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Still kicking decades later

In age of hip-hop, students continue to bow to partners

Charlton Heights Elementary School 5th graders, square dance in gym class as a demonstration Thursday, March 28, 2013.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber
Charlton Heights Elementary School 5th graders, square dance in gym class as a demonstration Thursday, March 28, 2013.
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The head two ladies cross over, And take the opposite stand; The side two ladies cross over, Now all join hands! The mere utterance of such a phrase can transport adults back to the school gyms of their childhoods and the annual square-dance unit, a ritual often undertaken with equal parts dread and anticipation. Fiddle music played from scratchy records and students nervously laughed. Without fail, partners danced with sweaty hands. Square dancing isn't just ...


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