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Country Dancers Perform “Celebrating Our Heritage”; Honor Dr. Patrick Napier

The Country Dancer’s “Celebrating Our Heritage” performance honored Dr. Patrick E. Napier,’49, an advocate for traditional dancing for more than 40 years.

Country Dancers 'Celebrate Our Heritage'

Presenting dances originating from foreign lands and the Appalachian region, the Country Dancers presented several dances in honor of Napier. Those dances included “Billie in the Low Ground,” “Big Set,” and “Kentucky Set Running.” “Big Set”, a popular dance in the Appalachian region, and “Kentucky Set Running,” originally danced in Kentucky homes to the beat of clapping, both appear in Napier’s book “Kentucky Mountain Square Dancing,” which many consider to be a standard manual for traditional dancing. Dr. Napier has taught at the Berea College Christmas Country Dance School for more than forty years and continues to do so today.

The Country Dancers also performed old style, English country dances, many of which have been performed at the annual Spring Mountain Folk Festival since 1935.

Luke Keeler, a student, also choreographed a contra dance entitled “Farvel Viborg” after studying in Denmark for a month. Theis Hansen and Trine Larsen, members from the Danish-American Exchange program, staged “Tango!” Other dances from Denmark included “Hatter” and “Little Man in a Fix.”

National Dance Week is April 23 – May 2. Several dance events are scheduled on campus and in the community. For more information about the Country Dancers, Christmas Country Dance School, Spring Mountain Folk Festival, or other dance programs call 859.985.3431 or 985.3142.

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