Social couple dance known from oral tradition in the southern Lake District, Dorset and Scotland.

Known to have been taught by the following dancing masters:

Professor Airey of Kendal
Richard Allan of Langwathby
Mr Blackburn of Downham
Dizzy Bryden of Workington
Tommy Cannon of Underbarrow and Crosthwaite
Oliver Cowper of Workington
Mr Grudgeon of Clitheroe
Miss Harding of Ulverston, operating in the 1880s
Joseph Lowe of Edinburgh
“Pop” John Mason in Dent
Mr Ramage of Netherton
Joseph William Robinson (Old Jos)
Billy Urquhart in Bleamoor, Ribblehead

Information derived from interviews by Tom Flett with  Mr and Mrs John Whittle on 4 January 1960, Dorothy Chaplow (undated), Mrs Frances Gray (undated), Gertrude BurtonUndated , Mr & Mrs Anningundated. and from correspondence from Tom Barnes to Tom Flett dated 12 August 1962 and with Roland Cowper on  6/1/1960 , and interview by Tom Flett and Julian Pilling with Mr. Holgate26 March 1960, also interviews by Tom Flett with Mr and Mrs Jack Akrigg1 April 1960 and 4 April 1960.

See also Thomas, A. (ed), A New Most Excellent Dancing Master, New York: Pendragon Press, (1992) and Soulby’s Ulverston Advertiser 2/1/1886 and 23/9/1886

Also known as the Ballroom Polka, Polka Mazurka




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