My Dancing Day

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Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day

Traditional English

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Dancing with my Daddy, Christmas 2005

photography credit Frank Gibson, 2005

11 Responses to “My Dancing Day”

  1. Katie Eaker says:

    Love that man with the bow tie on in the background! We call him Father Rob!

  2. Laura says:

    How special! If you’re having a party, please post lots of pictures! πŸ™‚

  3. Stacy says:

    I absolutely adore a man in a kilt! What lovely pictures.

  4. Deanna says:

    Oh, we just had an English Country Dance to celebrate Christmas! So much fun! I would love to hear more about your tradition and to see photos!

    The ones you shared are lovely – being of English and Scots-Irish heritage I loved seeing your father in his kilt!

  5. Naomi says:

    Dear Lanier,

    I’ve wanted to post on your blog for longer than I can remember but never had any success. I am so glad you’ve updated it to allow readers to share with you.

    Your blog has been such an inspiration to me, encouraging me to appreciate my England (I’m a London girl and only started venturing outside its borders into green and pleasant lands in recent years), treasure my childlike heart, and dance freely to the entirely different drumbeat that I’ve been hearing for years but tried in vain to suppress. Thank you for painting the depths of your heart onto this blog and allowing us to glimpse into the world of a daughter of the King who delights in beauty and purity.

    On a somewhat separate note, where do you find the music for all your lovely a capella recordings? Do you read from the sheet or do you hear it somewhere and then replicate it by ear? I sing in a barbershop chorus and am looking to start a singing group of 3 or 4 so any tips would be much appreciated!

    Naomi x

    • Lanier Ivester says:

      Hello, Naomi! πŸ™‚ I’m so happy that you’ve enjoyed my blog. πŸ™‚ It gives me such joy to connect with sisters all over the world.

      To answer your question, we pretty much find our music all over the place. πŸ™‚ The Oxford Book of Carols is a favorite, and always the first place we start. And pretty much all of our pieces are done from music–“The King” is the only one I can think of that we did by ear. Another place that we love is the Choral Public Domain Library–lots of wonderful free sheet music!! (

  6. Josie Ray says:

    How very, very sweet! Thank you for sharing these tender photos. The blurred action in the first one is so magical, brought to earth by the warm hug in the second. Lovely.

  7. Josie Ray says:

    p.s. If you get a moment, would you please post the pronunciation of your name, so I can get it right in my head? Do you use the American-English or French pronunciation…or neither? Thanks so much.

  8. Josie Ray says:

    p.p.s. Thank you, again, for all the lovely music. I can just imagine Lanier and Friends singing Britten’s ethereal Ceremony of Carols. I suppose….? Have you ever? “H o – d i – e ….”

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