Old Time Utah Dances is dedicated to the preservation and revival of traditional folk and social dances of Utah. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization under Country Dance and Song Society of America.

Old Time Utah Dances sponsors the following:


Old Time Community Dances

Community dancing taught and called by traditional callers, including simple old time squares, contras, round dances, mixers and Virginia reels. Dances from the early immigrant communities, Scandinavia, British Isles, etc. will also be taught. We encourage families, children, singles and people of all ages to come and enjoy these fun, interactive dances that enlivened the communities of early Utah. Many of these dances are still part of living tradition in some rural Utah communities. Live music will be provided by our Community Dance Band.

Where: Wasatch Co-housing Common House, 1411 So. Utah St (1605 W), Salt Lake City, UT 84104

When: Most 4th Fridays except Summertime

Time: 7:30 - 10:00 pm

More info. call 974-5647 or e-mail lminer@xmission.com


Old Time Utah Dances
Book and CD*

Descriptions and Historical Background
As taught and compiled by

Laraine Miner
and
Michael Hamblin

CD recorded by Buckle Busters and Pattie Richards.

Utah orders: $25
Out-of-state orders: $23
including tax, shipping & handling

This book and CD were created for the purpose of stimulating a revival of these wonderful old traditional dances of early Utah, as well as to teach living history to children and adults in communities throughout Utah. These dances and their music have been collected and recorded over the past 30 years through the field research started by dance historian Laraine Miner, and carried on by Craig Miller, folklorist at Folk Arts Program, Utah Arts Council. This product presents fifteen dances, including polkas, schottisches, waltzes, mixers and the Virginia reel. The Buckle Busters are a String Band performing the dance music with Pattie Richards, a traditional musician from the Uinta Basin, who learned this music playing for dances with her parents in the early 1900's.

To order these materials write to:

Old Time Utah Dances
1411 S Utah St. #2
Salt Lake City, UT 84104

Or call: (801)974-5647 or e-mail lminer@xmission.com

*More extensive materials are available through folklorist Craig Miller of the Folk Arts Program of the Utah Arts Council, including sheet music, field recordings, and descriptions of many more dances. To order these materials, call the Folk Arts Program at 801-533-5760 or e-mail cmiller@utah.gov.


Old Time Utah Dances
Teachers and Callers

Laraine Miner is on the Artists in Residence Roster for the Utah Arts Council and is available for one day a week school residencies to teach these authentic Old Time Utah Dances in the Salt Lake, Ogden and Provo Areas.

These dances provide a complete living history immersion experience particularly suitable for fourth grade Utah history students. She and other teachers and callers of these dances are also available for family reunions and church and community events. Live music provided by local traditional bands is highly recommended to create the most authentic and exciting atmosphere for these events.

Call: (801)974-5647 or e-mail lminer@xmission.com

"There will be no singing or dancing in hell, so why immitate the hot place?"
-Brigham Young