Maryland's State Folk Dance: the Square Dance
[This photo of square dancers may be saved to your hard disk for educational purposes]

In 1994, Square Dancing was designated the State Folk Dance. This dance form grew from dances of various cultures: the Morris and Maypole dances of England, ballroom dances of France, Church dances of Spain, and folk dances of Australia, Ireland, Italy, Germany, Mexico, Poland, Russia, and other nations. Square Dancing has been a popular folk tradition since 1651.

Photograph courtesy of Hattie E. Rosetti

© Copyright April 8, 1998, Office of the Secretary of State.
Last Modified September 16, 2003.