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four hundred roses
So, what are the 400Roses?
'Four Hundred Roses' - a group of dancers drawn from a far-flung area (from Darlington to Stockport and Skipton to Leeds). We first came together in late 2005 in a series of experimental workshops run to explore the possibilities of combining UK folk music and dance with Tribal style bellydance. Tribal bellydance is a modern and exciting form of Belly Dance - a fusion of Arabic, Gypsy, Indian and other styles – so merging it further into UK folk dance seemed like a fun idea. It was, and it continues to be so.
We have moved from our first experiments to creating our own unique style – which is finding acceptance at various folk dance events.
Why the name? Choosing the name for a new venture is always tricky and it was something that gave us a real problem. At the time we were creating our first costumes and had already decided to use lots of red and white roses (particularly appropriate to the Yorkshire & Lancashire origins of the troupe) as part of our theme. The name was suggested as we had just purchased a bulk supply of 400 silk rose heads. Somehow the name seemed to work - although at this stage we have far more than the initial 400 silk roses!
“As always ladies, you were great at Rushbearing” GH of Virtual Tourists September 2012
“We had the pleasure of seeing you perform today at Broughton Hall. You were brilliant, and you all obviously love what you do!” PG, August 2012
“ I reckon The Roses bring sunshine to any event - even if it is raining.” RS, June 2012
“Brilliant - you lovely ladies are real troopers.” AS, July 2012 (After performance in the rain at Saltaire URC)
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“All the dancing was ace. All you lovely ladies were excellent.” LT, May 2012
Now in our tenth year!