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Phil Jamison 

When: Tue., Aug. 25, 5:30 p.m. 2015

PHIL JAMISON: HOEDOWNS, REELS, AND FROLICS

TUESDAY, AUG. 25, CHAPEL HILL

WILSON LIBRARY AT UNC—Southern dance traditions have been broadly captured in documentaries such as Talking Feet, but Phil Jamison offers a sharper, narrower focus on Southern Appalachia in his new book, Hoedowns, Reels, and Frolics: Roots and Branches of Southern Appalachian Dance. Jamison, a scholar at Warren Wilson, explores styles of folk dance including square dancing, reels, flatfoot dancing and more. While many of these traditions trace back to the region's early British settlers, Jamison argues that the styles as we know them are unique amalgamations influenced by many other factors. In addition to his scholarship, Jamison is a tremendously skilled flatfoot dancer and has worked as a dance caller for decades—so a live demonstration might be in order, too. The Southern Folklife Collection hosts the event in the Pleasants Family Assembly Room of Wilson Library. 5:30 p.m., free, 200 South Road, Chapel Hill, 919-962-7105, www.library.unc.edu/wilson/sfc.Allison Hussey

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