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Round Dancing

Updated on October 19, 2014

Round Dancing

I made this lens in memory of my Grandmother who passed away April 28, 2009. She was 92 years old, so she hadn't Round Danced in a while, but she did for years and years during my childhood. I don't know much about it other than it's similar to Square Dancing, so I wanted to research it a bit and thought it would be a nice tribute to her.

I found a few old photos of her all dressed up in her dresses and petticoats and added them to the lens. She had so many petticoats. All different colors and all arranged on this sort of tree/stand in her bedroom. I thought it was the prettiest thing when I was little. It looked like it was filled with giant carnations.

Anyway, just wanted to say I love you Gram, and I hope you can see your page from heaven.

What Is It?

Round dance is a choreographed ballroom dance. A leader, or cuer, calls out the steps for the dancers. All of the couples dance the same steps at the same time in a circular pattern counter-clockwise around the dance floor.

Round dance step sequences are borrowed from dances including the two-step, waltz, foxtrot, quickstep, jive, cha cha, rumba and more.

It's done all over the world... from North America to Europe to Asia and Australia.

I'm finding it very hard, however, to find as much information as I'd like. Square Dancing is much more popular.

So...more info to come as I find it.

A Short Explanation - From You2CanDance

Round Dancing Links

These aren't the sharpest looking websites you'll find on the net, but it's content that counts here. I'm guessing there aren't many tech savvy folks who love to two-step. hehe

Round Dancing in the UK

The Complete Book of Square Dancing [and Round Dancing]

The Complete Book of Square Dancing
The Complete Book of Square Dancing

Paperback: 208 pages

Published: June 1, 2000


Round Dancing in Japan


Image Credit: Flickr user jorbasa.

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These were my Grandmother's

Pins that my Gram wore. I was excited to find them. :)

She was a member of "Vernon's Round Abouts" and the "Waltham Twirlers".

Round Dance Diploma

Given to my Gram by the American Square Dance Society

She received this 'diploma' on June 3rd 1983.

Be it known by round dancers everywhere and all other dancers of good will that:
Erline R
having attended the College of Two-Steps and Waltzes and having
completed successfully the CW and CCW movements in FUN,
FRIENDLINESS and FELLOWSHIP and having learned the RLOD
from the LOD (as well as all other initial combinations), is hereby
awarded the honored degree and title of
Bachelor of Round Dancing
and well merits all privileges, prerogatives and happiness according
to those who are devotees of the art of the circular terpsichore.

My Gram and her friend Leo

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      5 years ago

      Keeps you fit, keep your brain alive, and stops the arguments about who's leading! It's an adjunct to square dancing( also to be recommended), and once you are comfortable with the steps, you can just relax and totally enjoy the dance. When I was 13, in NewZealand in the '80s, I saw Modern American Square Dancing advertised, my friend and I thought, great, you get your hands on "boys" and got my Dad to take us. He thought he would sit down the back and wait, but they got him up to dance. Mum came the next week, and they danced all over the world for the next 30 years. I gave it up by the time I was 30, but I'm coming back, in my 50s, on the other side fo the world in the UK.

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      Salsa Dancing 

      5 years ago

      Cool dance, reminds me a bit of Casino Rueda, which is also danced in a circle.

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      6 years ago

      Great Tribute Lens!

    • SheilaSchnauzies profile image


      7 years ago from Omaha, NE

      I enjoyed this lens! What a nice tribute, and loved seeing all the outfits. Used to be a square dancer.

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      8 years ago

      What a great tribute to your Grandmother. I had never heard of round dancing but it looks like she had a ball doing it.

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      8 years ago from Western Mass

      a lovely tribute

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      8 years ago

      Christine, I'm very sorry to hear about Erline. I started square dancing and round dancing with Vernon when I was 5. My whole family danced with and knew Erline very well. We will miss her very much. I still keep in touch with Vernon. By the way my mom made the vest Vernon is wearing in the picture. I use to teach classes with Vernon too. My family and I were a part of Waltham twirlers and Vernon's Round Abouts. We knew Erline well. She was a very special lady. My best to you and your family. Debbie (Spinale) Bell & Family.

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      8 years ago

      @Louis Wery: Trust me Louis it is one of the best activities you will enjoy for a lifetime. You will meet a lot of people and just enjoy being yourself. I can tell by your smile that you would be a good dancer.

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      8 years ago

      Erline was one of the nicest people on this earth. I first met her back in early 1970s when she was a student in my Round Dance Class. We became very close friends and she started working for me in my Record Shop and worked for me from the 70's until 1998. She was always my second mother and our friendship was as strong as any mothers could be. We did everything together and had a ball dancing and travelling and just having fun. I miss her terribly. She may be gone but will never, ever be forgotten. I love her to piece.

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      Louis Wery 

      8 years ago from Sarasota, Florida USA

      While I had never heard of round dancing, I enjoyed seeing how it's done. Looks like lots of fun -- crinolines and all. A lovely tribute to your grandmother.

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      Kate Phizackerl1 

      9 years ago

      Pretty. Nice 5* lens.

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      Ellen Brundige 

      9 years ago from California

      Aww, this is a great homage. Your gram is such a cute little thing and full of pluck! I've never heard of Round Dancing before, but did a lot of Scottish Country Dancing when I was younger.I love the Japanese clip, and the way they've blended Japanese and English culture and language for their own version. Japan does this amazing east-west alchemy on everything it can get its hands on.

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      Mickie Goad 

      9 years ago

      I love to Cajun/zydeco dance. I just wish my husband liked it as much as I do!

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      Deb Kingsbury 

      9 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      Sorry for the loss of your grandmother, but it's nice to know she had such fun with this dancing. I've not heard the term "round dancing," but I believe I've seen it and just didn't know what it was called. Love the photos of your grandmother.

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      9 years ago from Massachusetts

      Christene- I'm sorry to hear about your recent loss. You've started a great tribute to her in this lens!

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      Robin S 

      9 years ago from USA

      This is so sweet! I love it!

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      9 years ago

      Very nice lens, we used to this in school every once in a while. Love the petticoats!5 stars & a Squid Angel Blessing for you!


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