S*0516(Rat # 0350, Act # 0329)
General Bill, By N.G. Setzler
AN ACT TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 1-1-700 SO AS TO DESIGNATE THE SQUARE DANCE AS THE OFFICIAL AMERICAN FOLK DANCE OF THE STATE.
Whereas, the square dance, which was first associated with the American people and recorded in history since 1651, has consistently been the one dance traditionally recognized by the American people as an expression of American Folk dancing; and
Whereas, square dancing is a traditional form of family recreation in South Carolina and is an activity for young and old which has been recorded throughout South Carolina's history; and
Whereas, square dancing is the American Folk Dance which is called, cued, or prompted to the dancers and includes squares, rounds, clogging, contra, line, and heritage dances; and
Whereas, it is appropriate that the contributions that square dancing make to the cultural life of South Carolina, the United States, and the world should be recognized.
Now, therefore, Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
Square dance designated
SECTION 1. The 1976 Code is amended by adding:
"Section 1-1-700. The square dance is the official American Folk Dance of the State."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.