“The Titanic: A Salute Through Dance”
2012 is the anniversary
of the maiden voyage of the most famous ship the world has ever known. We know that all cross sections of society were represented
on her passenger list. As such they would have been familiar with the dances and music of the time. To respond to the optimism
that the ship represented for so many people, we want to salute the passengers and their dreams before the events that sank
the “unsinkable” ship. The dances will be connected through the music, personalities and their stories. For example,
we know that seven musicians played on to calm the situation and gained hero status, and that Margaret “Molly”
Brown raised funds to help immigrant survivors, who had lost everything.
To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Titanic’s maiden voyage, Nancy Walker and Jef Savage, dressed
in period clothing, will perform social dances from the Titanic era. The presentation discusses the importance of dance in
its cultural and social context and includes selected music, stories and personalities associated with the Titanic. The presentation
also covers the origins of the dances, how they are reconstructed from period dance manuals, plus etiquette and dance fashions
of the time. The format for this presentation is explanation, performance of the dances and audience interaction. A "mobile
museum" of era related artifacts is on display to enjoy before or after the presentation.
As historians, and dance historians in particular, we immerse ourselves in the events surrounding the dance
to place it in its social and cultural context. We track anniversaries of historical events and major personalities associated
with them. We regularly research and reconstruct dances with their music, and present the dances in context.
June 11, 2012
would like to take this opportunity to thank you for presenting the program The Titanic : A Salute through Dance at the Haverford Township Free Library, (June 10, 2012). We were pleased at the
turnout and heard positive feedback about the quality of the presentation from program participants.
our library as a dynamic community hub for life-long learning, creativity, and culture. Public educational programs are a
very important part of our vision and mission at the library and we are grateful to you for helping with this important work!
Christine Faris, Director & Mary Bear Shannon, Program and Grants Coordinator.
presentation is still available.
Call for pricing for your location and to book this program.
Call Nancy or Jef on 717 377
3720 or 717 414 1166 to discuss this program for your organization OR Click on the Contact Danza Antiqua