Dance Calling

86th Mountain Dance and Folk Festival

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Bob Dalsemer

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Sam Queen

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Sam Queen

Dancer

Haywood County, NC

Sam Queen was born in 1889 in Waynesville. Haywood County has long been an area rich in traditional dance. Queen learned to clog from his grandmother, Sally, who was known to dance even in her late nineties. Square dances were a vital part of a community's social life when Queen was growing up, and in addition to his skills as a clogger, Queen learned to be a master dance caller.

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John C. Campbell Folk School

John C. Campbell Folk School

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Arvill Scott

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Arvill Scott

Square dance caller

Lansing, NC (Ashe County)

Arvill Scott grew up in Surry County amongst the region's traditional music and dance. When he was young, Arvill listened to mountain music from local station WPAQ on a transistor radio. He went to chicken stews and other social events at his uncle's home where he was exposed to old-time music and dancing. These experiences left a deep impression on Arvill. "I'm especially proud of being able to keep presenting traditional music, he says. "That's what's in my heart."

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Ted White

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Rodney Sutton

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Joe Sam Queen

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