Wayne Nicholson



Mary: You have been calling square dancing over 60 years. Can you describe how you began square dancing and include any memories of early calling in square dance?
Wayne: I have been exposed to square dancing & buck dancing since I was old enough to understand what was going on as my father and two older brothers all were musicians and played for square dances around the area in which we lived.  Some of these dances were held in neighbors houses.  The furniture was moved out of the dining room or living room and the dances were the Appalachian Big Circle dances.  ...

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Mary: What is Buck Dancing? Where did it come from? Is it still popular?
Wayne: There is no written documentation to my knowledge of where Buck Dancing originated.  If you read history of the Appalachian dancing you will find many forms of dancing and where they came from.  Many pages are written in the Encyclopedia of Traditional Appalachian Square Dancing written by Bill Nichols and Garland Steele.  Settlers coming to this country from many areas of Europe brought along dances from their culture and some of them settled in the Appalachian Mountains of the Virginias, Carolina's and Georgia.  Community gatherings were held and people shared their dance forms.  To this day many native Appalachian dancers consider Clogging and Square Dancing to be the same dance.  Other words that share a common definition in the Appalachian region are BUCK DANCE and CLOGGING.  Buck dancing is the solo dance you do when you are not square dancing.  Clogging is buck dancing with a partner during a Square Dance.  Each of such terms have previous folk definitions which may have caused the later mixing of terminology. ...

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