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The Stag Dance

The Stag Dance, was basically a dance thrown for the available single men in the community (and by title not so obviously the single ladies as well). Contre, Barn and Square Dances often had solo dances just for the single men (couples not allowed to participtae, except as chaperones if needed). It was also used around the Civil War for soldiers out in the field. The Military continued the use and eventually threw stag parties for cadets before a graduation, dinner, dance. Early Cotillions also had Stag dances for the single Men/Boys thruout the night. The Taxi dancer, Gigaloo and Gigalette was also born out of this Idea. Today it generally refers to strip clubs and or strippers.

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Night Clubs



G & S Stag Club and Tavern (Moline, Il. 1948) n/a n/a

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            2/1864 - Harper's Weekly
            4/1964 - Real Action Magazine (Stag Show Dancer)

Other Related Dances of the time...

Burlesque Contre Dance Square Dance  
Cotillions   Military Balls  

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Books, Magazine Articles on the dance...

Title Author Date Published Publisher
Stag Dance In The West ?? 3/18/1897 Truth Magazine



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Misc. Research Words that may be related ... to help your searches

Single Male Stag Line   ??
Going Stag        
November 10, 2012