You’re A Grand Old Flag Patriotic Line Dance How To

Patriotic holidays are a great way to celebrate our past. I love to dance and was inspired by the 4th of July holiday to create a new line dance for my class.  The song “You’re a Grand Old Flag” jumped out at me, so I put together a patriotic line dance how to.

History of A Grand Old Flag:

The song “You’re a Grand Old Flag” dates to 1906. George Cohan originally wrote it as “A Grand old Rag” based on a conversation he had with a civil war vet with his tattered flag. It was quickly re-written as a “Grand old Flag. “It was the first song from a musical to sell over a million copies. It has gone on to become a very popular American march for bands. I fashioned my line dance after the 1945 James Cagney film version of the musical Yankee doodle dandy.

“You’re A Grand Old Flag” Patriotic Line Dance How To

8 march forward left foot then right foot. Repeat 8 counts.

4 kick forward 4 counts (slow or fast kicks according to ability) slow kicks, 1 kick left foot, 2 step on left foot, 3 kick right foot, 4 set right foot down. Fast 1 kick left foot, 2 step on left foot while kicking right foot, 3 set right foot down while kicking left foot, 4 step on left foot while kicking right foot, & set right foot down.

4 Grapevine and tap to left. 

4 kick forward 4 counts (slow or fast kicks according to ability).

4 Grapevine and tap to the right.

4 rock steps forward and back.

4 about face march.

Song

“You’re a grand old flag” performed by the Mormon tabernacle choir.

Locations

The Denver courthouse graces the back of the cover photo, and the Colorado State Capitol with civil war era cannon graces the background of the demonstration. The Colorado State Capitol was completed in 1901 after 15 yrs. of construction. Denver courthouse was completed in 1930. Its third floor in dedicated to the Governor’s offices.

Dancer- Holly Tomaizn 

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References

https://www.loc.gov/item/ihas.200000026/

https://www.patrioticmoms.com/archives/the-story-of-youre-a-grand-old-flag

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/You%27re_a_Grand_Old_Flag

http://www.courthouses.co/us-states/states-a-g/colorado-2/denver-county/

https://www.colorado.com/articles/colorado-history-colorado-state-capitol-denver