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SHAKESPEARE WATCHES THE DANCES OF HIS DAY REVIVED AT STRATFORD

SHAKESPEARE WATCHES THE DANCES OF HIS DAY REVIVED AT STRATFORD

Every year the English Folk Dance Society organizes a vacation school, and in the year of this photograph it was held in the grounds by the Memorial Theatre, Stratford. There could be nothing more reminiscent of the spirit of England in the poet's day than these merry gestures and arm-in-arm twirlings, even if the costumes of the dancers are a little incongruous. It is to be remembered that after Shakespeare's death the universal practice of Folk Dancing had less than half a century left of life, for Puritanism killed this jollity and made it smack of idolatry and kindred evils. But here we have the dancers back again at Stratford, as who should say with" Sir Toby, in "Twelfth Night": "But shall we make the welkin dance indeed?"

Other pictures from The Folk Dances of Old England


DANCE OF THE DEER MEN

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