Origins

Lucy Clark

Lucy Clark

The Club is named after Lucy Clark, an enthusiastic member of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society and a professional teacher of Scottish country dancing, as well as an accomplished accordion player.  She taught Scottish dancing in schools in Rickmansworth, Beaconsfield and High Wycombe and held classes for adults and children throughout the area.  In 1954 she started her own class at the Royal British Legion Hall in Amersham Old Town, which continued until her death in 1966.

Lucy had a reputation as a strict teacher who demanded high standards and would regularly demonstrate footwork or dance figures while playing her accordion (which also provided music for the class).  So that her dancers could experience dancing without instruction, she introduced monthly Saturday evening dances to a live band which attracted upwards of 100 enthusiasts.  However, to maintain Lucy’s high standards, non members wishing to attend a dance were expected to phone Lucy to give details of their dancing experience. They were then invited to the next dance on a trial basis.  Only if you reached the required “Lucy standard” could you attend the dances regularly!

When Lucy died, her students decided her work in promoting Scottish country dancing should continue and renamed the club after her.

The Social Dance, with a bring and share supper, was a great evening. Each dance on the well chosen programme was walked through once, which gave the less experienced dancers real confidence. May there be many more!

Mike W, High Wycombe

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