Karpeles, Daisy Caroline Daking, Elsie J. Oxenham and the Canning
Town folk dancers
national touring exhibition by Ju Gosling aka ju90
September 2010 - 28 February 2011 @ The
Hub, 123 Star Lane, Canning Town, London E16 4PZ.
September 2011 - 5 December 2011 @ the
English Folk Dance and Song Society, Cecil Sharp House, 2
Regent's Park Road, London NW1 7AY.
June 2020 virtual exhibition for Newham
here to view the animation Canning Town Trio, made for the
English Folk Dance and Song Society to celebrate their centenary
This exhibition is dedicated to the memory
of Daphne Green neé Cox
(1928-1987), a lifelong member of and worker
for the English Folk Dance and Song Society, & to the
members of the Elsie J. Oxenham Appreciation Society.
to the online version of the Canning Town Folk exhibition, first
installed at The Hub in Canning Town from September 2010 to February
2011. The exhibition looks at the work of three remarkable women
from the English folk dance movement: Maud Karpeles, Elsie J.
Oxenham and Daisy Caroline Daking, and their links with Canning
Town in East London between 1909 and the 1920s; along with the
young Canning Town folk dancers of the same period and their extraordinary
The exhibition was originally developed as part
of Folk Formula, an East London Dance and Well London project
inspired by Canning Town's history of folk dance. In summer 2010,
East London Dance delivered new folk dance classes to under-16s,
adults and parent/carer and toddlers groups at Ascot Hall, The
Hub and the Keir Hardie Children's Centre in Canning Town, combining
English folk dance with contemporary, African, Polish, Indian
and Caribbean dance forms. All of the classes were inspired by
the research carried out at the English Folk Dance and Song Society
and the Newham Archives by lead artist Ju Gosling aka ju90 for
this exhibition, with the current folk dancers of Canning Town
dancing in the footsteps of the early twentieth-century dancers.
In October 2010, The Hub also hosted a conference about Canning
Town's folk dance history.
Canning Town folk dancers
at the launch of the exhibition on 27 September 2010. Photo:
1. Setting the Scene
2. Social Reform &
3. Maud Karpeles &
the birth of the English Folk Dance Society
4. The Canning Town Dancers
5. Elsie J. Oxenham &
the Abbey Girls
6. Daisy Caroline Daking
- 'the Pixie' - & the Plaistow Y.M.C.A.
7. The New Dancers
8. The Canning Town Folk
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