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Rounds v Squares

September 25, 2013

It appears that comments in Square Dance Magazine regarding round dancing at the SA Society’s Freeling dance have evoked some passionate discussion amongst many in the South Australian square and round dancing fraternity see http://wildfrontiersquaredanceclubinc.com/blog/?p=2230

Round Dancing

The origin and development of round dancing appears to come from

“……the pioneer days along with square dancing. In order to not have to stop dancing, the early dancers would, between [square dance] tips, dance such things as the early, simplified waltzes, polkas, schottisches and other dances which have been lost in history. Over the years, the inclusion of the more modern ballroom rhythms and figures were introduced, culminating in our modern round dance which has reached the point of being recognized as a dance form all its own”.

For full article go to: http://www.rollanet.org/~jrd/dance/RDHistory.html

Square Dancing

Obviously due to the increased complexity in both dance codes it appears best that they go their separate ways.  However at special events such as Freeling, Society Dances and club birthdays, there is a solution, that is, reintroduce the original and traditional concept for round dancing i.e. have round dancing between square dance tips instead of breaks between rounds and squares.  In fact this is a great argument to have continuous dancing in the same way as we do at all Australian National Square Dances.  Because many dancers prefer singing calls to hoedowns, how about for every 2 consecutive square dance tips each comprising two singing calls and one hoe down we immediately follow with 2 round dances? 

As the saying goes, everything old can be new again!

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