Formed in Woolston, Southampton in 1997, Southern Lights display ladies' folk dance mainly in a Southern style (no clogs, no marching, no big drums or big flowery hats!).Our aim is to keep the dancing tradition alive, give it modern relevance and bring it to the public's attention.
Most of our repertoire consists of dances created for the side, using traditional steps and formations in an innovative way.
We dance to our own band, who play not only traditional dance tunes, but also contemporary tunes from some of today's finest composers in the world of folk music. Some of the tunes were especially written for us by our original accordion player, Carrie Jones.
Southern Lights regularly dance at major (and minor) folk festivals in the Southern counties, but also enjoy performing at country shows, fetes, folk clubs, indoor concerts, the occasional pub (guesting with other dance teams) and commercial events - any income received from events goes towards rehearsal hall hire, insurance and costumes.
We rehearse on Wednesday evenings at Woolston Community Centre, Church Road, Woolston, Southampton, in between the chat and laughter.
Go to www.woolstoncommunitycentre.com for more details.
We also have a facebook page www.facebook.com/pages/Southern-Lights-Ladies-Traditional-Dance-Team/171011536286257
Hang on - formed in 1997? That means 2017 is our 20th anniversary! We'll have to do something about that - watch this space.
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