Dance across Texas by Betty Casey

By Betty Casey

Generations of Texans have believed that “to dance is to live.” At rustic “play events” and chic cotillions, in tiny family members dance halls and expansive city honky-tonks, from ancient beginnings to subsequent Saturday evening, Texans have waltzed, polkaed, schottisched, and shuffled their method around the state.

In Dance throughout Texas, across the world recognized dance teacher and author Betty Casey takes an off-the-cuff examine the historical past of Texas dancing and, in transparent diagrams, photographs, and particular directions, tells “how to” do greater than twenty Texas dances.

Previously, little have been recorded concerning the heritage of dancing at the frontier. magazine and diary entries, letters, and newspaper clippings protect engaging, if sketchy, descriptions of the categories of dances that have been well known. Casey makes use of a number of resources, together with interviews and formerly unpublished old fabrics, similar to dance playing cards, invites, and images, to offer us a pleasant examine the social context of dance. the significance of dance to early Texans is documented via colourful descriptions of garments worn to the dances, of a number of the destinations the place dances have been held, starting from a proper corridor to a wagon sheet unfold at the flooring, and of the hardships continued to get to a dance.

Also incorporated within the old element of Dance throughout Texas are notes at the “morality” of dance, the effect of nation track on sleek dance varieties, and the recognition of such Texas dance halls and golf equipment as Crider’s and Gilley’s.

The guideline part of the publication diagrams twenty-two Texas dances, together with general waltzes and two-steps in addition to the Cotton-Eyed Joe, positioned Your Little Foot, Herr Schmidt, the Western Schottische, and such “whistle’” or mixer dances as Paul Jones, Popcorn, and Snowball. transparent and particular instructions for every dance, in addition to instructed musical choices, accompany the diagrams and images. Dance and actual schooling academics and scholars will locate this part precious, and aspiring city cowboys can stick to the easy-to-read diagrammed footsteps to a pleasing spin round the honky-tonk flooring. a person drawn to dance or within the historical past of social customs in Texas will locate a lot to get pleasure from during this fresh and infrequently a laugh examine a Texas “national” pastime.

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