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At the heart of English folk


Join the English Folk Dance and Song Society team at Cecil Sharp House and The Vaughan Williams Memorial Library.

The English Folk Song and Dance Society (EFDSS) strives to attract and appoint top talent to support its development as England’s folk arts development organisation.

EFDSS’ employment opportunities are broad; we offer a diverse range of employment across the Society, as well as within the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library and at Cecil Sharp House. Find out more about EFDSS

We are committed to managing a fair and equitable recruitment and selection process to the highest industry standards. EFDSS welcomes application from all individuals for advertised jobs that match their skills and interests.

All applicants must complete a standard EFDSS Application Form when applying for a vacancy rather than sending a CV. We don’t accept speculative enquiries about employment.

Unless otherwise indicated, our posts are based at Cecil Sharp House, London.

Trainee Folk Dance Tutor (English Country Dancing) – freelance

The English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) is looking to appoint a trainee to work with the folk dance tutor in our weekly English social folk dance class.

The traineeship is part of EFDSS’ on-going commitment to develop good practice and skills in English social folk dance. We are looking for an aspiring folk dance tutor / caller who wishes to develop their teaching and calling skills, increase their knowledge of dances and their historical context, and who would benefit from assisting a professional tutor.

The trainee will be required to commit to attending weekly classes (Thursdays, 7.30-9.30pm) at Cecil Sharp House from Thursday 10 January to 28 March (Spring Term) and 25 April to 11 July (Summer Term) 2019. They will also be required to attend planning meetings with the class tutor and EFDSS staff; join EFDSS’ Folk Educators Group; and attend EFDSS’ Callers Development Day on Saturday 9 February 2019.

How to apply

If you are interested, please provide your CV along with a covering letter and completed Equal opportunities monitoring form explaining why you are interested in the role, outlining what you could offer to the class and what you would gain from the experience.

Completed applications should be emailed to Beth Beamer, Education Administrator: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Closing date: 9am, Monday 22 October 2018.

Interviews will be held at Cecil Sharp House on Thursday 8 November 2018.

Job description (PDF) 
CV writing advice (PDF) 
Equal opportunities monitoring form


Volunteer opportunities

Volunteering is a great way to support EFDSS and get closer to all things folk. If you are interested in volunteering for us please see below for volunteer opportunities. At Cecil Sharp House we are always on the lookout for more volunteer stewards to help support our concerts, dances and family activities. It’s a fun way to get involved and have a great experience in one of London’s greatest venues.

Our garden is maintained and planted by Permaculture and we welcome volunteers all year round to keep it looking beautiful.

Volunteers are a valuable part of our staff team. If you are enthusiastic about the folk arts, have good verbal communication skills and enjoy being in a creative environment where your contributions can really make a difference then please do get in touch to register your interest.

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