Tucson to host traditional dance, music celebrations


Tucson will be among the cities celebrating 100 years of traditional dance, music and song in a nationwide tour.

The Country Dance & Song Society selected Tucson to host one of seven North American tour stops after scores of cities applied for the honor.

A weeklong tour will take place April 25-May 2 in Tucson, Phoenix and northern Arizona. Activities at a variety of venues include $5 contra dance evenings and free educational workshops for novice and experienced dancers.

A local contra dance organization, Tucson Friends of Traditional Music, will serve as the host. Contra dance always features live music with a myriad of instruments including fiddle, mandolin and bodhrán (Celtic drum).

Contra dance organizations in Phoenix and Northern Arizona will also participate, as will other Tucson groups such as cloggers and Irish dancers.

The CDSS visit will conclude during the annual Tucson Folk Festival, slated for May 2-3.

The folk festival organizers, Tucson Kitchen Musicians Association, are partners with Tucson Friends of Traditional Music in the CDSS tour stop.

CDSS supports dance forms including English country, traditional American square and contra, Morris and other English ritual dances, and Appalachian and English clogging.

Musical forms range from 17th-century dance melodies and traditional Scottish, Irish and English jigs and reels, to songs and tunes from Appalachia and the New England regions.

For additional information and the full tour stop schedule, visit phxtmd.org/cdss-tour.html.

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