Ever since the early days of American entertainment, square dancing in the barn was a great pastime of people who wanted an excuse to party. The square dance was brought to America from New England as a folk dance. Every Saturday night was something the early colonists of America looked forward to with excitement. It was the time where they would all dance the night away in the community center. The dances grew more varied as their communities started developing. Soon enough, there was an excess of dance styles and movements to remember. Therefore, they began assigning callouts for different dance styles. Those who gave callouts were called ‘callers.’ Giving callouts was an art, and there were a lot of people who created individual routines and special callouts. There were also those who taught the people of their community their own routines. Square dancing was born because of these callouts.
Square dancing spread through America, and the people used it for social and recreational purposes. A prompter, a floor made of wood, and most importantly, music, was all you needed to do some square dancing. Eventually, square dancing started to fade out due to modern music and dances by the end of the 19th century. Square dancing saw a revival in the 1920s as people thought of it as an excellent way to exercise and a great way to learn good manners. Many people retained, rediscovered, and shared square dancing. Square dancing was rejuvenated and modernized to appeal to the Americans of the 1950s due to the invention of records and microphones, which caused square dancing to become popular once again. Soon enough, the month of September was named the International Month for Barn Dancing.
What You Can Do To Celebrate International Barn Dancing Month
You can celebrate the month by learning how square dancing works. In a square dance, four couples form a square. The corners of the square have a couple each, and all four look towards the center. The lady has the man standing to her left. The man’s corner is the lady to his left, while the lady’s edge is the man to her right. The couple that is numbered 1 is the one that is closest to the caller and music/musicians. The couples that are numbered 2 through 4 are the ones that are counterclockwise from the couple that is numbered 1. The heads are couples 1 and 3, and the sides are couples 2 and 4. When everyone’s in place, and the music starts and the caller will tell you what to do and when. You would be going into a variety of positions, but you might not be dancing with your partner at all times. The caller may only call out individual couples to perform the dances, while the other couples stay in place and wait. You may be confused by square dancing if you are new to it and as a beginner, you will be amazed by what the experts can do. However, it doesn’t matter how good you are at square dancing since you will have a fabulous time celebrating International Barn Dancing Month. Find a partner, some fellow square dancers, a barn you can dance in, and some music and have fun square dancing!