Square Dance History Project
The rich story of North American square dance finally has a home in the digital age.

Santa Monica 1950 - World's Largest Square Dance

On July 13, 1950, Santa Monica, California, celebrated its Diamond Jubilee with a gigantic square dance. More than 15,000 dancers were kept moving by more than three dozen callers while upwards of 30,000 eager spectators watched. This exhibit includes newsreel footage of the event, articles in square dance journals, interviews with Bob Osgood and Dan Allen, and an audio clip from Cal Golden, one of the callers. It was the largest square dance event that had ever happened at that time.