EADT Suffolk - - STEPDANCING - For ev­ery­thing from facts about tra­di­tional step­dance venues, tunes and char­ac­ters, even links to video footage of great step­pers past and present, check out www.eatmt.org.uk

Step­danc­ing is a ver­nac­u­lar form of tap danc­ing. Dancers im­pro­vise a se­quence of steps, most fre­quently to a horn­pipe tune. The sound of the steps is prob­a­bly the most im­por­tant as­pect, and the dance, al­though en­er­getic is not par­tic­u­larly dra­matic. Dancers are usu­ally self-taught, and dance in in­for­mal set­tings mostly pubs and social gath­er­ings. If more than one dancer is present, they of­ten dance in turn. Th­ese days, step­dancers of­ten carry a wooden board with them, as so many floors are car­peted. Some dancers add blakeys to their shoes to en­hance the sound, oth­ers pre­fer a pair of leather-soled shoes.

Billy West & Kerry Fletcher

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