THE MAIL reported the activities of the swaying waltz dancing of the Furness Clog Dancers in September 23, 1994.

The Ulverston based traditional dance team Furness Clog Dancers launched a series of beginner workshops for adults on October 4.

Enthusiasts were able to learn north-west clog morris as well as the more intricate clog steps native to Furness and Westmorland.

The workshop which cost £1 each, were taught by experienced dancers in a relaxed and informal manner.

Workshops took place every Tuesday until October 25, from 8pm until 9pm, at St Mary’s RC Church Hall, Brogden Street, Ulverston.

North-west morris originated in North Lancashire and North Yorkshire, and is traditionally danced in clogs by six or eight people.

Furness and Westmorland stepping was unique to this area, and was once danced by hundreds of groups of dancers at all-night folk or barn dancers.

For more information please contact the organisation. All will be welcome experience regardless.

Tina Boyle of the dancers group said: “Heel and toe steps, clock and cabriolets, are a delight for the footloose and fancy free.

“That is if the steps go right.

“It took me, untutored, lacking rhythm, left footed as I was, nearly a whole year to learn my first clog dance.

“I would practise hour after hour, going to bed dreaming steps and shuffles, flops and flatters, until I drove my entire family mad.

“My conversation became totally incomprehensible - I mean, can you tell the difference between hagworm crawl and a hangover.

“The scabs on my ankles bled daily where I constantly kicked myself in hardwood clogs.

“I even took to practising steps outside the school gates or in bus queues, much to my children’s embarrassment. But I couldn’t shake the habit.

“I had to learn yet more and more dances’ hornpipes, jigs, reels, schottishes, you name it, I was hooked. The simple repetitive steps of my first dance in waltz time, picked up once a week in training sessions.”