Folk dancing

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Arushi Jain: Under the Lilac Sky review | Ammar Kalia's global album of the month
The composer blends classical Indian vocals and modular synth drones into harmonic textures full of warming solace

Ammar Kalia

25, Jun, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Ron Smedley obituary
Award-winning young people’s TV producer and leading promoter of folk dance and ballet

Derek Schofield

24, Jun, 2021 @5:26 PM

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Morris dancers and the origin of blackface | Letter
Letter: Nicholas Wall says factors such as the use of banjos, minstrel lyrics in songs and oral histories make the link between minstrelsy and border morris irrefutable


03, May, 2021 @3:42 PM

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‘It symbolises the end of the year and the new one beginning’: folk dance in Romania
Our series on evocative travel photographs continues with Alecsandra Raluca Drăgoi documenting traditional Romanian folk festivals

Alecsandra Raluca Drăgoi

25, Dec, 2020 @8:00 AM

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Gerry Bates obituary
Other lives: British Rail engineer who was an active member of Sheffield’s folk scene

Dave Eyre

08, Dec, 2020 @5:47 PM

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Romania's new year bear dancers – Alecsandra Raluca Drăgoi's best photograph
‘Boys and men put on heavy bear costumes, often made of real fur, and make their way to a stage – where a Gypsy with a knife cuts them open to let a demon out’

Interview by Imogen Tilden

08, Jan, 2020 @6:00 PM

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Les Barclay obituary
Other lives: Expert on radio wave communications whose interest began at 14 at a scout jamboree

Sue Barclay

27, Oct, 2019 @5:33 PM

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Our folk society has banned blackface | Letters
Letters: A growing body of academic research points to racist origins, writes Katy Spicer of the English Folk Dance and Song Society


14, Aug, 2019 @4:00 PM

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The origin of morris dancers blacking up is irrelevant – it simply needs to stop | Sophie Morris
Whether the tradition has racist roots may be arguable – but how it is perceived now is not, and that’s what matters, says contemporary culture journalist Sophie Morris

Sophie Morris

12, Aug, 2019 @3:42 PM

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How a gender war sent the morris dancing world hopping mad
Facing extinction, the world’s oldest morris dancing group voted to admit women to their ranks. A welcome step forward – or a slight to a harmless expression of masculinity?

Richard Macer

29, Mar, 2019 @3:36 PM

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Why I'm riffing on Layla: Yo-Yo Ma on rebooting the lovers who inspired Clapton
It is the ‘Persian Romeo and Juliet’ – a hokey old work full of paper beards, corny wedding tunes and lots of camels. So why has the great cellist teamed up with choreographer Mark Morris to freshen up Layla and Majnun?

Judith Mackrell

13, Nov, 2018 @12:21 PM

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Kate Stanworth's best photograph: Murga dancers make a busload of sandwiches
‘Murga troupes travel around Argentina in knackered old school buses, performing on makeshift stages in closed-down streets. These two are making ham and cheese sandwiches for the road’

Interview by Dale Berning Sawa

26, Jul, 2018 @5:00 AM

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