Illinois Official Dance: The Square Dance
In 1990, Governor
Thompson signed into law a bill designating the Square Dance as the American
folk dance of the State. Square Dance is a term used to describe many
individual dances done in a style that traces its origins back to Morris
dancing in England and French dancing with influences of Irish, Spanish,
and Scottish dancing thrown in. It was revived in the 1950s and remains
a popular pastime.
Below are some links where you can learn more about square dancing and its history.
https://www.heritagedance.com/articles.html Links on the history of square dancing https://www.squaredancing.com/ SquareDancing.com site includes discussion forums, calendar, and databases.
https://www.dosado.com/clubsorgs/default.htm listing of state and international square dancing clubs
https://www.squaredance.ws/ The Northeast Square Dancer Magazine
https://www.netstate.com/states/symb/dances/il_square_dance.htm History of square dancing