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01 Jan

New Year's Ceilidh

Dance away the old year and welcome in 2018 to the irresistible sounds and lively dances of an English ceilidh!

 

02 Jan

Camden Clog

Cecil Sharp House, London

Learn Lancashire clog dancing, a great northern British tradition, alive and kicking in the south. Classes are suitable for beginners and there’s no need to bring a partner.

 

03 Jan

04 Jan

Dancers

Explore England's social folk dance heritage. Led by tutor and caller Mike Ruff.

 

Irish Set Dancing

Enjoy Ireland's popular folk dance in a welcoming environment. All levels catered for in this friendly group.

 

05 Jan

Friday Feet

Cecil Sharp House, London

Embrace the traditional folk dances from many countries. This drop-in class is ideal for beginners. No need to bring a partner.

 

Cecil Sharp House, London

Get a taste of Scotland in London. There will be a foot stomping band leading you through the moves. Suitable for those who are absolute beginners or advanced dancers.

 

06 Jan

07 Jan

Tango

Cecil Sharp House, London

Argentinean School of Tango & Folklore.

 

08 Jan

Morena Slovak Dance Company

Your chance to learn from a professionally trained Slovak traditional dancer.

 

Come and play folk dance tunes from the British Isles and associated traditions.

 

09 Jan

Camden Clog

Cecil Sharp House, London

Learn Lancashire clog dancing, a great northern British tradition, alive and kicking in the south. Classes are suitable for beginners and there’s no need to bring a partner.

 

This mixed level class is based on the popular and lively Cotswold morris tradition, in which dancers perform with handkerchiefs and sticks. 

 

Long established and much-loved folk club, with monthly guest nights. Floor singers always welcome.

 

10 Jan

Fiddle School

Improve your fiddle playing in a friendly group, led by Pete Cooper, who teaches fiddle playing by ear.

 

11 Jan

Irish Set Dancing

Enjoy Ireland's popular folk dance in a welcoming environment. All levels catered for in this friendly group.

 

Dancers

Explore England's social folk dance heritage. Led by tutor and caller Mike Ruff.

 

12 Jan

Friday Feet

Cecil Sharp House, London

Embrace the traditional folk dances from many countries. This drop-in class is ideal for beginners. No need to bring a partner.

 

Cecil Sharp House, London

Get a taste of Scotland in London. There will be a foot stomping band leading you through the moves. Suitable for those who are absolute beginners or advanced dancers.

 

13 Jan

Balkanplus

Cecil Sharp House, London

A regular Balkan dance event bringing lively Eastern European folk dance to newcomers and enthusiasts. Each event is led by a different MC and includes a sprinkling of popular dances from other parts of the world.

 

American-style contras and squares - with a few traditional and modern numbers thrown in for good measure.

 

14 Jan

Quadrille Club

Cecil Sharp House, London

Enjoy 19th century dance in a social setting, rather than an intensive teaching class. Suitable for dancers with mixed abilities.

 

Consort de Danse Baroque

Court dances from 1650 to 1750. Classes will look at steps and patterns of dances including the minuet, sarabande and bourée.

 

Tango

Cecil Sharp House, London

Argentinean School of Tango & Folklore.

 

15 Jan

Morena Slovak Dance Company

Your chance to learn from a professionally trained Slovak traditional dancer.

 

Folk Choir

Explore choral folk song arrangements in a relaxed and friendly environment.

 

16 Jan

Camden Clog

Cecil Sharp House, London

Learn Lancashire clog dancing, a great northern British tradition, alive and kicking in the south. Classes are suitable for beginners and there’s no need to bring a partner.

 

Cecil Sharp House, London

This mixed level class is based on the popular and lively Cotswold morris tradition, in which dancers perform with handkerchiefs and sticks. 

 

Long established and much-loved folk club, with monthly guest nights. Floor singers always welcome.

 

17 Jan

Fiddle School

Improve your fiddle playing in a friendly group, led by Pete Cooper, who teaches fiddle playing by ear.

 

Dan Leno

Dan Leno was the most famous music hall and pantomime performer of the nineteenth century but throughout his career he continued to view himself as a champion clog dancer, specialising in the heel and toe Lancashire tradition.

 

18 Jan

Irish Set Dancing

Enjoy Ireland's popular folk dance in a welcoming environment. All levels catered for in this friendly group.

 

Leah Bracknell

What would you do if you were diagnosed with a terminal disease? In September 2016, after surviving a sudden life-threatening illness, actress Leah Bracknell heard the shocking words we all dread. "Sorry. You have stage 4 cancer." With no option of surgery, ‘palliative’ chemotherapy was all that was offered to her.

 

Dancers

Explore England's social folk dance heritage. Led by tutor and caller Mike Ruff.

 

19 Jan

Friday Feet

Cecil Sharp House, London

Embrace the traditional folk dances from many countries. This drop-in class is ideal for beginners. No need to bring a partner.

 

Knees Up Cecil Sharp!

Energetic evenings of folk dancing. A mixture of established and up-and-coming bands, mostly playing in the English ceilidh style.

 

20 Jan

Discover your inner folk! Fun, welcoming and expertly taught workshops at different levels in accordion, banjo, fiddle, guitar, melodeon, penny whistle and mixed instrument classes.

 

21 Jan

FamilyDance

Bring the entire family and take part in lively dances from the British Isles in a supportive and fun environment! Live music inspires the dancing and expert callers guide the moves with simple instructions.

 

Tango

Cecil Sharp House, London

Argentinean School of Tango & Folklore.

 

22 Jan

Morena Slovak Dance Company

Your chance to learn from a professionally trained Slovak traditional dancer.

 

23 Jan

Camden Clog

Cecil Sharp House, London

Learn Lancashire clog dancing, a great northern British tradition, alive and kicking in the south. Classes are suitable for beginners and there’s no need to bring a partner.

 

Cecil Sharp House, London

This mixed level class is based on the popular and lively Cotswold morris tradition, in which dancers perform with handkerchiefs and sticks. 

 

Travelling with Thomas

Travelling with Thomas is a folk musical in the making. 

 

Long established and much-loved folk club, with monthly guest nights. Floor singers always welcome.

 

24 Jan

Fiddle School

Improve your fiddle playing in a friendly group, led by Pete Cooper, who teaches fiddle playing by ear.

 

Kirsty Merryn

Cecil Sharp House, London

Kirsty Merryn is a London-based singer-songwriter whose music is heavily anchored in the folk tradition, with influence from contemporary folk artists like Cara Dillon, Seth Lakeman and Kate Rusby, as well as genre-defying musicians like Joni Mitchell and Kate Bush.  

 

25 Jan

Caitlin Hinshelwood

Caitlin Hinshelwood is a London based artist and textile designer interested in the narrative possibilities of textiles; how textiles can be used to communicate and how they can act as repositories of personal or social history.

 

Dancers

Explore England's social folk dance heritage. Led by tutor and caller Mike Ruff.

 

Irish Set Dancing

Enjoy Ireland's popular folk dance in a welcoming environment. All levels catered for in this friendly group.

 

26 Jan

Friday Feet

Cecil Sharp House, London

Embrace the traditional folk dances from many countries. This drop-in class is ideal for beginners. No need to bring a partner.

 

Cecil Sharp House, London

Get a taste of Scotland in London. There will be a foot stomping band leading you through the moves. Suitable for those who are absolute beginners or advanced dancers.

 

27 Jan

Discover your inner folk! Fun, welcoming and expertly taught workshops at different levels in accordion, banjo, fiddle, guitar, melodeon, penny whistle and mixed instrument classes.

 

28 Jan

Playford Past & Present

A series of dances and workshops for experienced dancers with outstanding callers and superb musicians. 

with outstanding callers and superb musicians for experienced dancers.

 

Tango

Cecil Sharp House, London

Argentinean School of Tango & Folklore.

 

29 Jan

Folk Choir

Explore choral folk song arrangements in a relaxed and friendly environment.

 

Morena Slovak Dance Company

Your chance to learn from a professionally trained Slovak traditional dancer.

 

30 Jan

Camden Clog

Cecil Sharp House, London

Learn Lancashire clog dancing, a great northern British tradition, alive and kicking in the south. Classes are suitable for beginners and there’s no need to bring a partner.

 

Cecil Sharp House, London

This mixed level class is based on the popular and lively Cotswold morris tradition, in which dancers perform with handkerchiefs and sticks. 

 

Long established and much-loved folk club, with monthly guest nights. Floor singers always welcome.

 

31 Jan

Fiddle School

Improve your fiddle playing in a friendly group, led by Pete Cooper, who teaches fiddle playing by ear.

 

Alison & Jack

Presented by Mike Norris, former EFDSS chair and host of the Classic Folk Radio show, these unamplified traditional performances will take place in the intimate Storrow Hall at Cecil Sharp House. Enjoy tales of love and lust, incest and murder, humour and tragedy, sung by some of today's finest traditional singers.

 

01 Feb

Dancers

Explore England's social folk dance heritage. Led by tutor and caller Mike Ruff.

 

Willy Vlautin

To celebrate publication of his first novel in four years, Don't Skip Out on Me, Faber Social and Shortlist present the much-loved Willy Vlautin, of the bands Richmond Fontaine and The Delines, playing live and in conversation as part of Shortlist's Book & Beer Club.

 

Irish Set Dancing

Enjoy Ireland's popular folk dance in a welcoming environment. All levels catered for in this friendly group.

 

02 Feb

Friday Feet

Cecil Sharp House, London

Embrace the traditional folk dances from many countries. This drop-in class is ideal for beginners. No need to bring a partner.

 

Cecil Sharp House, London

Get a taste of Scotland in London. There will be a foot stomping band leading you through the moves. Suitable for those who are absolute beginners or advanced dancers.

 

03 Feb

Discover your inner folk! Fun, welcoming and expertly taught workshops at different levels in accordion, banjo, fiddle, guitar, melodeon, penny whistle and mixed instrument classes.

 

Balkanplus

Cecil Sharp House, London

A regular Balkan dance event bringing lively Eastern European folk dance to newcomers and enthusiasts. Each event is led by a different MC and includes a sprinkling of popular dances from other parts of the world.

 

04 Feb

Robert Max

Cellist and conductor Robert Max celebrates a special birthday with a big cello concert featuring brilliant former and current students together with exceptional professional colleagues and guest appearances by the hugely entertaining 3VC and the Massive Violins.

 

Tango

Cecil Sharp House, London

Argentinean School of Tango & Folklore.

 

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