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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

Friday 24 February 2017

10am – 4pm

The Lowry, Salford, Greater Manchester

As part of the professional development workshops, Dance:Sampled Extras at Dance:Sampled Festival, presented by Sadler’s Wells and The Lowry.



Tickets: £40 | Students £32

Includes the training day and a copy of the English Traditional Dancing publication, plus a ticket to Dance: Sampled.  

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. No previous experience of English folk dance required, although prior experience as a dance teacher (in any genre), or of participating in English folk dance, helpful. 

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 


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


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!




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

Presented by EFDSS' Dance Development Programme. This course is delivered in partnership with dance organisations around the country.


Dance: Sampled is part of The Movement, a dance producing partnership between Birmingham Hippodrome, The Lowry and Sadler’s Wells. Supported by Arts Council England, The Movement aims to nurture talent and bring large scale dance productions to even wider audiences.