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City FolkEnglish Country Dance and the Politics of the Folk in Modern America$
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Daniel J. Walkowitz

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780814794692

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814794692.001.0001

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Modern English Country Dance and the Culture of Liberalism

Modern English Country Dance and the Culture of Liberalism

(p.238) 8 Modern English Country Dance and the Culture of Liberalism
City Folk

Daniel J. Walkowitz

NYU Press

This chapter traces the emergence of a transcontinental Modern English Country Dance (MECD) and the liberal body carriage that its music and style promulgated. In the last decade of the twentieth century, MECD became a robust transcontinental and transatlantic leisure activity of postwar baby boomers. MECD during this era became a continental movement, both in its geographic stretch and in its development of a mobile transcontinental and transatlantic community with shared passions and a shared emergent new dance practice. It was as much a new spirit, tempo, and style of dancing as it was a corpus of newly written dances that advanced that spirit. And within this thriving urban sphere, relatively affluent MECD dancers inhabited a countercultural space that echoed with the contradictions of liberalism.

Keywords:   Modern English Country Dance, MECD, liberalism, baby boomers, transcontinental community, counterculture

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