A Time to Dance

American Country Dancing from Hornpipes to Hot Hash

Richard Nevell

320 pp., 6 x 9, Paperback

978-0-87233-254-6

$22.50

Oct 3, 2017

 

 

 

Richard Nevell opens the doors to dance, inviting us in to fully experience what has stirred the mind, heart, and feet for generations. A Time to Dance explores the evolution of American country dance from Colonial times to the present, taking the reader across the USA in search of the reasons why so many millions of Americans love to share the country dance floor with friends, neighbors, even total strangers, in a celebration of community. Like dancing itself, A Time To Dance entertains, instructs, and leaves us enthused.


The immense scope is handled with clarity and insight, fitting American country dancing into the broader context of American studies. . . . Nevell records American country dances as historical artifacts, as social expressions of rural and urban communities, as manifestations of democracy, and as an evolving traditional art that changes to meet the needs of a changing American society. The breezy, relaxed style lends itself to easy reading, and is accompanied by excellent illustrations.

—American Library Association

A splendid book, at once personable and probing, I predict will become a dance classic.

Denver Post

Long before “social capital” emerged as a world-wide term for trust and community building, country dancing had been meeting this need of urban and rural Americans alike for more than three centuries. A Time to Dance explores the evolution of American country dance from Colonial time to the present, taking the reader across the USA in search of the reasons why so many millions of Americans love to share the country dance floor with friends, neighbors, even total strangers, in a celebration of community.

—Lewis M. Feldstein, co-author with Robert D. Putnam of Better Together: Restoring the American Community


Richard Nevell is a photographer, author, filmmaker, and songwriter. He is a member of ASCAP. With funds from the National Endowment for the Arts he co-produced two films with Robert Fiore: Country Corners and Full of Life A-Dancin’ based on material in this book. He lives in Bali, Indonesia and New Hampshire.

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