Nottingham Folk Dance Group
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This year we are again using a core repertoire of dances. The intention is to repeat all the dances many times over the course of the year so that we become familiar with them and are able to dance them confidently, and (hopefully) to concentrate a little more on technique and dancing them well not just getting through them. We noticed a marked improvement in the dancing of several of the previous years dances so we hope that you are finding it helpful.
Below is a list of the dances in the current core. If you would like a copy of the notation, please ask Malcolm or one of the other committee members. Please talk to Malcolm if anything is not clear in the instructions; he has taken them from the original source where he can.
As last year, we have a chart living with the club microphone. Each week the caller will mark all the core dances that he / she has done. We will try to repeat dances - it helps to consolidate the learning - but also try to make sure all the dances get reasonably equal coverage.
The dances have been chosen to allow the callers to teach particular figures, styles and formations. Some of the dances are a bit of a challenge, so we won't get them right until we've done some practising. Others have been chosen because they are often dances at public dances, and some more practice will help us to enjoy them more.
We are still experimenting with the best way to approach core dances so please keep passing on feedback to any member of the committee.
Where possible, links to the notation for the dance have been included. No guarantees as to the content of other sites can be given! Note that we may be teaching a slight variant of what is published on the external web site. See also our links page for web sites which provide hints on dance (and calling) technique.
|Fandango||3 Couple Longways||Apted 1774||Own Tune|
|Kelsterne Gardens||Longways Triple Minor||Playford 1728, 3rd Edition||Own Tune - 28bars|
|Longways duple minor,improper, single progression||Gary Roodman - Sum Further Calculated Figures||Winter Dreams Waltz - Jonathan Jensen|
|Michael and All Angels
Has a slight variation in the final figures for display purposes
|Longways duple minor, proper, single progression||Fried de Metz Herman, 1991||The Masque in Dioclesian, Air "Let Monarchs Fight" (1690)||
Our very own YouTube video!
Click here for additional notes on calling & dancing
|Longways, becket formation, even number of couples||Cary Ravitz||32bar American Reel|
|Mr. Beveridge's Maggot||Longways||Dancing Master 1695, interpreted by Pat Shaw||16b own tune - triple time|
|Longways duple minor, improper, single progression||Gary Roodman, A Finite Set of Calculated Figures, 2003||Own Tune by Dave Wiesler|