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Dance Hall Rock

Escalante National Monument, Utah

 Gathering in Celebration, Mormon members of the Hole-in-the-Rock Expedition found the smooth floor sheltering alcove, and natural acoustics of this beautiful sandstone amphitheature perfect for fiddle, music and dancing.  From mid-November to early January of 1880, these special occasions provided pioneers a wecome relief from their labors.  Dancing was one of the most important recreational activities for the Mormon pioneers in the west.  An observer at the time stated, "In every Mormoan train there were usually some musicians, for they seem to be fond of song and dance, and as soon as the camp work was completed the younger element would gather in groups and 'trip the light fantastic toe' with as much vim if they had not had a twenty mile march that day." Photo © copyright by Kane Engelbert.

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