Title

Appalachia - Traditions of Dance

Date

5-31-2018 9:40 AM

End Time

31-5-2018 10:00 AM

Location

Maple Hall

Session Chair

Amy McDonnell

Session Title

Academic Excellence in Dance

Presentation Type

Performance

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Cynthia Gutierrez-Garner

Abstract

I have recently been made aware, through the research of my mother, that a large portion of my ancestors lived in the hills of the Appalachian region, for many generations. Through conversations with my mother and some research, I have become fascinated by these resilient people, who were virtually forgotten by the rest of the United States for generations. The poverty and lack of education with which these people lived is devastating to see, but despite this, their rich cultural heritage managed to shine through; especially in song and dance. As a dance major, their dances were something which drew me in. I felt this connection through the dances that cut through time, space, and cultural differences. This presentation will be in two sections. The first will be an introduction and break down of the dances themselves. The second will explore the cultural implications of the dances, and will include a live dance presentation at the end. Throughout, I hope to convey to the audience the power of dance to connect us all.

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May 31st, 9:40 AM May 31st, 10:00 AM

Appalachia - Traditions of Dance

Maple Hall

I have recently been made aware, through the research of my mother, that a large portion of my ancestors lived in the hills of the Appalachian region, for many generations. Through conversations with my mother and some research, I have become fascinated by these resilient people, who were virtually forgotten by the rest of the United States for generations. The poverty and lack of education with which these people lived is devastating to see, but despite this, their rich cultural heritage managed to shine through; especially in song and dance. As a dance major, their dances were something which drew me in. I felt this connection through the dances that cut through time, space, and cultural differences. This presentation will be in two sections. The first will be an introduction and break down of the dances themselves. The second will explore the cultural implications of the dances, and will include a live dance presentation at the end. Throughout, I hope to convey to the audience the power of dance to connect us all.