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Kitchen Lancers - Tony Parkes

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Kitchen Lancers - Tony Parkes


This dance was taught by Tony Parkes as part of his workshop session on New England Square Dances, recorded November 19, 2011, at the Dare To Be Square Weekend, John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC. Co-sponsored by the Country Dance and Song Society (CDSS), the event brought together six experienced callers representing different styles of traditional and modern square dance with about 70 square dance enthusiasts.

This is one of several versions of the fifth figure of the Lancers Quadrille. The Lancers began in the early 19th century as a formal ballroom dance and died out in that role (except as a conscious revival) around 1900. In various rural areas around the U.S. and Canada it was preserved as a traditional square, though sometimes simplified and roughened up a bit. Some people didn't care if it was out of fashion; it was a good dance, and they kept doing it.

Musicians for this set were Jim Morrison and Steve Hickman, fiddles; Claudio Buchwald, piano; Sam Bartlett, banjo. The tunes are "Liberty Two-Step" & "Quadrille Ste-Claire."

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November 19, 2011

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