|Location||Abbot Hall Social Centre|
The 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.
Dancers have enjoyed another successful term in spite of changes of venue due to the building works at AHSC. The start in September is delayed because the centre will be closed for a week.
During the summer break some members have been trying Scottish Country Dancing.
Regardless of the early start on a Monday morning the dancing is still very popular and we have a long waiting list at present.
1, 8, 15, 22, 29 May - None July and August
The last session will be on Monday 29th May and we will resume dancing on Monday September 11th after the summer break.
An average of 28 dancers a session fill the available space on a Monday morning. We are very grateful to Kathy Webster for finding us suitable alternative accommodation while building takes place at AHSC.
Also, thanks are due to Gillian Cochrane who has continued to call with a leg in plaster and our regular callers, Ian and Tony,
Apologies to those who are still on the waiting list.
The Open Morning brought a long list of prospective dancers and we are slowly absorbing some. Current dancers like their Monday mornings so much they do not want to leave!
We have all enjoyed another Christmas Ceilidh with live music by Ian and Margaret Jones.
2017 Meetings - 9 Jan – 24 Apr (Not 17 Apr – Easter Monday)
We start the new term on Monday 5th September and, building works willing, will continue until our Christmas Ceilidh on Monday 12th December.
We have managed to absorb all the members on our waiting list who still wished to attend. The dancers continue to enjoy the varied dances, laugh a lot and enjoy the social contact.