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At the heart of English folk

Callers' Development Day 2020

Saturday 8 February 2020

Cecil Sharp House, London

This development day, presented by EFDSS’ Folk Educators Group and Dance Development programme, is for experienced and aspiring callers who wish to expand and share their knowledge and skills in calling for social folk dance in varied contexts and settings.

The day will include presentations, panel discussions and workshops, alongside the opportunity to discuss and debate issues around calling and caller training. 

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Registration, refreshments and networking


Welcome: Laura Connolly (EFDSS Dance Development Manager) and

Kerry Fletcher (EFDSS Folk Educators Group Coordinator)


Afro-Ceilidh Jam - Andrea Queens, Folk Dance Remixed dance artist.


Key note: Social Prescribing – dance for health and wellbeing

John McMahon, Senior Manager, Policy & Research, Arts Council England

Panel: Dance in health settings (followed by Q&A)

Sara Marshall-Rose, trainee dance and movement psychotherapist (also Folk 3D)
Jo Harmer & Cath Watkins, FolkActive – folk dance sessions for people living with dementia and their carers


Practical Breakout Sessions

A) Calling for families: Sheena Masson
B) Calling for young people: Gwennie Einsiedel
C) Calling for older people and those with mobility issues: Mary Panton


Lunch break 


Key Note: Continuing Professional Development

Anna Leatherdale, Director of Learning, People Dancing
CPD modules, including: how we fit into the wider world of social dancing and what the parallels are.


Mentoring Callers Panel: Formal and Informal mentoring – the roles and expectations

Mike Ruff and Erin Mansfield, EFDSS’ English Country Dancing class
Cat McGill, Cat's Calling Academy
El Budden, Shooting Roots




Breakout Sessions

D) Practical for Novice Callers: Where/how to start, including working with a live band - Joey Oliver
E) Practical for Developing Callers: How to develop your calling, etiquette and technique, including working with a live band - Andrew Swaine and Daisy Black
F) Discussion for Experienced Callers: What inclusive and diversity means and how we can develop and deliver that in English social folk dance - Cat McGill
G) Folk Dance Clubs: Rejuvenating and attracting younger people to folk dance - (tbc)


Feedback from afternoon Breakout sessions:
Top 3 tips from practical sessions and summary from discussion

Round up and goodbye


Presented by EFDSS’ Folk Educators Group and Dance Development programme.