Dancing in Dudley: The Golden Age of Irish Dance Halls
Wednesday February 13, 2013 from 7 - 9 pm
Haley House Bakery Café, 12 Dade St, Roxbury MA
Relive the days when Dudley square was the center for Irish dancing in Boston with Susan Gedutis Lindsay who wrote See You at the Hall, a captivating, enlightening and authoritative account of dance halls around Dudley. Dillon Bustin, Artistic Director of Hibernian Hall, will share the current exciting multicultural programming of this grandly restored Irish dance hall.
Roxbury’s Dudley Square was home to five bustling, busy dance halls -- the Intercolonial, the Hibernian, Winslow Hall, the Dudley Street Opera House and the Rose Croix. Starting in the 1940’s, several evenings a week, Irish and Irish -Americans from all over Boston gathered to dance and socialize. The streets were packed; Dudley felt like the heart of an Irish city. Thousands of couples crowded into the five dance halls, whirling around the floor, dancing the fox trot, reel, set dance, waltz, schottische or highland fling to the music of Irish bands.
Susan Gedutis Lindsay is author of "See You at the Hall: Boston’s Golden Era of Irish Music and Dance." She plays the Irish whistle and flute and performs with her husband Stephen Lindsay. In 2011 their first CD, from the Green to the Blue was released. She is the Associate Director for Instructional Design, Berklee College of Music, and is the editor of Massachusetts Music News, the quarterly journal of Massachusetts Music Educators Association.
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