Square dance calling — the spoken instructions said over the music — makes participation easy. But there are other aspects — like the prevalence of gendered language such as “ladies and gents” — that can make square dancing an unwelcoming or confusing space. One group of friends in the Appalachian square dance scene are taking action to make the tradition more welcoming for all participants.Continue Reading Take Me to More News
A few weeks ago, the students of the Appalachian Children’s Chorus and their founding director, Selina Midkiff, stopped by our studios at West Virginia Public Broadcasting. They graced us with their youthful energy and a true dedication to music-making.
The ACC is an organization that has children kindergarten through 12th grade in 6 choirs — four in Kanawha, one in Putnam County and one in Harrison County. The group recently had their 25th anniversary and kicked it off with a tour of Italy, which included a stop to sing at the Vatican and to see the Pope, no less.
They have a concert coming up on Sunday, December 4th at 3:00 PM at the Clay Center in Charleston called “Feel the Love of Christmas,” which will honor the memory of the late B.E. Taylor. For us, they performed selections from that concert in our studios, and three students gave us informative interviews. You can listen to the entire special by clicking the audio file below.
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