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English Country Dancing

Come and learn the basic steps for a range of British and American social folk dances accompanied by a live band!

Whatever style of dancing you want to pursue – country, ceilidh or contra dancing - English Country Dancing can help you to master it and give you confidence when you go to the dance or social occasion of your choice!


Who is it for?

Everyone over the age of 16 is welcome to take part. No previous experience of folk dance or music is necessary.

Dancers – our dancers are as diverse as our dances; ages have ranged from 20 to 80 years+ and we tend to have about equal numbers of men and women. There is no need to bring a partner.

Musicians – players of any portable, acoustic instrument are welcome to join the resident band! Newcomers who want to experience the art of playing for dancing are always welcome. Sheet music is provided.


What can I learn?

English Country Dancing focuses mainly on the dances used in ceilidh dances, barn dances, American Contra dances and English country dances. We highlight the similarities and differences between these dances and, most importantly, the music which accompanies them!

If you wish to try out calling dances then this is also the ideal environment to do so. We regularly have aspiring callers who gain the confidence to move on to calling for clubs, ceilidhs etc.


When does it take place?

Thursdays 7.30 - 10pm

Autumn term 2015
3 September - 10 December 

Spring term 2016
7 January - 28 April (no sessions on 24 and 31 March)

Summer term 2016
5 May - 21 July


How can I take part?

Classes are drop in – no booking is required.
Tickets £5 | £4 concessions


Who leads the class?

The dances are taught by Brenda Godrich and Dave Kerridge.

The live band is led by resident musicians Graham Beebee, Ian Cutts and Ruth Rose.

Promoted by the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS)

For more information contact:
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Discover more

Want to focus more on the music? Why not attend our Monday Musicians class?

Inspired by English Country Dancing and want to explore the world of folk dance further? Why not try out a clogging or morris classes?

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