Howson, James

Dancing master from Westmorland who taught at Flooburgh Village Hall, Hollow Club, Field Boughton and Grange-over-Sand concurrently. Adult class followed juvenile class. His wife or daughter played the piano. Classes taught by the quarter at the cost of 12/6. He appears to have operated at least in the early 1920s.

He also ran balls. At these events more experienced pupils performed step dances as a solo, the less experienced in groups of up to seven or eight.

Dances taught included:

Garland Dance
Highland Fling
Jockey Dance
Lancers
Nigger Dance
Quadrilles
Sailor’s Hornpipe which he was able to teach.
Skipping Rope/Hoop Dance
Skirt Dance
Tambourine Dance
Waltz

He was able to teach the following clog steps::

Single Shuffle, Double shuffle, Sidestep, Knock-Toe-Heel, Swivelling Crunch, Short Sidestep, Hagworm Crawl, Crow Walk.

Information derived from interviews by Tom Flett with Harold Edgar on 15/9/1962.

Links:

Keith, Mrs Gertrude, Grange-over-Sands, England, 8 January 1960

Robinson, Mrs Grace, Grange-over-Sands, N. Lancs, England, August 1961