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A square dance in St. Stephen's church.
Jonna McKone
A square dance in St. Stephen's church.

Traditional Appalachian square and contra dancing are enjoying a resurgence among young people in the D.C. region. Rosslyn's Artisphere often attracts 100 participants for monthly contra dances set to the backdrop of electronic music and indie pop. And a recent square dance in Mount Pleasant attracted 200 youthful dancers on a recent Saturday night. Jonna McKone explores this reinvention of an old form of dance.

[Music: "Just Dance (Instrumental)" by Lady Gaga from The Fame]

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