When I was young, every Friday night my grandma and grandpa would go to the local Scottish Rite Lodge to square dance. Â This must have been in the late late 70′s and very early 80′s…they had already retired and had pretty much stopped buying new clothes quite a while before that. There was something so sweet and totally unusal (to my eye) in these clothes that were easily 10 to 15 years old, but worn with such pride and dignity; Â I would love to recapture that graceful, small, local community atmosphere that my grandparents and their friends enjoyed so much at those gatherings. Â So, I’m asking if you guys have any leads on where to find small, local, ongoing square dance gatherings.
I’m not necessarily looking for the best, most fancy, or “dressed up” square dancers…But a small, local place where people go to dance for the sheer joy of each others company, and the comraderie they find there. Â Maybe it’s a more American version of the polka dancers I had captured in Milan a few years ago.
As you can see from the photograph, the image isn’t really about dancing. Â Dancing is just the culture that brought these people together. Â For some reason I imagine traveling to Virginia, or Kentucky, or Nashville for this… but who knows, maybe it’s Montana or North Dakota– that’s the fun and adventure of my job!
So, let me know in the comments section any suggestions that you guys may have for me.