Saturday night sees a new event for Otley Folk Festival - an American Square Dance Hoedown, with Demonstrations - Sponsored by the Yorkshire Federation of the British Association of American Square Dance Clubs in Association with White Rose Squares

Callers: Cliff Anderton and Gene Turner

Have fun and try American Square Dancing - no experience or partner needed

Saturday 21 September, 7.30pm to 10.30pm

Wesley Hall, Otley Methodist Church, Walkergate, Otley, LS21 1HB.

(Please note - no alcohol is allowed on the premises)

Entry £6.00 on the door - including light refreshments

Children accompanied by an adult free of charge

Free to those holding an Otley Folk Festival Pass (children accompanied by an adult) - show pass


Raising funds for Macmillan Cancer Support

American Square Dancing has its roots in the folk dances taken to America by the English and European settlers in the 1600s. There the dances formed part of social entertainment and were an integral part of rural life. In the 1930's, square dancing regained its old appeal, becoming "Modern Western-Style Square Dancing". It grew in popularity in Britain as the result of publicity following the visit of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip to Canada in 1951, during which they tried American Square Dancing. There are over 100 clubs in Britain, dancing at different levels. Having learned to American Square Dance you can visit clubs throughout the world in the knowledge that wherever you are, the Calls will always be in English!

We dance to live Callers, and learn individual moves - not whole dances - that our Callers incorporate within a "Singing Call", to a wide range of music - traditional, country or pop.

A Hoedown is aimed at those who have never square danced before, and is suitable for all ages, introducing you to some initial moves, and you will find that our Callers get you back to where you started - as if by magic!

During the evening there will be short demonstrations by experienced square dancers so that you can see some more of the moves we learn.

It's fun and friendship set to music - Come and give it a go!

Further information: Ann 01943-878066 or Tom 01937-580603