Square Dance

ACT IV, SCENE I

Square Dance

The Barnlofters Square Dance Club

Field Note: 14 February 2020

When I was first starting out as a journalist I went in search of American roots. I found one of the last remaining regular live-music square dances in America. It was in a little stone and timber community hall at a tiny rural Catholic church in Scioto County Ohio, boyhood home of King of Cowboys Roy Rogers. Every other Saturday night dancers gathered, whole families! And the band played. They had a kitchen and baked homemade pizza. There was a roaring stone fireplace. The floor was old wood and built for just this activity–the old world dancing. They even had a cake walk.

Sometimes you experience a thing so rich it gets in your bones. The Pond Creek Saturday Night Square dance is buried in my bones.

I decided to find the dances happening in Nashville. I just knew people had to be doing the old world dances in Music City. And they are.

Last night I attended a dance in Hermitage at the Hermitage Presbyterian Church, hosted by one of Nashville’s oldest square dance clubs, The Barnlofters Square Dance Club.

Barnlofters Square Dance

The Barnlofters Square Dance Club

ACT IV, SCENE I

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