Dancing master from Workington. Active c.1902, born about 1857. Although always known by his nickname, the 1901 census shows William Bryden, dancing master, aged 43, living at 14 Oxford Street, Workington.
He ran classes in Workington and for both schoolchildren and teenagers but he also ran dances for adults. His wife was a dressmaker and he held his classes in a room above her shop in Oxford Street. The children’s classes were from 17.00 to 19.30 with the adult dances afterwards. He played the fiddle for both the classes and the dances. He only taught social dancing.
His pupils included William Wright form Seaton, who learned from him. He thought that Bryden had only private pupils and did not run classes.
d’Alberts (incl figures of Waltz Cotillion)
Eight Hand Reel
Heel and Toe Polka
Military Two Step
Six Hand Reel
Three Hand Reel
Additionally he taught solo dancing including: