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

Synopsis

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.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Susan Eike Spalding
  • Jane Harris Woodside
  • Paul L. Tyler
  • Elizabeth Fine
  • Colin Quigley
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Westport, CT
Publication year:
  • 1995