Socialinio liaudies šokio tradicija: muzikantų ir šokėjų tarpusavio ryšio kaita



This article investigates the relationship between musicians and dancers in the mid-20th century village social dance tradition and the 21st century traditional dance club movement. The two dance trends are named the “first” and the “second” dance traditions in accordance with social folk dance classification used in Lithuania and internationally. The two traditions existed in different socio-cultural contexts, which had significantly determined their respective differences. Semi-structured interviews with 36 individuals and answers to an online survey from 45 respondents were used for comparative analysis, which explored the general attributes of the two dance traditions, as well as the differences in musician-dancer relationship and their causal relations. The analysis revealed several similarities between the traditions, yet most aspects are only partially similar or wholly different: the features of a good dancer and good musician are rather similar, but privileges attached to those positions are different; meanwhile, dance order and giving comments to the musicians are similar in both traditions. It was also exposed that the musician-dance relationship differences between the two traditions are most affected by the dance repertoire, remuneration for performances, professionalization of musicians, fulfilment of dancer’s wishes, and the group responsible for organizing dance events.

Key words: ethnochoreology, dance anthropology, social dance, social folk dance, „first“ and „second“ dance traditions, traditional dance club movement, mid-20th century village dance tradition, dance repertoire, remuneration for performance, good dancer and good musician.


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