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Appalachian DanceCreativity and Continuity in Six Communities$
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Susan Eike Spalding

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780252038549

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252038549.001.0001

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Lively Dance Currents

Lively Dance Currents

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Appalachian Dance

Susan Eike Spalding

University of Illinois Press

This chapter examines the Appalachian region's rich dance heritage. It begins with a historical background on the Appalachian region, showing that it was never as homogeneous, as poor, or as isolated as was once believed, and that many kinds of social and theatrical dance were available to local residents as early as the 1790s. The chapter then cites evidence to prove that the people of Appalachia had rich resources to draw upon in terms of movement vocabulary and have made reciprocal contributions to dancing elsewhere. It also considers the Appalachian residents' continual access to a wide range of forms of social dance and theatrical dance; how rivers, railroads, roads, and airports have facilitated performers traveling across the region; dance education and opportunities for those interested in dancing; and the evolution of square dancing and footwork dancing.

Keywords:   dance, Appalachian region, dance heritage, social dance, theatrical dance, dancing, dance education, square dancing, footwork dancing

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