In 1994, Square Dancing was designated the State Folk Dance (Chapter 707, Acts of 1994; Code State Government Article, sec. 13-313). This art form integrates dances from various cultures: the Morris and Maypole dances of England, ballroom dances of France, Church dances of Spain, and folk dances of Australia, Ireland, Italy, Germany, Mexico, Poland, Russia, and other nations. Square Dancing has been a popular folk tradition since 1651.
July 10, 1998
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