American Square Dancing

Square Dancing is folk orientated and involves four couples (eight dancers) arranged in a square with one couple on each side, facing the middle of the square. The dance was first described in 17th century England but was also quite common in France and throughout Europe and bears a marked similarity to Scottish Country Dancing. It has become associated with the United States of America due to its historic development in that country.

The various Square Dance movements are based on the steps and figures used in traditional folk dances and social dances of the various people who migrated to the USA. Some of these traditional dances include Morris dance, English Country Dance, Caledonians and the quadrille.

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Under 5

National Governing Body:

Exercise, Movement and Dance Partnership

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