Square Dancing’s Heritage

Square Dancing is the American folk dance. It was born in the days when this country was young, was carried westward by our pioneer fore-parents, and today is a treasured heritage of the American culture. There are over 10,000 square dance clubs throughout the world today. There are numerous levels which dancers may choose to learn and dance; starting with Basic, followed by Mainstream, Plus, Advanced, and for those die-hards, Challenge.

Gay and Lesbian Square Dancing

Square dancing has become a favorite pastime for many in the lesbian and gay community. Gay square dancing started in Florida in the late 70’s when a group of gay men organized the South Florida Mustangs. Shortly thereafter, square dancing appeared in the San Francisco area. Foggy City Dancers, as most square dance clubs, gay, straight, or mixed, incorporate Callerlab Basic through Plus level programs, which is a common format that enables dancers from all over the world to dance using the same calls and steps. The gay clubs, however, often add unique styling and flourishes. Since many gay square dancers both lead (gent) and follow (pet), they are considered ambidancetrous and thus are generally better dancers with an excellent sense of position and orientation.

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