Friends of Cecil Sharp House

Promoting participation in English folk dance and music

If you missed the discussion with Bernie Culkin and Louise Siddons on how they successfully started new dance groups in recent years,
you can watch the recording at and also read the Chat and the Q&A

We are pleased to announce our Positional Calling Workshops, led by Louise Siddons, on 17 October and 14 November 2020 at 7 pm UK time.

These workshops are intended to introduce participants to positional calling — sometimes described as global terminology — for both ECD/Playford (on October 17) and contra (on November 14).  Discover how the skills you already cultivate as a caller can be enhanced by positional thinking, teaching and calling — and learn how to use those skills to create a more welcoming, inclusive atmosphere at your dances.  This workshop will be participatory rather than prescriptive, although Louise will introduce the strategies that she uses in her own teaching and calling as helpful starting points.  Louise has been calling both contra and ECD positionally since 2017 in both the US and the UK.

If you wish to attend these workshops, please register your interest by sending a brief email.

Louise is waiving her fees and costs in organising these sessions.  Please show your appreciation.  Louise would like AKT to benefit from her efforts and your generosity.  You can make a contribution online at  Thank you.

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