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This Web Publication from Yorkshire Dales Workshops introduces you to three different kinds of traditional English Dancing - Village Dances, Morris Dances and Clog Dances.

Dances like these have been popular all over the country for hundreds of years. They are still danced today by people of all ages at special occasions and events such as weddings, birthday celebrations, barndances, outdoor festivities and festivals. There are also clubs where people do these dances just for fun and because they want to keep the traditions alive.


English Dances Site Map

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• VILLAGE DANCES - General introduction (with videos)

dance & music notation with videos
Sicilian Circle diagram
music notation & calling prompts (PDF for print)
calling notes (for print)

• Goathland Square Eight - tune: 'Old Mrs Wilson'

dance & music notation with videos
Square formation diagram
music notation & calling prompts (PDF for print)
calling notes (for print)

• Learning & teaching notes - Village Dances

more about village dances
teaching village dances - Butter'd Peas - Goathland Square
notes for musicians
calling notes (for print)


• MORRIS DANCES - General introduction (with Cotswold Morris videos & formation diagram)

• Adderbury 'Lads-a-Bunchum'

structure - tune - stepping - walk round - sticking
music notation (PDF for print)

the 6 common figures - dance notation and videos:

1 Foot up
2 Back to back
3 Processional down
4 Processional up
5 Hands around
6 Adderbury hey

the whole dance: video & sequence of figures
dance notation summary (for print)

• Learning & teaching notes - Morris

more about Morris dancing
teaching Cotswold Morris
learning & teaching Adderbury 'Lads-a-Bunchum'
notes for musicians


• CLOG DANCES - General introduction (with videos)

• Alex Woodcock's Waltz

the structure of the dance - 6 named steps + platform & finish
the platform & finish - dance & rhythm notation and videos
music notation of The Crooked Bawbee (PDF for print)
glossary of dance terms (for print)

the six steps - dance & rhythm notation and videos
1 Catch Out
2 Baby Crunch
3 Jump Clicks
4 Click Crunch
5 Lazy Walks
6 Bells

Dance Notation for the whole dance (for print)
Rhythm Notation for the whole dance (for print)
Music notation of The Crooked Bawbee (PDF for print)
Glossary of dance terms (for print)

• Learning & teaching notes - Clog

more about clog dances
teaching clog dances
notes for musicians


If you wish to learn or teach these dances and tunes you can use this publication as a pre-workshop introduction and as a follow-up learning resource, alongside practical help from someone with appropriate experience. The www links page refers you to web sites which will help you to find more information and locate relevant organisations, workshop tutors and musicians.

• Notes for teachers - traditional dances in the school curriculum

• LINKS to www - web sites for further study and information.

• CREDITS - and how to contact the publishers with your comments, requests and suggestions.


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Updated: Thu, May 13, 2010
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