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Country Dancing

Meeting Details

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

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.


August 2019

Our group has had an enjoyable term led by our volunteer callers who bring their own styles to the role!

For the summer period we give way to Scottish dancing to ring the changes but will resume again on Monday 9th September. We will then continue every Monday finishing on the 16th December with our live music Celidh.

I am afraid the waiting list is long at present so is closed for the time being

May 2019

We are slowly recruiting new dancers but our list is still quite long so patience is the name of the game!

There will be no dancing on Monday 27th May as the hall is otherwise booked.  We will finish the summer term on June 3rd and recommence after the holiday on September 9th.

We are pleased that Chris Bland has joined our band of callers.

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