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A Look at Square Dancing in Colorado

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A Look at Square Dancing in Colorado


"Square dancing evolved a western version probably sometime in the late 1800s when the pioneers moved to settle the states west of the Mississippi. It was a square dance form that was much different from the Eastern Quadrilles and different still from the Kentucky Running Set which was probably the other source. It was more exuberant and much less formal than the quadrilles in the east. Many of the figures came directly from the Kentucky Running Set, but they were done in squares instead of a big circle."

The author then looks in detail at the work of Lloyd and Dorothy Shaw and the development of the Cheyenne Mountain Dancers.



The American Dance Circle, quarterly publication of the Lloyd Shaw Foundation,vol. 25 #3, pp. 8-12

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September, 2004

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