Conversations About International Folkdance, with Pat Nash
Fridays from 11 am to 1 pm on May 1, 8, 15, 21, 29.
Classes will be held at Wellfleet Preservation Hall (335 Main Street).
Archaeological evidence points to the suggestion that humankind has always danced. “Folk” dance has been a peoples’ expression of their life on the land, their customs, and their stories. This course will explore dances as diverse as “Kendime” from Turkey and “Road to the Isles” from Scotland. Each class will begin with a conversation around a topic related to a specific dance or dances. I will then demonstrate the dance, inviting students to participate. Topics will be primarily drawn from the research and discussions by Don Buskirk on hissite https://folkdancefootnotes.org/. Along the way we will address questions such as:
-Why do North and Western European folk cultures have mostly partner dances while South East Europe has hardly any?
-Why is Joc de Leagane, a dance from Romania, discussed as "Purity, Blood, Women, Midwives, and Milk in Maramures?”
-Why the two names for Roma or Gypies? We’ll learn a dance entitled Cocek to better understand the beauties and tribulations of this shunned group.