La Varsovienne

Social dance known from oral tradition in the southern Lake District.  Also known as “La Va” and “Varsoviana”.

Known to have been taught by the following dancing masters:

Tommy Cannon of Underbarrow and Crosthwaite
Oliver Cowper of Workington
Joseph William  Robinson (Old Jos)
Robert Carson Robinson operating in the MIllom and Barrow areas.
Stainton Robinson of Windermere

Information derived from interviews by Tom Flett with Lucy Short on 3 January 1960 (interviewed with Clara Boyle), Mrs Frances Gray (undated), Mr and Mrs Satterthwaite dated 26 & 29/8/1962 (plus original notes of same date), Addie Robinson on the  28 August 1962 (plus original notes of the same date) and with Roland Cowper on  6/1/1960.


Airey, Mrs George

Akrigg, Mr & Mrs Jack

Batty, Mrs Arthur

Baynes, Mr & Mrs William

Beresford, Peter

Brown, Mrs David

Cowper, Roland

Gibson, Elizabeth

Halliwell, Mrs Belle

Hird, Mrs Florence

Holgate, Tom J.

Huddlestone, Mr & Mrs

Keith, Gertrude

Lynch, Mr & Mrs

Middleton, Dick

Oversby, Miss Mary

Pedder, Jack

Percy, Tom

Pye, Mrs Jessie

Ridding, Mrs S.E.


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

Smith, Mrs & Mrs Walter

Tully, Mr & Mrs William

Wannop, Mr & Mrs

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

Wood, Mr & Mrs Fred