WASHINGTON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY (Washington County, Utah)
DANCING IN WASHINGTON COUNTY
Dancing played an important part in pioneer Utah
and that was also true in southern Utah.
HISTORYDancing played a large part in the first Christmas celebration in St. George, December 24-25, 1861.
The large living room and dining room area in the John Mathis home served as the first dance floor in St. George.
DANCE VENUESAmerican Legion Hall in Hurricane
Biz-Ray Dance Hall in St. George
Bluebird Dance Pavilion in New Harmony
Dixie College Dance Pavilion
Santa Rosa Open Air Pavilion in Santa Clara
Starlite Gardens Dance Pavilion in Anderson Junction
DANCE BANDSBrass Band of Santa Clara
Earl J. Bleak Orchestra
Enerprise String Band
Early Dance Orchestra in Dixie
Perry Asay Band
Ralph Loper Band
William Staheli Dance Orchestra
REFERENCESDoug Liston with H.C. & Kay Hunt and Carol Liston,
" Musicians of Southern Utah"
Andrew Karl Larson, " I Was Called to Dixie"
Douglas D. Alder and Karl F. Brooks,
" A History of Washington County From Isolation to Destination"
pp. 144-145 and 250-252
"The First Christmas in St. George - 1861"
By Mary Pheonix
Dancing in the Settlements - Utah's Dixie
Old Time Utah Dances