Square dancing, which evolved from European country folk dances in Colonial times, has caught some 30 million Americans in its colorful and giddy whirl
March 28, 1955

Square dancing is certainly as strenuous as basketball, as millions of Americans could breathlessly testify on almost any Saturday night—but is it sport? Webster's defines sport in the first instance as "that which diverts and makes mirth"; on that count square dancing gets a big vote. Nobody who has ever cavorted to "lead to next and on your toes; swing that man with the big red nose" could deny that. "Pleasantry, raillery"—to follow Webster's definition of sport a bit further—are also unquestionably involved, as sometimes are "mockery, derision" on the part of those who think square dancing is old-fashioned. Also sport: "a sudden spontaneous deviation or variation from type (Biol.)." Have you ever seen a solemn old gaffer jump when the fiddle takes up its squeaky tune and the rhythm catches hold? As for synonyms "See FUN." And fun (for synonyms "See SPORT") is certainly what Diana Zieger and Dick Laine (center) and their chums from Phoenix College are having as they kick out to a local favorite, "Arizona Star," at the Western Saddle Club; they look as though they could docey-do it out forever.