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.

St Georges Day Celebrations

posted 18 Mar 2018, 04:11 by   [ updated 19 Mar 2018, 13:47 ]
Join us on 21st April at the Drake Hall, Amersham Community Centre for workshops and dance.  Afternoon workshops run from 2.30 to 6pm and feature Dances with Rhythm Changes led by Val & Ian McFarlane, and Longsword led by John Symmonds.  PLACES MUST BE BOOKED.  Evening dance starts at 7pm with Emma Wooders and Momentum and a bring-and-share supper. Workshops: £6 adults, £3 accompanied children. Dance: £10.  Combined ticket: £15. Please book on 01628 486845.

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.

Windborne at Wycombe Festival - Friday 4th May

posted 17 Feb 2018, 02:50 by   [ updated 17 Feb 2018, 02:54 ]

The day  is in  two parts :-
The afternoon, from 13.00 until 17.00 is taken up with a Vocal Workshop, run by Windborne, followed at 20.00  by  their Concert in the same venue.

"Windborne are four incredibly talented musicians and singers, from America,whose blend of voices will enchant you. They mix Folk song from America and the UK with Corsican, Georgian and Canadian traditional music and song. The combination of their beautifully created harmonies, and the acoustic of St. Lawrence Church will make for a spellbinding evening's entertainment."

They are also very funny, so please do not miss them!!

Tickets are £20.00 for the four hour Workshop; £15.00 for the evening Concert  

and £30.00 for both events.

For further information, please contact Clive Carey. Tel: 01494- 758522.

e-mail - djccarey at (Protected email address - insert your own @ in the appropriate place.)

February Newsletter

posted 17 Feb 2018, 02:45 by

The first newsletter of 2018 is a bigger 8-page issue with colour.

Upcoming Event

posted 10 Jan 2018, 10:14 by   [ updated 10 Jan 2018, 10:28 ]

18th February 2018

Family Dance 2:30 to 5:30

Amersham Common Village Hall, White Lion Lane, HP7 9JD

Ted Morse with Liza and Grahame O'Connor

£5 plus plate of food, accompanied children free  

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.

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