Dance Club has been established for over thirty years.
Here is some history
taken from the Knaresborough Post newspaper - this was printed in
Stepping out to keep dancing tradition alive and kicking
Continuing the Knaresborough
Post's series featuring local societies we focus this week on Knaresborough
Country Dance Club. Enthusiastic member Mrs Eleanor Mayhew tells
of the happy sociable time they have learning new dances.
If you would like to
write about your society and have a photo taken of your membership,
please contact Vonni Wilkins at the Knaresborough Post, 90, High
Street, or telephone Harrogate 869272.
Dance Club began as an evening class in 1973 at King James's School.
The aim, then as now, was to have a happy sociable evening whilst
learning English country dancing.
It combined good exercise
with good company and provided a pleasant evening out for all.
Some 12 years ago in
1986 it was decided to change the status of the group from an evening
class into a club, and it has been a club ever since then. The chairman
of the club, Mrs Phyl Hardacre, encourages anyone who is interested,
to call dances. We have guest callers: Ian Porter and more particularly
Tony Whitehead have helped us in this respect.
Favourite dances can be requested, especially when visiting musicians
enliven the proceedings. We have visits from Malcolm Dewes fairly
regularly and other bands such as Dogsbody and the Polka Dots.
It is a very friendly group of people. Some of the members have
belonged to it for 15 or 16 years. They enjoy the Christmas end
of term parties and club dinners. Everyone is welcome.
Country dancing goes back hundreds of years. The dancers were danced
by country people on festive occasions such as weddings, Christenings,
May Days, midsummer, harvest and Christmas.
Queen Elizabeth I watched her subjects dancing in the castle courtyard
at Warwick and because of her interest, country dances were added
to the formal dances which were danced at court.
The Dancing Masters of the day began making up new dances, which
were danced to lively tunes or more stately music. These dances
were then taken up by the country people. They were more friendly,
less formal than the court dances and they could be danced by everyone.
The same is true today. Everyone can do country dancing, often called
folk or barn dancing. Nowadays barn dances are held regularly in
many places, not always in barns!
If you would like to learn more of these dances come to Knaresborough
Country Dance Club. It always helps if you have some knowledge of
the dances before you go to a barn dance. Our dances are varied.
Some are stately, arranged in long lines and date from the 18th
century. Others are more modern lively dances, arranged in square
or circle formation.