It is planned to recommence our Country Dancing sessions from Friday 23 July, subject to the Government roadmap being achieved.
In 1651 the music publisher and book seller John Playford began to publish the music and notation for the “Country Dances” that were popular in the elite society of the time. When Playford died in 1686, his son Henry continued the collection and other publishers joined in. By the end of the eighteenth century country dancing was popular at balls, assemblies and private gatherings all over the country.
In the early 1900s, Cecil Sharp began to study the Playford collections, and he produced a number of Country Dance Books. Since then, other dances have been discovered and many new dances have been devised, using the traditional style. Now we have a wealth of material at our disposal, from fast and furious to slow and stately, and everything in between.
Here are some of the comments from members of the U3A Country Dance Group:-
“Lots of fun!”
“Exercise your brain and body.”
“Whatever the challenge we have in our dances, we always have fun”
“Great fun and nobody minds how often we get it wrong”
“As soon as you hear the catchy music you want to dance: This is exercise at its best for both body and mind with good company too – lots of fun!”
“Great teacher, very patient, exercise the body and the brain in good company”
There are a number of websites that show the dances in performance, including:
🎄Well here we are in December, no dancing since mid March 2020.
Some of us have managed to stay in touch with a WhatsApp group, cheering us up and covering diverse topics.
However GOOD NEWS. A few weeks ago June started solo Zoom English Country Dancing sessions, in our regular dance slot of Friday mornings at 11.00.
It’s not as scary as it may sound and is getting to be enjoyable. Seeing fellow dancers for a chat and a tea break, we never had one of those before. Hearing the familiar tunes, dancing the dances. No need to worry if you make a wrong turn or forget how to do a Grimstock Hey, you can’t upset anyone, there is only you to dance as freely as you wish.
June has posted details on the recent November u3a enews and she can be contactedif you would like to join us. (June’s email address is in the enews and her phone number is in the main Country Dancing Group Page.) 🎄
🎄Stay safe and hopefully Covid-19 vaccine will enable us to meet up in the Village Hall in 2021.