Country Dances

Country Dances
World premiere date
Premiere location place
Edinburgh, Scotland
Dance sections

I. Texas Quickstep

II. Fifty Year Ago Waltz

III. Rat Cheese Under the Hill

IV. Cacklin’ Hen and Rooster Too

V. Took My Gal A-Walkin’

VI. Fresno Blues

VII. Alabama Jubilee

Dancers

Tom Rawe, Shelley Washington, Jennifer Way, Christine Uchida

Total number of dancers
4
Runtime
00:18:50
Other program information

Premiered during the Edinburgh International Festival in 1976. 

Productipon Stage Manager: Marty Kapell
Wardrobe Supervisor: Michael Dennison

Country Dances continuously shifts between duets, trios and a quartet; the dancers cut in, hand each other off and do-si-do through energetic partnering and square dance adaptations. The colorful silk costumes are inlaid with quilted squares, reminiscent of America’s rural spirit. The piece closes with a final quartet that illustrates the camaraderie that has developed between the dancers.         

Country Dances was choreographed for the PBS special Making Television Dance, though it was performed live before the program aired in 1977.  

  • Country Dances
    Way, Rawe, Washington and Uchida in a 1978 performance. ©Lois Greenfield
  • Country Dances
    Rawe and Way perform during the taping of Making Television Dance in 1977. ©Herbert Migdoll
  • Country Dances
    Way, Uchida, Rawe and Washington in a 1978 performance. © Lois Greenfield
Video Description

Uchida, Way, Washington and Rawe perform "Alabama Jubilee."

Full music program

1. Texas Quickstep
By The Hired Hands

2. Fifty Year Ago Waltz
By The Hired Hands

3. Rat Cheese Under the Hill
By The Kessinger Brothers

4. Cacklin’ Hen and Rooster Too
By The Skillet Lickers
From the Album Vol. 1, County 506 – date unknown

5. Took My Gal A-Walkin’
By Charlie Poole and The North Carolina Ramblers
Recorded by Columbia Records – 1928/07/23

6. Fresno Blues
By Johnny and Albert Crockett
From County 512

7. Alabama Jubilee
Written by Jack Yellen and George L. Cobb – 1915
Performed by The Hired Hands

Music details
Music track
webmusic-countrydances.mp3
Audio sample

Alabama Jubilee
Performed by The Hired Hands

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