I am Graham Foster, a folk dancer and folk dance caller from Bedford, England, UK.
I am mainly involved with the following types of dancing:
(known as English country dances in the USA)
|Nonesuch, The Bishop|
|Contra dances||Devil's Dream, Bucksaw Reel|
|Square dances (traditional)||Knave's Quadrille, Redwing|
|English traditional||Morpeth Rant, Dorset Four Hand Reel|
|Barn dances||Cumberland Square Eight, Balance the Star|
|Other types occasionally get included such as
international folk dances and Scottish country dances
Unlike Morris and clogging which are display dances, all of these are social dances. So they are for joining-in, not for watching! This partly explains why this type of dancing is almost igorned by the visual media. The notable exception is for Playford balls in "Jane Austen" era costume drama.
There are a few points that are worth noting if you are not familiar with this type of dancing:
All of the above promote the idea that everyone can join in. This is certainly not dancing just for the knowledgable and the trained, although clearly some experience and expertise makes it even more enjoyable.
Information about the Tuesday Playford group, Bedford U.K. has been expanded :