Over the last 100 years the English Folk Dance & Song Society has published many
great dances in its magazine “English Dance & Song” and its predecessor “E.F.D.S.
Having been given a pile of old magazines by Chris Turner, John Sweeney has started a
project to make these wonderful dances available to everyone via the Internet at
There are over 60 dances presented so far, covering all genres. They are mostly
contemporary compositions, but there are also articles about traditional dances and
interpretations of much older dances.
If you can provide any more information about any of these dances, their composers, their
style, their tempo or their history, then please contact John Sweeney at
info(a)contrafusion.co.uk mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org so that he can add that information
to the Web pages.
For each dance John provides both the original page from the magazine and his own
interpretation of the dance. Words such as "Balance", "Allemande" and
"Swing" have been used by different dancing masters to mean many different
things. Styles, tempos and nomenclature vary depending on the century, the country, the
dance genre and countless other factors. John has tried to put the dances into words that
he uses when he is calling today, and to provide other hints where possible, often using
other sources. Of course you are welcome to interpret the dances any way you wish. John
hopes you have fun calling and dancing some of these great old dances.
The original pages from the magazines are reproduced with kind permission of the English
Folk Dance & Song Society. The dances were submitted to the magazine so as to reach as
wide an audience as possible. Publishing them in this way will help to further that aim.
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John Sweeney, Dancer, England john(a)modernjive.com mailto:email@example.com 01233 625
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