Siding in 1930

During the country dance revival in the first half of this century, dances were done rather differently than they are now. The music was generally at a higher tempo, and as you can see from the picture below, the dancing went at a speed to match the music.

This photo from the CDSS archive, and the caption with it are extracted from The Playford Ball by Kate Van Winkle Keller and Genevieve Shimer and published by the CDSS. This is an excellent book on English Country Dance, with the historical background, original source and a modern interpretation for each dance. It also has interesting things to say on the style of English Country Dancing and its development. If you are interested in English Country dance and don't have a copy you should get one.

If you click on this small image, you can download a larger JPEG version of the same photo.

picture of siding in 1930

Although there is no breeze blowing, skirts are fluttering as the dancers turn to face their partners after siding across the set. Elsie Avril (violin), and left to right) Marjorie Sinclair, Maud Karples and May Gadd perform a demonstration of a three-couple set dance at the summer school in Amherst Massachusetts.

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