Monday, September 30, 2013

Picture of the Day - Diversity

One theme of this picture is obviously 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?

2 comments:

  1. I was amazed to find out that Japan has a large square dancing community.
    This post along with your previous post really shattered a lot of my preconceptions of square dancing.
    I do a lot of Salsa and Latin dance with my girlfriend. Have you had any experience with those types of dance? If so How do you think it compares to square dancing?

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    1. Yes! Square dancing is very popular in Japan!
      I have some experience with ballroom style dancing. I also do Round Dancing. This is for couples whereas square dancing is with 8 people. We usually do round dancing in between the square dance tips. Round dancing tends to be pre-written and cued continuously going in a circle. In square dancing, we mix it up a little bit. The caller will "call" and mix the dancers up with in the square so they are dancing with everyone. Then they will resolve the set using other "calls" or dance movements. This happens anywhere from 4-6 times in each song.
      For more information about round dancing visit: http://www.you2candance.com/round-dancing
      You should consider learning to square dance. If you enjoy music and rhythm you would really like it! Let me know if you are interested!
      Thanks for your comment!

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