"The Blokkerder Dance Group" was founded in 1978, and has forty members, including six musicians.
The group dances in a traditional costume, taken from agricultural West-frisia between 1880 and 1920. Dressed as they would be on a typical day out during the week, the ladies wear a hat known as a warp, simple jewellery, an apron and a black chatelaine bag. The men wear a black suit consisting of trousers, waistcoat and a form of tailcoat and also a farmer's cap. The dancing is done in shoes and clogs. When clog dancing, the ladies wear a blue working apron and the men a peasant¹s smock with a red handkerchief.
The programme includes waltzes, polkas and farmer's dances alternated with songs. Performances are organized in Holland as well as abroad, for exemple at homes for the sick and elderly, Red Cross centres, senior citizen clubs and at hotels for tourists from all parts of the world. The group is also asked at international and national folk dancing shows.
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Blokker consists of two parts: Westerblokker in the municipality of Hoorn, and Oosterblokker in Drechterland. Until 1979, Blokker was a separate municipality. The village was one of the locations of the only three concerts on Dutch soil by The Beatles, during their 1964 world tour. That they played in Blokker was due to Ben Essing, the son of the mayor. Essing had also managed to get other acts to play in the Blokker auction hall, and organized a "Dutch Teener Fest" in 1964 and 1965, which made international headlines.