All issues of 'Sets In Order' have been scanned and placed in the digital library supported at Denver University.
'Sets In Order' was The California Magazine of Western Square and Round Dancing by the Square Dancers of Southern California, first published in 1948, contributed by Bob Osgood.
Square Dance History Project
The rich story of North American square dance finally has a home in the digital age. Square dancing has been an integral part of American social life for centuries. Traditional square dance was vital for generations of Americans, especially in rural communities; in the post-World War II era, modern square dance similarly enjoyed participants numbering in the millions. Despite its popularity, the history of square dance has not been well documented. Scores of books explain specific figures and calls, but there is no current source that offers a detailed discussion of the development of this form of American social dance. We hope this site helps to fill that need.
VIDEO: Colorado Square Dancers celebrate state dance at Capitol
Dozens of Colorado square dancers gathered at the state capitol building in Denver Wednesday afternoon. They danced in the rotunda to celebrate the 20th year square dancing has been Colorado’s official state folk dance.
The dancers did their thing for about an hour, entertaining tourists who were visiting the capitol building. Organizers said everyone can participate in square dancing, as long as they can walk and tell their right from their left. To learn more about square dancing in the area, visit the Colorado State Square Dance Association’s website.
This entry was posted on Wednesday, September 12th, 2012 at 7:42 pm
Square Dance: The Colorado State Folk Dance
Introduced by House Bill No. 1058, the square dance was adopted by the Colorado General Assembly as the official state folk dance of Colorado on March 16, 1992. Modern western square dance clubs across the country have collaborated to have the Square Dance declared the state folk dance in all fifty states. They have also been active in efforts to make the Square Dance the national folk dance.
Colorado's State Symbols: The State Folk Dance
Colorado State Publications Library, Providing permanent public access to Colorado's state documents since 1980.
Square Dance Video & Audio
This page is organized in the following sections:
General-Interest Videos • Videos of Specific Dances • Audio Recordings
Called Square Dance Tips
Audio recordings of square dance tips called by various national and regional callers
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Square Dancing in the 1800s
Do you know when, where, and how the square dance started?
What was dancing like long ago?
If you wanted or needed to know, how could you find out? Would you take the word of a modern day expert? What if you could go back in time and ask the people who were there? Would you like to experience those early days for yourself? There is a way…
This website is a collection of historical items concerning the American square dance. It is part of a larger project to understand the development of this form of dancing. The sources include novels, poems, songs, magazines, newspapers, etc., in short anything and everything that can shed light on this subject.
Square Dancing: A Swinging History
Swing your partner and do-si-do—November 29 is Square Dance Day in the United States. Didn’t know this folksy form of entertainment had a holiday all its own? Then it’s probably time you learned a few things about square dancing, a tradition that blossomed in the United States but has roots that stretch back to 15th-century Europe.
THE HISTORY OF SQUARE DANCING
Square dancing has been our "official national folk dance" since President Reagan signed an act of Congress in 1982. Most Americans, however would likely never be caught dead square dancing. "Too embarrassing," they might say. Such is generally true of folk customs -- they are not popular. Thus, it remains a dance that few have really tried, particularly as adults. But dedicated square dancers just ignore the negative quips and enthusiastically continue with their Do-si-doe's, Spin Chain the Gears, and Ferris Wheels. - more -
Square Dance Trivia . . . (Happy Times Squares)
Square Dance Trivia . . . (Save Square Dancing)