February Dance

posted 12 Feb 2019, 02:11 by Vivienne Hayes

Just what is a Dolphin Loop? And Pothooks aren’t that common either! Trevor Monson used both these unusual moves in his Folk North West workshop yesterday afternoon, to the delight of over forty dancers. With excellent (but very patient) music from Ian and Margaret Jones we had three hours of challenging but thoroughly enjoyable dancing. Some of the dances were little known, old but rarely seeing the light of day; at least one was on its first time out – newly written and needing testing! This is what Folk North West is about – workshops for the improvement of dancing, dancers and callers, and that’s what we saw yesterday.

Next month we welcome Jan Dale to our workshop with music provided by Norman and Denise Bearon; sadly this will be Jan’s last time calling for us so come along, welcome her and give her a happy retirement send off! Sunday 10 March 2019 at 2.30pm at Samlesbury Memorial Hall.

January Dance

posted 16 Jan 2019, 01:40 by Vivienne Hayes

What better way to spend a cold and wet Sunday afternoon than dance away the winter blues? Nearly forty of us decided to do just that at the Folk North West January meeting. Ian and Margaret Jones (Kendal Green) provided the music and Ian called a variety of interesting and, at times, quite challenging dances. What inspires a dance? Flowers, famous buildings, even the journey to work through the Cheshire countryside – we had them all this afternoon and we now look forward to next month when Trevor Monson will be calling and Ian and Margaret will again provide the music. Come and join us!

November Dance

posted 4 Dec 2018, 06:31 by Vivienne Hayes

Thirty or so dancers braved the bitter cold to come to Samlesbury to enjoy a challenging afternoon of dance lead by Hilary Herbert. As well as some of her own dances, Hilary used dances old and new from elsewhere, to give us a varied programme full of fun but also full of thought – some dances are not at all easy and Ian and Margaret Jones, who provided the excellent music, at times needed the patience of Job! Hilary returns next month to call at our pre-Christmas get together, this time drawing on her collection of CDs to provide the music. We’re having a Jacob’s Join party, as well as more challenging dancing. Come along and enjoy!

October Dance

posted 29 Oct 2018, 09:35 by Vivienne Hayes

So when a caller wants to call a dance for the first time and he wants to know how it will go, how does he do it?  If his name is Andrew Shaw, he turns up at Folk North West, gathers a couple of dozen experienced dancers, gives them a history lesson as he calls the dances, then asks whether or not they were enjoyable.

This is what Folk North West is about.  A chance to try out new things, with people who understand that not everything always goes right first time but who enjoy their dancing nonetheless. With Norman and Denise Bearon providing the music for Andrew’s ‘new’ dances we
thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon.

In November we have Hilary Herbert putting us through our paces with music from Ian and Margaret Jones, another afternoon to savour! Come along and enjoy but remember it's 18 November, exceptionally the third Sunday.”


April Dance

posted 18 Apr 2018, 08:06 by Vivienne Hayes   [ updated 29 Oct 2018, 09:37 ]

The last meeting of the season clashed with the Casterton weekend and we had few people there to call or dance; undeterred, Roy Smith, David Thompson and Bill Barcroft shared the calling, though our numbers limited the range of dances. Over a cuppa, we held our AGM and agreed that the generous help received from Lancashire Folk had helped us through the season; we decided that we would seek further help for next season but that we would not at this time increase our fees.

Our first meeting of next season will have Andrew Shaw calling, supported by Norman and Denise Bearon; remember it’s the THIRD Sunday in October, the 21st.

We hope to see you there!

March Dance

posted 17 Mar 2018, 01:58 by Vivienne Hayes   [ updated 18 Apr 2018, 08:10 ]

Jan Dale writes some cracking dances and combining them with dances from Gary Roodman and others around the world, leads to an interesting and sometimes challenging programme. Jan lead our session with some thirty or so dancers stepping away through her programme, enjoying her calling and the excellent accompaniment of Ian and Margaret, making it a thoroughly rewarding way to pass Mothering Sunday afternoon.

Our next meeting is on 8 April when it will be our members’ turn to exercise their calling skills, giving them chance perhaps to call
dances more complex than an average club night will allow. Over tea, we have to deal with the procedures of our AGM, but that should be a minor interruption. Please come along!

Work is also well under way on preparing our programme for next winter and we have another season of interesting and challenging Sundays ahead!

February Dance

posted 12 Feb 2018, 06:09 by Vivienne Hayes

Thirty one dancers braved the cold (and a serious traffic hold up on the M6) to enjoy Trevor Monson’s session of dances some of which taxed the brains of even our most ardent supporters! He had some of us almost in tears with the sad tale of his lost fairy and more, even, baffled and confused with the moves in the dance; his variation of a pousette was interesting, to say the least. Whatever! A thoroughly enjoyable set of dances made even more special by the excellent music from Ian and Margaret who will be joining us again next month when Jan Dale is due to lead our next session.

January Dance

posted 19 Jan 2018, 08:48 by Vivienne Hayes   [ updated 19 Jan 2018, 08:53 ]

Our first proper meeting of the New Year saw 39 dancers being put through their paces by Andrew Shaw with a collection of dances both interesting and complex, with music from Denise and Norman Bearon. Andrew often provides not only instruction for each dance but also notes on its history, its music and its development through time, adding another dimension to the enjoyment of a winter’s afternoon.

The dancers included friends old and new, those who hadn’t been to enjoy Folk North West for a while, those for whom it was a first time experience. We hope everyone will return for our next meeting in February when Ian and Margaret Jones will provide the music for Trevor Monson to lead our dancing

New Year Startup

posted 3 Jan 2018, 01:09 by Vivienne Hayes   [ updated 19 Jan 2018, 08:53 ]

Nineteen dancers turned up to welcome in the New Year with Folk North West at our ‘New Year Start Up’ meeting, braving the dim and dismal
weather to come and enjoy an afternoon of bright and happy dance!

This was an afternoon to allow callers of all levels of experience get some practice, try out new dances, try out more complex dances, try out
some fun dances; one such dance was “Gooseberry Pie” a dance for fifteen, with an Alamo Wheel - a huge wheel formation revolving in time
to the music! Perhaps not everybody’s cup of tea but an interesting thought nonetheless and where else could you experiment with experienced dancers willing to ‘give it a go’?

Our next meeting is on January 14 when we return to firmer ground with Andrew Shaw leading the dancing and Norman and Denise providing the
music; come along and enjoy!

Christmas Party

posted 13 Dec 2017, 01:09 by Vivienne Hayes   [ updated 19 Jan 2018, 08:52 ]

Only 14 people turned up for our Christmas Party Dance, but there had been snow a couple of days before, although it had cleared in Preston but not in every area so people could have been put off travelling. It would have been nice to have more people there but we managed to do lots of dancing with eight different callers. With not as many people it also meant there wasn't as much food on the table, but, of course, not as many people to eat it! However,it worked out well as we  had a nice variety of different savoury and sweet food. There are photos of our 8 callers on the Photos Page.

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