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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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Dance at Pine Mountain Settlement School

Dance at Pine Mountain Settlement School

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Appalachian Dance

Susan Eike Spalding

University of Illinois Press

This chapter examines the role played by the Pine Mountain Settlement School in the promotion of dance in Eastern Kentucky beginning in the early twentieth century. It first provides a historical background on Pine Mountain Settlement School and on one of its founders, Katherine Pettit. It then discusses the ways that Pine Mountain utilized recreation and dance to promote good health and good citizenship; settlement workers' fight for dance hall reform in the Eastern Kentucky mountains beginning in 1910; and the establishment of the Conference of Southern Mountain Workers and the Russell Sage Foundation. It also explores the role of folk dance as an antidote to popular culture; how the Mountain Folk Festival helped to sustain dance at Pine Mountain; and Pine Mountain's promotion of Danish dance above local dance as well as its decision to return to local dance tradition. The chapter concludes with an assessment of Pine Mountain's legacy in terms of helping various types of dancing take root as living tradition in Eastern Kentucky.

Keywords:   dance, Eastern Kentucky, Pine Mountain Settlement School, Katherine Pettit, recreation, settlement workers, Conference of Southern Mountain Workers, Russell Sage Foundation, folk dance, Mountain Folk Festival

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