Pageant of American Square Dance History, 1959


Pageant of American Square Dance History, 1959


General - Dance and Culture


This lengthy presentation of square dance history was presented at the Eighth National Square Dance Convention in Denver, 1959. Researched and organized by Dorothy Shaw after Lloyd Shaw's death in 1958, the pageant presented two hours of dance, from two English country dances (first edition Playford, 1651) up to Joe Lewis calling Alabama Jubilee. This is the script prepared by Mrs. Shaw to be read by narrator (and famed animation artist and square dance enthusiast) Chuck Jones at the event.

Also included here is a letter from Dorothy Shaw to Mary Jo Brearley (Bradford) in which she mentiones getting ready for the upcoming pageant.


Dorothy Shaw

Date Created



Mary Jo Brearley

Spatial Coverage

USA, Colorado, Denver

Temporal Coverage