Whittle, John & Mrs

Dancers from Workington, Cumberland, England.  John Whittle was born in about 1884 and Mrs Whittle in about 1888.

John Whittle attended dancing classes run by Dizzy Bryden in about 1902.  The classes were in Workington and were for both schoolchildren and teenagers but he also ran dances fro adults.  He only taught social dancing although John Whittle knew the shuffle-off.  He learned the following dances:

d’Alberts (incl figures of Waltz Cotillion)
Barn Dance
Caledonians
Circassian Circle
Eight Hand Reel
Heel and Toe Polka
Highland Schottische
Lancers
Mazourka
Military Two Step
Polka
Polka Mazourka
Quadrilles
Schottische
Six Hand Reel
Waltz
Waltz Cotillion

John Whittle had seen the Three Hand Reel performed as an exhibition by three ladies in shoes at an old folks event in about 1905.

Mr and Mrs Whittle knew of Cumberland and Westmorland step dancing and remembered:

Harry Earp, Workington
Bill Lowden, Harrington
Harry Shepherd, Workington
Williamson, Workington

As all being exponents of clog dancing.  They also knew of Oliver CowperParry Cowper and Roland Cowper of Whitehaven and Will Wright of Seaton (who was a “proper dancing master.)

 

Information derived from and interview by Tom Flett with Mr and Mrs Whittle on 4 January 1960.