Old time dancing in the Appalachian Mountains
NamesNew York Public Library. Dance Division (Producer)Friedland, Lee Ellen (Speaker)Dalsemer, Robert G., 1943- (Teacher)Christian, Jacky (Teacher)Miller, Veronia (Teacher)McNeil, W. K (Interviewee)Smith, Kirby, square dance caller (Teacher)Seeger, Mike, 1933-2009 (Speaker)Boyd, Luther (Dancer)White, D. Ray (Dancer)Hood, Joe (Dancer)Spicer, Robert (Dancer)Whisnant, David E., 1938- (Speaker)Holeman, John Dee (Speaker)Holloway, Quentin (Speaker)Quigley, Colin (Speaker)Calhoun, Walker (Speaker)Jackson, Gilliam (Speaker)Green Grass Cloggers (Performer)East Tennessee State University. Center for Appalachian Studies and Services (Videographer)Christian, Jacky (Dancer)
Jerome Robbins Archive of the Recorded Moving Image Original Documentation
Dates / OriginDate Created: 1989-04-29
Table of ContentsCONTENTS. - Reel 1 (55 min. total): Circle dance from Helvetia, West Virginia, taught by Bob Dalsemer (16-1/2 min.). Workshop in buckdancing led by Jacky Christian (41 min.). - Reel 2 (58 min. total): Workshop in clog dancing led by an unidentified member of the Green Grass Cloggers (26 min.). Opening of the conference (7 min.). "The interweaving of traditions in Appalachian dance," beginning of a speech presented by Lee Ellen Friedland (23-1/2 min.). - Reel 3 (58 min. total): Conclusion of Friedland's speech (13 min.). "European-American traditions" (45 min.). Following interviews with Bill McNeil, callers Veronia Miller and Kirby Smith [not on printed program] teach square dances to the audience. - Reel 4 (62 min. total): Conclusion of Smith's presentation (6 min.). "'Talking feet': Capturing traditional dance on film," speech by filmmaker Mike Seeger (43 min.). Includes video excerpts of performances by Luther Boyd and D. Ray White. "Flatfooting, buck-dancing, and step-dancing traditions," beginning of a lecture-demonstration by Joe Hood and Jacky Christian (13 min.). Robert Spicer, a scheduled speaker, was not present, but Christian discusses his work. - Reel 5 (62 min. total): Conclusion of lecture-demonstration by Hood and Christian (23 min.). "The impact of folk schools and revival movements on traditional Appalachian dance," beginning of a speech by David Whisnant, with moderator Lee Ellen |||| Friedland (39 min.). Douglas Day, a scheduled speaker, was not present. - Reel 6 (63 min. total): Conclusion of Whisnant's speech (11 min.). "African-American traditions," lecture-demonstration by John Dee Holeman and Quentin Holloway, with Friedland (44 min.). Covers buckdancing, tap dancing, and the "tap Charleston." "Beyond Appalachia: Related traditions," beginning of a panel with Bill McNeil and Colin Quigley (17 min.). McNeil discusses jigging and square dancing in the Ozark Mountains. - Reel 7 (62 min. total): Conclusion of panel by McNeil and Quigley (27 min.). Quigley discusses traditional dancing in Newfoundland and shows video excerpts of a circle dance. "Cherokee traditions," beginning of a lecture-demonstration by Walker Calhoun and Gilliam Jackson (35 min.). Includes video excerpts of the eagle, quail, bear, and beaver dances. - Reel 8 (12 min. total). Conclusion of lecture-demonstration by Calhoun and Jackson.
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZIDF 2217Shelf locator: *MGZIC 9-2028 (former)
TopicsCharleston (Dance)Quail dance (Dance)Step dancingFolk dancing -- Appalachian MountainsFolk dancing -- TennesseeFolk dancing -- Ozark MountainsFolk dancing -- Newfoundland
GenresFilmed danceFilmed performancesLecturesSpeeches
NotesFunding: Videotaped for the Jerome Robbins Archive by the Center for Appalachian Studies and Services (CASS), East Tennessee State University, on April 29, 1989, at a day-long conference held at the D.P. Culp University Center, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, Tennessee, with the assistance of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York State Council on the Arts. Preceded by three dance workshops, probably held prior to the conference in April 1989. The printed program for the conference may be found in *MGZR Old time dancing in the Appalachian Mountains [Clippings].
Physical DescriptionVideocassetteExtent: 8 videocassettes (U-matic) (433 min., 7 sec.) : sound, color ; 3/4 in.
Type of ResourceMoving image
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: NYPY906046645-FNYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12169437Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 4cb469a0-4b51-0133-0d16-60f81dd2b63c
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