Old-Time Dance and Music in the Park celebrates traditions of the Hoosier citizens who have come to McCormick’s Creek State Park since the early 20th century. Join Tamara Loewenthal and Jamie Gans – Fiddle ‘n’ Feet – for an afternoon of clogging, social dance, and old-time fiddle techniques, in the midst of the park’s 13th annual Arts in the Park celebration.
Indiana’s oldest state park, McCormick’s Creek provides a remarkable backdrop for this quintessential U.S. folk tradition. It’s easy to imagine the first generation of visitors to the park playing and listening to what we now call “old-time” music, and flatfoot clogging would also have been a frequent addition to the mix. Social dances (like square dance) were also part of that cultural landscape. These art forms are thriving today as newer generations rediscover them.
1 p.m. — Percussive dance workshops (Appalachian flatfoot clogging)
1:45 p.m. — Social dance (square dancing)
Taught by Tamara Loewenthal
2:30 p.m. Old-Time fiddle music workshop • Taught by Jamie Gans
No advance registration necessary. Participants should bring smooth, hard-soled shoes (for dance) and their own violin (for fiddle workshop). Minimum Age for dance workshops: six years and up for clogging, no age restrictions for square dance. Minimum Age for fiddle workshops: must have own fiddle (violin) and be able to play basic melodies.
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