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Square Dancing in the Kentucky Foothills


Susan Eike Spalding has been dancing in the Appalachian region for almost three decades, and has served as a consultant for the Smithsonian Festival of American Folklife and the Kentucky Folklife Festival. She co-edited the book Communities in Motion: Dance, Tradition and Community, edited the dance entries for the Encyclopedia of Appalachia, and co-produced two Appalshop video documentaries on old-time dance. Her book Appalachian Dance: Creativity and Continuity in Six Communities (University of Illinois Press) has been awarded the 2014 Appalachian Studies Association's Weatherford Award for Non-fiction. As an Associate Professor at Berea College she taught Dance and Dance-related courses and was Director of Dance Programs until her retirement. This article results from a Sound Archives Fellowship.​