Lloyd & Dorothy Shaw
biology, Shakespeare and Colorado history. Endowed with a rich, baritone
voice he read Dicken's Christmas Carol each December; made his play
The Littlest Wiseman the school's gift to the community; introduced
thousands to the rhythms of western Square Dancing; directed drama
productions with gust; lectured on a wide variety of subjects in a style
which would make Churchill proud; and explained classical music and opera
with the abandon of Luciano Pavarotti.
served as superintendent of
the Broadmoor District's Cheyenne Mountain School on the outskirts of
Colorado Springs for 35 years.
There he developed a unique sports program that provided active
participation for the major part of the student body.
He developed a championship football team but later barred the sport from
the school's curriculum, feeling the competitiveness, acclaim, and ensuing
publicity was unhealthy for the school.
He then started a program of outdoor activities in which all the students
could participate that included hiking, skiing, outdoor camping, and, for a
while, horsemanship (which he discontinued because he felt it would launch
students into rodeo).
He also initiated a program of dramatics and folk dancing.
upon their graduation from Colorado College, Lloyd Shaw married
Dr. Lloyd 'Pappy' Shaw:
Educator, scholar, writer, square-dance caller, athlete, naturalist,
He emerged as an educator with imaginative ideas combined with a bursting
love of life.
He considered his role as school principal to be that of a principle
His vast knowledge in
the field brought Pappy to Hollywood as the special dance director for "Duel
in the Sun," starring Jennifer Jones, Gregory Peck, Joseph Cotton, and
Dr. Shaw had been
working on the theory that the Greeks were right about dancing being an
essential part of the education of the child.
Having started with international folk dancing under the tutelage of
Elizabeth Burchenal, he was more than ready for the American dance.
recognized that the Henry Ford book, 'Good Morning', supplied only
half of this dance.
'The other half' lay almost under his own nose in the little towns and farm
communities of his own West.
'The other half'
was not easy to dig out.
Dr. Shaw, ardently pursued his hobby of American square and round dancing,
continued searching out, preserving, and revitalizing the dance form.
Callers could only remember their calls when they stood up in front of the
dancers with the music behind them.
Dancers worked almost like puppets satisfied with a thin repertory. Tempos
were deadly slow and everyone was a little suspicious of a city slicker who
came to the dance with a notebook in his hand.
Nevertheless, people did help - leads opened up - and pilgrims on the same
quest opened their files and their hearts to each other.
Lloyd found that there was a large amount of material among the cowboys of
the West. Bit by bit, he uncovered and documented the "American folk dance"
of the West.
One of the most notable
contributions he found came from Herb Greggerson of El Paso, Texas, who took a
fanatic's delight in dancing and putting down on paper the wonderful Texas
dances, so true to their Country sources.
In 1939 Lloyd Shaw published "Cowboy Dances", a big book that filled in
Henry Ford's gaps, containing a thorough discussion of the square dance as
it was done from the Missouri River Valley to the Sierras, and from North
Dakota to the Gulf of Mexico.
His knowledge and research earned him recognition as the "Dean of American
His research into round dancing brought about his publishing the "Round
Dance Book" in 1947.
In 1949, the American Academy of Physical Education made one of its rare
citations "to the Lloyd Shaw Folk Dance Program" as a noteworthy
contribution to physical education.
was an innovative educator whose dedication to American folk dance saved an
important part of our country’s cultural heritage.
years, Lloyd Shaw conducted summer classes, where he taught teachers how to
present the "whole" American folk dance.
He conducted week-long summer institutes in
Colorado Springs, which became the main training center for leaders and
callers all over the nation.
He trained teams of dancers and took
them around the country exhibiting and teaching.
Other such institutes sprang up all over the country. The square dance began
to pull into focus, as it never had before.
Once more, and all over the country, thousands, and then millions, of people
were square dancing.
His first out-of-state
trip with his wife and their teen-age dance team, the Cheyenne Mountain
Dancers, happened in 1937, when he visited Scripps College in Claremont,
California. The group then traveled to the National Folk Dance
Festival in Washington, D.C., in 1939. Following this trip, they made two
trips annually, except during the war years. The dancers appeared in more
than 50 major cities of the United States.
Dorothy was always there behind the scenes, supervising the making and care
of the costumes, acting as guide and counselor to the young folks, and
looking after the hundred-and-one little details that relieved Pappy of many
Dr. Lloyd 'Pappy' Shaw
1890 - 1958
"We can crowd the six-lane highways of the
dance, doing nothing but the newest and the fastest and the most all-alike,
and think it is wonderful,” he wrote to class members on January 5, 1957.
“Or we can seek out the by-ways too - the old, the unusual, the unchanged,
the lovely, the dearly-loved and long-forgotten - in the tradition and with
the love of generations of travelers before us.
Keep it simple, I pray you! Keep it rich with eternal fun! Keep
your hearts forever sensitive to the past, alive in the present, and the
future will be yours with all its blessings."