Saturday, August 22, 2009
Today there were two sign-up events for the Fiddle & Dance Project: one in Central Falls at the Back-to-school celebration and one in the Pawtucket community garden space on Barton & Nickerson Streets. Here we are dancing the Foula Reel to the live tunes of Kati and Chris on fiddle and guitar. Thanks all for a great afternoon!
Monday, August 17, 2009
Here’s What the Fiddle & Dance Project is about:
-empowering kids, parents, grandparents as learners, teachers & performers
-cultivating leadership among youth and adults in a diverse, under-served community
-strengthening ties within and across peer groups in the community
-exploring, trying, learning, practicing & sharing fiddle tunes as individuals and as a group
-dancing to this music (eventually, to each other making this music) across generational lines
Here’s Why fiddling & dance:
-these tunes are Old, yet each player has the potential to breathe new life into them—to reinvent them and own them.
-this music is participatory, group-oriented and often purposeful (to get people on their feet, dancing!)
-community dance is about looking other people in the eye, smiling, & then moving together
-the process takes time, just as the goals do—just as building relationships do. Learning fiddling takes focus, commitment & overcoming frustrations—but the results are invaluable