OXFORDSHIRE FOLK DANCE ASSOCIATION
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Prices are per session except where stated
Gladstone Road Community Centre
Thursdays except August
8 - 10pm
Dance styles: Mixed
|Headington Quarry has had a long association with the folk tradition and is well known for its revival of Morris dancing after Cecil Sharp met William Kimber and the Quarry Morris men on Boxing Day in 1899. The Headington Quarry Folk Dance Club was re-established in November 1967 after a break of a few years, to continue the tradition of country dancing which dates back beyond the 17th century. Members enjoy some of the original dances and learning some old ones which have been more recently discovered and others which have been constructed by present-day enthusiasts. Instruction is from experienced Club callers and from some visiting callers. The Quarry Club members are fortunate to have resident musicians, often joined by folk musicians from elsewhere. The band is led by John Graham who also plays the accordion for the Morris men. Headington Quarry Folk Club encourages primary schools in Oxfordshire to teach and to maintain the tradition of folk dancing. The Club has organized a children's day of dance, now held in the County Music Centre, each Spring since 1985; this is usually attended by some 200 children joining workshops in Morris, maypole and Irish dancing in the morning and country dancing in the afternoon. A group of hand bell ringers is also associated with the Club. They give performances at charity functions accompany the Headington Quarry mummers, during their Christmas performance.