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MATINÉE. American, "Buck Dance" (2/4 time). E Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AA'BB'. The title suggests the tune was employed as the vehicle for a latter 19th century solo stage dance. The buck dance was originally called the "buck and wing" and referred to a specific step or steps performed by solo dancers. It was associated with the South, particularly the Piedmont region of North Carolina, and is thought to have African-American origins from slavery times. Today the definition has broadened, so that buck dancing, flat-footing and clogging are similar, if not interchangeable, dance forms.
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Printed sources: Harding's All Round Collection, 1905; No. 197, p. 62.
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See a step dance performed on youtube.com