SALISBURY FOLKDANCE CLUB
May it whet your appetite
Since medieval times dances have been recorded from parts of England, and since
the 16th century they have been documented in print. Elizabeth 1st brought many country dances to Court where they were performed along with the more stately dances of the time. In the following century John Playford published collections of dances in his English Dancing Master most of which are still danced today and referred to loosely as “Playford dances”.
Some basic facts
The members of Salisbury Folk dance Club are a group of people interested in folk-style social dancing. We meet for the pleasure of listening and dancing to traditional and modern folk dance music on Tuesday evenings at St. Martin’s School, Shady Bower, Salisbury, SP1 2RG from 7.30 to 10.00pm. Our year runs from September to August and membership costs £5 per year with a £3 fee per evening for members and £4.00 for non members. People coming for the first time to try us out are admitted free.We are a friendly group of mainly 40-70 year olds but have several members outside this bracket and all ages are welcome. We all enjoy the company of others and welcome visitors from other clubs and newcomers. Our regular Caller is David Tullis who encourages other members to take up the challenge of calling on regular “club caller” evenings and ensures a variety of Callers perform throughout the year as can be seen from our Programme and Latest News pages.We hold several dances a year with professional Callers and bands and other special events in the summer and at Christmas. Do come along and give us a try for your regular exercise, companionship and emotional uplift!
Fancy dress party
Berea Dancers display USA
Collectors of the old music and dance notations in England and the USA
. Collectors such as Cecil Sharp and Maud Karpeles who recorded tunes, notations and variations on the dances saved many of these dances for posterity. They also very importantly interpreted the Instructions that people like John Playford wrote into modern English that we can understand now.
With the introduction of “modern “ dances such as the Foxtrot, Waltz and Quickstep and following the second word war the traditional dances started to decline.
The world has changed
Many of these dances migrated to other parts of Europe and to America with the early settlers and morphed into contras and squares as still danced today.
Traditional folk dance
Modern folk dance
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