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Dance Name Origin Notes|Creator See Also Date
S' escandalari Ibiza, Spain Peasant dance celebrating planting & harvesting Spanish Dance n/a
Saber Dance n/a See: Sword Dance section for now Sword dance | Military | War dance | 6/29/1953-Time Mag. n/a
Sacramento Squeeze USA Andre and Ethel (Follies Bergere) n/a 1912's
Sacred Dance World World Religious dances Catholic | Jewish | Buddhists | Zen | Christian | Monks | etc. ancient
Safety Dance n/a n/a The Robot | Rock Lobster | Peewee Herman | Electric Slide | The Centipede | The Ant 1980's
Sailors Hornpipe Scotland n/a Arkansas Traveler | Highland Fling | Sword | Jig | Reels n/a
Salac Dance Rome? Numa Pompilius Dance to honor God of War Biblical
Salegy Madagascar Sakalave peoples n/a n/a
Salían Dance Rome Numa | Salí Priests War dances | Mythology | Religious B.C.
Saltarelle or Saltarello Italy aka: Alta Danza Court | Tarantella | Galliard | Quaternaria 1500's
Salome Dance Italy Princess Salome Dance Of The Seven Veils | Belly | Raks Sharki | Hootchy Coochy | Maude Allen | Joan Sawyer | Jessie York | Sol Cohen 40's AD
Salta France? Lucretia Borgia dance this aka: Waltz 1700's?
Samah Asia n/a Kirkler Samah | Dervish | Turkey B.C.
Samba Brazil Introduced to the USA in 1940 Latin | Salsa | Mambo | Marti Gras 1917?
Sammy, the New York Prof. Claude Alviene (Oakland Tribune (7/17/1917) Military type couples dance. Female wears mans hat. 1917
Sand Dance USA? Harriet Brown. A Syncopated Shuffle. No Taps aka: Scratchin' the Gravel | On My Taps [by Sims 1979] See: Tap | Soft Shoe 1920's?
Sand Dune (dance of the) n/a Norma Brandt n/a 1918
Santley Tango New York Joseph Santley "When Dreams Come True" 1912
Sapateo de, El n/a Fanny Essler? n/a 1800's
Sarabande Guatemala aka: Sarabanda | Andalusian | Zarabanda Spanish Dance | Tarraga | Chacona | Zarabanda | Rastro | Sarabanda 1560's
Sararo Galicia Ball Game dance at a Carnival Muyneria | Gallega | Minuet | Cotillion 1500's
Sardana Cataluña Catalan Contrapas | Spanish dances 1600's?
Saut Basque Basque aka: Mutchíco Zorzico | edo carrica dantza n/a
Sauteuse n/a A kind of waltz Waltz | Quadrille 1830's?
Savannah, the USA Done to a Spanish Foxtrot called the Valencia Modified Charleston | Tango 1926
Savoy Ballroom New York Created by Charles Buchanon. | There were many Savoys, Harlem's was most notable. Roseland Ballroom | Palomar | Jitterbug | Lindy 12/14/1926
Savoy Style Swing New York Smoother version done at Savoy Ballroom | NY West Coast Swing | Lindy | Hollywood Style 1930's
Scalp Dance America American Indian American Indian Dance 1800's?
Scandal Walk USA Scandals of 1920 Finale Hop, Camel Walk, Hooiser Hop, Collegiate dances 1920's
Scarf Dance ? 1920 Scarf dance Foreman Hall | Skirt dances | Fan | Bubble | Veil 1890's
Schäfflertanz Munich originated from Bow and Hoop Dance Bow and Hoop, 1600's?
Schönpart Nürnberg a Carnival Dance n/a n/a
Scottish Espagnole France aka: Spanish Schottische n/a 1900's
Schottische Germany Created by Markowski (Poland) Folk dance | Country | Square dance | Friska | Polka | Rhinelander | Mazurka 1840's?
Schottische Espagnole Paris | France aka: Spanish Schottische | Maltese | Double Schottische (most popular) | Scotis Espanol and the Seven Steps or Seven Step Polka Spanish Dance | Schottische | Polka 1900's
Schuhplattltanz Bavaria Bavarian Folk Dance Ballet | Folk dances | Balanchine n/a
Schuhplatteln Germany n/a n/a n/a
Schwertertanz Europe n/a Sword dances n/a
Schwabentanz Austria 4/4/ & 3/4 mix Waltz 1800's?
Scotch Reel Scotland National Dance Virginia Reel | Roger de Coverly | Hornpipe | Jigs | Square Dance n/a
Scratchin' The Gravel n/a aka: Sand Dance n/a 1910's
Scronch, The Kentucky n/a Skronch | Cab Calloway n/a
Siebensprung Germany 2/4 time n/a 1600's?
Sea Sick Dance/ Glide USA Ragtime Dance Texas Tommy | Bunny Hug | Grizzly Bear | Tiger | Boston Dip | Dallas Dip | Horse Trot etc. 1913
Sefton Waltz n/a Created By J.B. McKewen Waltz | 1908
Sequence Dancing England Such as Square Dance/ round dancing. Steps taken in certain definite order such as the Military Two-Step | Veleta | Square dance etc. n/a
Sequidilla Castille | Spain n/a Spanish dances | Sevillana n/a
Serious Family Polka New York Created by M. Frederick at Burtons Theater Polka 1850
Serpentine Dance Paris Created by: Loie Fuller Butterfly Dance | Fan dance | Bubble dance | Veil | Skirt dance | Scarf | Sword dance | Fire dance 1892
Seven Years Itch, The USA Scratching the Body in Rhythm n/a 1910's?
Sevillana Andalucía | Spain n/a Spanish Dance | Sequidilla | Flamenco n/a
Sewin' The Rice USA n/a Ballin' The Jack | Eagle Rock | Baltimore Buzz 1910's
Shadow Dance New York Created By: Lydia Thompson Can-can | Jig 1890's
Shag, Carolina Myrtle Beach | So. Carolina Unknown West Coast Swing | Push | Supreme Swing | Jitterbug | Whip | East Coast Swing | Lindy 1930's?
Shag (A. Murray) New York Created by: Arthur Murray Balboa | Collegiate Dances | Jitterbug | Collegiate Shag 1930's
Shag, Collegiate ??? College Students? aka: Arthur Murray Shag | Balboa 1920's
Shag, New Orleans ??? Richard Jones? Collegiate | Swing | Lindy | West Coast Swing 1925's
Shag, St. Louis St. Louis n/a Fast | Charleston Like couples dance 1930s
Shame Dance, The USA n/a Universal 1923
Shake and Quiver Haiti aka: Shitka | Shimmy | Via slave trade. Shika | Shimmy | Shimmy-Sha-Wabble | Shake ???
Shakers, The New Eng. Sister Anna Lee Religion | Morris | May Pole  1770's
Shark Swish n/a n/a One of the Ragtime dances 1913's
Shawl Dance Paris? n/a Scarf Dance | Fan Dance | Ballet | Bayadere 1839?
Shika Dance Nigeria n/a Shimmy | Shake and Quiver | Shimmy Sha Wabble | Shake dance n/a
Shim Sham, The See below See also: Shim Sham Shimmy Tap | Clog | Jazz | Theater | Act 1920's
Shim Sham Shimmy New York? Leonard Reed Line | Big Apple | Swing | Lindy hop 1937
Shimmy, The USA claimed by: Gilda Gray | Mae West in 1918/19 Chemise | Shake | Shake and Quiver | Shimmy Sha Wabble | Shake dance | Bull Frog Hop Song (1908) 1908
Shimmy Grab, The USA? n/a Shimmy | Shmmie Sha Wabble | Shake Dance | Shiver | Itch | Scratch 1910
Shimmy Sha Wabble Haiti Pre cursor to the Gilda /West Shimmy Dance | probably from Shika dance Shimmy | Chemise | Shake and Quiver | Shimmy Sha Wabble | Shake dance | Rules and Regulation Song (1911). 1911
Shinto Dance Japan ?? Oriental Fan Dance | Geisha | Maiko ??
Shishi Mai Japan Traditional Lion Dance w/ Chinese roots Shishi Odori n/a
Shishi Odori Japan Deer Dance Shishi Mai n/a
Shoeing the Mare Cuba Dance done within the Rhumba Rhumba | Latin ??
Shout Africa African Hymns n/a 1800's
Shuffle USA Ragtime Dance n/a 1920's
Shufflin' dance UK Freestyle 'T-step' shuffle (Mashed Potato,) Running Man | Charleston mix | Apple Jacks. Industrial Dance | Techtonic dance | Mashed Potato | Apple Jacks | Charleston | EMO | Running Man Late 1990's
Sicinnis n/a n/a Violent shaking dance BC?
Sicillian(a), La Sicily Pastoral dance | (6/8 or 12/8 time) La Tarantella | L'Italienne | Valse Redowa | 1850's?
Sicilienne Poland Markowski (difficult | but graceful) Friska | Schottische | Mazurka | Libonienne | L'Italienne 1700's?
Silent Dance USA n/a Social Dance thru Recorded Music and Headphones 1928
Silent Dance n/a Venetian's Weddings 1500's
Sir Roger de Coverly England aka: Roger de Coverly Square Dance | Arkansas Traveler 1800's
Sirillas Chili Quellón region n/a n/a
Siva Dance Samoa Samoan? Apia | King Malietoa 1880's
Six Step Waltz New York Oscar Duryea National Biscuit Company ?
Six-Eight, The England n/a n/a 1927
Skating Waltz Paris Created by Maurice Mouvet as a boy Solo Waltz done to Inamorata song. can be done to any waltz song however. 1903?
Skákava Bohemia n/a Mazurka n/a
Skillipoop, the Stratford | Canada Alan Lund with Chela Matthison and Sylvia Shaffer (at the Stratford Shakespearian Festival "Timon of Athens".) African-Oriental couples stage dance 1968
Skip Dance n/a n/a n/a 1800's?
Skip Rope Dance Buffalo | New York choreographed for Irene Pirson by Horatio N. Grant. ---> The rope describes two revolutions to each bar. The dancer leaves the floor with a leap or hop every count in the bar | 164 hops and leaps. The rope goes under the feet on 1st and 3rd counts. 1895
Skirt Dance n/a Kate Vaughan Serpentine | Veils | Butterfly | Bubble | Fan 1876?
Skronch Kentucky n/a Scronch | Cotton Club | Cab Calloway n/a
SLÅNGPOLSKA FRÅN VIKBOLANDET Sweden Danced at weddings and Holidays Folk | Russian | Ukrainian | Israeli n/a
Slop, The California American Bandstand Introduction aka: Maybe West Coast Swing? n/a
Slovak Folk Dance Slovakia Czech/Slovak dances Cardáš | Strasak | Hat dance ??
Sluefoot, The California? Film: Daddy Long Legs see: Leslie Caron | Fred Astaire | Daddy Long Legs Film 1954
Slow Drag New Orleans n/a Fish | Pony | Treemonisha 1890's
Slow Rag USA (Probably misspelling of Slow Drag) Bunny Hug | Turkey Trot 1910
Smurf, the USA Smurf Cartoon Dance Urkel | Pee Wee Herman Dance | The Pacman 1980's?
Snake Dance Arizona ?Hopi Indians? Hopi | Moki | 2/1911 Nat'l Geographic Mag. 1903
Snake Dance Havana Voodoo Priests Naningo | Matar La Culebra 16th Cent.
Snake Hips New York Earl " Snake Hips " Tucker Connie's Hot Chocolates | Congo Dance 1920's
Soft Shoe The South George Primrose | Barney Fagan - (See: Tap,) Leonard | Sand Dance | Virginia Essence | Clog | Tap | Buck /Wing | Juba 1910's
Soleares Spain Origin of the Flamenco Spanish | Flamenco | Alegrías n/a
Son, The Cuba aka: Rumba Mambo | Cha-Cha | Salsa | Latin | Rumba -
Sonia Polish Dance Poland? aka: Polka Polka 1924
Sophisticated Swing California Myrna Myron name for West Coast Swing. West Coast Swing | Western Swing | Supreme Swing | Push | Whip | Swop | Swango | Swustle | Swag | Carolina Shag 1940's
South Sea Fling n/a Efate Dancers n/a 1944's
South Sea Hula Dance New York Gilda Gray n/a 1922
Southern Slide USA n/a Composer: Jos. A. Burke 1911
Spagnoletta Netherlands n/a Pavane | Espunyolet | Spanish dances 1600's
Spanish Dance Spain Andalusia Flamenco | Sarabande | Spanish Espagnole | Saltarello | Jaleo | Sequidilla | Fandango | Dancing Girls from Cadiz | Jota 550 B.C. (Varies?)
Spanish Schottische (Espagnole) Paris, France aka: Spanish Schottische | Maltese | Double Schottische (most popular) | Scotis Espanol and the Seven Steps or Seven Step Polka Spanish Dance | Schottische 1900's
Spanish Waltz USA Dance Masters of America Waltz done side by side 1896
Spanish Yorke n/a Dance Masters of America Yorker | Yorke | York 1895
Spider Dance NY? Lola Montez (Gilbert) | done in Louise Glaum 'Sex' Film [1920] Spanish dances | Lola and Andre' 1800's
Spirit of America, the USA Dance Masters of America. Danced to "Dixie Song". Partly a Cakewalk Cakewalk | Roosevelt Gavotte | Motto Gavotte 1910's
Spongebob, the USA Hop+Kick-Step<-->Hop+Kick-Step TV Cartoon Show 1990's
Spoon Dances Turkey? Anatolia Dinar | Silifke | Bolu | Konya n/a
Spreading Chestnut Tree England Miss Adele England Miss England | n/a
Springar Sweden Swedish and Norwegian Country Dance aka: Springdans | Springleik n/a
Square Dance England? n/a Country | Round | Folk 1800's
Square-Order Shuffle England Father Joseph (Shakers) Shakers dance 1788
St. Louis Hop USA n/a Finale Hop, St. Louis Finale (Hop), Scandal Hop, Collegiate dances 1926's
St. Louis Shag E. St. Louis Kenny Wetzel was a main devotee of this dance. Charleston | St. Louis Hop | Lindy | Shag | WC Swing, 1930's
St. Louis Shuffle USA Arthur Murray (Lets Swing It book) n/a 1937's
St. Vitus Dance, the Germany aka: Tarentella | Middle Ages Tarantella | Dance Marathons 1374
Stag Dance, the USA Union Soldiers Ballroom 1863
Stag Line USA Single Men Cutting In | Single | Escort 1937
Statue Dance n/a Minstrel Shows Pedestal Dance | Jig | Clog | Step Dance | Tap 1840's?
Step Dance Ireland See tap for now Tap dance | Clog | Jig | Pedestal 400's
Steppin' Chicago, IL n/a Stepping | Swing | DC Hand Dance | Walk | Off-time 1940's
Stevenson Stomp New York Natl. Dance Masters Ass. Political | Al Smith Hop | Lindy Hop 1952
Stomp-Stomp-Stomp USA 8/1960: Ballroom Dance Mag. the Madison 1960
Stop-Time Dance ?? Fred Stone and Dave Mongomery danced this dance Tap dance | Vernacular | Minstrel 1920's
Stop Trot London ?? n/a 1927
Stork Hop n/a Danced by Many Couples Together imitating the Long Legged flight of a Stork. Fox Dance | Goat Bound | Grizzly Bear | Bunny Hug etc. 1912
Strasak Slavokia ?? Cardáš | Hat dance ??
Strassburger Paris n/a Mozart | Landler | Strassbourgeoise 1770
Strathspey Scotland (Straph / Vale Spey river) National dance of Scotland. Basically a slow reel. Highland Fling | Highland Schottische | Hornpipe | Slower than Reels 1750
Stroll, The USA Albert Newman - (from Hesitation Boston | became fad in 1960s) Hesitation | Boston (Waltz) | Fad | Twist | Frug | 1913's
Strollypso USA Jackie Dee Stroll | Calypso 1960's
Strophe Crete Thesus Strophe | Anti-strophe | and the Stationary | Mythology B.C.
Strut, The USA Uncle Tom's Cabin [1903] | Hallelujah [1929] | Music Box Revue[19??] Paul Whiteman | Cakewalk 1900?
Strut, The Champion USA See: Marge and Gower Champion Cakewalk | Charleston | Jitterbug - mix 1940's?
Stumbling Steps | the USA Donald Kerr & Elfie Weston Walking Dance for Dummies :) 1922
Sturlungasaga Sweden? n/a Strophe | Faroe n/a
Styrienne n/a Fanny Essler Cachucha | Varsovienne | Tarantella n/a
Subway Glide 1914's n/a Ragtime Dance | Glide n/a
Sugar Foot No. Carolina Precursor to the AM Shag | although was name of a few patterns as well. Shag | Flea Hop | Balboa | Jitterbug | Break Away | West Coast Swing | 1923 -Sugar Foot Stomp-s/m 1930's
Sugar Foot Strut, the USA Created by Billy Pierce for Ada May Made famous by Ada May 1928's
Sugar Step London ?? ?? 1927
Supreme Swing Oklahoma Named by Jerry Crim West Coast Swing | Push | Whip | Sophisticated | Western Swing | Carolina Shag | Rock and Roll ?
Surfer Stomp USA Side | Cross | Side | Stomp - repeat (solo or couple) Fad | NC2 | Twist | Disco 1960's
Suzy - Q USA n/a Big Apple | Truckin' | Lindy Hop | Shim Sham 1937
Swallow Bavaria n/a Animal n/a
Swedish Ring Dance ?Sweden? ?? ?? ??
Swing Dance USA Folk Dance (Swing Dance is an Umbrella Term for all swing dance forms. See listed) Balboa | Big Apple | Boogie Woogie | Bop | BreakAway | Carolina Shag | Ceroc | Champion Strut | Flying Lindy | DC Hand Dance | East Coast Swing | Hollywood Style | Hustle | Jitterbug | Jive | Jitterbug-Jive | Leroc | Lindy | Mooch | New Yorker | Pony Swing | Push | Rock and Roll | Savoy Style | Shag (collegiate) | Shag (St Louis) | Shim Sham | Sophisticated Swing | Steppin | Supreme Swing | Suzy Q | Swag | Swango | Swop | Swustle | Texas Tommy | Truckin | West Coast Swing | Whip | and others. 1914 to
Swing Trot New York Fred Astaire Foxtrot 1947
Swing Waltz n/a n/a Waltz 1937
Swingeroo, the Georgia A Truckin' Maneuver. Elbows interlocked and Truck in a circle Truckin | Joe Louis Truck | Swing dance | Lindy Hop 1937
Swop Dance Hollywood, CA Coined by group Outkast. Means medium tempo Old Skool (SW)ing (128-148 bpm) and Hip-h(OP) mixture or SW-OP from film Idlewild. West Coast Swing | Hip-Hop | Push | Whip | Shag | Lindy 7/2006
Sword Dance Rome Spartans and Romans | Later Scotland (1058 AD) Mattachins | Highland Fling | Matassins | Gillie Callum | Moresque | Mooris n/a
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