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Goin’ to Boston



“Goin’ to Boston” is a traditional folk dance enjoyed at “play parties” in Appalachia. In the video segment, instructor Anndrena Belcher teaches a group of middle school students the song and dance moves. She explains what a “play party game” is and teaches such commonly used folk dance movements as promenade, sashay, reel, and casting the lines.

Suggested Uses:

  • Watch the video for ideas on how to teach this traditional dance.
  • Show the video to students to help them learn the dance or its cultural significance.
  • Show or teach the dance to enrich the classroom study of Appalachian culture. (The video segment “Jean Ritchie on Play Party Games,” found on the DanceSense Enhanced DVD in the toolkit, offers additional cultural information.)
  • Show to compare dance styles of diverse cultures.

For more information:

(These links may leave the Arts Toolkit.)

See the Dance and Culture section of the Dance Arts Toolkit binder.

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