Clog and step dancer, she provided information on her father, Alfred Threlfall “Alf” Robinson. She lived in Rawtenstall. Born c. 1902.
Alf was the brother of Joseph Robinson (Young Jos) and Stainton Robinson and thus the son of Joseph William Robinson (Old Jos). He taught dancing until 1930 in places such as Dolphinholme, Hutton Roof, Carnforth, Ingleton, Beetham, Clapham, Settle, Giggleswick and Milnthorpe.
Mrs Riley could remember her father teaching the following dances:
Heel and Toe polka,
Horse to Newmarket
Skipping Rope Dance
He also taught clog and step dancing.
Mrs Riley was able to provide a partial notation for the Sword Dance
She remembered the following steps: shuffle of, treble shuffle, rolling step, knock toe and heel, crunch.
- Letter to Mrs Riley, 10 November 1962