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At the heart of English folk

Selected past projects

Read on to discover more about the wealth of education and community projects we have run over the past few years.

School projects

Essex Folk Song Discovery
A three-year schools project, in partnership with Essex Music Education Hub, introducing folk songs and heritage to students in 24 schools across the county.

My Song, My Croydon
Run in partnership with Croydon Music and Arts, My Song My Croydon explores cultural heritage through folk song, dance and singing games with primary schools.

Take 6
Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund in 2008 - 2009, Take 6 was our successful project piloting the use of heritage folk song, singing games and English traditional dance in primary schools in Hampshire, Lancashire and London.

Singing Histories
The 2009 partnership between EFDSS and SingLondon produced the SingingHistories:London booklet, a classroom resource which tells the history of London through traditional song.

Youth Projects

Maypole Remixeda youth dance performance, created by Folk Dance Remixed, commissioned by EFDSS for U.Dance 2018, the nation’s annual youth dance festival at DanceEast in Ipswich.

Living Song
A vibrant folk song and composition project for young people; devised and delivered in partnership with the Royal College of Music Junior Department from 2008 to 2014.

Get Your Folk On!
Funded by Youth Music in 2012-13, this series of holiday projects and outreach sessions aimed to create a new community of young folk musicians to participate, enjoy and develop skills in folk music.

U.Dance 2012
EFDSS programmed a performance of youth folk dance at the national U.Dance 2012 festival, held at the Southbank Centre in July 2012. The performance brought together young folk dancers from all over the country, showcasing the range and vitality of traditional dance.

Spring Force
In 2010 EFDSS worked with Pavilion Dance / Dance South West on this project fusing morris and contemporary dance, introducing morris to young dancers in South West England.

Community and adult learning projects

Tagore Project: The Fatal Hunt (Kalmiragaya)
Our 2009 cross-cultural song and performance project working with the Foundation for Indian Performing Arts based around Tagore’s dance-opera.

Big Dance Week 2010: Uphold
As part of Big Dance Week 2010, EFDSS worked in partnership with Sadler’s Wells to host the creation and performance of Uphold, a new work inspired by traditional English folk dance.

Professional Development for educators

Callers' Development Day - a development day, presented by EFDSS’ Folk Educators Group and Dance Development programme, for experienced and aspiring callers who wished to expand and share their knowledge and skills in calling for social folk dance in varied contexts and settings.

Steps for Success: English Social Folk Dance Today - a national conference presented in partnership with People Dancing which took place at Cecil Sharp House on 10 March 2018. Find out more and watch the film.

Inclusive Folk
Music and dance with disabled young people and adults



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