Hoop Dance

Speciality dance for girls  known from oral tradition in the southern Lake District., usually being taught to children.

Known to have been taught by the following dancing masters:

Tommy Cannon of Underbarrow and Crosthwaite
Mr Garnett, operating in Whicham in 1825.
Alfred Threlfall Robinson
Joseph William  Robinson (Old Jos)
Robert Carson Robinson operating in the MIllom and Barrow areas.
Stainton Robinson of Windermere

Photographs show that the hoops were often decorated with ribbons (red and white) with occasional bows.

Information derived from interviews by Tom Flett with Lucy Short on 3 January 1960 (interviewed with Clara Boyle), Dorothy Chaplow (undated), Mrs C. Riley (undated), Mrs Frances Gray (undated) and by J.F. Flett with Florence Nixon, 2/12/1977, from correspondence between Miss L.A.  Maddern and Tom Flett and an interview, August 1962, Mr and Mrs Satterthwaite dated 26 & 29/8/1962 (plus original notes of same date), Roberta Robinson on 27 August 1962 (and original notes of the same date),  Addie Robinson on the  28 August 1962 (plus original notes of the same date) and from correspondence from Tom Barnes to Tom Flett dated 12 August 1962.


Barnes, Tom

Coward, Miss E.

Halliday, Mrs B

Halliwell, Mrs Belle

Hilton, Miss (Keswick)

Ridding, Mrs S.E.

Robinson, Addie

Robinson, Norman

Satterthwaite, Mr & Mrs T

Miss Lucy Short, White Platts, Ambleside, England, 3 January 1960