Item BCA - 2017.299 - "The Dancing English." booklet produced by the EFDSS probably in the 1960s

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BCA - 2017.299


"The Dancing English." booklet produced by the EFDSS probably in the 1960s


  • c1960s (Creation)

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pdf of 14 pages

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This booklet was produced by the EFDSS, probably in the 1960s but could be earlier. Adverts in the booklet are priced in pre-decimal currency. The forward reads: - "In the17th century we were known as The Dancing English and we still have in this land a larger variety of native traditional dances than is found in any other European country. These folk dances are of great antiquity, handed down from generation to generation, by practice and country custom. Though the townspeople abandoned their native dances for the imported forms, many of the home-grown dances have survived in country places and even in certain industrial areas. In Yorkshire and Northumberland, the miners continue to practise their local sword dances, and in parts of Lancashire and in the Midlands, the Morris dances are still alive. Besides these ritual men’s dances, many of the old community processions and social country dances survive. Nearly everyone must have heard of the “Helston Floral Dance,” but equally well known in their own locality are the “Cumberland Square Eight,” “The Morpeth Rant” and the “Durham Reel.” In this brochure will be found an account of a few of these living dances and it will tell how in hundreds of towns and villages, people who have long forgotten their local dances, are re-discovering and adopting them to their great delight." Dancing sides mentioned include North Skelton Sword Dance, Royal Earsdon Sword Dancers, The Goathland Plough Stots, The Abbots Bromley Horn Dance, The Jolly Jacks of Andover, William Kimber, Bampton Morris, The Hobby Horse Festivals, Helston Furry, The Bacup Coconut dancers, Morris dancers in Thaxted and the Royton Morris dancers.

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