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Thread #164259   Message #3928939
Posted By: Keith A of Hertford
03-Jun-18 - 09:40 AM
Thread Name: country dances for Armistice WW1
Subject: RE: country dances for Armistice WW1
From Ebor Fiddler's link,

"My first night of dance playing with a band was at Elvington, not far off York. They were army huts in them days, were village dance halls.

I was reading music, playing second fiddle, do you see, to my brother Bob, playing parts. There was foxtrots, quickstep, Lancers, old-fashioned waltz and modern waltz. Oh, and polkas, quadrilles used to be on the go but they were dying out. Quadrilles was similar t'Lancers - I can't explain it a lot ... I didn't dance a lot. Lancers did quadrilles out. Tunes were similar to Lancers tunes. It was a formation in partners. Moving about. Four together in twos. Everybody got to know them. Nobody tutored you or nowt. You learnt them as you watched others. There was a few that knew, but they weren't there official to show you. You followed them - picked it up. There was different tunes in different sections. And then they used to follow off with a waltz to finish up with."