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At the heart of English folk

English Country Dancing

Learn English social folk dancing - country, ceilidh, and barn dancing - and related styles from further afield!

Whatever style of dancing you want to pursue English Country Dancing can help you to master it and give you confidence when you go to the dance or social occasion of your choice!

 

Who is it for?

Everyone over the age of 16 is welcome to take part. No previous experience of folk dance or music is necessary. Suitable for absolute beginners as well as dancers with more experience.

Dancers – our dancers are as diverse as our dances; ages have ranged from 20 to 80 years+ and we tend to have about equal numbers of men and women. There is no need to bring a partner.

Musicians – players of any portable, acoustic instrument are welcome to join the resident band! Newcomers who want to experience the art of playing for dancing are always welcome. Sheet music is provided.

 

What can I learn?

English Country Dancing focuses mainly on traditional English social folk dances - ie the family of dance styles referred to as country, ceilidh and barn dancing from England, occasionally complemented by similar dances from the wider British Isles and beyond. We highlight the similarities and differences between these dances and, most importantly, the music which accompanies them!

If you wish to try out calling dances then this is also the ideal environment to do so. We regularly have aspiring callers who gain the confidence to move on to calling for clubs, ceilidhs etc.

 

When does it take place?

Thursdays 7.30 - 10pm

Autumn term 2017: 14 September to 14 December (14 weeks)

Spring term 2018: 4 January – 22 March (12 weeks)
Please note that there is no class on Good Friday - 30 March

Summer term 2018: 19 April – 19 July (14 weeks)

 

How can I take part?

Autumn term fees

Term fee: £98 | £77 concessions (advance booking required)
Carnet of 8 tickets: £60 | £48 concessions (advance booking required)
Drop-in: £8 | £6.50 concessions (payable on the night)

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Spring term fees

Term fee: £84 | £66 concessions (advance booking required)
Carnet of 8 tickets: £60 | £48 concessions (advance booking required)
Drop-in: £8 | £6.50 concessions (payable on the night)

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Who leads the class?

The dances are led by tutor and caller Mike Ruff.

Mike Ruff is an experienced folk dance educator and caller and has worked for over 40 years with people of all ages in many settings including schools, festivals and folk dance clubs. He is known for his enthusiastic and inclusive teaching, his wide and deep knowledge of English country dancing, and his ongoing research into the history and background of traditional dance. Mike is the author of several popular folk dance teaching manuals and director of educational organisation Tradamis. He is also a musician playing the accordion with ceilidh band Quicksilver and singing with the music hall duo Allcock & Brown.

The live band is led by resident musician Ian Cutts.

Promoted by the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS)

Terms and Conditions

Refunds: all courses are non-refundable unless the course is cancelled by EFDSS.

Concessions are available to people who are in full-time education; in receipt of Job Seekers Allowance; in receipt of Income-Based Benefit (such as Income Support, Housing or Council Tax Benefit, Working Tax Credit, Pension Credit). For concessionary rates please call the box office on 020 7485 2206. The box office is open between 9.30 and 17.00 Monday to Friday. Evidence of concession will need to be provided before the start of term by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with a copy of your supporting documentation.

Click here for further information on the Terms and conditions for classes and courses run by the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS).

For any other queries, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call the Education department on 020 7241 8953. 

 

Discover more

Want to focus more on the music? Why not attend our Saturday Folk Music Workshops?

Inspired by English Country Dancing and want to explore the world of folk dance further? Why not try out a morris class?