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Talking Feet 
Solo Southern Dance: Flatfoot, Buck and Tap
85 min.

This is a documentary of flatfoot, buck, hoedown and rural tap dancing - the styles of solo Southern dancing which are a companion to traditional old-time music and on which modern clog dancing is based. Dances are done to hand-patting, talking blues, and singing, as well as old-time, bluegrass, and western swing-style music. Dancers range in age from 20 to 82. Filmed on location in West Virginia, Kentucky, Virginia and North Carolina. An enclosed 16-page booklet has extensive track-by-track notes and a glossary of dance terms.
This DVD was made to preserve these solo Southern dance styles. Whole-body performances are shown as well as close-up shots of footwork with the dancers' comments on their styles and motivations. Because the DVD shows dancers dancing throughout a musical piece and also demonstrating steps they use, a person can learn how to do the dances, where to join in doing them, and what place the dancing has in people's lives. . The hand-patting techniques are shown as well.
DVD, color.

I. Introduction
II. Mabry Mill, VA
III. Cataloochee Ranch, NC, Discussion A
IV. Jay Burris
V. Carcassonne, KY: Willis Fields dances to "Katy Hill"
VI. Algia Mae Hinton: Dances to "Shortenin' Bread"
VII. Gussie Lane: Dances to "Golden Slippers"
VIII. Phoebe Parsons plays "Cabin Creek" on the banjo
IX. Maggie Valley, NC
X. Cataloochee Ranch, NC, Discussion B
XI. John Dee Holeman and Fris Holloway: Dance
XII.WAMY Senior Center: Biddie Reece dances to "Shout Lulu"
XIII. Stanley Hicks
XIV. L.C. King: Dances to "Cumberland Gap"
XV. Fiddle Puppets: Dance to "Black-Eyed Susie"
XVI. D. Ray White: Dances with band to "Ruben"
XVII. Credits (with a dance)


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