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Next Steps in English Country Dancing

Explore England's social folk dance heritage in fine detail.

These new classes are for confident dancers with a solid grounding in English social folk dance. They provide the opportunity to improve dance technique and quality, and explore a more complex and diverse repertoire.

During the Spring term, we will be working on dances from different collections each week. This will include Pat Shaw, The Dancing Master, The Fallibroome Collection, Maggot Pie and more modern collections too. Each dance will be worked from scratch, and the aim will be to do each dance well.


Who is it for?

The workshops are aimed at those who have gained a broad experience of English country dances and wish to improve their knowledge and skills.

As a guideline, the class is tailored to meet the skill levels of dancers who have attended our English Country Dancing class, or a class of a similar nature, for approximately a year before joining these workshops.

This sociable class is open to everyone over the age of 16 years - there's no need to bring a partner.


What can I learn?

  • English social folk dances from past centuries to the present day
  • Simple dances to enable the focus to be on dance technique and quality
  • More complex dances which will aim to challenge and extend the range of figures and repertoire known
  • Intricacies and unusual twists in some of the more unique English country dances.


When does it take place?

Mondays, 7-9pm

Spring term 2019: 14, 28 Jan | 11, 25 Feb | 11, 25 March (6 sessions)

Summer term 2019: 10, 24 June | 8 July (3 sessions)


How can I take part?

The course will run on a termly basis. Classes will be planned across the term to allow development and progression. However, each class will have a stand alone focus and interested parties are welcome to come for one or more taster sessions. 

Summer Term fee: £30 | £24 concessions 

Drop-in fee: £10 | £8 concessions (available on the door)

Book now - Summer term


Who leads the class?

The dances are led by tutor and caller Mary Panton.

Mary Panton, proud owner of an EFDSS Jubilee medal, is well known as a caller of English ceilidhs. She draws from many styles such as English Country Dance, English and Scottish Ceilidh, Pat Shaw Dances, Reeling and Contra. Over the past 40 years Mary has called across the UK with some of the best dance bands in the country.

Mary enjoys discovering new dances to teach and loves introducing folk dance to people who are new to it. She is known for her clear instruction and passion for eclectic dances. Her classes will revolve around the less familiar dances, focusing on the interesting twists the dances contain.

Classes will be accompanied by Ben Moss.

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


Terms and Conditions

Refunds: all courses are non-refundable unless the course is cancelled by EFDSS.

Concessions are available to people who are in full-time education; in receipt of Job Seekers Allowance; in receipt of Income-Based Benefit (such as Income Support, Housing or Council Tax Benefit, Working Tax Credit, Pension Credit). For concessionary rates please call the box office on 020 7485 2206. The box office is open between 9.30 and 17.00 Monday to Friday. Evidence of concession will need to be provided before the start of term by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with a copy of your supporting documentation.

Further information

For any other queries, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call the Education department on 020 7241 8953.


Discover more

Want to focus more on the music? Why not attend our Saturday Folk Music Workshops?

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New to English Country Dancing and want to explore our weekly class that's for all levels, including beginners?