State Dances
State Dances

State Dances


US Official State Dances Designations

Official State Dances

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


Dance is a performing art form consisting of purposefully selected sequences of human movement. This movement has aesthetic and symbolic value, and is acknowledged as dance by performers and observers within a particular culture.

The history of dance is difficult to access because dance does not often leave behind clearly identifiable physical artifacts that last over millennia, such as stone tools, hunting implements or cave paintings. It is not possible to identify with exact precision whendance became part of human culture.

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