National Square Dancing Day

We think that most people are familiar with the concept of square dance. This is a dance for couples, usually four couples at a time, arranged in a square formation, that descended from well-documented dances from 17th-century England.

Since before the Civil War, these dances were intended as social gatherings and were enjoyed by people of all economic and social positions in society. Although the popularity of this dance waned through the first half of the 20th century, it would appear that square dancing has come back in a big way.

That’s probably why National Square Dancing Day was created. This is a holiday during which everyone can express their love for this type of dancing.

The History of National Square Dancing Day

As we stated earlier, square dancing is a dance that can be traced back to the folk dances of 17th-century England. It was brought to the U.S. via European immigrants and over the years began to take on a personality of its own.

Square dancing was particularly popular during the 19th century, but its popularity began to wane during the first half of the 20th century. It wouldn’t be until the 1950s that this form of dancing would begin to gain popularity again.

Unfortunately, we’re unsure who invented National Square Dancing Day. We do think that it was created sometime during the beginning of the 21st century, but we don’t know exactly when it was created. We’ll continue to research the origins of this holiday, however, and hope to someday track down where it came from.

Facts About Square Dancing

Below are a few of the simple facts that we learned about square dancing and would like to now share with everyone. Let’s take a quick look at them before moving on to how National Square Dancing Day is observed.

  • Some of the types of square dancing include the Western Square Dance, the Quadrille, and the Modern Square Dance.
  • Some of the important terms people should learn while square dancing include Do Si Do, Swing, Square, Stack the Wood, and Promenade.
  • Square dancing can be performed to just about any type of music.

Observing National Square Dancing Day

The best way to observe this holiday is to enjoy some square dancing. Gather together a group of like-minded individuals and get them all to Do Si Do! That’s all there is to it. And once that’s done, don’t forget to use the hashtag #NationalSquareDancingDay to spread the word about it.

When is it?
This year (2024)
November 29 Friday
Next year (2025)
November 29 Saturday
Last year (2023)
November 29 Wednesday
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