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In January 1983, the Square Dance was designated as the "American Folk Dance of the State of New Jersey". This was legislated by the New Jersey General Assembly and Senate in JOINT RESOLUTION No. 1 which is shown below.


A Joint Resolution designating the Square Dance as the American Folk Dance of the State of New Jersey.

WHEREAS, Love of State and professions is enhanced by traditions that have become a part of our way of life and the customs of the American people; and

WHEREAS, We have distinctive and meaningful symbols of our ideals in our State's flag and in many cultural endeavors, but no official designation of a State Folk Dance; and

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 a dignified and enjoyable expression of American Folk dancing; and

WHEREAS, Official recognition of the Square Dance will enhance the cultural stature of New Jersey both nationally and internationally; and

WHEREAS, National and international prestige is in the best interest of all Americans; now, therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

1. The dance known as the Square Dance is designated the American Folk Dance of the State of New Jersey.

2. This joint resolution shall take effect immediately.

Approved January 19, 1983.

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