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Author:  ncgnet [ Thu Mar 19, 2009 6:54 am ]
Post subject:  Square Dancing and Contra Dancing

From Taryn Plumb in the Boston Globe:
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Masters of spin - Dancers say it's still hip to be square - just follow the caller
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Contrary to popular belief, square dancing was cultivated in New England, evolving out of ethnic dances from England and France, Severance said. Becoming a social event, it spread west and back again with the railroads and, eventually, the advent of electronic music players. American soldiers also brought it to Europe and Japan.
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Author:  ncgnet [ Fri Jul 24, 2009 6:40 am ]
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From Scott Alarik in the Boston Globe:
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Preserving the spirit of the dance
Dudley Laufman has never strayed far from the moment he fell in love with the dance. The New Hampshire musician, dance caller, farmer, and poet is perhaps the most important figure in launching the contra dance revival of the 1970s, and he received this year’s National Heritage Fellowship, the country’s most prestigious traditional arts award.

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