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Official State Dances

This is a list of official US State Dances. State Dances are designated by tradition or the respective state legislatures.


3rd person present: dances

  1. move rhythmically to music, typically following a set sequence of steps.
    "their cheeks were pressed together as they danced"
    synonyms: sway, trip, twirl, whirl, pirouette, gyrate; More
  2. (of a person) move in a quick and lively way.
    "Sheila danced in gaily"
    synonyms: caper, cavort, frisk, frolic, skip, prance, gambol, jig; leap, jump, hop, bounce
    "little girls danced around me"

plural noun: dances

  1. a series of movements that match the speed and rhythm of a piece of music.

Find images, descriptions,and a histories of the state dances representing the state symbols for each of the 50 states.

Official State Dances Designations

State Symbols

State Dances - Adoption

Alabama Square Dance
Alabama State American Folk Dance
- 1981
Alaska NA
Arizona NA
Arkansas Square Dance
Arkansas State American Folk Dance
- 1991
California Square Dance
California State Folk Dance
- 1988
California West Coast Swing Dance
California State Dance
- 1988
Colorado Square Dance
Colorado State Folk Dance
- 1992
Connecticut Square Dance
Connecticut State Folk Dance
- 1995
Delaware NA
Florida NA
Georgia Square Dance
Georgia State Folk Dance
- 1996
Hawaii Hula
Hawaii State Dance
- 1999
Idaho Square Dance
Idaho State American Folk Dance
- 1989
Illinois Square Dance
Illinois State American Folk Dance
Indiana NA
Iowa NA
Kansas NA
Kentucky Clogging
Kentucky State Dance
- 2006
Louisiana Square Dance
Louisiana State American Folk Dance
- 1999
Maine NA
Maryland Square Dance
Maryland State Folk Dance
- 1994
Massachusetts Square Dance
Massachusetts State Folk Dance
- 1990
Michigan NA
Minnesota NA
Mississippi Square Dance
Mississippi State American Folk Dance
- 1995
Missouri Square Dance
Missouri State American Folk Dance
- 1995
Montana NA
Nebraska Square Dance
Nebraska State American Folk Dance
- 1997
Nevada NA
New Hampshire NA
New Jersey Square Dance
New Jersey State American Folk Dance
- 1983
New Mexico NA
New York NA
North Carolina Clogging
North Carolina State Folk Dance
- 2005
North Carolina Shagging
North Carolina State Popular Dance
- 2005
North Dakota Square Dance
North Dakota State American Folk Dance
- 1995
Ohio NA
Oklahoma Square Dance
Oklahoma State Folk Dance
- 1988
Oregon Square Dance
Oregon State Dance
Pennsylvania NA
Rhode Island NA
South Carolina Shag
South Carolina State Dance
- 1984
South Carolina Square Dance
South Carolina State American Folk Dance
- 1994
South Carolina The Richardson Waltz
South Carolina State Waltz
- 2000
South Dakota NA
Tennessee Square Dance
Tennessee State Folk Dance
- 1980
Texas Square Dance
Texas State Folk Dance
- 1991
Utah Square Dance
Utah State Folk Dance
- 1994
Vermont NA
Virginia Square Dance
Virginia State Folk Dance
- 1991
Washington Square Dance
Washington State Dance
- 1979
West Virginia NA
Wisconsin Polka
Wisconsin State Dance
- 1993
Wyoming NA

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At least there are currently 31 states that have designated square dancing as their State Folk Dance.
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