Coward, Miss E.

Step dancer.  Pupil of Stainton Robinson. She was able to provide a partial notation for the Hoop Dance. Information derived from and interview by Tom Flett with Miss E. Coward, undated.

Flett Manuscript Collection – England

Thomas Muirhead Flett and his wife Joan were prolific collectors of traditional dance, beginning in the Western Isles in 1953, they systematically covered large parts of Scotland and subsequently also worked in the north of England. Tom’s habit was to

Reel, Eight Hand

Dance for eight recorded from oral tradition in many parts of England and Scotland. In the southern Lake District (where it was often known as the Square Eight), Yorkshire and north Lancashire, it featured in the repertoire of almost every local  dancing

Robinson, Joseph William (Old Jos)

Clog, step and social dance teacher from Ambleside, England. Joseph William Robinson, known as ‘Old Jos’ was born in 1838, the son of Matthew Robinson a shoe-maker. Born in Cunsay he married 25 December 1861 Margaret Stainton (b. 1839) and together

Flett, Thomas Muirhead

28 July 1923 – 13 February 1976, was an English mathematician at Sheffield University working on analysis. He was born in London, England, after his parents moved from Scotland to London. Biography to go here. University of Sheffield alumni obituary

Reel, Three Hand

Dance for three, recorded from oral tradition in many parts of England, Scotland and Wales. In the southern Lake District and Yorkshire it featured in the repertoires of a number of dancing masters and was danced in shoes or clogs.

Reel, Six Hand

Dance for six (or in the Lake District apparently sometimes12), recorded from oral tradition in many parts of England, Scotland and Wales. In the Lake District it featured in the repertoire of several dancing masters and was danced in shoes. A similar dance is

Heel and Toe Polka

Social couple dance known from oral tradition in the southern Lake District.  Also known as the Heel and Toe Country Dance. Known to have been taught by the following dancing masters: Richard Allen of Langwathby Mr Blackburn of Downham Dizzy Bryden of Workington Tommy

Hoop Dance

Speciality dance for girls  known from oral tradition in the southern Lake District, usually being taught to children.  Also known as Dancing Through the Hoop.  Occasionally performed to particular music (Hoop Strathspey). Known to have been taught by the following dancing masters:

Sword Dance [England]

English version of the Scottish dance Gille Callum known from oral tradition in the southern Lake District. Also known as Over the Swords or the Cross Swords Dance. Known to have been taught by the following dancing masters: Dizzy Bryden