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Dance Traditions: Jean Ritchie on Play Party Games



Dancing Threads series host Anndrena Belcher interviews traditional Kentucky performer Jean Ritchie about the play party games Ritchie played as a youngster in Eastern Kentucky. Ritchie discusses the importance of the games as community celebrations and to social activities such as courting.

Suggested Uses:

  • Show in conjunction with students watching or learning the play party game “Goin’ to Boston” from the Dances from Many Cultures video/DVD or another folk dance that originated in Europe.
  • To build your own knowledge of play party games and Appalachian dance.
  • As part of a study of Kentucky culture.
  • To introduce a class discussion of games played by students and their families/ancestors.

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