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Dance names

The names of morris dances under go a fascinating process of Chinese Whispers.

I just found a dance on You Tube called 'White Ladies of Aston'.

The usual name of the dance is 'White Ladies Aston' named for the the village where it was recorded.  It's an unusual name for a village, so you can see how the name change occurred.

Another one I've found is "Fiddler's Lock", which was originally named after an old gypsy violin player - 'Fiddler Locke' (and danced to one of his tunes).

Sometimes a dance gets named after the tune used.  We hope to learn 'Dancing Oolert', but we'll probably use a different tune.  However, we'll probably still call it 'Oolert' rather than its original name of 'Rochester Thistle' which was changed to 'Witchmen's Thistle' by teams who learnt it from the Witchmen...

It is quite possible that the 'East Acton Stick Dance' (which I saw danced last night at a morris gathering) isn't actually from East Acton at all, but originates from a 50s TV show by Tony Hancock!

Anonymous's own dance "All Around my Hat" (which naturally involves dancing around a hat), is actually danced to "All around my hat, I will wear the green willow".

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vjezkova
Mar. 20th, 2011 09:52 pm (UTC)
Great. I do hope there is the "green willow" available now.Here, we have only the hats (so far):-)
Brrrrrrrr!
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