Britain and Ireland have a rich history of step dancing in many forms and contexts, spanning centuries and linking with traditions across the world. This conference aims to further knowledge and understanding in these traditions and to stimulate debate.
Two full days of presentations, posters, discussion, insight and exploration into step dancing. This conference will be of interest to practitioners, researchers and all who are interested in the diversity of traditional dance.
Conference tickets include lunch and refreshments, a range of dietary requirements will be catered for.
In addition there will be a Step Ceilidh Party, with live band, A night of social dances with a stepping focus, step dance performances and more, bring your ceilidh dancing shoes and your step dance shoes! Delegates £7 | Non-Conference Delegates £10.
SATURDAY 9:30 Registration and refreshments 10:30 Conference starts 17:00 First day ends 19:30–23:00 Step Ceilidh Party
SUNDAY 9:30 Registration and refreshments 10:00 Conference starts 17:00 End
The following presentations are scheduled to take place on these days. We do not anticipate any changes but reserve the right to make changes if necessary.
In Search of ‘Street’ Clog Dance. Alexandra Fisher
Ontario Old–Time Step Dancing and its Connections to the British Isles. Sherry Johnson
How fast should we dance: An investigation using recordings. Sean Goddard
Hornpipe stepping at barn dances and ceilidhs in England. Chloe Middleton-Metcalfe
Finding our Footing: a discussion of the evidence for a social dance step vernacular to these islands. Anne Daye
The Movements, Motifs, and Influences of The Mullagh Set Dancers. Siobhan Butler
Everything you wanted to know about Welsh Clog Dancing but were too afraid to dance. Huw Williams
Competition, Consumerism, and Conformity: A study of the manifestation of North American ideals in Competitive Irish dance culture. Annabelle Bugay
From Family to Team: the transmission of Pat Tracey’s clog steps and the formation of Camden Clog. Kate Tattersall, Ru Rose and Jon Davison
Steps in Australia: The history. Heather Blasdale-Clarke
Whistling Billy's Barefoot Hornpipe – A presentation on the process of creating a hornpipe sequence from named steps in Henry Mayhew’s London Labour and the London Poor (1851). Simon Harmer
Exploring the notion of the Scotch Reel as a solo dance. Mats Melin
A History of the Scotch Four: Early Step Dancing in Cape Breton. Heather Sparling
Are these steps percussive? Reflections on an interpretation. Pat Ballantyne
Dancing Hands and Rhythmic Voices: Transmission Methods in Irish Step Dance. Samantha Jones
Dartmoor Stepdancing: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow. Lisa Sture
Panel discussion – English and Cornish Step Dance: Revival and Continuity. Carmen Hunt, Janet Keet Black, Jo Harmer, Katie Howson, Kerry Fletcher, Les Bennett, Lisa Sture
References to broom and step dancing in the Blackdown Hills, Somerset/Devon, England. Wendy Lutley
Getting People to Tell us About Clogs. Charnwood Clog Dancers
Speaker day-tickets are available for £30. Please contact the Box office directly on 020 7485 2206 for further details.