Langhorn, T.W.

Clog and social dancer from Ambleside, and later Great Urswell.  b. 1875.

Brought up in Ambleside. Taught by Joseph Robinson (Old Jos) in the barn at the old mill. Sent by mother to improve posture. Attended for three seasons from 1886 at age 10. Taught polka step and waltz step before step-dancing.

He learned the following dances:

Barn Dance
Caledonians
Circassian Circle
Cottagers
Highland Schottische
Lancers
La Varsovania
Mazurka
Polka
Quadrilles
Schottische
Sir Roger de Coverley
Square Eight
Three Hand Reel
Valeta
Waltz
Waltz Cotillion

He was able to provide information on the following steps: Single Shuffle, Double Shuffle, Treble Shuffle, Agworm Crawl, Slip-Step, Shuffle Step, Ankle Rock, Slip Step, Single Crunch, Rolling and Knocking Heels, Kicking Step

He also recalled a number of “fancy” dances for which he was able to provide  partial notations:

Fairy Queen
Highland Fling
Irish Jig
Jockey Dance
Sailors’ Hornpipe

Information derived from an interview by Tom Flett with Mr Langhorn on 21/9/1962.