List of U.S. state dances

Many states of the United States have adopted official dances as one of their state symbols. The practice has extended to U.S. territories and Washington, D.C.[1]

Starting in the 1970s, many states adopted square dance as their state dance, the result of a campaign by square dancers to make it the national dance.[2]


State, district,
or territory
DanceYear adoptedRef.
AlabamaSquare dance1981[3]
ArkansasSquare dance1991[4]
CaliforniaWest Coast Swing1988[5][6]
Square dance (Official folk dance)
ColoradoSquare dance1992[7]
ConnecticutSquare dance1995[8]
DelawareNone (Maypole 2016–2017)[9][10]
District of ColumbiaHand dancing1999[11]
GeorgiaSquare dance1996[12]
IdahoSquare dance1989[14]
IllinoisSquare dance1990[15]
LouisianaSquare dance1999[17]
MarylandSquare dance1994[18]
MassachusettsSquare dance1990[19][20]
MinnesotaNone (Square dance was proposed in 1992 and 1994)[21]
MississippiSquare dance1995[22]
MissouriSquare dance1995[23]
NebraskaSquare dance1997[24]
New JerseySquare dance (Official folk dance)1983[25]
North CarolinaClogging (Official folk dance)2005[26]
Carolina shag (Official popular dance)
North DakotaSquare dance1995[27]
OklahomaSquare dance1988[28]
OregonSquare dance1977[29]
South CarolinaThe Shag1984[30]
Square dance (State American Folk Dance)1994[31]
Richardson waltz (State waltz)2000[32]
TennesseeSquare dance1980[33]
TexasSquare dance1994[34]
UtahSquare dance1994[35]
VirginiaSquare dance2011[36]
WashingtonSquare dance1979[37]

See also

  • Lists of U.S. state insignia
  • Flags of the U.S. states


  1. ^ Official State Dances,, accessed April 21, 2006.
  2. ^ Sampson, Pamela (October 22, 1996). "Critics Claim Square Dance Conspiracy Confuses Culture with Hobby". Associated Press. Retrieved 11 October 2021.
  3. ^ "Official American Folk Dance of Alabama". Alabama Emblems, Symbols and Honors. Alabama Department of Archives & History. 2001-07-12. Retrieved 2007-03-18.
  4. ^ "Arkansas American Folk Dance".
  5. ^ "History and Culture - State Symbols". The California State Library. State of California. 2007. Retrieved 2008-03-31.
  6. ^ "California State Dance". NETSTATE.COM. NSTATE, LLC. Retrieved 12 July 2021.
  7. ^ "State Folk Dance".
  8. ^ "Connecticut State Folk Dance Square Dance".
  9. ^ "Chapter3. State Seal, Song, and Symbols", Title 29. State Government: General Provisions, retrieved 2019-05-28
  10. ^ Goss, Scott (May 8, 2018), "Delaware looks to get in on maypole dancing craze (a few centuries late)", DelawareOnline, retrieved 2019-05-28
  11. ^ Austermuhle, Martin (August 27, 2010). "What the Heck Is Hand Dancing?". DCist. Retrieved 2021-10-09.
  12. ^ "Georgia State Folk Dance Square Dance".
  13. ^
  14. ^ "Idaho State American Folk Dance, Square Dance, from NETSTATE.COM".
  15. ^ "Illinois official Dance". State Symbols. Illinois State museum.
  16. ^ "Kentucky State Symbols". Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives. 2007-03-30. Archived from the original on 2011-01-28. Retrieved 2007-07-02.
  17. ^ "Louisiana State Folk Dance Square Dance".
  18. ^ "Square Dance, Maryland State Folk Dance".
  19. ^ Folk dance of the Commonwealth, General Laws of Massachusetts, Chapter 2, Section 32.
  20. ^ "State Symbols". Citizen Information Service. Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Retrieved 2007-03-18.
  21. ^ "Unofficial, Proposed, or Facetious State Symbols - Minnesota".
  22. ^ "Official State Dances".
  23. ^ "Missouri State Folk Dance American Folk Dance Square Dance".
  24. ^ "Nebraska State Folk Dance Square Dance".
  25. ^ "New Jersey's State Dance". The Official Web Site for The State of New Jersey. The State of New Jersey. Retrieved June 5, 2013.
  26. ^ "Official State Symbols of North Carolina". North Carolina State Library. State of North Carolina. Archived from the original on 2008-02-06. Retrieved 2008-01-26.
  27. ^ "North Dakota State Dance American Folk Dance of North Dakota Square Dance".
  28. ^ "Oklahoma State Folk Dance".
  29. ^ "Square Dance".
  30. ^ "SC Statehouse Students' web page, The State Dance - The Shag". South Carolina General Assembly. Archived from the original on 2008-03-18. Retrieved 2008-03-31.
  31. ^ "SC Statehouse Students' web page, The State Folk Dance - The Square Dance". South Carolina General Assembly. Archived from the original on 2008-03-15. Retrieved 2008-03-31.
  32. ^ "SC Statehouse Students' web page, The State Waltz - The Richardson Waltz". South Carolina General Assembly. Archived from the original on 2008-03-15. Retrieved 2008-03-31.
  33. ^ "Tennessee State Folk Dance".
  34. ^ "Texas Legislature Online - 72(R) History for HCR 153". Texas State Legislature. Retrieved 2013-09-09.
  35. ^ Utah State Folk Dance - Square Dance from "Pioneer - Utah's Online Library" page. Retrieved on 2008-09-08
  36. ^ "Virginia Emblems And Designations". Virginia State Legislature. Archived from the original on 2012-10-16. Retrieved 2011-01-19.
  37. ^ "Symbols of Washington State". Washington State Legislature. Archived from the original on 2007-03-05. Retrieved 2007-03-05.
  38. ^ "Wis. Stat. § 1.10(2)". State of Wisconsin. Retrieved 2014-08-03.

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