Thursday, November 29, 2012

It’s A ‘Do Si Do’ Day

Get ready to ‘Do Si Do’ and swing your partner round and round because today is ‘National Square Dance Day’.


Square dancing is supposed to be a lot of fun, and a great form of exercise, and certainly something that I’d be willing to try.


Despite what many people think, square dancing is not a North American creation. It was brought here by European settlers and has since then undergone considerable changes. Square dances were first documented in 17th century England, but were also quite common in France and throughout Europe.

This form of dancing is quite popular. Even the Looney Tunes got into it as you can see in the video below. It is my favourite square dance performance...


22 comments:

  1. I ADORE this ! And I remember it too!
    I love square dancing. I took a square/folk dancing class in college. Can you believe that was my favorite class EVER! It was!

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    1. I do believe it! I imagine you had a lot of fun in that class. I know I would.

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  2. Hehe!! That Bugs is such a troublemaker, lol! I haven't seen this one in years.

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  3. There's a square dancing group in town that I have wanted to join but don't have the time...one of the things for retirement :) I remember watching my grandparents square dance at their village community centre when I was really young. I love the Bugs Bunny clip. I don't remember ever seeing it before. Thanks Martha!

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    1. Definitely one of the things for retirement. I told hubby we should join ballroom dancing. I think we'd have a lot of fun with that. Perhaps at some point...

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  4. LOL! 'Bugs' where have you been!!

    In grades 7 and 8 I square danced every Monday night in the school gymnasium along with a bunch of friends and a real 'dance caller'. I absolutely loved it. Martha, it is a MUST for you and hubby. I think you'd love it too. Think of the photos.......

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    1. I know! I think the photos would be great. And I just know hubby and I would have a blast with this.

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  5. Square dancing was my favourite part of PE curriculum when I was in school. Even if it meant holding hands with people I didn't like ;)

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    1. You are so lucky you had it as part of your PE curriculum!! I wish I'd had something like that.

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  6. Now that is surprising. I have always thought it was a North American creation.

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    1. I did, too, until I posted this. You learn something new every day!

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  7. That explains why a relative from Sweden made us take him to a Square Dancing event when we lived in CA. He was the caller that night, they were all excited to hear him call with a Swedish accent. It was quite weird. I loved it when we went out to the parking lot and the gals leaned over and whipped off their big puffy skirts and slips. They had shorts underneath, it was pretty funny!

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    1. Ha ha ha...that is funny! For a split second, I imagine you weren't sure just what was underneath!

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  8. The first photo is hilarious. I love square dancing. My school used o hold a square dance event every year. We dressed up and had a blast... and got to hold the hand of the boy e liked ;-) I used to think it was American too, but I remember seeing it in England, South America, etc.

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    1. We never had such things. Our dances were all popular dance music. I think this would have been a lot of fun.

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  9. Oh boy - square dancing! What a concession that was when i was in grade 7. Most teachers in this area were Mennonite and thy were very much against square dancing because the boys and girls had to dance together. But somehow we got to do it and I have to say it was fun!!

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    1. You, too, Francie?? Seems like so many of you had a try at this! I should seriously look into it. It looks like a lot of fun.

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  10. Love this!! My kinda fun! Shared it. ;~)

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    1. Glad you enjoyed, Alice! And welcome to my blog :)

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