Communities in Motion: Dance, Community, and Tradition in America's Southeast and Beyond

Communities in Motion: Dance, Community, and Tradition in America's Southeast and Beyond

by Susan E. Spalding, Jane H. Woodside
     
 

ISBN-10: 0313294283

ISBN-13: 9780313294280

Pub. Date: 04/30/1995

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated

For the first time, a book on vernacular dance provides detailed case studies about a range of forms: old-time square dancing in Virginia, Indiana, and Newfoundland; African-American step shows; clogging; Cherokee traditional dance; historical reconstructions of 18th-century dance; and modern contra. This book fills a need from graduate studies to high schools,

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For the first time, a book on vernacular dance provides detailed case studies about a range of forms: old-time square dancing in Virginia, Indiana, and Newfoundland; African-American step shows; clogging; Cherokee traditional dance; historical reconstructions of 18th-century dance; and modern contra. This book fills a need from graduate studies to high schools, which are mandated under the Educate America Act to teach dance in historical and cultural perspective. Those interested in folklore, anthropology, dance history, ethnology, aesthetics, American Studies, Appalachian Studies, and more, will benefit from this work as they learn how vernacular dance reflects and shapes communities.

The work is divided into four sections. Each section is prefaced with an introductory essay that sets the essays and interviews into a theoretical context. Continuity and Change deals primarily with dance forms that have developed organically within a community. Conserving Tradition considers the conscious efforts of people from a particular culture to maintain a vernacular dance tradition in the face of change. Inventing Tradition examines revival dance and historical dance reconstructions. Finally, Practical Suggestions for the Documentation of Traditional Dance will benefit readers who want to try their hands at research and documentation.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313294280
Publisher:
Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/30/1995
Series:
Contributions to the Study of Music and Dance Series, #35
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.59(h) x 1.09(d)
Lexile:
1430L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Figures and Tables

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Continuity and Change

Frolics, Hoedowns, and Four-Handed Reels: Variations in Old-Time Dancing in Three Southwest Virginia Communities by Susan Eike Spalding

"You Have to Watch Your People": Calling Old-Time Appalachian Square Dance: An Interview with Veronica Miller by Susan Eike Spalding and Jane Harris Woodside

Square Dancing in the Rural Midwest: Dance Events and the Location of Community by Paul L. Tyler

"There's a Lot of Pride Wrapped Up in What We Do": Reminiscences of a Fraternity Stepper: An Interview with Charles Collier by Jane Harris Woodside

Stepping, Saluting, Cracking, and Freaking: The Cultural Politics of African American Step Shows by Elizabeth Fine

Anglo-American Dance in Appalachia and Newfoundland: Toward a Comparative Framework by Colin Quigley

Conserving Tradition

Finding the Way Between the Old and the New: The Mountain Dance and Folk Festival and Bascom Lamar Lunsford's Work as a Citizen by David E. Whisnant

Wild and Yet Really Subdued: Cultural Change, Stylistic Diversification, and Personal Choice in Traditional Appalachian Dance by Gail Matthews-DeNatale

Carrying on the Old Mountain Clog Dance: Thoughts about Freestyle Clogging: An Interview with Bob Phillips by Gail Matthews-DeNatale

"Clogging is Country": A Precision Clogger's Perspective: An Interview with Barbara Bogart by Jane Harris Woodside

"I Want To Show These Young People What We Used To Do": A Cherokee Revivalist Remembers: An Interview with Walker Calhoun by Jane Harris Woodside

"Everybody Needs Identity": Reviving Cherokee Dance by Jane Harris Woodside

Inventing Traditions

The Green Grass Cloggers: The Appalachian Spirit Goes International by Phil Jamison

"We Tended to Project a Lot of Energy": Reminiscences about the Early Days of the Green Grass Cloggers: An Interview with Dudley Culp by Susan Eike Spalding and Jane Harris Woodside

Folk Dance in the Early Years of the John C. Campbell Folk School by Douglas Day

Old-Time Fiddling and Country Dancing in North America: Some Reconsiderations by Richard Blaustein

Dance, Our Dearest Diversion: Historical Dance Reconstruction in Colonial Williamsburg by Merry Feyock

Yuppies Invaded My Tradition at Midnight: A Sociological Study of a Contemporary American Contra Dance by Richard Carlin

Practical Suggestions for the Documentation of Dance

Collecting Traditional Appalachian Square Dances by Robert G. Dalsemer

How to Document Dance: From the Notes to Talking Feet by Mike Seeger

Conclusion

Bibliography

Index

About the Contributors

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