Traditional New England Barn Dances
Dudley Laufman & Jacqueline Laufman
PRESS RELEASE from the NATIONAL ENDOWMENT ON THE ARTS:
Dudley Laufman of Canterbury, NH, named National Heritage Fellow
(see also a recounting of the week by Dudley and Jacqueline)
Laufman is the third
“I really didn’t believe it
at first,” Laufman says of the honor, which comes with a $25,000 honorarium
and will be celebrated with ceremonies and performances in
At 78, Laufman has been
involved in the contra dance and barn dance community in
As longtime members of the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts’ Traditional Arts and Folklife Listing, Laufman and his partner Jacqueline Laufman – the two perform together in the group Two Fiddles -- are sought after to conduct barn dance residencies in schools and at community centers.
Laufman has been the subject of a documentary film, The Other Way Back: Dancing with Dudley, and he and Jacqueline recently published “Traditional Barn Dances with Calls & Fiddling,” an instruction book that includes two music CDs and a DVD, through Human Kinetics press.
The other winners of the 2009 NEA National Heritage Fellowships are: the Birmingham Sunlights, an a cappella gospel group from Birmingham, Ala.; Chitresh Das, a Kathak dancer and choreographer from San Francisco; LeRoy Graber, a German-Russian willow basketmaker from Freeman, S.D.; “Queen” Ida Guillory, a zydeco musician from Dale City, Calif.; Amma D. McKen, a Yoruba Orisha singer from Brooklyn, N.Y.; Joel Nelso, a cowboy poet from Alpine, Texas; Teri Rofkar, a Tlingit weaver and basketmaker from Sitka, Alaska; Sophiline Cheam, a Cambodian classical dancer and choreographer from Long Beach, Calif.; Edwin Colón, a cuatro player from Orocovis, Puerto Rico; and Mike Seeger, a musician, cultural scholar, and advocate from Lexington, Va., who won the Bess Lomax Hawes Award for his significant contribution to the preservation and awareness of cultural heritage.
Concert on Thursday, September 24, 2009:
Bethesda, MD - The concert, featuring all eleven fellows, will be held at the Music Center at Strathmore in Bethesda, MD. Nick Spitzer, folklorist and host of the national public radio program American Routes will be the Master of Ceremonies. The concert is recorded for later radio broadcast on National Public Radio (it usually airs around Thanksgiving time) and will be videotaped. This is a free event but tickets must be reserved.