This square dance sequence, called by Bill Heyman, was recorded on July 6, 1986, part of a weekend celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty. Click here for information about the event.
Describing the event, Bill Heyman wrote:
Liberty Square Dance - An Expression of the American Spirit
"Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to be free. . . . . . ."
With this inscription, the Statue of Liberty symbolizes America's welcome to the many millions from all nations of the world who have sought freedom, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Each immigrant brought with him pieces of his own culture and heritage that have blended together over the years. American Square Dancing evolved from its English, Scottish and Irish roots to the dance we love so well today.
It was with great pride and pleasure that I had the honor to represent the Square Dance Calling Community as caller for the square dance segment of the Liberty Weekend Closing Ceremonies. On Sunday, July 6, 1986, 208 dancers from New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and Pennsylvania helped celebrate the rededication of the Statue of Liberty by performing a square dance routine wonderfully choreographed by caller Dick Pasvolsky. Dick selected moves from both the Traditional, as well as the Modern Western Programs and these were enhanced with some styling flourishes to meet the needs of a world-wide TV audience. Seen by 70,000 people in Giants Stadium and over 200 million TV viewers, what better way to project the real fun and fellowship which we all enjoy by dancing. Based on the reaction of the stadium audience as well as mail and telephone responses, we hope that this positive event will have a direct impact on the interest in our activity in the coming years.
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