Abstract and Keywords
This chapter describes and interprets social dance within country music’s fan culture beginning with a historical summary and then focusing on 2005–2015. It explores how dances are learned within fan communities, using the Sweetheart Schottische as a case study. It then traces the adoption of hip hop, rock, and pop into country line dancing, a return to regional differentiation of dance styles, and the migration of more traditional forms of country dancing out of country nightclubs. These shifts correspond to a significant change in how country music defines and incorporates aspects of musical history, especially the adoption of a more rock lineage. In an era marked by “bro-country,” both country music and the accompanying dance styles show an assimilation into mainstream popular culture, confronting and adapting aspects of country identity including dance that historically created a stark differentiation between country and other genres.
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