square Dancing DVD and have found it enormously helpful. I have just begun learning square dancing and find I need to SEE the steps in order to memorize them until I have mastered each one. Paul Place's careful instructions are ideal for this purpose and I'm now progressing well.”

Bill from Florida - July 2009
“The Traveling Hoedowners' DVDs are terrific! They have really helped me. I watch your square dance reference video almost every day.”

Pauline from Alabama - June 2009
“I have been watching your Mainstream Reference DVD. The caller's voice is very clear. It is really great. I love it! I love it! Now I want your Plus Reference DVD too.”

Anne from Florida - June 2009
“I watch your Mainstream Reference DVD before I come to every dance. It's the best investment you can make because it really helps!”

Sam from Florida - June 2009
“I purchased your Mainstream Reference DVD while I was taking my square dance class. I watched it before every class and I still watch it before every dance.”

Lisa from Texas - April 2009
“[I] absolutely love it, I am wearing a hole in my living room floor! ”

Frank and Roseann from Washington - April 2009
“Your Mainstream Reference DVD is great. My wife and I enjoy the way you present the calls.”

Jerry from Florida - April 2009
“We ordered your Mainstream DVD and it was fantastic as a refresher. This should be required for all new dancers since it is so great an instructional tool. We now need your Plus DVD so we can go to dances.”

Anne from Florida - March 2009
“Your Mainstream Square Dance Video is really great! The viewing angle from above is excellent. I am taking square dance lessons now and your DVD is extremely helpful.”

Phil from New York - March 2009
“Your Mainstream DVD is beyond anything I expected. Superb presentation with excellent instruction and terrific dancers. I believe a group of four couples can learn to square dance with no previous experience using this DVD.”

Judy from Florida - February 2009
“Penny, an avid dancer here in Florida highly recommended your DVD; and another dancer also told me that if I was serious about dancing -- your DVD was what I needed.  SEND it on! :)”

Al from California - January 2009
“I played your Mainstream DVD last night. I am very impressed! Once I get thru the mainstream class I will be ordering your Plus DVD!!”

Angela from Pennsylvania - January 2009
“I received the Mainstream Reference DVD ... and just wanted to let you know that I am finding it to be very helpful. Thank you for the prompt delivery and for producing such a professional DVD.”

Colleen from Arizona - July 2008
“We got the DVD on Thursday, and we love it! It's very easy to follow -- the perfect refresher course for my 20-year absence from square dancing. My daughter is enjoying the lessons, too. I like the way the lessons are structured, as well as the matching outfits for each couple so you can easily tell which lady is with which gent. I'm very glad we got this DVD. :-)”

Wanda & Richard from Georgia - May 2008
“We purchased your Mainstream DVD - Great - It has helped us so much we have decided to purchase your Plus DVD. We are taking classes on Tuesday night and we use the DVD during the week to review the calls. It has been very helpful to us. We would have been lost on Tuesday night without it.”

Betty from Indiana - March 2008
“Will you please send me the Plus DVD now? I know the mainstream calls so well now I could be a caller!”

Betty from Indiana - February 2008
“I received the DVD this evening and couldn't get it in the player fast enough. This is exactly what I needed to reinforce what I've learned thus far. I'll be ordering the Plus DVD later. Congratulations on an excellent job with the DVD!”

Patty from Florida - February 2008
“Both your Mainstream and Plus DVDs are excellent. Every school in the country should have at least your Mainstream DVD. On days when the weather is bad, the students could watch the DVD and learn to square dance during recess or gym class. The kids would really love it!”

James from Ontario, Canada - February 2008
“Thank you for the prompt service. We have viewed both DVDs and find that they are exactly what we need. They are professionally done and you have done an exceptional job of teaching the calls and movements in a clear and concise manner. As beginners, my wife and I have been watching the Mainstream DVD on a daily basis. We will recommend your DVDs to other members of our club. If your group makes any other Square Dancing DVDs, please advise.”

Rick from Illinois - February 2008
“I want to order your Plus DVD. Your Mainstream DVD is great -- we find the movements clearly executed and easy to follow. We review it before going to lessons and new dancer dances.”

Jeffrey from California previously purchased our Mainstream DVD and now has ordered Plus - February 2008
“Yes, I already have your mainstream DVD and it helped greatly. I am one of two people at the top of my class thanks to the DVD.”

Brian from Arizona - November 2007
“Awesome DVD - Seller is TOP NOTCH !!! Highly Recommended !!!!!!!!!!”

Sheree from Colorado - November 2007
“It is a great way to not only learn, but to keep things fresh in your mind, and to periodically review; especially as new dancers. I'll make sure to send anyone your way who is interested in getting their own [copy of your] DVD.”

Pat from Oregon - November 2007
“Very helpful material for learning Mainstream moves; very fast shipping; thanks!”

Maxine from Georgia - October 2007
“Excellent well done video. Very prompt delivery.”

Rozan from Florida - October 2007
“We always watch your DVD before coming to [our square dance] class.”

Valerie from Florida - October 2007
“It is a very helpful tool for learning to square dance. I watched it twice today.”

Patti from Florida - October 2007
“The DVDs of the eight of you in Paul's lessons are wonderful. You should all be very proud of yourselves. You all looked and performed wonderfully. It is a great DVD.”

Plus Feedback

Karen & Harry from California - July 2014
“Neither of us could have continued dancing without the DVDs we purchased from Traveling Hoedowners. You have become our second family of square dancers although we have never met. It took us forever to feel comfortable dancing Plus, but I would say we finally are ok with Plus and Hoedowns and we love square dancing. Your DVDs were priceless for us. Enjoy, dance often, and stay square.”

Elizabeth from Georgia - March 2014
“I'm so keen to dance at the plus level, and the instruction on your Plus Reference DVD is so much better than anything I can get locally - plus I can go at my own pace with it.”

Jack from Ontario - February 2013
“I am presently learning all of the "Plus" calls at a senior centre and I have found Square Dancing to be one of the activities that keeps my mind fresh and provides physical activity (as I love to dance for that reason). Your [Plus Reference] Square Dance video made it very easy for me to both learn and review my moves. Of particular note was: 1- The colour coded dress code made it very easy to trace a single dancer's steps. 2- The music was at full dance speed and not slowed down, which I liked. 3- Several moves were demonstrated from different start positions. 4- The styling of some of the dancing was really nice to watch. 5- My mind and listening skills are very active and so the square dancing activity provides both mental and physical stimulation which is unique at the retirement age that I am at. (Just turned 70) 6- I wish I had started square dancing years ago. 7- The demo dances were really nice to watch. Thanks Again.”

Annie from Florida - September 2012
“I take your Plus Reference DVD with me everywhere I take my laptop so I can watch it anytime. It is really wonderful - you have no idea how much it has helped me!”

John from South Carolina - February 2012
“Your plus reference video is the best we have ever seen - it is fantastic! The caller is excellent and the dancers do a wonderful job demonstrating the calls. It has really helped us.”  

Mark & Joyce from Minnesota - November 2010
“Your Plus Square Dance Reference DVD is really super! The picture is extremely clear and you look great with your matching colored outfits. It is so much better than our old tape with icons. Your square dance reference DVDs are fantastic for students to review their lessons, and to learn calls they may have missed, and should be used everywhere!”

Al & Helen from New Hampshire - February 2010
“Your Plus DVD is fantastic! We love it!”

Sylvia from Florida - February 2010
“I could never have learned plus without your DVD. Thank you very much!”

Elizabeth from California - July 2009
“I have thoroughly enjoyed your Plus DVD, and am planning to order the Mainstream DVD just to brush up on the basics. I've recommended the Plus DVD to others in my club. Everything is clear, and your caller avoids the cornball jokes that seem to go with other tapes and DVDs.”

Al from Florida - January 2009
“I am very impressed with your Plus Reference DVD. Caller Paul Place explained the calls very well, and the dancers demonstrated them so you can really see what is happening. It is very instructional and I am very happy with it. I recommend it to others.”

Larry and Ethel from Texas - September 2008
“We purchased your Plus Reference DVD and have really learned from it. I would now like to purchase your Mainstream DVD. There is nothing out there to compare with the DVDs of the Traveling Hoedowners.”

Sandy from Florida - April 2008
“I watch your DVD all the time. It really helps me to review and remember the calls.”

Kevin and Ange from England - March 2008
“Your DVD is very professionally done. The viewing angle is excellent, and it is very clear and informative.”

Ed from South Carolina - March 2008
“We are just finishing mainstream lessons at our local club and wanted a teaching DVD before we started Plus lessons. Your DVD is perfect and the quality is excellent. We had purchased other DVDs for the Basic and Mainstream lessons (we didn't know about yours) and the difference in quality is very noticeable. Yours are much better and having the camera elevated presents a much better viewing angle for the students.”

Jessie from West Virginia - March 2008
“We have only been dancing a short time, but with the help of this DVD it is going to be so much easier. Our granddaughter who is 21 also started dancing with us and her little brother who is 8 years old is also dancing and we are all having the time of our lives.”

Jeffrey from New York City - February 2008
“I have purchased the Plus video and will now go ahead and order the Mainstream video as well. I have found the quality and content of the Plus video extremely good and very helpful to me.”

Judy from Florida - January 2008
“We watched your Plus DVD last night. It is really great! We couldn't find anything like that when we were taking lessons. It really helps!”

Richard and Trudy from Florida - January 2008
“We watch your [plus] DVD every Thursday evening before going to our plus dance on Friday. It is very helpful. We love it!”

Pat from Oregon - November 2007
“Very nice DVD for learning how to square dance at PLUS level. Nice work!”

Juanita from Florida - November 2007
“Excellent product with a personal note.”

Maxine from Georgia - October 2007
“Very prompt delivery, excellent instructional video.”

Sylvia from Florida - October 2007
“Your DVD is excellent. It is very professionally done.”

Party Pack Feedback

Marian from Pennsylvania - November 2011
“We received our square dance party pack a while back. Oh, it is great! We use it to review*. We finished our plus classes in August, but I am still unsure of a couple of calls. Reviewing the DVD helps a lot. . . I just wanted to check in with you again to let you know we went to another local club last night. Reviewing your DVDs made so much of a difference. I had been reviewing the calls on which I was weak, and when the caller called them, they went very smoothly. I came out of the dance feeling a lot more confident.”
*Our square dance party pack is not instructional, but Marian finds it helpful to review calls by watching The Traveling Hoedowners dancing.  

Teresa from a Nursing Home & Rehabilitation Center in Pennsylvania - August 2011
“Our residents who are no longer able to get up and dance love watching your Square Dance Party Pack. They really enjoy the music and watching the dancing.”

John from California - February 2010
“Your Square dance party DVDs and CDs are great. So is your crew and presentation.”

Steve from Florida - July 2009
“I have the privilege to have a professional Square Dancer in my church. Her dancing days were after WWII so it's been awhile but listening to her stories you can tell she loved to dance. After seeing the Traveling Hoedowners on YouTube I knew I hit pay dirt because they know how to do it right! After getting the Party she was in tears of joy!!!

The speed of the shipment was very fast and I was surprised to see my package in the mailbox [so soon].

The Square Dance Party Pack is great because you can listen to the caller and music or watch the DVDs and see the awesome dancers. Great price for what you get - thanks Traveling Hoedowners.”

Jack O'Leary Owner/Producer Silver Sounds Records - February 2009
“Thank you for sending a complimentary copy of Square Dance Party Pack. It is truly a wonderful DVD/CD, and displays square dancing as the fun and friendly activity we know it is. I'm sure Paul would have been proud of the final product. We were happy to be able to contribute in a small way to this first class production.”

Howard from Kentucky - April 2009
“We have your Square Dance Party DVD & CD package and we enjoy dancing to it every week. We have a club caller 1 night a week but some of our club members get together a second night and just dance to your singing & patter calls. We have so much fun dancing to your tips. We are the Dudes & Dolls Club in Corbin, Kentucky.”

Caller Feedback

Bill, a square dance caller from Canada - May 2016
“I have borrowed your DVDs on mainstream and plus. These are great and I would like my own set. I will be teaching plus this fall and your DVDs explain very well.”

Jeff Kleyla, Square Dance Caller from Florida - May 2013
“You did a fantastic job with your Mainstream and Plus Reference videos. They are great to learn from and to use to teach. ”

Lynda from New Zealand - June 2011
“I am really enjoying both your Mainstream and Plus DVDs. They've been a great way to review dancing but they are also a real help as I learn to call. How do they help? I can pause the DVD to see what the effect of a particular call is. For example, I can watch Star Thru and see the flow, and they help me when I'm not sure where the heads or corner will finish. Thanks heaps for putting these DVDs together. I will be buying more soon and maybe the party pack as well. Blessings to you all from New Zealand where I am part of Maverick Square and Round Dance Club in Palmerston North.”  

Tony Oxendine, International Caller - October 2009
“I have watched your DVDs and they are really great! Can you quote me? Absolutely! ”
We are very proud to receive Tony's endorsement. Tony calls around the world, he is the editor of square dancing's largest worldwide magazine, Square Dancing Today, and he has received CALLERLAB's highest award - The Milestone. 

A New Square Dance Caller [Name & location withheld by request] - May 2009
“I am a new caller and I really appreciate your DVDs; I use them to review some of the calls I am going to use before going to my clubs.”

Bob Stern, Square Dance Caller from Florida - May 2009
“I have reviewed your DVDs, and they are really well done.”

Bob van West, Caller/Instructor in Tujunga, California - March 2009
“I have had the opportunity to view your Plus DVD and am very impressed with the quality as well as the content. I will recommend this product to my students as we are now in our Plus Phase.”

Gene Turner, International Caller in Yorkshire, England - December 2008
“I am quite impressed by your DVDs and have recommended them to many new and some experienced dancers in our area. I believe that this type of learning aid will improve our chances of getting new people into the activity and may help some newer dancers fully understand some of the calls that they are having problems with.”

Kenny Reese, International Caller living in Germany - February 2008
“I had a look at [your DVDs] and they are really well done.”

Gene McCullough, Caller with over 40 years experience in teaching. - November 2007
“The DVDs produced by the Traveling Hoedowners are an outstanding source for newer Square Dancers to review and to get a basic understanding of the ‘correct’ way to perform all of the movements that are currently on the Callerlab list of Mainstream and Plus Calls. For the more experienced dancer the DVDs provide a source to review calls that their Caller may not use very often.”

“Each figure is illustrated in a manner that allows the viewer to follow colorful costumed live dancers through the figure. Each couple wears a different color so that the viewer can easily identify partners and patterns. The explanation of each figure is clear and understandable and is delivered by a professional caller who has more than 30 years of teaching experience.”

“I personally recommend the Traveling Hoedowners DVD Series to all callers and dancers. They are an excellent source to have on hand for review.”

Feedback from Square Dance Clubs

Swinging Squares, Panama City, Florida - February 2017
“My name is Larry Skipper and I am a member of the Swinging Squares of Panama City, Florida. Since learning about the Traveling Hoedowners DVDs, our club has purchased over 25 of them. The DVDs have been a great visual tool in helping our beginning square dancers to progress. They are able to review what they learned this week and take a look at what they will learn next week. Our members, who have been dancing for a couple of years, say that they learn something new every time they watch them. As for myself I have benefited a lot from both the Mainstream and Plus DVDs. The Swinging Squares thank you for support and look forward to purchasing more DVDs in the near future.”

Waterloo Squares, Austin, Texas - May 2008
[as of February 2010 Waterloo Squares have purchased 70 of our DVDs]
“This is our second [10-pack] order ... first one went like hot cakes! We want 10 [more] DVDs ... 7 Mainstream ... 3 Plus. Thanks for making them available to us!"

Here are some comments from participants in recent Waterloo Squares lessons who have viewed and used the Traveling Hoedowners Reference DVDs

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