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Money Musk

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Published on Mar 16, 2009

"Money Musk" being danced in Norwich, Vermont, on March 14, 2009, as part of "Cracking Chestnuts," an entire evening's program devoted to older contra dances. On that same night, dancers in numerous locations around the US and abroad were celebrating the International Money Musk Moment, with many of us doing that dance at about the same time.

The tune for Money Musk originated in Scotland in 1776 and the first dance instructions appeared in 1785. By 1792, the tune and dance had made it to North America, and both spread rapidly. (Many of today's dancers first encountered the phrase Money Musk when they were children, reading Little House in the Big Woods; it was a tune that Laura's Pa played on his fiddle.)

The caller is David Millstone; the band is Northern Spy.

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