Robinson, Stainton Battersby

Clog, step and social dance teacher from Windermere, England. Born 1863, married Jane Smith 18th October 1883, died October 1902 (buried Finsthwaite 13 October 1902).

Part-time dancing master, an occupation which he combined with running “The Laurels” and “The Lakeside Hotel”, Windermere. Known to have taught at Lowick Bridge, and teh Lakeside Hall, classes being held once a week for about 12 weeks followed by a finishing ball, often in fancy dress. Teaching in Flookburgh in 1893.

First son of Joseph William Robinson, known as ‘Old Jos’.   Stainton Robinson (1863-1902) taught dancing as did brothers Joseph and Alf (Albert Threlfall Robinson) (1882-1959).  His son, Joseph Robinson (Young Jos), continued teaching after his father’s death.  As far as is known he only taught children at his classes.

In about 1892 he sent his daughter Margaret Anne went to a teacher in Preston, Louie Fuller, a well-known dancer, to learn the Spanish Castanet Dance and the Skirt Dance, which he later introduced at his classes.

His pupils are known to have included:

Diddy Dixon
Chris Parkinson
Evelyn Pickthall (Daughter)
Mrs T. Satterthwaite (nee Dugdale)
Roberta Robinson
Margaret Anne Stainton (Daughter d. about 1898)

He taught the following dances:

Circassian Circle
Dancing Through the Hoop
Eight Hand Reel
Highland Fling
Hoop Dance
Jockey Dance
Napoleon’s Grand March
Nigger Dance
Spanish Castanet Dance
Skipping Rope Dance
Skirt Dance
Sword Dance
Three Hand Reel

He also taught step and clog dancing, Information derived from and interview by Tom Flett with Kate Foy, undatedJoseph Robinson (undated),  Mrs F. Clark on the  25 August 1962 (plus original notes of the same date), Mr and Mrs Satterthwaite dated 26 & 29/8/1962 (plus original notes of same date) and  Roberta Robinson on 27 August 1962 (and original notes of the same date), Chris Parkinson  on 14/9/1962 and Evelyn Pickthall on 19/9/1962. Also Barrow News  30/12/1893 and church registers, Finsthwaite.  1890-1910.


Wilson, Miss Cissie, Hawkshead, England, 7 January 1960

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

Halliday, Mrs B., Grimsby, Lincolnshire, 2 September 1962, correspondence and Ball programme