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POLE DANCERS

The pole dancers of Norfolk are an interesting band As they wander the marshes their poles in their hands. They get wary looks from the folk in the towns, All dressed up in tunics of olive and brown. Their poles and their ankles noisy with bells, Their shoes and their gloves decorated with shells, Large […]

STRICTLY DANCING – Day 5

The rest of the world ….. Poland …… Lapland ……… and so on ……. I do hope you’ve enjoyed this highly educational week. You should feel inspired now to put on your dancing shoes, best bib and tucker and boogy on down to the sounds …………….. man. .

STRICTLY DANCING – Day 4

Ireland Irish dances can broadly be divided into social dance and performance dances. Irish social dancing can be divided further into céilí and set dancing. Irish set and céilí dances are usually danced by formations (sets) of couples, usually four, to over 16 people. Irish social dance is a living tradition, and variations in particular […]

STRICTLY DANCING – Day 3

England -Morris Dancing A morris dance is a form of English folk dance usually accompanied by music. It is based on rhythmic stepping and the execution of choreographed figures by a group of dancers. Implements such as sticks, swords, and handkerchiefs may also be wielded by the dancers. In a small number of dances for […]

STRICTLY DANCING – Day 2

Scotland – The Highland Fling This is the oldest of the traditional dances of Scotland and is a dance of joy performed at the end of a victorious battle. It was danced by male warriors over a small round shield, called a Targe, that the warriors carried into battle. Most Targes had a sharp spike […]

STRICTLY DANCING – Day 1

Wales The history of Welsh folk dancing is quite a sad one. With the advent of the Non-conformist sects in the 18th and 19th centuries, the chapels saw the Welsh folk arts and customs as ones that were very sinful and not in keeping with chapel teaching. The chapels, chapel-folk, deacons and preachers, some of […]