8 responses to History & Dancing in David Rogers Park
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    Alice Mary
    Comment on Inspirational (August 29th, 2013 at 08:01)


    Dr. Rogers should be an inspiration to anyone involved in the health care/concerns of others…and all of us, for that matter. Giving of ourselves for the good of others is always a noble cause.

    I enjoyed the photos, and found it interesting that Amish (at least the kids) actually participated in dancing. I thought dancing was not allowed, even in the more liberal Amish communities.

    Comment, Erik?

    Alice Mary

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    Debbie H
    Comment on History & Dancing in David Rogers Park (August 29th, 2013 at 09:05)

    Yes, I had always read that Amish didn’t allow dancing. But, I am happy to see some have embraced the idea that it is just plain fun and no harm done.

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    Comment on History & Dancing in David Rogers Park (August 29th, 2013 at 10:27)

    Alice Mary it is true that dancing is not an accepted custom among the Amish; this sounds to me more like parents letting it slide. The person who shared this could comment better but I doubt baptized/married adults were involved.

    However dancing and other things happen in some youth gatherings when parents are not around. Though this looks like some pretty tame circle dancing.

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      Comment on History & Dancing in David Rogers Park (August 30th, 2013 at 17:32)

      To my knowledge all dancing participants were unmarried women. I do not know if any would have been baptized members. It was a loose moment and everyone was having a good time 🙂 I have been told the Bishops typically remind their congregations not to attend the County 4H Fair. Some still attend. My neighbor explained it to me this way, “some people say the bishop didn’t talk about it this year, so lets go…” I’m not sure if David Rogers Days would fall into that category or not. When we lived in Arthur, Illinois no Amish individuals would attend the County Fair or anything of a similar nature. But the communites are different. Some of the amish here in Elkhart-LaGrange even attend Easter Egg hunts. I think much goes back to their acceptance of public education and the resulting integration into the greater (English & Amish) community and it’s events (ie. basketball games, school sponsered events such as the science fair, annual ping pong tournament, easter egg hunt, art contest were the winners are announced at the Shipshewana Mayfest…) I think it draws the Amish into the local community in a way that wouldn’t normally be accepted outside the school system… Just a thought anyway.

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        Comment on 18 and under (August 30th, 2013 at 17:35)

        18 and under

        My wife just came home. She said all the girls would have been 18 or under.

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    Naomi WIlson
    Comment on Old fashioned singing games (August 29th, 2013 at 12:08)

    Old fashioned singing games

    In the book, Rosanna of the Amish, there is mention of the unmarried youth doing singing games or “playparties.” This is a type of old-fashioned dance, similar to square dancing, in which a cappella singing takes the place of any musical instruments. Everyone sings and dances at the same time. I taught some of these old games in my days as an elementary music teacher. I have always wondered if there are any groups of Amish whose youth still play these games, or if they have disappeared completely, being too “old-fashioned” for todays’ Amish youth.

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      Rich Stevick
      Comment on History & Dancing in David Rogers Park (August 29th, 2013 at 18:56)

      Naomi, This kind of “acapella dancing” still occurs among the unmarried youth in Lawrence County, Western Pennsylvania. I’m fairly sure that it also takes place among at least some of the so-called Nebraska Amish, actually located in Pennsylvania. And I believe that some of the “buggy gangs,” the most traditional youth groups primarily from the southern part of Lancaster County, may still do unaccompanied dancing. One of my young Amish friends told me 20 years ago, “Rich, you should see it when it’s outdoors and under the stars. It’s beautiful.” I’m sorry I missed it.

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        Naomi Wilson
        Comment on History & Dancing in David Rogers Park (August 30th, 2013 at 08:15)

        Rich, thanks for this response. I was wondering if the Nebraska Amish might keep these old games alive. I know a family in S. Lancaster, I’ll have to ask them if they know anything of a cappella dancing.

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