Audio Recording Summit County 4 Squares square dance practice, Silverthorne, Colorado, part 1
Summit County 4 Squares practice for square dance, Silverthorne, Colorado, part 1
About this Item
- Summit County 4 Squares square dance practice, Silverthorne, Colorado, part 1
- Natanson, Barbara Orbach (Research team member)
- Dettmer, Elke, 1944- (Research team member)
- Summit County 4 Squares (Performer)
Created / Published
- Silverthorne, Colorado, August 21, 1980
- - Folklore--Colorado
- - Field recordings
- - Music
- - Sound recording
- - United States -- Colorado -- Summit County -- Silverthorne
- Field recordings
- Sound recording
- - Index data: Part 1 of a 2-part recording of a weekly Thursday evening square dance practice of the Summit County 4 Squares club at the Slate Creek Community Hall. Fieldworker Barbara Orbach reports that Isaac Wilburn "I. W." McKee called the figures for from five to six couples, using a microphone, while also managing music playback from a a selection of 45 rpm phonograph records played on a portable turntable with speakers. "After each of the dances the couples would gather in a huddle, raise up, and shout 'Thank You!'" I.W. announced breaks after every three or four dances, when the dancers could mill around, chat, and partake of the coffee, iced tea, and cookies that the women had brought. The event typically runs from about 8 to 10:30 pm; on this occasion the attendees included Mr. and Mrs. Lang McDonald (Silverthorne), Harvey and Evie Hedlund (Frisco), Vera McKee Dunaway and Wes Dunaway (Silverthorne), Florence White (Silverthorne), Duane and Alice Eix (Dillon), Paul and Fran Tomosko, with Vera McKee (Mrs. I.W. McKee) arriving at about 9 p.m. During the breaks in the square dancing, Vera McKee sometimes led a dance like the "Hokey Pokey," or dancing alone in a kind of schottische step when nobody else would join her; she took up a collection of $3 per person during a half-time break. Orbach reports that during the first one-and-a-half hours, I.W. favored simpler dances, talking the dance-novice fieldworkers through the sets; at about 9:30 pm, after a long break, he embarked on a series of more complex dances of the kind that are danced competitively by square dance clubs, rehearsing these dances more carefully than the earlier dances, sometimes turning the music off in order to guide the couples through a pattern that they were to remember thereafter, represented a plan to move to formal dance-contest performances.
- audiotape reel, 7 in.
Call Number/Physical Location
- Call number: AFC 1991/031: AFS 22442
- MBRS Shelflist: RXA 4007
- Field project identifier: CO-80-ED-R3
- Colorado Folklife Project collection (AFC 1991/031)
- American Folklife Center
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Natanson, Barbara Orbach, Elke Dettmer, and Summit County 4 Squares. Summit County 4 Squares square dance practice, Silverthorne, Colorado, part 1. Silverthorne, Colorado, 1980. Audio. https://www.loc.gov/item/afc1991031_afs22442/.
APA citation style:
Natanson, B. O., Dettmer, E. & Summit County 4 Squares. (1980) Summit County 4 Squares square dance practice, Silverthorne, Colorado, part 1. Silverthorne, Colorado. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afc1991031_afs22442/.
MLA citation style:
Natanson, Barbara Orbach, Elke Dettmer, and Summit County 4 Squares. Summit County 4 Squares square dance practice, Silverthorne, Colorado, part 1. Silverthorne, Colorado, 1980. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afc1991031_afs22442/>.