1. What is a Mumper?
The Oxford English Dictionary has a list of definitions for ‘mump’, none of which is really anything to do with the question! As we understand it, a ‘mumper’ is a human being, male or female, who enjoys good music, dance, and having fun.
2. Is Mumpers a dance club?
Hmmm. Well, there’s always dancing at Mumpers ceilidhs – but then there are often other things as well. Mumpers isn’t purely a dance club, and in fact we’d like it to continue to grow into a wider experience of folk arts generally.
3. What type of dancing is it?
English Folk Dancing has evolved over the centuries, today it is a combination of dances from mainland Europe arriving via the Royal Courts and dances from the countryside “folk”. Dances are done with a partner in groups with other people, each dance lasts approximately 6 minutes with a break in between, each week we do different dances. You can participate in as few or as many dances as you choose to and it can be as energetic or sedate as you want. Our dances are mainly of English origin but we also do some Irish, Scottish and American dances. Please see the Gallery page for a demonstration.
4. Do I need any experience?
No, but some of our evenings are more suitable for absolute beginners, please contact us if you are unsure. All dances are walked through beforehand and there are many experienced dancers to help beginners through each dance. If you would like to go through a sequence slower please feel free to stop and ask for help.
5. Do I need to bring a partner?
No, there will be experienced people to dance with.
6. Do I need to attend regularly?
No, just turn up when you want to, although pre-ordering a ticket is recommended.
7. Are children allowed?
Yes, but we would recommend they are at least 6 years old.
8. When and where.
Dances are held through the year, please see events page for details.
9. What clothing would be suitable?
Loose fitting clothing . Most people wear a short-sleeved top or lightweight long-sleeved shirt for dancing and bring a jumper for breaktime. Skirts need to allow for enough movement so can’t be close fitted, A-line or free flowing are perfect. Comfy, flat(ish) shoes or trainers.
10. Is there a bar?
11. Is there a car park?
Yes, there is a free car park at the venue.
12. Bands and callers?
There is a live band every evening who will provide all the music through the evening. If you would like to hear a band please look at the links page. The “caller” is a person who will choose and teach each dance and liase with the band for suitable music.
If you are in a band or are a caller and would like to be considered for booking, please contact us. The club has a sound desk (requires booking) but bands are welcome to bring their own.