About newsgroups in general
What other dance-related newsgroups are there?
Newsgroups are in several hierarchies. The big eight are the groups that start with comp, news, misc, rec, talk, sci, soc, humanities. These can be assumed to be on any system that receives news, and for such a group to be created involves a voting process that gives it some legitimacy. Groups starting with alt, on the other hand, can be created (or deleted) on a whim. Hence your system may not carry all of them. (The story is actually a bit more complicated. Read various files on news.newusers.questions , and alt.config .) Even groups in the rec hierarchy need not be on all systems, since some sysadmins frown upon such frivolous topics.
Henry Neeman's hotlist has a section with dance-related newsgroups: http://zeus.ncsa.uiuc.edu:8080/~hneeman/dance_hotlist.html#newsgroups .
Any discussion of folk dancing. Areas of dance would include, but not be limited to: international, contra, square, western square, morris, cajun, and barn dancing, etc.
An offshoot of rec.arts.dance. The ballet and jazz folks wanted to weed out the ballroom discussion and went on to form alt.arts.ballet. Some people don't have access to the alt hierarchy so there still is residual ballet discussion in rec.arts.dance.
See also the section on salsa and latin dance: (5.6)
Lots of information about Salsa, Cumbia, et cetera. Mostly about music, but regularly about dancing.
More of a music forum than a dancing forum.
Another music forum, but the charter allows for dances that go with ragtime music, such as vintage dances.
This is not about dancing but about what's called Dance Music, nowadays. Techno pop and all that. A lot of it actually makes for solid, if rather peppy, hustle music.
Should be clear what it is about. Not exactly about dancing, but I'm listing it, since it may be of interest to some dancers.
Not widely spread. The discussion is mostly about polka music (in particular recordings) and musicians, but polka dancing is discussed occasionally.
Non-english language groups
Does anyone archive newsgroup postings?
Old newsgroup posting for (practically) all newsgroups are kept at the following location: http://dejanews.com/ . A similar site is Alta Vista http://www.altavista.digital.com/ which in addition can do a keyword search on web pages.
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