Mountain Square Dance
Carcassonne, Kentucky, community square dance evening with Teresa Collins.
For generations, the folks around the Carcassonne Community Center in Letcher County, Kentucky, have enjoyed and preserved their own brand of mountain square dancing. Teresa Collins of the Rural Strategies staff is from Carcassonne and grew up learning the dances from her family and neighbors. She’s moved to the big city of Whitesburg now. But she’ll take you to Carcassonne for one of the monthly square dances. She’ll introduce you around if you need it, teach you a few steps, and set you loose to the calls of Randy Wilson and a great band of mountain musicians. If you’re lucky, you might even win the cake walk.
For more on the Carcassonne square dance and community center, see this video created by students at Appalshop’s Appalachian Media Institute.