Old Time Utah Dances is dedicated to the preservation and revival of
traditional folk and social dances of Utah.
This book and CD were created for the purpose of stimulating a revival of these wonderful old traditional dances of early Utah, as well as to teach living history to children and adults in communities throughout Utah. These dances and their music have been collected and recorded over the past 30 years through the field research started by dance historian Laraine Miner. This product presents fifteen dances, including polkas, schottisches, waltzes, mixers and the Virginia reel. The Buckle Busters are a String Band performing the dance music with Pattie Richards, a traditional musician from the Uinta Basin, who learned this music playing for dances with her parents in the early 1900s.
These dances provide a complete living history immersion experience particularly suitable for fourth grade Utah history students. Laraine Miner is available for teaching and calling these dances for family reunions and church and community events. Live music provided by local traditional bands is highly recommended to create the most authentic and exciting atmosphere for these events.
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This set will present thirty-one dances of the Mormon Pioneers from the period of 1847 to the advent of the railroad in 1869. These are authentic, true to period, dances that have been researched over the past 50+ years. Most are appropriate for Pioneer Treks, family reunions, 24th of July celebrations, and for communities who wish to revive these wonderful historic dances. A few of them, such as the quadrilles, are reconstructed as a valuable historical archive for future generations to have and enjoy. What better way to connect with one’s ancestors than to joyfully “dance in their shoes!”
The Book — contains descriptions for 31 dances, with historical annotation and scored music accompanying each dance description. It also contains a glossary chapter explaining the steps and formations, a chapter on the historical and cultural context of the dances, and a chapter on pioneer dress written by Jaynanne Meads, costume specialist in the Brigham Young University Theater Department, and illustrated by graphic artist, David Sharp. Mark Jardine, pioneer music historian and fiddler in the Beehive Band, is contributing a chapter on the dance music entitled, “Fiddling and Dancing Before the Lord.”
The 2 CD Album — contains music for each of the dances, performed in pioneer style on period instruments by musicians from the Beehive Band, Idlewild Band the BYU folk dance band and the Buckle Busters with Pattie Richards. The music is recorded at a suitable speed and length for teaching and performing each dance.
The DVD — is a great boon for learning and teaching the dances. Twenty of the 31 dances are performed primarily by the BYU International Folk Dance Ensemble, with some by BYU dance classes. Three of the these 20 are in pioneer dress, and another three are in pioneer period ballroom attire. The remaining eleven dances will soon be filmed at the pioneer period schoolhouse at historic Camp Floyd, near Fairfield UT. Dancers from the Pioneer Heritage Company and Eagle Mountain Family Dance will re-enact these dances in pioneer period dress. Five of the dances are children’s song dances and the rest are simple adult dances such as the Grand March, and Virginia Reel.
"There will be no singing
or dancing in hell, so why imitate the hot place?"