I stumbled across this cool thing through a friend who is an avid follower of the ilovecharts feed on Tumblr. The chart focuses on the 20th century and ends around now. Given that "Western Folk Music" was one of the first entries, I wonder if that's part of why at least some of us are thinking about being able to contra to these newer forms -- that somehow something that works endured in the translation from one form to another?
Click image to open interactive version (via Thomson Holidays).
(And if you want to get really meta about the whole thing, the fact that we're experimenting with folk dancing to the other music forms kind of makes a big circle -- clearly I've been listening to the soundtrack to The Lion King Broadway show entirely too much lately, haha.)
This project has concluded as of mid-2013 (with an epilogue posted mid-2016) but we hope to see you soon on a contra dance floor! Meanwhile, head over to our Facebook page for upcoming techno contra events and other items of interest.
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I dance with abandon. I play with glowsticks. I look for music that is conducive to one or both. I play behind cameras. I write about all of the above. I'm based in Glen Echo's contra dance community outside of Washington, D.C., but I'm happy to go dance afield when I can. Lather, rinse, repeat. Always repeat.
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