April 23rd National Talk Like Shakespeare Day
Today was created by the Chicago Shakespeare Theater in 2009. It celebrates Shakespeare’s birthday which was on April 23rd, 1564. In order to talk like Shakespeare…to start with, we know it has to be in an English accent, and using words that aren’t normally linked to each other. It also means making sure that people aren’t quite sure what it is you are saying. It can be fun, it can be educational and it can be really, really annoying! But it’s only for one day so you can deal with it. And maybe Juliet will finally find out where Romeo is!
How to celebrate – Work on your English accent. Read Shakespeare so you understand how he put the words together. Make up your own words and see if anyone catches on.
One of the most American dances you’ll ever find is the Square Dance… only it didn’t really start in America. The English, Irish and Scottish were doing their own form of the square dance long before Americans joined in.
America did add in the caller, that person no one can understand, barking out the steps you are supposed to take. “Dosey Do” and “Swing Your Partner” are among the favorites! The dance is very popular in the southern states and mid-western regions where country music is king.
Naturally it’s a very colorful dance, sort of reminding one of the can-can for women. Men are generally a little more low key but can be equally as bright. It is a great way to excercise and a lot of elderly people are still involved with regular square dance groups.
There are competitions but most people just enjoy it as one might enjoy a night of bowling or shuffleboard. But if you are going to dance, you might want to learn it before you go, if you listen to the caller the moves will be done before you are able to conciously understand them.
How to celebrate – Learn how to square dance! Join a square dance group, after all you will need others to do the square dance. Learn how to be a caller and confuse everyone, it’s a great laugh.