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At the heart of English folk

Callers' Development Day

In February 2019, we held 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.

The day included presentations, panel discussions and workshops, alongside the opportunity to discuss and debate issues around calling and caller training.



Registration, refreshments and networking


Welcome: Laura Connolly (EFDSS Dance Development Manager) and

Kerry Fletcher (EFDSS Folk Educators Group Coordinator)


What makes a good caller?

Gareth Kiddier (Folk Dance Coordinator, The Sidmouth Folk Festival)


Safe Dance workshop: Principles of safe dance applied to social folk dance

Edel Quin MSc, FHEA (Programme Leader for Dance Science, University of Chichester)


Lunch break 


Key Note: Inclusivity in dance

Patrick McGeough (Chief Executive Officer, Para Dance UK)


Breakout sessions

A)  Gender Free Calling: workshop and surgery led by callers Jake WoodBob Morgan and Jen Morgan, with musician Paul Hutchinson

B)  Effective calling in varied settings: a panel discussion facilitated by Gareth Kiddier with speakers: Rhodri Davies (dance clubs and festivals), Dan Longley (health and fitness), Sheena Masson (family and festivals), Ben Moss (youth) and Heather Mcaslan (weddings and functions)




Developing a Code of Practice and identifying callers’ development needs: a group discussion facilitated by Rachel Elliott (EFDSS Education Director) and Kerry Fletcher


Round up and goodbye


Presented by EFDSS’ Folk Educators Group and Dance Development programme.