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At the heart of English folk
Steps for success

Steps for Success: English Social Folk Dance Today

Saturday 10 March, 10am–5pm

Cecil Sharp House, London

Join us for this practice-sharing national conference for everyone who is involved in, interested in, and cares about English social folk dance.

This will be a lively day with case study presentations, practical workshops, advice sessions and panel discussions, asking: ‘What helps English social folk dance to thrive? What are the barriers to success and how can they be overcome?’ 

The conference is aimed at callers, dancers, teachers, organisers, leaders and musicians who work with country, ceilidh, Playford, contra, barn dance and other forms of social folk dance, with people of all ages and backgrounds, in diverse settings including dance clubs, schools, community and arts centres, healthcare settings and many more.

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Presenters and workshop leaders and sessions include:

Keynote speaker

  • Chris Stenton, Executive Director, People Dancing: the foundation for community dance



  • How Did We Get to Where We Are Today?—Derek Schofield
  • Contemporary Barn Dances in Buckinghamshire—Chloe Metcalfe
  • Hot Topics in Social Folk Dance—Jake Wood
  • Social Folk Dance in Education—Sheena Masson and Kerry Fletcher
  • The Morpeth Rant: Evolution of a Dance—Sean Goddard



  • Dance for Parkinson’s—Musical Moving (Anna Gillespie and Martina Schwarz), presented in partnership with Dance for Parkinson’s Partnership UK
  • Gender-free Calling—David Oliver
  • Cultural Diversity and Folk Dance—Folk Dance Remixed
  • How to Improve and Enjoy Your Dancing—Mike Wilson-Jones


Information and discussion sessions

  • Safe and Inclusive Folk Dancing—Jen Morgan
  • Effective Marketing—Peter Craik


More presenters and sessions will be announced soon.

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Get £2 off London Barndance in the evening when purchased with a conference ticket!

Presented by EFDSS in partnership with People Dancing: the foundation for community dance

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