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The square dance was adopted as the American folk dance of Mississippi, Chapter 303 of the General Laws of Mississippi on July 1, 1995.
Square Dancing is a folk dance that is associated with America although it has European roots. Each sequence begins and ends in a square formation
Square dancers perform a variety of steps, which are usually told to them by a person known as a square dance "caller."
Square dance is a folk dance with four couples (eight dancers) arranged in a square, with one couple on each side, beginning with Couple 1 facing away from the music and going counter-clockwise until getting to Couple 4. Couples 1 and 3 are known as the head couples, while Couples 2 and 4 are the side couples. Each dance begins and ends each sequence with "sets-in-order" in the square formation. The dance was first described in 17th century England but was also quite common in France and throughout Europe and bears a marked similarity to Scottish Country Dancing. It has become associated with the United States of America due to its historic development in that country.
The law designating the square dance; as the official Mississippi state folk dance is found in the Mississippi Code, Title 3, Chapter 3, Section 3-3-39.
TITLE 3 STATE SOVEREIGNTY, JURISDICTION AND HOLIDAYS.
CHAPTER 3. STATE BOUNDARIES, HOLIDAYS, AND STATE EMBLEMS.
SECTION 39. State dance.
SEC. 3-3-39. State dance.
The dance known as the square dance is hereby designated and adopted as the American folk dance of the State of Mississippi.
SOURCES: Laws, 1995, ch. 303, Sec. 1, eff from and after July 1, 1995