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California State Dance

West Coast Swing Dance   Adopted:August 24, 1988

Adoption of the California State Dance

Senate Bill No. 2460

CHAPTER 1645

AN ACT to add Section 421.5 to the Government Code, relating to state dances.

(Became law without Governor's signature. Filed October 1, 1988)

The People of the State of California do enact as follows:

SECTION 1. The Legislature finds and declares, as follows:

(a)West Coast Swing, also known as Swing, Whip, or Jitterbug, came into being in the early 1930's in response to new musical forms then sweeping the land. It was created at the grassroots level of our people. Devotees of this art come from every conceivable ethnic, religious, racial, and economic background. Age is no factor, nor is gender. Among the ranks of swing dancers, one can find Judges, School teachers, Lawyers, Waitresses, Salesmen, Doctors, Students, and so on.

West Coast Swing dancing is an intricate dance, requiring a great deal of coordination, good timing, and intelligent application. It is healthy and a joyful activity that belongs to all our people. They created it, they nurtured it, and they kept it alive.

West Coast Swing is an American dance which is done to American music. It originated in California and is danced in competition nationally and internationally.

(b) Square Dancing is an American folk dance which is called, cued, or prompted to the dancers, and includes Squares, Rounds, Clogging, Contra, Line, and heritage dances.

The Square Dance has a long and proud history. It is an exciting art form that is truly an original of our country, and has been danced continuously in California since the "Gold Rush Days."

As our state's population has grown, so has the Square Dance activity. California leads the nation with more than 200,000 residents square dancing weekly. It conforms to our ever changing lifestyles and appeals to people of all ages, races, and creeds. Class distinction is forgotten when people join together to enjoy the true fellowship of the Square Dance.

SEC. 2. Section 421.5 is added to the Government Code, to read:

421.5 (a) West Coast Swing Dance is the official state dance.

(b) The Square Dance is the official state folk dance.

California Law

The following information was excerpted from the California Government Code, Title 1, Division 2, Chapter 2.


Source: California State Legislature:California Law, Government Code, (http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/calaw.html), February 6, 2008.
Source: State Names, Seals, Flags and Symbols: A Historical Guide Third Edition, Revised and Expanded by Benjamin F. Shearer and Barbara S. Shearer. Greenwood Press; 3 Sub edition (October 30, 2001).


Additional Information

State Dances: Complete list of official state dances from NETSTATE.COM.

 
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