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Country Dancing

Meeting Details

Meeting DayMonday
Time9.00- 10.30
FrequencyWeekly
LocationAbbot Hall Social Centre
Co-ordinator(s)Alison Jones

What we do

Tdancing in progresshe main forms of country dancing are: circle dancing, longways set, square set and couple dancing. The couple dance first appears in Bavaria in the late 18th century and rapidly spread around Europe. The most famous couple dances are also the names of time-signatures: waltz and polka. Circle dancing is known from classical times. By the time of John Playford's “The English Dancing Master” (1651) it was a dance for everyone. The English term “Country Dance” was adopted all across Europe.

The longways set was the most popular type of country dance in the first edition of Playford's book. A line of males faced a line of females for as many as will. “Roger de Coverley” and “The Grand Old Duke of York” are among the most familiar examples of this kind of dance. By the 1820s it was considered old-fashioned.

We now have a repertoire of 20 plus dances.

Reports

August 2018

Restarting on 10 Sept

The group continues to enjoy its Monday morning exercise, friendship, laughter and brainwork learning new dance steps! We have 4 regular callers who bring variety to the programme.

As some members have ceased to attend we have been able to clear the waiting list.

May 2018

The group continues to enjoy their Monday mornings of exercise, friendship, laughter and brainwork learning the dance steps!

We have 4 regular callers who bring variety to the programme.

Sadly a few mebers have ceased to attend but the plus side is that we have been able to get to the bottom of the waiting list.

After the summer break we will return on September 10th.

November 2017

Another good term for Country Dancing culminating in our Christmas Ceilidh to live music by Ian and Margaret Jones after which we enjoyed a Jacob's join.
This term we have to thank Ian for his weeks of calling as he "retires" to enjoy the dancing. It is great that Kelly has joined the caller ranks.
Tony and Gillian continue to call for the dancing but we are happy if members would like to "give it a go"!
We have been able to invite a couple of new dancers but the waiting list is still long.

We start again after the Christmas break on Monday 8th January 2018.

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