The Grass Dance style is a very old dance rich in history that has become very popular across the country. In the old days, it was the job of the grass dancers to flatten the grass in the arena before a pow wow or when scouting a new campsite. The name "grass" does not come from the stomping of grass, but from the old habit of tying braids of sweetgrass to the dancer's belts, producing a swaying effect. Today, Grass Dancers resemble a brilliant, multicolored mass of yarn or fringe on the dance floor. When a Grass Dancer moves, his colorful fringe sways like prairie grass. The Grass Dance style was born in the North, but its popularity has spread south, and now this beautiful style is available for everyone.
The regalia of a Grass Dancer is very different from most other styles. The head gear is much the same as the Fancy Dancer: roach, spreader, and a beaded headband. One primary difference in Grass dancers is the optional "antennas,” which are long, thin wires with fluffs attached to the end that protrude from the spreader in lieu of roach feathers. These give the dancers more movement and call attention to the head and upper body. Most dancers today wear fringed capes that are edged with lots of yarn, fringe or ribbon. Multicolored designs in the yarn are popular, as well as white with colored highlights. A matching apron to the cape is worn to cover the waist, and usually fringed side tabs are worn as well. Instead of leather leggings, most Grass Dancers will wear a pair of jogging pants that have been modified with fringe just below the knees. The bells are worn just below the ankles above the moccasins.