Square sets as ‘folk’ dance in Cape Breton community life

Jørn Borggreen

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Abstract

When I first visited Cape Breton in 1999 as a tourist, I became aware of the presence of a strong dance tradition in certain communities, but also what I perceived as a seemingly chaotic situation on the dance floor. Being a dance instructor myself, I was somewhat frustrated, yet I wondered whether there were descriptions of such apparent chaos and, if so, where could I see them? Yes, indeed, there are ‘descriptions’, but they are oral, only in the mind of the prompters. Nothing, or near to nothing, was ever published or written down. My
initial research on the internet and in libraries gave very meagre results, but through e-mail exchanges with people in Cape Breton I found out that I had to come into direct contact with those who carried the knowledge. As I dived deeper into the subject, a picture began to develop and a very good reason for my study emerged. This took ten years and the result is published in the form of a booklet, now in its third edition.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationÓn gCos go Cluas
Subtitle of host publicationFrom Dancing to Listening
EditorsLiz Doherty, Fintan Vallely
PublisherAberdeen University Press
Chapter3
Pages25-29
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)978-1-85752-073-6
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventNorth Atlantic Fiddle Convention Conference - Northern Ireland, Derry/Londonderry, United Kingdom
Duration: 27 Jun 20121 Jul 2012

Publication series

NameFiddle and Dance Studies from around the North Atlantic 5

Conference

ConferenceNorth Atlantic Fiddle Convention Conference
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityDerry/Londonderry
Period27/06/121/07/12

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    Borggreen, J. (2019). Square sets as ‘folk’ dance in Cape Breton community life. In L. Doherty, & F. Vallely (Eds.), Ón gCos go Cluas : From Dancing to Listening (pp. 25-29). (Fiddle and Dance Studies from around the North Atlantic 5). Aberdeen University Press.