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Mosaic Interactive and Augusta Square Dance
March 15 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm$7
On Friday, March 15th Augusta welcomes the Mosiac project for the monthly square dance. The evening will feature appalachian square dances, cake walks and a music and dance share from Mosiac artists. Andy FitzGibbon, Kevin Chesser, and Jesse Milnes are providing old-time music with Tyler Crawford and Nancy Mamlin calling square dances. The dance will be held in the Creative Commons in the Myles Center for the Arts on Davis & Elkins College Campus.
The Mosaic artists, hail from Morocco, Turkey, Indonesia, Palestine, South Africa and the U.S. They will have been in Elkins for a week doing a series of collaborations with Davis & Elkins College and the greater Elkins community participating in community-led public events, dances, musical jams, and potlucks. Mosiac is an international music project of Found Sound Nation, funded by the Doris Day Foundation.
“It is a joy to invite Mosiac artists to share music and dance at our monthly square dance, it will be an incredible multicultural evening that celebrates social dance forms from around the world,” stated Augusta Heritage Center Events Coordinator, Becky Hill.
Old-time musicians from Randolph County, Andy FitzGibbon on fiddle, Kevin Chesser on clawhammer banjo and Jesse Milnes on guitar will be providing music for the dance. “Winning awards at the West Virginia State Folk Festival, Vandalia Gathering and the Appalachian Stringband Festival, this band is one of the best square dance bands in the state and we are lucky to have them join us,” stated Hill
The Davis & Elkins Appalachian Ensemble will host this dance. The Ensemble is a student performance group that is dedicated to bringing live Appalachian music and dance to audiences around the region. The students will be selling baked goods to raise money to purchase team jackets and other equipment.
The dance starts at 8 p.m., with a beginning workshop at 7:45 p.m. All dances are beginner and family friendly. Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for students and AmeriCorps members, and free to Davis & Elkins students, faculty, and staff. Participants don’t have to come with a dance partner and listeners are welcome. Please bring a pair of shoes to change into out of your winter boots.
“The dances are simple to learn and is a wonderful family friendly activity. Great for beginners of all ages. West Virginia is the only state in Appalachia with such a rich tradition of community square dancing. Come celebrate one of West Virginia’s unique traditions and get a chance to learn about other international music and dance traditions too.” stated Hill.
Elkins is part of the Mountain Dance Trail, a heritage tourism project of Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College. The project preserves and promotes local community square dances from the Virginia line to the Ohio border. The Mountain Dance Trail hosts a square dance almost every weekend somewhere in West Virginia. The next Augusta Heritage Center Dance is scheduled for April 12th. The 2019 Mountain Dance Trail schedule is available online at www.mountaindancetrail.org. For more information or a brochure, call the Augusta Heritage Center at 304-636-1209.
Programs offered by the Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College are presented with financial support from the WV Division of Culture and History, and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the WV Commission on the Arts and the West Virginia Humanities Council, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Local support is provided by the Randolph County Commission.