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Wolfhound person English Folk Dancing - Present and Future (50) RE: English Folk Dancing - Present and Future 07 Mar 12

Howard wrote something like "they don't just turn up and hope for the best"

Oh yes they do. Regional variation and all that - if you attend a "dance" in Northumberland there is (usually) no caller: you are expected to learn the dance by copying the other dancers. The fans of these events are helpful but firm, and speak very disparagingly of "ceilidhs" - which in this neck of the woods are the ones with this "modern new fangled" idea of a caller. Woe betide you with some locals if you name your event by the wrong title, so they turn up expecting to dance instead of wasting time being told what to do.

And it is at the dances that the village-to-village variation in the forms of each dance still survives - just.
The ceilidhs are more at the entry level "folk" type ceilidh. With less and less local material being used, unfortunately.

Somewhere between would be good.....


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