According to Love To Know, today’s country dancing moves come to us from the habits and dress of the cowboys from yesteryear.
While no one can say for sure, apparently the cowboys loved to dance, so much that when they got to a town after a long time on the trail, they would skip any niceties like bathing or even taking off their spurs before rushing to the dance hall. Many of the open-legged and wide-stanced steps in country dancing, as well as the heel-toe turns, were created in response to the simple needs of dancing in spurs. Likewise, many of the holds in the dance tend to be more hand-to-hand rather than the full-body contact of the waltz, which may have been a result of the ladies trying to protect their clothing from being sullied or even torn by the eager and enthusiastic cowboys.
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