Lloyd Shaw


Dr. Lloyd "Pappy" Shaw was one of the most influential figures in square dance history. Educator (high school teacher, principal, and superintendent of schools), researcher, author, caller, teacher of callers, and promoter of square dance—through the travels of his young Cheyenne Mountain Dancers, his Cowboy Dances book, and his subsequent callers' classes, Shaw sparked a nationwide revival of interest in square dance. In the years immediately after World War II, square dancing boomed as a social activity, and hundreds of would-be dance leaders from across North America flocked to Colorado Springs to study with him.




Bill Litchman introduces Lloyd Shaw and gives a sense of the man's signal importance.

Cheyenne Mountain Dancers

Shaw's team of high school dancers took the US by storm. We often think of them as a square dance demontration team, but their programs encompassed a wide range of social dance forms.

Dorothy Shaw

Bill Litchman: "Without Dorothy Shaw, there would have been no Lloyd Shaw."

Shaw's influence

Shaw's approach to dancing, and the popularity of square dancing that emerged from Colorado Springs, can be seen in many different forms.

Lloyd Shaw photos

Several pages of photographs showing Lloyd "Pappy" Shaw in different settings. One page focuses on Shaw and his peers, including many other well-known callers.