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Worksop Folk Dance Group


Worksop Folk Dance Group began in the early 1930’s by Dorothy Bradbury who was introduced to the activity by the Girl Guides movement, she first registered the group as part of the English Folk Dance & Song Society in 1933. We have been meeting regularly since then, originally as part of the Evening Educational system but for many years have been independent. Our weekly meeting is on Tuesday from 7.30pm to 9.45pm, currently at the Larwood Community Centre. We do mainly English dances from the period C1650 to recently composed dances, but also do American style as well as some Scottish, the steps are not difficult and all dances can be done with a brisk walk.

We have 5 callers (or leaders) who teach & call the dances so we have a variety of styles to offer. Our music is on CDs, minidisks & Ipod all recorded by many different bands both English & American. All dances are taught thoroughly before being danced and as such beginners have nothing to be hesitant about.

Our social year comprises of visiting other groups, holding an annual Dinner Dance, organising a Day of Dance which includes a specialised workshop in the afternoon, a meal cooked by our own members followed by a social dance in the evening. At intervals we organise a ‘Period Costume Ball’ where most dancers dress in the costume of ‘Playford’ (1650) or Jane Austin era. However, next year we are breaking our routine and holding a Ceilidh at the Worksop Arena when profits will be donated to the British Heart Foundation and Blue Bell Wood Hospice.

New comers are always welcome whether they have danced before or not as no previous experience is necessary, neither is it necessary to bring your own partner, all you need is a comfortable pair of shoes, and a ready smile.