Kentucky Mountain Square Dancing
Written in 1949 and republished many times, this is a vital reference for anyone interested in southern Appalachian dance. Patrick Napier is a well-known dance leader at the Christmas Country Dance School in Berea, Kentucky, and this is his compilation of dance figures from eastern Kentucky. It is a PDF file available for download (easier reference) from the electronic library of Country Dance and Song Society.
Napier presents scores of figures in detailed descriptions and diagrams. He differentiates between figures for the Big Set (a large circle with many couples who then interact in pairs) and the Running Set, a four-couple square. Among the figures described:
Arkansas Girl (Swing your Ma)
Cage the Bird
Double Bow Knot
Eight Hands 'Cross (California Show Basket)
Lady 'Round the Lady
Old Side Door
Swing at the Wall
Take a Little Peek
Around the World
Shoot the Owl
Up Town and Back
Wild Goose Chase
Those interested in southern Appalachian dance will enjoy the videos on this website called by Bill Ohse and Phil Jamison.
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