Celebration of cultures at Enfield folk dance festival

By Priya Kingsley-Adam in Local People

CULTURES from across the world were celebrated through dance by primary school pupils at Forty Hall last week.

Up to 400 youngsters took part in the annual folk dance festival, in the grounds of the Jacobean mansion, in Forty Hill, Enfield, last Thursday (July 13).

The event was opened by the mayor of Enfield Christine Hamilton followed by the Farandole dance which originates from southern France and involves joining hands to form a chain before winding in and out.

Youngsters from 12 schools across Enfield took turns to showcase their cultural dances.

The Scottish country dance, strip the willow, was performed by Merryhills Primary, in Bincote Road, followed by Zorba the Greek-style dance by Worcesters Primary, in Goat Lane.

Pupils from Galliard School, in Galliard Road, Edmonton, demonstrated how to dance round the maypole before other schools took part in workshops.

Members from Winchmore Folk Dance Club, who meet weekly at St Peters Church, in Vera Avenue, and St Andrew’s Folk Dancers, from Trinity Church Hall, in Church Street, were among the special guests who attended the event.

“It was a privilege to see all the children dancing,” said Marion Coram-Ware, advisory teacher for special educational needs and dance at Enfield PE Team who helped to organise the event.

“And of course it was about health and well being – it wasn’t a competition, everyone joined in.”

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