Former President Jimmy Carter credits a rural square dance club he joined in 1953 with helping him win a state Senate seat by a scant 66 votes. President Carter has said that he would have never become President if it wasn’t for Modern Western Style Square Dancing.
Link: “Jimmy Carter”+”Square Dance” Link:
Square Dancing Leads Back To The White House.
On January 25, 1982 the 97th Congress unanimously passed a Joint Resolution designating square dancing as the national folk dance of the United States and on June 1, 1982 President Reagan signed it.
This Resolution was a temporary action which would expire in two years. To make the national recognition permanent the Congress requested that the proponents return to the States for individual state endorsement and when two-thirds of the states complied, reconsideration by Congress would be automatic.
Search Word: “Congress”+”Square Dance”
Link for the text: House Joint Resolution/15