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19930101 Simple Gifts El Salvador Dance.mov

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Published on Jun 4, 2011

The 12 year old child of American contra dance inspirator, Dudley Laufman, suggested the Petronella turn dance choreography for the Shaker tune, Simple Gifts, to Pat Shaw when he was in the United States in 1975. Pat shared his choreography with the Berea Country Dancers when he spent two weeks in Berea later that fall. We made a few changes. Here is the 1993 Country Dancer Troupe dancing it in El Salvador. My niece, Jennifer, added additional verses. Here is the resulting footage shot during a tour by the Berea College Country Dancers to El Salvador and Guatemala in January 1993. Jason Nicolai, a student and dancer, did the synchronized video editing of performances at the National Theatre in San Salvador and in Rio Hondo.

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