List of U.S. state dances

This is a list of official U.S. state, federal district, and territory dances:[1]


federal district
or territory
State dance
district dance
or territory dance
& citation
Alabama Square dance 1981[2]
Arkansas Square dance 1991[3]
California West Coast Swing [4]
Square dance
(Official folk dance)
Colorado Square dance 1992[5]
Connecticut Square dance 1995[6]
Delaware None (Maypole 2016–2017) [7][8]
District of Columbia Hand dancing 2003[9]
Georgia Square dance 1996[10]
Hawaii Hula 1999[11]
Idaho Square dance 1989[12]
Illinois Square dance 1990[13]
Kentucky Clogging 2006[14]
Louisiana Square dance 1999[15]
Maryland Square dance 1994[16]
Massachusetts Square dance 1990[17][18]
Minnesota None (Square dance was proposed in 1992 and 1994) [19]
Mississippi Square dance 1995[20]
Missouri Square dance 1995[21]
Nebraska Square dance 1997[22]
New Jersey Square dance
(Official folk dance)
1983 [23]
North Carolina Clogging
(Official folk dance)
Carolina shag
(Official popular dance)
North Dakota Square dance 1995[25]
Oklahoma Square dance 1988[26]
Oregon Square dance 1977[27]
Pennsylvania Polka
South Carolina The Shag 1984[28]
Square dance
(State American Folk Dance)
Richardson waltz
(State waltz)
Tennessee Square dance 1980[31]
Texas Square dance 1994[32]
Utah Square dance 1994[33]
Virginia Square dance 2011[34]
Washington Square dance 1979[35]
Wisconsin Polka 1993[36]

See also


  1. ^ Official State Dances,, accessed April 21, 2006.
  2. ^ "Official American Folk Dance of Alabama". Alabama Emblems, Symbols and Honors. Alabama Department of Archives & History. 2001-07-12. Retrieved 2007-03-18.
  3. ^ "Arkansas American Folk Dance".
  4. ^ "History and Culture - State Symbols". The California State Library. State of California. 2007. Retrieved 2008-03-31.
  5. ^ "State Folk Dance".
  6. ^ "Connecticut State Folk Dance Square Dance".
  7. ^ "Chapter3. State Seal, Song, and Symbols", Title 29. State Government: General Provisions, retrieved 2019-05-28
  8. ^ Goss, Scott (May 8, 2018), "Delaware looks to get in on maypole dancing craze (a few centuries late)", DelawareOnline, retrieved 2019-05-28
  10. ^ "Georgia State Folk Dance Square Dance".
  11. ^
  12. ^ "Idaho State American Folk Dance, Square Dance, from NETSTATE.COM".
  13. ^ "Illinois official Dance". State Symbols. Illinois State museum.
  14. ^ "Kentucky State Symbols". Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives. 2007-03-30. Archived from the original on 2011-01-28. Retrieved 2007-07-02.
  15. ^ "Louisiana State Folk Dance Square Dance".
  16. ^ "Square Dance, Maryland State Folk Dance".
  17. ^ Folk dance of the Commonwealth, General Laws of Massachusetts, Chapter 2, Section 32.
  18. ^ "State Symbols". Citizen Information Service. Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Retrieved 2007-03-18.
  19. ^ "Unofficial, Proposed, or Facetious State Symbols - Minnesota".
  20. ^ "Official State Dances".
  21. ^ "Missouri State Folk Dance American Folk Dance Square Dance".
  22. ^ "Nebraska State Folk Dance Square Dance".
  23. ^ "New Jersey's State Dance". The Official Web Site for The State of New Jersey. The State of New Jersey. Retrieved June 5, 2013.
  24. ^ "Official State Symbols of North Carolina". North Carolina State Library. State of North Carolina. Archived from the original on 2008-02-06. Retrieved 2008-01-26.
  25. ^ "North Dakota State Dance American Folk Dance of North Dakota Square Dance".
  26. ^ "Oklahoma State Folk Dance".
  27. ^ "Square Dance".
  28. ^ "SC Statehouse Student's web page, The State Dance - The Shag". South Carolina General Assembly. Archived from the original on 2008-03-18. Retrieved 2008-03-31.
  29. ^ "SC Statehouse Student's web page, The State Folk Dance - The Square Dance". South Carolina General Assembly. Archived from the original on 2008-03-15. Retrieved 2008-03-31.
  30. ^ "SC Statehouse Student's web page, The State Waltz - The Richardson Waltz". South Carolina General Assembly. Archived from the original on 2008-03-15. Retrieved 2008-03-31.
  31. ^ "Tennessee State Folk Dance".
  32. ^ "Texas Legislature Online - 72(R) History for HCR 153". Texas State Legislature. Retrieved 2013-09-09.
  33. ^ Utah State Folk Dance - Square Dance from "Pioneer - Utah's Online Library" page. Retrieved on 2008-09-08
  34. ^ "Virginia Emblems And Designations". Virginia State Legislature. Archived from the original on 2012-10-16. Retrieved 2011-01-19.
  35. ^ "Symbols of Washington State". Washington State Legislature. Archived from the original on 2007-03-05. Retrieved 2007-03-05.
  36. ^ "Wis. Stat. § 1.10(2)". State of Wisconsin. Retrieved 2014-08-03.

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Dance in the United States

There is great variety in dance in the United States of America. It is the home of the hip hop dance, tap dance and its derivative Rock and Roll, and modern square dance (associated with the United States of America due to its historic development in that country—twenty three U.S. states have designated it as their official state dance or official folk dance) and one of the major centers for modern dance. There is a variety of social dance and concert or performance dance forms with also a range of traditions of Native American dances.

The reality shows and competitions So You Think You Can Dance, America's Best Dance Crew, and Dancing with the Stars, have broadened the audience for dance.

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