A busy May weekend

It’s been a busy weekend for Rainbow – running a Workshop and dancing at a Folk Roots Festival.

Saturday, 13 May – Day of Dance, Victoria Hall, Saltaire

Once again, we enjoyed running a workshop for anyone who fancied having a go at morris dancing.  We were delighted that 7 people attended.  We hope they enjoyed learning to dance Shawforth – and the customary outdoor performance at the end of the Workshop, designed to give them an idea of what it’s like to “dance out”.

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Sunday, 14 May – Hebden Bridge Folk Roots Festival

Hebden Bridge Hill Millies invited us to once again be part of this event, which was most enjoyable.  Hebden Bridge was packed and looking lovely in the Spring sunshine.  An appreciative audience watched us dance with Stone the Crows and the hosts.  Thanks for the beer tokens!

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Hebden Bridge Folk Roots Festival 14 May 2017

It was a lovely sunny Sunday and a few of us had an adventure travelling to Hebden Bridge on the bus. We enjoyed a look round the market before the dancing began in the market square. A large crowd gathered to watch and seemed to be enjoying all the dancing. We finished our session with Festival Frolic and lots of children and adults joined in. We used our drinks tokens in a bar before recommencing our dancing by the river.

After this session finished four of still had drinks tokens left so we returned to the bar. Someone was playing the guitar so we were persuaded to give a demonstration. We danced Hindley Street in the smallest space imaginable and to a very unusual tune. It was great fun! We finished our adventure by returning home on the bus.

A great day out.



Dancing with Terre Baugeoise, Dudalnieki and Jo Evans 

Rainbow were delighted to host an afternoon of dance and song on and around the Bandstand in Roberts Park.  Terre Baugeoise, a French folk and dance group from Bauge in the Anjou, joined us as part of their Easter tour.  They were in turn hosted by Dudalnieki, a local Latvian folk group.  Completing the line-up was Jo Evans, our very own local champion Lancashire clogger accompanied by musician Chas.

In front of an enthusiastic audience, we sang, danced and played together during an extremely friendly and enjoyable afternoon.

Afterwards we joined Terre Baugeoise and Dudalnieki at the Estonian Club in Bradford where we were invited to partake of a delicious buffet.  We enjoyed joining in Latvian dances and listening to some wonderful French and Latvian songs.

Upon our departure, Rainbow and Jo were presented with gifts by the French group – a lovely terracotta pot and cups for Rainbow and a terracotta candle stick holder for Jo, as well as a book about the group, written in French by one of its members.  She very kindly spoke to us about its contents – a little difficult as she didn’t speak English and we don’t speak French – but we got by!

All in all, an experience to remember.

Clayton Village Primary School May Day Assembly

Friday, 28 April – Clayton Village Primary School May Day Assembly and Parade

Once again Rainbow were delighted to be invited to be part of this lovely event.  We saw the May Queen and May King being crowned by the local MP, listened to a May Day song being sung by the whole school and watched some fantastic dancing by some of the pupils.  Bagpipers played several great Scottish numbers (good job we were in a big hall – there were 3 of them this year!).  We performed a couple of dances, then Judith gave a talk about morris dancing to the whole school.  Two volunteer pupils from each year learned the Festival Frolic, and everyone was shown moves for a processional dance.  This was performed in the park, following a parade through the streets of Clayton.  The pupils were polite and well behaved, and gave us all some sunflower seeds.  We hope to be invited again next year!

Tour de Yorkshire 2017

Tour de Yorkshire – The Bull, West Tanfield, Saturday, 29 May
Along with Clogaire, we had a great day out at the Tour de Yorkshire in West Tanfield. Philip of The Bull was a great host, ensuring we were very well looked after. Thanks for the refreshments in the beautiful riverside garden, including delicious sandwiches and chips at lunch time. Prior to dancing we enjoyed watching the Women’s Race go through the village – very exciting! An enthusiastic audience watched our performances and even joined in, dancing the Festival Frolic with great gusto. There were donkeys, a hot air balloon and a vintage double decker bus – all in all a fantastic event.