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PREFACE TO THE THIRD EDITION.
IN this edition it will be noted that the instructions for the dances have been somewhat elaborated.
Originally they were intended chiefly as a reminder to those who have already learned the steps and the dances, as it was felt then, as it is felt now, that the dances should be learnt in the first instance from a teacher who had had them direct from a traditional dancer. But so many are unable to learn in this direct way, and especially is this the case in America and the Colonies, that Miss Warren has added considerably to the matter she contributed to the first volume.
I have just returned from a tour in the United States, and Miss Warren is still there, training dancers and giving displays.
Thanks are due to :—
Mrs. Tuke for noting the tunes of the dances collected in Berkshire.
Miss Alice Gillington for permission to use the games in this book, all of which she collected.
Miss Lucy Broadwood for permission to use songs from her collections.
Mr. Fuller Maitland for permission to use songs from his collections.
Miss Florence Warren, who wrote the descriptions of the dances.
Mr. John Graham for permission to use dances from his collections.
Mr. J. W. Marsh for song " The Proposal," collected by him.
The many friends who have given me permission to use photographs.
The Proprietors of Punch and the Editors of the Pall Mall for permission to reproduce articles.
Mr. E. V. Lucas for permission to reproduce his Introductory Article from the County Gentleman.
Monsieur Charles Geoffroy for the coloured sketch illustrating the costumes.
Many others who have kindly helped in other ways to make the book of use to those who wish to help in the revival of English Folk Music.
THE ESPERANCE GUILD OF MORRIS DANCERS.
A Guild with this title has been formed. All men and women of good will who wish to see a fairer and a happier life for the people of England are eligible for membership, with a minimum subscription of 10s. annually ; elementary school teachers—London, 5s., Provincial, 2s. 6d. annually. Members may attend at one of the classed •ilgljl ftfrvaine.months; in the year at the Esperance Club for Morris Dancing and Children's Singing Games : c^Jondavs, 8.30, men ; Friday, 7 and 8.30, women. A reserved ticket is supplied to members for one concert a iye^f. givm by the Esperance Club, and there are other advantages named in the syllabus of the Guild.
Crosby Hall, erected in 1466-IK Biihopsgate'Street, has been re-erected at More's Gardens, Chelsea, facing the Thames, and the Directors have placed the Hall at the disposal of the Guild for a monthly meeting, to take place on the first Thursday in every month. A monthly practice of Folk Dance takes place, in which the aim is to have no spectators, but to have everybody present joining in the dancing. Members of the Guild pay 6d. at the door, others Is.
The syllabus gives the terms for teachers sent into the country, and the terms for daily teachers in and near London. Miss Mary Neal is the hon. secretary.