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The Dance Historian is In

The Dance Historian is In

As part of the New York Public Library series, “David Vaughan’s The Dance Historian is In,” dancer and choreographer Jean Butler speaks about the first-ever living archive of traditional Irish dance.

In an hour-long session, Butler curates key segments of the video archive and accompanying oral history collection that speak to unique aspects of the culture, and explores fundamental questions about Irish step dance. What is the history of the form? How is it passed on? Who were some of the key innovators who pushed the boundaries of tradition? What can dancers today learn about their dance history by dancing the steps of the past? And why are there so few resources on Irish dance? 

Video courtesy of the Jerome Robbins Dance Division, the New York Public Library.

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Jean Butler

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Emma Brown, for the New York Public Library

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