MOST POPULAR COUNTRY DANCES
2015 – 2016.


In the year from 1st July 2015 to 30th June 2016 I attended 39 dance events (excluding
classes and club nights).  717 dances were performed; of which 238 were different dances. 
Most dances (135 out of 238) were performed at only one or two events.

Only the three most popular dances were performed at a third of the events or more (13 out of 39); which shows that no dances are over used.  We can see some dances raising to popularity then fading away while others hold their popularity.

This list can be useful to people; such as

a)    Class teachers who want to teach dances which their beginners will encounter when they go out into the big world of social dancing.

b)    Programmes devisers who realise that the more familiar the programme is, the more tickets will be sold for their event.

Class teachers who avoid social dancing will have no interest in this list.


Year                                           15/16       14/15       13/14         12/13       11/12               
Number of events                        39             40            39              40            37                         
Number of different dances        240          268          268            271          245                        

Dream Catcher                           14             12             10             9              11             S
Mairi’s Wedding                          13             14             15           10              11             R
Scott Meikle                                13            13              10             9                7             R
Mr Iain Stuart Robertson             12              9               8             7               10             R
Ramadan-ce                               12               7             11             5                 2             R
Glengarry Homestead                 11              7               4             3                 7             S4
City of Belfast                             11               6             11             3                 5             S3
Pelorus Jack                               10              9               6             5               10             J
GrumpyGentleman                       9              2               1              4                0              J
Gentleman                                    8              9               6              8                8             S
Recumbent Stone                         8              8               5              9                9             R5
Chequered Court                          8              7               4              5                6             J
Nottingham Lace                          8               6               6              7               5             R
Blooms of Bon Accord                  8               5               6             1                4             R4
Shiftin’ Bobbins                            8               3               6              7               2             R
Reel of the Royal Scots               8               2               5              3               3             R
Far North Queensland                 8               2               0              0               0             S5
Flora’s Fancy                               8               0               0              0               0             J
Falls of Rogie                               7               8               9             5                4             R
Culla Bay                                     7               7                8             5               4             S
Inchmickery                                  7               5              13             6               3             J5
Ian Powrie’s Farewell                  7                5              12            4                5             J
Swiss Lassie                               7                5                8            7               12            R
Maxwell’s Rant                            7                5                6            4                8             R
Mrs Stuart Linnell                        7                5                5            2               11            R
Rutland Reel                               7                4                1            0                0             R
Napier’s Index                             6               11               5            7                6             J
Irish Rover                                   6               8                9           11                6            R
Father Connelly’s Jig                  6               7                 7            7                5            J4
Montgomeries’ Rant                    6               7                6            9                6              R
Minister on the Loch                    6               5                6            8                4            S3
Welcome to Ayr                           6               5                 0           0                0              J
Bees of Maggieknockater           6                4                4          10               2              J4
Miss Johnstone of Ardrossan     6                4                4             2               4            R5
Tambourine Reel                         6               4                3             4               2             R
Waternish Tangle                        6               3                 3            0                0             J
Bratach Bana                              5              10                8           10             10             R
Dancing Master                          5               9                 5              9               6            J
Gothenburg’sWelcome               5               6                11             4               8            J
Rose of the North                       5               6                 5              4               4            S
Torridon Lassies                         5               6                 5              4               3            J
Belle of Bon Accord                    5               4                10             9               7           S4
Broadford Bay                             5               4                6              3              11           R
Muirland Willie                            5               4                3               5               2            J
Elephant Stampede                    5               4                3               3               3            J
Raven’sDance                            5               4                3               2               0            J
Highland Rambler                       5               3                7               6               2            R
GoodHearted Glasgow               5               1                0               2               1            J
Cannadine Strathspey                5               0                3               2               6            S
Moray Rant                                 4               8                8               4               5             S3
De’il Amang the Tailors               4               7                0               4               0             R
Best Set in the Hall                     4               5                7               3               3             J
Reel of the 51st Division             4               5                2               5               3             R
Robertson Rant                          4               4                2                5               4             S
Polharrow Burn                           4               3               3                7               8             R5
Margaret Parker’s Strathspey     4               3               2                2               1             S
Joie de Vivre                               4               2                4               3               3             J
Sands of Morar                           4               2                4               1               0             S
Flight of the Falcon                     4               2                3               5               7             J
Jean Martin of Aber n                 4                2               3                2               2             S3
Sugar Candie                             4                2                2               5               4             S
Fireworks Reel                           4                2                2               1               0             R
Hazel Tree                                  4               1                4                5              3             J
Wee Cooper O’ Fife                   4                0                                                                 J
KinfaunsCastle                           4                0                                                                 S5
Miss Eleanor                               4               0                0               0               0             S
Plantation Reel                           4               0                3               7               2             R5
Silver Penny Farthing                 4               0                0               0               0             R

Then follows 35 dances which were on 3 programmes. 43 dances which were on 2 programmes, and 92 which were on 1 programme only.  If you would like the longer list please ask duracellbunney@tiscali.co.uk. 

John Marshall