National Square Dance Month
Square dancing is a form of entertainment that began in 16th-century England but was also popular in other European countries. European immigrants brought this form of dancing to the United States, where it gained popularity.
Although its popularity has waned a bit during the modern era, there are still plenty of people who regularly enjoy this type of dance. That’s why September is observed as National Square Dance Month. However, we should mention that this month isn’t just for people who already love square dancing; it’s also a good time for people to try it out for the first time.
The History Of National Square Dance Month
Even though we’re not entirely sure when this month was established, our research suggests that it began during the 1970s. This may have been due to the popularity of a 1970s television show called “The Waltons.”
This show ran for nine years and was a popular series in the ’70s. In the show, square dancing was featured as an acceptable activity and may have sparked interest in this form of dancing again.
Fun Facts About Square Dancing
We simply can’t write an article about National Square Dance Month without taking the time to list some of the fun facts we’ve learned about this type of dancing. So, everyone should hold on to their hats because we’re going to dive deep into square dancing.
- Traditional square dancing flourished in the New England and Appalachian regions of the U.S. It is observed all around the world today.
- Modern square dance in the U.S. was most popular during the 1940s through the 1960s. It is still enjoyed to this day, however.
- Folk Dance, also known as Barn Dance, is the type of square dancing most closely related to the square dancing of the 16th century.
- Cèilidh is a type of Gaelic folk square dance that is quite physically demanding.
- Other types of square dances include Playford Square Dance, Irish Set Dance, and Scottish Country Dance.
Observing National Square Dance Month
This month is easily observed by going out to a place that offers square dancing or by joining a square dance club. If none is available in the area, one can easily create their own square dance club and invite friends and family members to join the fun. This month can also be observed by spreading the love for square dancing online using the hashtag #NationalSquareDanceMonth on social media posts.