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Appalachian Square Dancing

“Circling right.”

Photo by Shawn Poynter

“Circling right.”

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  • Brynn Kusic joins hands with other dancers at the Laurel Theater, a former church in Fort Sanders.
  • While Appalachian square dances may be generations old, rescued from obscurity by folklorists, they are managing to attract dancers of all ages.
  • Square dancers Natalie Boring (left) and Nola Bronson “dig for the clam” between Doug Hammock and Amanda Humphreys at the Laurel Theater.
  • CIRCLE FOUR: After an absence of perhaps decades, traditional Appalachian square dancing is making a comeback in Knoxville, with a monthly dance courtesy of Jubilee Community Arts.
  • OLD-TIME MUSIC: Leo Collins (left) calls the dances on stage with the Hellgrammites at the Laurel Theater, which holds Southern square dances the second Thursday of each month.
  • “Circling right.”
  • Leo Collins (left) calls the dances on stage with the Hellgrammites.
  • Brynn Kusic and Lila Honaker “swing your partner baby.”

It's making a comeback in Knoxville at the Laurel Theater in Fort Sanders, each second Saturday of the month.

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