What goes better with music than dancing? Some might say relaxing to soothing tunes at the end of a stressful day. But what better way to energize, even relieve stress, than dance? Anyway, who doesn't like to dance? From toddler to teen, from adult to senior citizen, the urge for some toe-tapping fun is on anyone's menu. There is NO age limit. On the dance floor for celebration is one you may not realize the extent of its popularity across the United States. In fact, it is uniquely American.
November 29 is also...
Square Dancing Day
The square dance is a form of folk dance with which comes a great deal of American heritage. Its origin goes back to 17th century England with traditional English, Irish and Scottish roots. The Western American square dance is perhaps the most famous type of square dance worldwide. Here is how popular it has become across the United States:
Twenty-two states have passed legislation to declare the square dance as the state folk dance: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington. More than thirty bills have been introduced at the federal level proposing the square dance as the national (folk) dance of the United States.
Exercise, music and fun – that's Square Dancing! Not into square dancing? If it is not your idea of dance, then, an alternate way to celebrate Square Dancing Day would be to watch Winona Ryder’s 1987 film, “Square Dance”.
The movie earned a Golden Globe nomination for the outstanding performance of Rob Lowe, who played an intellectually disabled friend of the main character, and is definitely worth a watch on this day. Another reason the film is noteworthy is that one of the “members of the Bayou band” in the film, the then near-anonymous Trace Adkins, later went on to become a country star with numerous countrywide hits.