Square Dancing by the Indiana Dancer’s Association

Head to Indianapolis downtown this weekend to take advantage of the Indianapolis attractions there like the Indiana State Museum. This Indianapolis museum is a mecca of Indianapolis history, preserving our heritage for us to enjoy any day of the week. Saturday, July 24, 2010, the Indiana State Museum hosts Square Dancing by the Indiana Dancer’s Association. This Indianapolis event lasts from noon until 3:00 pm and is FREE to all Indianapolis people. Don’t miss your chance to do-sa-do around the floor with new friends and old.

The Indiana Dancer’s Association are on a mission to promote, sponsor and provide for the cultural development and maintenance of high standards of square and round dancing. They assist in the formation of square and round dancing clubs, cooperate with callers, cuers and Indianapolis organizations sponsoring square and round dancing activities. In addition, they work to further Indianapolis community relations among members and member clubs, and they encourage square and round dancing as a wholesome social recreation as well as fun physical exercise.

Each year, the Indiana Dancer’s Association pairs with the Indiana State Museum to present Let’s Dance: Square Dancing at the Indiana State Museum. This Indianapolis arts event offers annual square and round dancing in the Great Hall of the this Indianapolis museum. Dancers from across Indiana gather to demonstrate traditional square and round dancing to guests. This folk dance with four couples follows sets of steps called out by a band leader or “caller.” This form of dance was first described in seventeenth century England, but was also quite common in France and through Europe. In fact, it bears a marked similarity to Scottish Country Dancing.

However, its has become associated with the United States because of its growth and historic development in this country. Nineteen states in the Union have designated it as their official state dance. Square dancing has been a form of entertainment in America since before the country’s birth. It began in New England, when early settlers and immigrant groups that followed brought their various national dances to the region. Each week communities would come together on Saturday to enjoy each other and the thrill of stepping in time to music. As communities grew and intermingled, the dance evolved into a uniquely American form.

As the country expanded southward and westward, the dances spread with it. Hardworking pioneers cherished the activity that provided both social and physical recreation. People would come together in neighbor’s barns, stand before a caller and travel round the room kicking their heels, stomping their feet and clapping their hands.

As the population became more and more modern, other forms of dancing square dancing began to fade from society. By the 1920s it was practically nonexistent in cosmopolitan areas. Henry Ford pushed for the revival of square dancing in the 1930s, and by 1948 it was once again an American pastime.

Head to the Indiana State Museum to enjoy a bit of square dancing. And be sure to watch out; you may be pulled into the dance for a trip around the floor! With prime Indianapolis real estate in Indianapolis downtown, the Indiana State Museum is neighbor to the Eitlejorg Museum, the Indianapolis Canal Walk, the Indianapolis Zoo, Victory Field home of the Indianapolis Indians, White River State Park and more.

Don’t miss this exciting Indianapolis event. Afterward, grab lunch at any of these Indianapolis restaurants, or hit up happy hour at any of these refreshing Indianapolis bars. Stay tuned to Indianapolis News, Events and Information on Fun City Finder.com for all the latest on fun things to do in Indianapolis. We cover Indianapolis arts to Indianapolis sports and everything in between. Get out in Indy and find some fun! Make the Circle City your playground!

Let’s Dance: Square Dancing at the Indiana State Museum
Saturday, July 24, 2010 from Noon to 3:00 pm

Indiana State Museum
650 W Washington St
Indianapolis, IN 46204

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