Circassian Circle

Social circle dance, traditionally widespread in England.

Clara Boyle was available to provide a skeleton notation for this dance which she had learned from  Richard Allen who was a (perhaps part-time) dancing master in Edenhall, England.

Known to have been taught by:

Richard Allen
Dizzy Bryden of Workington
Oliver Cowper of Workington
Roland Cowper of Whitehaven – 2 versions.
Tommy Cannon of Underbarow and Crosthwaite
Miss Harding of Ulverston, operating in the 1880s
Joseph Robinson (Old Jos)
Stainton Robinson of Windermere

Information derived from interviews by Tom Flett with  Clara Boyle on 3 January 1960 (interviewed with Lucy Short), Mr and Mrs John Whittle on 4 January 1960, Mrs Frances Gray (undated),  Mr and Mrs Satterthwaite dated 26 & 29/8/1962 (plus original notes of same date), Mr & Mrs Coward on  19/9/1962 and Roland Cowper on  6/1/1960 Also Soulby’s Ulverston Advertiser 2/1/1886 and 23/9/1886




Akrigg, Mr & Mrs Jack

Batty, Mrs Arthur

Beresford, Peter

Birbeck, Mrs

Boyle, Clara (Miss / Mrs)

Brown, Mrs David

Chapman, Brian

Coward, Miss E.

Cowper, Roland

Halliday, Mrs B

Hilton, Miss (Keswick)

Hird, Mrs Florence

Hobson, William B

Holgate, Tom J.

Huddlestone, Mr & Mrs

Keith, Gertrude

Lynch, Mr & Mrs

Miss Harding

Ridding, Mrs S.E.

Robinson, Joseph William (Old Jos)

Robinson, Norman

Satterthwaite, Mr & Mrs T

Smith, Mrs & Mrs Walter

Thompson, Mrs H

Thwaite, Mr & Mrs

Tully, Mr & Mrs William

Wannop, Mr & Mrs

Whittle, Mr and Mrs John, Workington, Cumberland, England, 4 January 1960