Dance Around Friday Presents Chair Buck Dancing* with Joan Baez and Emmylou Harris!
Benefit Concert in San Jose, CA for the Downtown Streets Team July 27, 2013.
Are Emmylou’s sued boots magic? Where can I get a pair? How does the story of Puss and Boots go? Puss gets magic boots and can do all manner of feats of strength, then looses them, only later to find out the magic was in him.
So let’s have some corn bread, move our feet, tap our toes and shake our tambourine!
Oh look I found the history of buck dancing!
by Bruce E. Baker, 2006
Sheet music for “The Shuffling Coon” described as a “buck and wing dance,” by John Rastus Topp,1897. Image from the Duke University Libraries Digital Collections. Buck dancing is a folk dance that originated among African Americans during the era of slavery. It was largely associated with the North Carolina Piedmont and, later, with the blues. The original buck dance, or “buck and wing,” referred to a specific step performed by solo dancers, usually men; today the term encompasses a broad variety of improvisational dance steps.
In contemporary usage, “buck dancing” often refers to a variety of solo step dancing to fiddle-based music done by dancers primarily in the Southern Appalachians. Among North Carolinians, buck dancing is differentiated from clogging and flatfooting by the use of steps higher off the floor, a straight and relatively immobile torso, and emphasis on steps that put the dancer on his or her toes rather than heels.