Crook Folk Dance Group has been running continuously for nearly 40 years and provides a broad range of English country dancing from the sedate 'Playford' style from the mid 17th Century to the modern, and more energetic, contras and squares. The group meets every Thursday evening at the Crook Memorial Hall, about a mile north-west of the village of Crook on the B 5284 between Kendal and Bowness .
Dancing is from 7.30pm until 10.00pm. The season starts on the first Thursday in September and finishes on the third Thursday in the following July. Singles and couples of any age and ability are very welcome. We also welcome dancers who are holidaying in the area. The charge for the whole evening is £1.50 per person and this includes tea and biscuits.
The Group is well provided with callers from its own ranks, which ensures a wide variety of dances throughout the season. Nevertheless, other callers from within the area are also invited to call. There are also "mixed bunch" evenings, which are proving highly successful. All callers call a dance or two, but the evening really provides the opportunity for others within the Group to 'have a go' at calling.
Crook FDG organises two major dances during the dance season.
"Reelfolk" is usually held on the second Saturday of September and is an all day event, with workshops in the morning and afternoon and a dance in the evening. It is now held at the Victoria Hall in Grange over Sands. This increasingly popular location for our dances offers plenty of choice for refreshments at lunch and tea times, followed perhaps with a gentle and relaxing walk along the promenade. On previous occasions this event has been accompanied with the warm and sunny weather we expect at this time of yearNext year this event will take place on Saturday 13th September starting at 10.00am and we have Ian Jones calling, accompanied by Paul Hutchinson and John Hymas. This is a special occasion for Crook as it marks our 40th anniversary
The Christmas Dance (formerly "Merrie Neet") is also held at the Victoria Hall and this year it will take place on Saturday 14th December. The caller will be Hilary Herbert and the musicians Stradivarious.The 2014 Christmas Dance, will be held on 13th December, caller Trevor Monson with Dampiers Round
The First Sunday Club, which is associated with the Crook FDG, meets (usually) on the first Sunday afternoon of the month, at the Endmoor village hall, from September until May. This is a dance workshop run by Ian and Margaret Jones and starts at 2pm and finishes at 5pm. These workshops are for those dancers who already have some dancing experience and would like to improve their technique.
For further details contact the Crook Folk Dance Group secretary Lynn Green on 015395-64026.