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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

November 2018

Commencing after Christmas on Monday 7th January 2019. By then we will have enjoyed our Christmas Ceilidh with live music from Ian and Margaret Jones.

Unfortunately, for the time being, we have to close the waiting list but ask those who are already on it to be patient as we do our best to include them!

As usual our thanks go to our volunteer callers and we would be very happy if others would like to "give it a go".

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.

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