diversity. What is diversity and how does it relate to square dancing?
According to the Merriam Webster Dictionary, diversity is "the state of having people who are different races or who have different cultures in a group or organization."
Square dancing is not just an American activity, but rather, it can be found across the world. Japan has a fairly large square dance population. Conventions and festivals are especially popular in Japan. Many national and international callers travel to Japan as guest callers for special dances. There were 37 square dancers from Japan at the 62nd National Square Dance Convention held this past June in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
This picture really represents square dancing quite well. The different skin colors represent the wide variety of people that participate in square dancing. This picture also gives viewers a sense of being connected. For me personally, the square dance community is like a family. I know this is the case for many square dancers. We physically connect while dancing and those connections carry over and form lasting friendships.
For many square dancers, the activity is purely about the friendships they form. One of the most common sayings in square dancing and also the name of a square dance television show is Square Dancing is friendship set to music. When I look at the picture, I think of the friendships I have formed through square dancing and square dance calling.
What do you think of when you think of diversity? Do you have any experiences that have led you to create lasting friendships? Comment below and let me know your what you think about diversity in the square dance world! Did you learn anything?