Family Dance

posted 13 Oct 2018, 04:39 by   [ updated 13 Oct 2018, 04:41 ]

The next Family Dance will be on 21st October, featuring Val & Ian McFarlane and Toucan Play. Free entry for your very welcome children/grandchildren.

Greensleeves Morris Men

posted 16 Aug 2018, 12:18 by   [ updated 16 Aug 2018, 12:36 ]

Greensleeves Morris Men may be based in south-west London but they and their guests have been making an annual pilgrimage to the Chilterns every July since 1961. These weekends start and finish in Chipperfield with a tour round local towns on the Saturday. This year's stops were Chesham, Wendover, Tring and Dunstable Downs where passers-by were introduced to a variety of dances. Our photographs show stick and hankerchief dances from the Cotswold tradition and a rendering of the North Skelton sword dance from Yorkshire.

Photos: Mike Knell of Greensleeves
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July Newsletter

posted 7 Aug 2018, 13:20 by

The July Newsletter is now available online.

2018 Playford Ball

posted 30 May 2018, 07:36 by

This year's ball is on September 22nd featuring Colin Hume with Julia & Shane.  A shortlist of dances is attached.

Philippe Callens Retires from Teaching

posted 25 May 2018, 10:05 by

Philippe Callens is a dance teacher, composer, researcher and dancer par excellence.
Read his retirement letter to his dance friends and a further information about him.

Ken Sheffield Tribute

posted 16 May 2018, 04:19 by

 Following a Tribute day to Ken Sheffield at Stonesfield FDC, Val & Ian McFarlane compiled this obituary with the help of dancing friends.  An edited version will be published in the Lives Remembered section of  the next edition of 'English Dance and Song'.  The full text is attached here.

Denis Smith R.I.P

posted 24 Feb 2018, 03:02 by

Judith Inman and Maggie Fletcher share happy memories of Denis Smith, an inspired accompanist for many forms of folk dance for over 50 years, in particular his links with the Chilterns.  See full article below.

Dancing for 95 years

posted 13 Nov 2017, 11:47 by

Watford Folk Dance Group recently celebrated 95 years of dancing with a party and of course, a birthday cake. Fran Beak takes up the story.

Folk Dancing Research

posted 4 Nov 2017, 03:36 by   [ updated 13 Nov 2017, 11:29 ]

Chloe Middleton-Metcalfe has just been awarded funding through TECHNE for her PhD on English social folk dancing (barn dances and ceilidhs) in Buckinghamshire, focussing on the period 1940s-1970s. She is based in the dance department of Roehampton University. She has written this update on her progress to date.

Haddenham Ceilidhs

posted 4 Nov 2017, 03:26 by   [ updated 13 Nov 2017, 11:22 ]

As Haddenham Ceilidhs prepare to celebrate their finale, founder John Heydon looks back over 45 years of music and dance here.

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