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At the heart of English folk
Kerry Fletcher teaching at Impington Village College for The Full English, 2014 (Credit EFDSS, Photographer Frances Watt)

Professional Development Day

How to Teach English Social Folk Dance

Led by Kerry Fletcher


Before I thought "I wonder if...", now "I know I can!"
Participant, April 2016


As part of the new EFDSS Dance Development programme, this training day is for dance educators and those who wish to expand their knowledge and skills in teaching English social folk dance (country, ceilidh and barn dancing) - in schools, community settings and adult learning.

EFDSS is keen to increase the pool of people with strong skills in teaching English social folk dance in a variety of settings. Participants should have a strong knowledge of folk dance with some teaching experience, or be an experienced dance teacher with some knowledge of English folk dance, and a desire to learn more.

The aims of the day are to:

  • Share good practice and experience of teaching and understanding social folk dance
  • Provide practical training in social folk dance
  • Demonstrate how to plan and adapt dances for varied ages and settings
  • Explore the partnership between folk dance and folk music – including working with musicians
  • Signpost further professional development
  • Introduce freely available learning resources on the EFDSS Resource Bank and elsewhere, for using folk music, dance and drama.
  • Provide a networking opportunity 


Kerry Fletcher
Kerry Fletcher trained as a community folk dance artist and works in wide range of settings and with all ages. Most recently, she has been mentored by Kiki Gale (independent producer) via the Dance UK Dancer Teachers’ Mentoring Programme, (in partnership with Dancers’ Career Development, Youth Dance England and the National Dance Teachers Association). She is the Co-ordinator of the English Folk Dance and Song Society’s national Folk Educators Group, established in 2011 to encourage high quality practice in folk arts education. Kerry is also Co-Artistic Director of Folk Dance Remixed –  a dance company working in the outdoors arts arena, they create a sense of joy through performance and participation with their innovative fusion of traditional folk with contemporary hip hop dance and live music, working across generations and cultures. As a community dance artist she runs her own classes and is always keen to encourage new people to English folk dance!


English Traditional Dancing book

Course content draws from the EFDSS’ publication English Traditional Dancing, a copy of which is given to all course participants.


Following the success of the training day in April, we plan to run this course again in the future. 

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Presented by EFDSS' Dance Development Programme