Rise Sally Rise: (formerly Jump Jim Joe) Great Singing Games for Children

Rise Sally Rise, book and cd

This Book and CD were formerly titled Jump Jim Joe.
Why did we change the title?

2014 edition of the original 1992 collection of 21 of Peter and Mary Alice Amidon's favorite traditional singing games from the US and British Isles. Includes tips on teaching dance in the classroom, transcriptions of the melodies and a glossary of dance terms. The CD features the Amidon family (when Sam and Stefan were sopranos) singing the songs accompanied by a variety of instruments, with two new replacement cuts (Alabama Gal and Noble Duke of York) that are dynamic accompaniments for classroom dancing.

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Alabama Gal - Nine Never-fail Dancing and Singing Games for Children

Alabama Gal: cd,dvd,book

Alabama Gal, edited by Mary Cay Brass, Andy Davis, Peter Amidon and Mary Alice Amidon, contains nine favorite selections from the 100+ dances and singing games in the New England Dancing Masters five current collections, all together in one convenient volume. Alabama Gal includes complete written instructions to the dances, a DVD with Mary Cay, Andy, Mary Alice and Peter teaching each of the dances to children, and an audio CD to accompany the dancing.

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Chimes of Dunkirk: Great Dances for Children - 2010 Edition

Chimes of Dunkirk - book /cd

2010 revision of New England Dancing Masters’ classic collection of 20 traditional dances for children. First published in 1991, the editors have improved and updated the dance descriptions, and added several sections on teaching dance to children including tips on calling a dance and various strategies for choosing partners with children. Includes simple longways dances, circle dances, square dances and contra dances. Ideas for teaching dance successfully in schools, a glossary of dance terms and transcriptions of the dance tunes are included. CD recording features some of New England's finest dance musicians playing all the music needed to teach the dances. The revised CD includes three new recordings. Reels, jigs, polka and waltz are played dance length. The two square dances include singing calls on the recording. You may also wish to consider our Chimes of Dunkirk instructional dance video.

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Chimes of Dunkirk: Teaching Dance to Children, the video

Chimes of Dunkirk - video

Edited by Gerret Warner, directed and narrated by Peter Amidon

Filmed throughout with two cameras by Warner & Company of Chapel Hill, NC , the video includes:

  • footage of 18 of the dances in the 'Chimes' collection including teaching tips for most of the dances.
  • Dance teaching and calling by 'Chimes' editors Peter Amidon, Andy Davis and Mary Cay Brass.
  • Dance teaching by two music teachers and one phys ed teacher from an elementary school in Cambridge, MA.
  • An evening community dance in Connecticut, an evening community dance in Vermont, and an evening adult contra dance in Massachusetts, all with great live music.
  • Dance sessions with children in elementary schools in Massachusetts and Vermont.
  • A section on the basics of teaching traditional dance to children, including discussion on holding hands, choosing partners, gent/lady issues, etc.

62 minutes; Available in DVD or VHS format.  $20

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Down in the Valley: More Great Singing Games for Children

Down in the Valley book and CD

This new collection of traditional singing games is similar in format to Jump Jim Joe. Andy Davis and the Amidons have put gathered some of their favorite singing games and music/movement activities collected over the last ten years since the Amidons published Jump Jim Joe. Andy joins the Amidons and some local children (including Andy's son Arthur) in a wide range of arrangements of the songs to the singing games for the CD. The book has the clear instructions that characterize all of the New England Dancing Masters materials.

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Jump Jim Joe

All of the great singing games have been re-released with a new title:  Rise Sally Rise

Why did we Change the Title?

From the introduction and Jump Jim Joe notes in "Rise Sally Rise"

After the initial success of ‘Chimes of Dunkirk - Great Dances for Children’ which Andy Davis, Mary Cay Brass and I published in 1991, my wife and partner Mary Alice Amidon and I put together a collection of our favorite singing games gleaned from workshops, community dances, Pinewoods Family Week dance leaders, friends, colleagues, printed dance collections and courses we took on traditional dance and song. We titled it after the singing game that, at the time, we found the most universal: Jump Jim Joe. We have since learned that Jump Jim Joe is related to the song ‘Jump Jim Crow’, made famous by white minstrel show performer Thomas Dartmouth Rice in 1828. The song was so widespread that it gave its name to the “Jim Crow” laws that kept African Americans in subjugation for many years after the abolition of slavery.

After years of discussions between Andy, Mary Cay, Mary Alice and myself, and with many other music/dance educator colleagues, Mary Alice and I decided to leave the Jump Jim Joe singing game in the collection, but to rename the collection with lyrics from the classic singing game Little Sally Walker: “Rise Sally Rise”.

While ‘Jump Jim Joe’ on its own merits is a beautifully simple and engaging singing game, it is certainly understandable to choose not to use it because of its complicated ancestry. One could also say that this is an example of a painful symbol evolving into a positive, community building activity.

-Peter Amidon

A personal note from Peter Amidon:

Mary Alice and I were initially surprised and disappointed to learn that "Jump Jim Joe" was descended from a song that inspired the phrase that described the oppressive racist laws in the American south for a century after the Civil War. On further investigation we find that Thomas Dartmouth Rice's performances generally, and his Jump Jim Crow performances specifically, suggest a range of seemingly contradictory interpretations that when looked at in depth give some surprising insights into nineteenth century racial and social relations.  Here are some links to further discussion of Thomas Dartmouth Rice, Jump Jim Crow, and blackface performances in 19th and early 20th century minstrel shows.

Listen to the Mockingbird: More Great Dances for Children

Listen to the Mockingbird book / cd

A collection of 24 more dances that have been time-tested in classrooms and at community dances. Includes longways dances, circle dances, square dances and contra dances. New chapters on teaching dance in the classroom, building a sense of community, choosing partners, tips on calling and creating new dances with children. Glossary, tune transcriptions, and combined index for Chimes and Mockingbird also included. Cassette/CD recording features some of New England's finest dance musicians playing all the music needed to teach the dances. Reels, jigs, polka and waltz are played dance length. Four square dances include singing calls on the recording.

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Sashay the Donut: Even More Dances for Just About Anybody

Sashay the Donut (cd/book)

Our third collection, designed to compliment Chimes of Dunkirk and Listen to the Mockingbird. A collection of 22 more dances that we have used successfully in classrooms and at community dances. Dance instructions are carefully worded with accompaning photos, diagrams and glossary. Includes longways, circles, contras, squares and scatter mixers. Companion CD features dance length recordings of appropriate music for the dances. Music captures the excitement of dancing to live music in a community dance setting. The two square dances include singing calls on the recording.

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