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Willard Orlich Papers

Identifier: D099


Will Orlich taught square dance callers for many years, as well as ran the National Callers Report, a note service for callers. This collection contains his square dance materials, including notes, workshop materials, published materials, and newsletters related to square dancing.


  • 1960-1976

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Biographical / Historical

Will Orlich was not a caller, but he was a trainer of callers. He never sang a note on a record and yet he supervised many dozens of recordings. He was one of the country's foremost choreographers and yet he never 'hashed' a note on the microphone. For many years, from 1956 until his death in 1979, he conducted workshop sessions for thousands of dancers in both Ohio and Florida which helped shape the course of our present-day choreography. His note service (NCR) for callers was one of the earliest and best in the field. His books on square dance materials were well-known. As a choreographer for Grenn records, he wrote the choreography for over 100 workshop records and 16 singing calls. He taught scores of caller clinics in the US and Canada."

Biography provided from Direction Newsletter for Members of CALLERLAB, VoLume XVI Number 2 - June 1988.


2.0 Linear Feet (2 containers)

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the square dance materials of Will Orlich. This includes notes, workshop materials, published materials, and newsletters related to square dancing.


This collection is arranged into four (4) series: Notes and Working Files, Workshop Materials, Published Materials, and National Callers Report.

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