Folk Dance – For Beginners

Halsway Manor is well known nationally as a centre for folk arts, with people travelling from all over the UK and beyond to take part in residential courses in traditional dance, music, song and more. This December there’s a chance for anyone – all ages and abilities – to come along to the Manor to try folk dance in a special short course for complete beginners, and there are great prices for local day visitors to come too!

‘Country Dancing for Absolute Beginners’ (1-4 Dec) is a fun, practical introduction to the world of traditional English social dancing – country dancing, barn dancing, ceilidh and more – all set to wonderful live music. You can bring a friend, a partner, or come alone and make new friends. You’ll learn simple steps and discover more about our dancing heritage – but most of all our expert teachers’ aim is to get you dancing and enjoying yourself, a great way to keep fit, healthy and active, and to meet new people!

The course begins on Monday 1 December, with a welcome dinner at 6.30pm followed by introductions and an evening dance session. Tuesday 2 and Wednesday 3 December are both packed with workshops and activities all day and into the evening – but will be taught at a pace to suit the group, and there will be plenty of breaks to relax and recover! Refreshments, buffet lunch and delicious home-cooked evening meals are included on both Tuesday and Wednesday (all diets catered for).

The course is taught by Kerry Fletcher and Clare Parker: Kerry is a traditional dancer and workshop leader, experienced in many styles, from waltzing to clogging. Clare is Halsway Manor’s Youth Dance Associate. She is an independent dance artist, choreographer and teacher working throughout the South West and beyond. Music is provided by Dave Shepherd, one of the UK’s finest fiddle players and a member of well-known European traditional dance band Blowzabella.

The residential price for the course (arrive Monday at 4pm, depart after breakfast on Thursday) is £130 – £160 per person. There is a special price for non-residents of £80, to cover tuition, all meals and activities, from Monday through to the end of Wednesday evening.
To make a booking please phone Viv Butler, Events and booking Manager on 01984 618274 or email with your requirements.