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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Dance Traditions of Deseret Lecture @ W. Jordan Pioneer Hall (W. Jordan: Jan 15, 2011)

Dance Traditions of Deseret: Utah Social Dancing Workshop & Demonstration featuring Craig Miller
Saturday, 15 January 2011, 7pm – 10pm
West Jordan Pioneer Hall / Rock Church Meeting House, 1137 West 7800 South, West Jordan, Utah
Contact: Linda Dalley, West Jordan Historical Society, 801-255-3116 or linda_dalley@yahoo.com

Join noted Utah folklorist Craig Miller for a peek into Utah’s social dance heritage, which dates back to the pioneer days when immigrants danced between covered wagons by the lights of campfires. Early Utahns’ love for music, dance, and for the spectacular beauty of their new homeland grew over the decades and blossomed in the early twentieth century with the construction of open-air dance pavilions which were built in astonishing numbers across the entire region. This presentation with recorded music and slide show reveals the dances, the music, the settings, and the people who kept that heritage alive. Come prepared to learn some steps and start dancing! Presentation is in conjunction with New Harmonies, a traveling Smithsonian exhibition, brought to Utah by the Utah Humanities Council and hosted by the West Jordan Historical Society at the West Jordan City Hall. Free and open to the public. New Harmonies is part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and the Utah Humanities Council. For more information, see http://www.utahhumanities.org/newharmonies.htm or www.wjhistory.org

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