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National Folk Dance

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National Folk Dance

National Dance covers a wide range of European Folk Dance. These traditional dances, celebrating local culture and heritage, have been preserved and developed over time by communities throughout Europe.

In 1986 our Founder Margaret Allenby-Jaffe (known as Margaret Dixon-Phillip) joined the ISTD National Committee and brought with a wealth of knowledge and detailed information. She and her husband Nigel travelled extensively and they produced several books on many aspects of National Dance in various European countries. All of their books are invaluable sources of information for teachers and students, and take pride of place on our bookshelves.
In the 21st century National has a particular relevance, as through its study of the various movement patterns, styles, music, language, historical and geographical backgrounds, it can help to enhance and understanding of other European cultures.

As well as learning the ISTD National syllabus, we are keen to include lots of local Yorkshire and Lancashire folk dance, with a special emphasis on Clogging and step dancing as Miss Amy’s favourite, and a genre that she has researched extensively. In Folk Dance classes we also learn about many other styles of English Folk Dance such as Maypole, Morris, Molly, Rapper Sword, Processional and Garland dances.

Folk Dance is a fundamental form of dancing, it is vitally important and brings joy to all ages. It develops a sense of community and awareness of others. Dancers have an opportunity to study traditional dances, costumes, music and customs. In Folk Dance Studies exams children have the opportunity to prepare projects on any aspect of the chosen countries.

Northern Dance Centre, performing as Northern Lights, have had tremendous success in the wider Folk Dance World, gaining the Silver Medal at the World Folk Dance Festival in Palma, Majorca, also winning Gold at the International Eisteddfod, Llangollen, competing against many different countries worldwide.

Folk Dance and National Dance classes are free of charge and always will be, not only because it is so important to learn, but because it brings people together, encourages people to watch, listen and learn about the world, but mainly because it is so much fun!

Please note that the Junior Folk Dance and National Folk Dance Classes are for students only.

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