Square dance is no longer just an American phenomenon. In numerous countries around the world, fans have discovered the joys of dancing together. The formation of dance has found numerous followers in different regions of the world. That is also the case in Germany, where square dance is now also intensively cultivated. One of these festivals is called the Franken-Connection. Dancers from all over the country travel to this festival. The event lasts into the night when the friends of Modern American Square Dance logically spend the night in their mobile homes. Two local groups organized the event and attracted square dance fans from all over Germany.
After all, there are around 480 square dance clubs across the country. They appreciate not only the dance but also the social component of square dance. This time there were 400 dancers. The dance teacher of the local club acted as Master of Ceremony. The coming together of people from different countries and cultures is part of the DNA of square dance. A multitude of languages, traditions and peoples already met in the past when the Europeans settled the North American continent. Even at a traditional square dance, people danced according to a precisely predefined sequence of steps. That also applied to the dance figures. People from different cultures were able to overcome all barriers and get to know each other by dancing together. Square dance removed any language barrier. People become friends; dance steps were introduced and learned. That was true then, and it is still true today. In the meantime, Modern American Square Dance, including Western Square Dance, has established itself best worldwide. People from all over the world appreciate working together on the dance floor and enjoying the music.
Incidentally, square dance came to Germany through the American troops. They introduced the dance in the period after World War II. It has held up until today and is very popular. After all, the dance figures are the same as everywhere else in the world. That connects and creates a feeling of being together. But anyone who now believes that everything has to follow a strict choreography is wrong. There are a basic set-up and numerous figures with fixed steps in a square dance, but that’s not all. The fun comes from the dancing couples who get together randomly and spontaneously. The caller calls out the sequence of figures that people are dancing. He is the defining personality in a square dance. The caller selects the music and directs the dancers with his commands. For the dancers, it is only a matter of reacting to his powers and following theirs.
Formation dances usually also take place for an audience. That doesn’t have to be the case with a square dance, on the contrary. The dancers dance for themselves first and foremost. It’s not about who dances better or more beautiful, but just about togetherness. All dancers enjoy the show together without proving anything to themselves or others. The focus is on having fun. That is the same in Germany as it is in the motherland of square dance, the USA.