Modern Square Dancing has transcended from the traditional, visiting-couple type
of dancing common in Hoedown Dancing in earlier times. It transformed into an all-four-couples-working kind of
dancing in the 1950's. The English ancestor of modern square dancing was the Morris dance, an exhibition performed by trained
teams of six men dancing in two rows of three in the 1600's. In the 1700's, the French adopted and modified this English country
dance into a quadrille and later a cotillion, a dance performed in a square by eight dancers.
Square dancing was recognized by President Ronald Reagan as the national folk dance of the United States in
1982. Today, square dancing is usually called in the English language regardless of the country where the dance
is hosted. It uses the same steps around the world. Once you learn to square dance, you can dance almost anywhere.
"Mainstream" is the most basic and most common form of square
dancing. It is the first form of square dancing that is learned. After a dancer has become familiar with Mainstream
dancing, additional calls can be learned. "Plus" dancing is the next step of learning for an experienced Mainstream
In addition to regular dances, there are state and national conventions
that dancers can attend. The Indiana Square Dance Convention is in its 30th year, and approximately 400 people attend annually.
See the Indiana Dancers Association website for more information about the convention: http://www.indancers.org/conventions.php.
The 68th National Square Dance Convention
will be held in Atlanta, Georgia in June 2019. Visit their website for additional details: http://www.68nsdc.com/.