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Carolina Dancers Carol Richard and Laurie Pronge make it
look easy, but behind the grace are long hours of aching
muscles and stretching exercises. Photo by L. C. Barbour.
No more from the road
By KEITH HOLLAR
Lynyrd Skynyrd's current "Tour of the Survivors" came to an
abrupt halt Thursday in the middle of a forest in Mississippi.
The plane crash, which killed lead singer and lyricist Ronnie Van
Zatit. newly acquired guitarist Steve Gaines and his sister and back
up singer, Cassie Gaines, brought death to a band that spent its life
touring. Skynyrd relentlessly belted out its ribald rock V roll not
only in the Southern lands it claimed as home but across the rest of,
the country as well.
The deaths came on the heels of the release of the Jacksonville, Fla.
based group's sixth album, Street Survivors, an album which band
leader Van Zabt had called the group's most complete and which lent
its name to Sfcynyrd's current concert tour. The cover of the album
pictures the band members surrounded by flames.
The band's plane, a chartered propellor-driven Convair 240, was in
such poor condition that the members were to take a vote on whether
to continue using it when they reached Baton Rouge, La., for a
concert Friday night.
But the craft ran out of gas Thursday evening near Gillsburg,
Miss., and plowed nose-first into a thickly wooded area 200 yards
from an open field where the pilot apparently hoped to set it down.
One of the survivors of the crash, a sound technician with the
group, said a six-foot flame was shooting from one of the engines on
a flight earlier in the week. And just prior to the crash, oil poured out '
of the engine.
But the rigors of constant touring offered the group little choice of
. transportation and little opportunity to have the plane repaired. If it
hadn't flown, the band might not have been able to reach its next
concert in time, and the alternative, a long bus ride, would only have
fatigued the hard rockers.
Faced with the choice of disappointing fans or taking a chance
with the plane, the group chose to take the chance.
Van Zant, 28, had never liked flying. Cassie Gaines had decided
before the final flight of the "Free Bird" to ride with the equipment
truck, but she was talked out of it.
Had things worked out, Skynyrd would have been appearing in
Carmichael Auditorium Saturday two days after the crash as
part of their "Survivors" tour. But the lacking funds for the band's
downpayment, the Carolina Union canceled the concert several
The group, taking its name from a despised high-school gym .
teacher, had played Southern bars and clubs prior to releasing its
debut album, Pronounced Len-nerd Skin-nerd, in 1973. The disc
contains a group staple, "Free Bird," which since has been the group's
fiery concert encore, embellished with electrifying guitar work
guaranteed to bring a crowd to a frenzy.
The group followed up its debut album a year later with Second
Helping, which contains the group's first (and biggest) AM -radio hit,
"Sweet Home Alabama." As Van Zant said of the single, which
chided Neil Young for his critical song, "Alabama,""lt's either gonna
break us wide open or piss everybody off so bad that we won't get a
Following the demise of the Allman Brothers Band and the release
of two more solid though less-heralded albums, Skynyrd was lauded
as the South's premier band. Its bold brand of Southern rock had
found a substantial national audience.
While on the way to stardom, Skynyrd was acquiring a reputation
as "the bad boys of rock." Their heavy use of drugs was barely
concealed, and their penchant for brawls (Van Zant once loosed the
front teeth of keyboardist Billy Powell) was always good for a few
lines in Rolling Stone and other trade magazines.
In addition, their frequent destructive bashing of hotel suites,
including smashing furniture and tossing television sets through
hotel windows, made them unattractive to hotel proprietors. When
playing in their honorary home town of Atlanta. Ga., they
systematically were denied accommodations within 50 miles of the .
Still, they managed to cut a live album from concerts recorded at
Atlanta's Fox Theatre in July 1976. One More From the Road
captured the powerful performing group in its natural setting and
reasserted its position as one of rock's top bands.
Although five of the band's seven-member nucleus survive, Lynyrd
Skynyrd, a"s it has come to be known, died with its leader deep in a
Only in the minds of Skynyrd's devotees will the group continue to
survive. To them, the answer to the question posed by Van Zant in
the opening lines of "Free Bird" goes without saying:
If I leave here tomorrow
Would vou still remember me?
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By DEE DEE SMALL
Have you ever wondered where dances
come from, where those movements arc
found that are turned into dance? One need
look no further than the confines of campus:
the frisbee thrower snapping a wrist at the
end of an extended arm; the cheerleaders
jumping madly at football games; the one-year-old
at a daycare center who stands
shakily up and falls down again; the barefoot
girl, holding her blistered toe flexed tightly at
the end of a stiff leg, limping back to the
dorm; or ballet students extending into a
classic first arabesque.
At UNC these elements of dance are
focused on by the Carolina Dancers, a group
of approximately 30 people, students and
non-students of all shapes and sies. from
differing dance backgrounds.
Called the University Dance Theatre in
1974-75, the present group was created in
1976 under the combined direction of Diane
Eilber and Carol Richard, both instructors
of dance in the P.E. Department.
Eilber has been dancing since childhood
and received her M.A. in dance from the
University of Michigan. She has been at
UNC since 1975. She cites space limitations
and lack of funding as the problems
continually besetting the group.
The Carolina Dancers are funded by an
endowment from the Fine Arts Committee
of the Student Union, as well as proceeds
from ticket sales and donations.
Classes are held in the tiny dance studio of
the women's gym. where piano
accompaniment competes with the
construction noises from the new P.E.
facility site. (A new studio will be included in
the new gym facility.)
Carol Richard, who came to UNC after a
year as artist-in-residence at Duke, also
received her M.A. from the University of
Michigan. She studied for several years in
New York with Merce Cunningham and
Viola Farber. Richard describes the group as
"extremely committed "
"We have a major strength in that we all
get along so well," says lilbcr. "I here
doesn't seem to be much competitiveness;
that's probably because we're small, but
Carol and I try to entourage giving as many
people as possible the opportunity to dance,
Modern technique and ballet are offered
in levels ranging from beginning to
advanced, and choreography is also offered.
Dancers are also on the receiving end ol
master classes and lecture demonstrations
given bv visiting dance companies.
One big change in the group this year is in
choreography. Last year only one student,
Nel Moore, set a complete piece, "Once We
Leave the Web." This year four dancers
Terri Wylie. Gary Parks and Laura
Davidson and a School of the Arts' student,
Betsy Friday - are setting pieces for the fall
and spring performances.
Leotard-clad people can be found hanging
around the dance studio at all hours. They
are either inside "plieing" or concentrating
on the shape and energy within a phrase to be
performed. Outside, they sit and stretch in
leg warmers (long, heavy socks without heels
or toes) and wait for their time in the studio.
"You know what 1 think I liked best about
last year's performances?" one dancer asked -thoughtfully
as she pulled on blue jeans over
her tights. "What I liked best was right
before the performance when Carol and
Diane would lead the whole company, the
super dancers and the novices together, in
warm-up exercises. We were all right there
warming up and stretching. That felt good
and together. That's my favorite dance. . .so
Sote : The Carolina Dancers can be seen in
two performances, November 1 1 and 12, in
the Great Hall of the Student Union.
NFL Football Minnesota Vikings go against
the Rams at l.os Angeles. Channels 5 and X. M p.m.
UN Day Concert 1977 I'hiladephia
Orchestra, conducted by Eugene Ormandy. and
pianist Andre Watts perform in this 32nd
anniversary concert. Selections are bv Beethoven
and Shostakovich. Channel 4. 8 p.m.
Stages of Preston Jonet This profile ol the
playwright examines his career from his early life
to the recent performance of his 7'c.va.v Trilogy in
Washington. DC. and on Broadway. Channel 4.
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St. Mary's College in Raleigh, opens
tonight at 8 in the lower level of Sarah
Graham Kenan Library. Wolfe
authorities from several states will be on
hand, including the author's brother,
Fred, who will speak at 2 p.m. Tuesday.
Audio-visual displays and artifacts from
the North Carolina Collection here will
round out the program, along with the
panel discussion, "Collecting Wolfe." at
7:30 Tuesday night. The public is invited.
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Grey Gardens Albert and David Maysles,
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of much gossip in the newspapers. Edith and Edie
Beale and their countless cats are the subjects of
this masterful film, in which cinema verite allows
mother and daughter to tell their own bizarre
story. At 8 p.m. Wednesday in Carrol Hall.
Tuesday Evening Concert Series The
UNC Percussion Ensemble, under the direction of
Lynn Glassock. 8 p.m. in Hill Halt.
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