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Step dancing feet

Conference: Stepping On

A conference on stepping in dance

Saturday 16 to Sunday 17 November 2019

Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regent's Park Road, London, NW1 7AY

England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales have a rich history of step dancing of many forms and in many contexts some of which are relatively well known and others largely lost. It is a history which goes back many centuries and links with traditions in other parts of the world. The aim of the conference is to further our knowledge and understanding, and to stimulate debate. The conference will be of interest to practitioners, researchers and all who are interested in the diversity of stepping in dance.

We’ll be presenting a mixture of papers, demonstrations, workshops, round table discussions and posters. Topics include:

  • English and Welsh clog dancing

  • Scottish step dancing

  • Step dancing in Cape Breton, Ontario and Australia

  • Southern English step dancing

  • Irish dance competitions in America

  • Sailor’s hornpipe

  • Stepping in social dance past and present

Tickets include lunch and refreshments.

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Conference partners:

Historical Dance Society, Instep, EFDSS, Vaughan Williams Memorial Library, University of Roehampton, supported by Arts Council England


Conference committee:

Anne Daye (HDS), Peter Barnard (HDS), Katy Spicer (EFDSS), Laura Smyth (EFDSS), Toby Bennett (Instep), Prof. Theresa Buckland (Roehampton), Michael Heaney