Mark Matthews – Swinging through American History
December 12 @ 7:00 pmFree
Join MDHC for Swinging through American History with historian and author Mark Matthews at the MonDak Heritage Center on Tuesday, December 12 at 7:00 p.m. Mark will take you back to the ballrooms, taverns, juke joints, honky tonks and dance emporiums of the past as he explains the manner in which American dancing evolved with certain social changes–and, how certain dances stimulated changes in American social life. The spectrum of historic dances runs from the colonial English country dance to the French quadrille to the American square dance and the waltz; plus modern movements such as the one-steps, the Charleston, Lindy hop, mambo, twist and disco. Be ready to get adventurous and out of your chair and onto your feet to experience the joy of movement as Mark’s interactive program includes vintage videos, music, and the opportunity to dance!
Mark’s books include “Square You Sets: The Birth of American Social Dancing”; “Promenading toward Democracy: The Great Square Dance Revival”; “Cakewalking out of Slavery: A Study of Racism in America”; and “Jitterbugging across the Colorline: Desegregating the Dance Floor.”
Mark’s Swinging through American History is the second half of a Hometown Humanities Sidney December double-header of interesting and entertaining music and history! Sponsored by Humanities Montana, this program and all Hometown Humanities programs are FREE and open to the public.