|Location||Abbot Hall Social Centre|
What we do
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. Pat Gordon is our teacher with Tony Miley as stand in teacher.
We continue the season with great verve and enthusiasm and thoroughly enjoy ourselves.
25 of us had a very nice lunch in February at the Stone Cross Manor Hotel.
We have been asked to represent SLU3A on 24th April, along with other groups, to give a dancing demonstration to the ladies of the Lythe Valley Group of W.I’s in order to bring the U3A to their attention.
We have had a very good start to the season with Tony, Ian and Pat at the helm. Several people showed an interest in joining at the September Open Day thus creating another waiting list. Hopefully we will be able to absorb them into our group over the coming weeks. Our season ends with a Christmas Ceilidh hosted by Ian Jones and his wife followed by a Jacob’s Join.