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 - Choreographed Ballroom
This manual describes how to round dance. You'll find detailed descriptions of hundreds of dance steps and figures in both Smooth and Latin Rhythms.
- ROUNDALAB - International Association of Round Dance Teachers
A non-profit educational organization for round dance leaders world-wide, established in 1976 by round dance teachers to provide a framework for standardizing various aspects of the activity such as dance figures, cue terms, cue sheet format and teac
- Round Dance Server
A collection of cue sheets online. They have about 680 dances with head cues, and about 100 dances with full cue sheets.
- The ABCs of Round Dance Style
Some 'rules' for round dancing.
- International Choreographed Ballroom Dance Association
ICBDA is an independent, open organization of teachers and dancers dedicated to Choreographed Ballroom Dancing.
Round Dancing in the UK
The Complete Book of Square Dancing [and Round Dancing]
Paperback: 208 pages
Published: June 1, 2000
Round Dancing in Japan
Image Credit: Flickr user jorbasa.
Do you know a Round Dancer?
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:
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.