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State Dances

Posted by terrepruitt on February 23, 2022

Recently a friend brought up the fact that West Coast Swing is our state dance. I was puzzled. I didn’t know states had state dances. Or if I ever did, I certainly didn’t remember that states had dances. Did you?

According to Wiki not all states have a dance. And in 1970 Square Dancers tried to get Square Dancing to be the National Dance. Most states still have it as their state’s dance: Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland , Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and Washington.

The District of Columbia’s state dance is Hand dancing, which is compared to a type of swing. I am sure you can guess what Hawaii’s state dance is.

California is listed as having both West Coast Swing and square dance. Looks like Delaware HAD a state dance from 2016 to 2017, Maypole. Kentucky’s state dance is Clogging, whereas Minnesota does not have one.

North Carolina’s state dance is Clogging AND the Carolina Shag. South Carolina went with The Shag, square dance, and the Waltz. And Wisconsin went with Polka.

Wiki has a nice little table of state dances as does a site called NetState  which I came across when I did a quick search to find out HOW a dance becomes a state dance. I didn’t spend a lot of time on that quest.

Did you know some states had state dances?

 

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