Wicked Soles


 

About Appalachian Dancing

 

 

If you are interest to either know more, or would like to join, please contact:

Anne Whitehill - 01298 83413

 

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Appalachian dancing was developed in the Appalachian Mountains of North America and was influenced by the settlers from Ireland and Lancashire and from the African slaves and native Indians.

It is percussive dance, danced in hard shoes with or without taps, accompanying the mountain music of fiddle, five string banjo and often also with guitar and double basss.  Wicked Soles formed in Longnor in 1993 and since that time we have danced with our band, Wicked Strings, at many local events and also further afield at festivals such as Conway, Tamworth, Carsington and Llandudno.

We practice once a week at Warslow Village hall but sometines in the summer, if the weather is good, outside local pubs (where Jim enjoys the fine brew!).

We were lucky enough to be funded recently by Robbie Williams (Give it Sum) and also the rural community chest.  With this we were able to buy a much needed new portable dance floor, which makes it much easier for us to dance outside, or at venues, where the floor is unsuitable for percussive dance.

Some of the events so far planned this year 2008 are:

May Day week end at Sewerby Hall near Briddlington, Wilkes Head Leek, Llandudno Bluegrass Festival, Strawberry Moon Tittesworth, Warslow beer and food festival, Hartington beer festival and Hayfield Show.