This is a list of the dances which we currently perform. We have danced many others during our 30 year history.
A circle dance from Abram, Lancs, using handkerchiefs. The dance has associations with Spring, rebirth, & the coming of rain.
A contemporary dance in the ‘North-west’ style using short sticks. The dance was devised by Diane Allen, one of our former members. It is named after the village of Allbrook, Eastleigh near Diane’s home.
A contemporary dance using long garlands composed by Tricia Weeks one of our founder members, depicting the historical role played by ‘Bargate’ (the medieval North entrance to the city of Southampton) over the centuries.
A contemporary dance in the ‘North-west’ style using short sticks & handkerchiefs. Composer – Jackie Hamilton.
A short ‘broom’ dance of Welsh origin.
A Five Hand Reel reputed to be from the village of Dummer near Basingstoke, Hampshire. Led by a Jack.
Great Wishford Faggot Dance
A choreographed version of a traditional dance performed by the women of the village of Great Wishford, near Salisbury, Wiltshire on Oak Apple Day (29th May). It is associated with maintaining the villager's rights to gather firewood from the nearby Grovelly Forest.
A stepping dance with short garlands possibly originating in the village of Grenoside nr Sheffield, performed in clogs.
Jack’s the Lad
A stepping dance performed to hornpipes, usually performed in clogs.
A traditional dance from Knutsford, Cheshire, danced in clogs & using short sticks.
A dance in clogs from the town of Lancaster, Lancashire using short garlands.
A traditional dance in the ‘North-west’ style, from the village of Marston, Cheshire; danced in clogs and using short garlands.
Newton le Willows
A traditional dance in the ‘North-west’ style from the town of Newton le Willows, Lancashire; using short garlands.
A modification of a Welsh dance called Llanofer Reel
Rose Garland Dance (The)
A traditional dance using long garlands from the North-east (Sunderland, Co Durham) performed by school children over several generations based on ‘the mending of fishing nets’.
A dance in the ‘North-west’ style, from the area of Saddleworth near Greenfield, Lancashire; danced in clogs & using short sticks.
This was traditionally performed by women on the Isle of Man at the Michaelmas Hiring Fair on 29th September.
St Helen’s Gala
A traditional dance in the ‘North-west’ style using long sticks from St Helens, Lancs.
A processional dance with sticks and clogs from the North-West.