This course, open to dancers of all levels, focuses on the traditional square dances of the southern Appalachian region. Students learn these dances and gain an understanding of their roots and history as well as their role in the Appalachian community, past and present. In addition to the square dances, students will become familiar with other Southern Appalachian dance forms (reels, waltzes, and play parties) as well as contra dances. Contemporary issues regarding gender roles, power dynamics, and dance terminology will be discussed and explored during the course of the semester. Students who wish to (not required) learn how to call dance figures. Although prior dance experience is welcome, it is not a prerequisite for this class.General Education: Artisitic Expression (Partially Satisfies)