The Squirrel Hill Press

The Squirrel Hill Press is a publisher and distributor of books on English country dance and morris dance, sword dance, historical social dance (such as waltz, tango and polka), social dance as represented in literature and other related topics.

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May Day Festivals in America, 1830 to the Present
Starting in the early 1830s, American girls and women began to hold Old English May Day festivals, complete with maypole dances, the crowning of a May Queen, and romantic plays and pageants. These festivals accelerated in popularity after 1900 at colleges and universities across the country. An important part of the traditional college experience for many women, the celebrations played a surprisingly influential role in the Progressive reform movement.

This thorough history examines the creation and development of the traditional American May Day festival. It also provides an overview of May Day celebrations at 80 specific college and universities, eight of which continue to celebrate the festival annually.
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Dances from Barnes Two
a collection of 24 English country dances—some previously unpublished—by choreographers from the U.S. and Britain. Music, with chords, included. For more information, click here.

 The Blind Harper Dances (Book and CD)
Modern English Country Dances set to Airs by Turlough O'Carolan
Edited by Allison Thompson

Dancing Through Time
Western Social Dance in Literature, 1400 - 1918 (Selections)
by Allison Thompson

  • 88 selections from period poems, plays, novels and dance manuals on the topic of social dance. For more information, click here .

Lighting The Fire
Elsie J. Oxenham, the Abbey Girls and the English Folk Dance Revival
by Allison Thompson

  • A study of the early English folk dance revival as presented by popular British author Elsie J. Oxenham. For more information, click here

Sword Dancing in Europe
A History
by Stephen D. Corrsin

  • A survey of the history of European styles of linked sword dancing. For more information, click here

Step Change
New Views on Traditional Dance
Edited by Georgina Boyes

  • Seven views covering newly emerging approaches to the study of traditional dance. For more information, click here .


Jane Austen was an ardent dancer, and episodes set in the ballroom are critical components of all of her novels.

To read " The Felicities of Rapid Motion; Jane Austen in the Ballroom " by Allison Thompson , Persuasions , Winter 2000
(the on-line journal of the Jane Austen Society of North America )
, click here

To read " Trinkets and Treasures: Consuming Jane Austen ," Persuasions On-Line , Global Edition, April 2008 Click Here

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Jacket Cover for Waltzing in the Trees AMARILLIS (Noun): Three talented women who play dance music in a variety of styles: for New England contras, "historical" English dances, and waltzes and other couple dances.

Waltzing in the Trees
From tender waltzes to flowing celtic jigs to zesty Quebeçois contra dance tunes, the trio Amarillis plays dance tunes from the old and new worlds.

Amarillis showcases 14+ dances from The Blind Harper Dances , a collection of modern English country dances set to tunes by the blind Irish harper, Turlough O'Carolan (1670-1738).

For more information and to purchase the CD, click here.

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