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Montana Conversations 2018: Dance, music and more!

Montana Conversations are free and open to the public thanks to funding provided by Humanities Montana through grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Montana’s Cultural Trust, and private donations. Please register below so we know how many to expect!

History of Social Dance in America | Thur March 1 at 6:00PM
Mark Matthews, historian and author of “Swinging through American History,” 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. Mark will even get the more adventurous audiences out of their chairs and onto their feet to experience the joy of movement, or he can limit his presentation to readings from his writings, enhanced with vintage videos or modern recreations of iconic moments in 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.”

Jimmie Rodgers: Life and Times of the Father of Country Music | Thur April 19 at 6:00PM
Jimmie Rodgers, who was born in 1897 and died in 1933, was known in his time as The Singing Brakeman and The Blue Yodeler, and after it as The Father of Country Music. Bob Dylan wasn’t satisfied with any of those titles, so he came up with his own: The Man Who Started It All. Jimmie Rodgers has influenced countless musicians in many different genres, but his own music remains as powerful and affecting as it was when it was new. There was and there is something fresh, honest and big-hearted about his music, whether he was singing about ill-fated railroad men, lonely cowboys, love-struck city slickers or gun-toting gamblers.

John and Ed Kemmick talk about Jimmie Rodgers’ life and influence, interspersed with their performance of some of his songs.

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