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Appalachian Dance: Creativity and Continuity in Six Communities

Appalachian Dance: Creativity and Continuity in Six Communities (Hardback)

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In Appalachian Dance, Susan Eike Spalding employs twenty-five years' worth of rich interviews with black and white Virginians, Tennesseeans, and Kentuckians to explore the evolution and social uses of dance practices in each region.















Spalding analyzes how issues as disparate as industrialization around coal, race relations, and the 1970s folk revival profoundly influenced freestyle clogging and other dance forms. She reveals how African Americans and Native Americans, as well as European immigrants drawn to the timber mills and coal fields, added to local dance vocabularies. By placing each community in its sociopolitical and economic context, Spalding explores how the formal and stylistic nuances found in Appalachian dance reflect the beliefs, shared understandings, and experiences of the community at large.

History & PoliticsHistory: specific events & topicsSlavery & abolition of slaveryHistory & PoliticsHistory: specific events & topicsSocial & cultural historyMusic & DanceDanceFolk dancing Publisher: University of Illinois Press Publication Date: 13/10/2014 ISBN-13: 9780252038549  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Susan Eike Spalding is a retired associate professor of physical education and director of dance programs at Berea College. She is the coeditor of Communities in Motion: Dance, Tradition, and Community.

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