FEATURE

We have now re-introduced the Monthly Dance Feature after a recent break. We will release one of our favourite dances from the archives, free-to-view, on a roughly monthly basis.

September 2018: This month a couple of my own arrangements from the bottom drawer:

TANGO ELIXIR (Modern)

SYMPHONY FOXTROT

August 2018: I received an E mail from Yvonne Tait today telling me how pleased she was to see her & Maurice’s dances available in the Library. So I thought this month I’d use some of their dances for the Feature:

CLASSIC GAVOTTE Maurice Tait, 1961: The first Gavotte I ever learned and still danced today.

JIVE EASY Yvonne Stanley & Maurice Tait, 1977: This won at the Slough dance festival in 1977 on the day that Virginia Wade won Wimbledon. Last on the running list and receiving tumultuous applause from the crowd. This first time Chicken Walks were seen in Sequence.

June 2018:

RUMBA CASANOVA Ken Park, 1975 – I’m not sure how this one got away as it was popular for quite a long time. A good example of how to choreograph a simple but attractive routine. Neatly arranged patterns, nothing OTT, but strikingly different from the groups we see time and time again today. Not so many figures that you can’t remember what comes next. And nothing un-natural (such as starting a routine in Fan position, ahem !). The sort of routine that could be danced on a crowded floor with little effort and still be enjoyed.

May 2018:

ELECTRA QUICKSTEP

SIERRA SAMBA Yvonne & Roger Corkery, 1982