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London NW1, English Country Dancing

Thursday, 25 April 2019, 19:30 - 21:30

Learn English social folk dancing (country, ceilidh, and barn dancing) and related styles from further afield.

Explore England's social folk dance heritage, from the past and present, in this friendly and inclusive class.

Develop dance skills, increase your fitness and gain the confidence to attend the dance or social occasion of your choice, whilst having fun!

Who is it for?

These sociable classes are open to everyone over the age of 16 years. Young people aged 12 to 15 are welcome when accompanied by a responsible fee-paying adult.

There's no need to bring a partner.

The classes are suitable for dancers of all levels of experience, including absolute beginners.

The classes are accompanied by live music. Competent musicians playing portable, melody instruments are welcome to join the band, and sheet music is provided

What can I learn?

Participants learn a diverse repertoire of dances and develop skills in English country and ceilidh dancing, and learn occasional dances from related traditions from further afield.

A key feature of English Country Dance is an emphasis on the various figures and patterns made by the dancers. This not only helps with spatial awareness but encourages social interaction, as referenced in the literature of Hogarth, Jane Austen and many others. All sorts of interesting historical nuggets are brought to light during the class to help put the dances into their social context.

Who leads the class?

The dances are led by tutor and caller Mike Ruff. Mike 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. Ian started playing for country dancing during his final year of university and has over 30 years' experience of playing for classes, ceilidhs and club nights, both as solo player and bandleader. He has compiled the music books used by the band for this class. He is also an experienced dancer.

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

Location: Cecil Sharp House, London
Address: Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regents Park Road, London,  NW1 7AY
Contact: 020 7241 8953 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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 9.30am and 5pm 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.

Further Terms and Conditions information for classes and courses run by the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS).