English Folk Dancing has evolved over the centuries, today it is a combination of dances from mainland Europe arriving via the Royal Courts and dances from the countryside “folk”. Dances are done with a partner in groups with other people, each dance lasts approximately 6 minutes with a break in between and we do different dances each week.

You can participate in as few or as many dances as you choose to and it can be as energetic or sedate as you want. Our dances are mainly of English origin but we also do some Irish, Scottish and American dances.

Do I need any experience?2020-05-10T15:42:32+01:00

No, but some of our evenings are more suitable for absolute beginners, please contact us if you are unsure. All dances are walked through beforehand and there are many experienced dancers to help beginners through each dance. If you would like to go through a sequence slower please feel free to stop and ask for help.

Do I need to bring a partner?2020-05-10T15:43:00+01:00

No, there will be experienced people to dance with.

Do I need to attend regularly?2020-05-10T15:43:49+01:00

Not at all just turn up when you want to.

Are children allowed?2020-05-10T15:44:12+01:00

Yes, but we would recommend they are at least 6 years old.

When and where are the dances held?2020-05-10T15:45:55+01:00

Dances are held most Monday evenings at Rosebery Community Centre, Storer Road, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 5EQ. Please see events page here for dates.

How much is it?2020-05-10T15:46:45+01:00

First visit is free, thereafter the cost per evening is usually £4 each for adults, children up to the age of 16 are free.

What clothing should I wear?2020-05-10T15:47:34+01:00

Loose fitting clothing . Most people wear a short-sleeved top or lightweight long-sleeved shirt for dancing and bring a jumper for breaktime. Skirts need to allow for enough movement so can’t be close fitted, A-line or free flowing are perfect. Comfy, flat(ish) shoes or trainers.

Is there a bar?2020-05-10T15:48:11+01:00

No, but you are welcome to bring your own drinks, water or a still soft drink are suitable. Tap water is available from the kitchen. Tea, coffee, soft drinks and biscuits are provided free during the break.

Is there a car park or public transport links?2020-05-10T15:48:43+01:00

Yes, there is a free car park to the side and rear of the venue.
By bus and train: Click here and zoom in. The small blue squares on Ashby Road are bus stops, click on a stop and enter the Transport Direct website to plan a journey by bus and/or train.

What type of music is played and what is a caller?2020-05-10T15:53:14+01:00

There is always a live band every week who will provide all the music through the evening. If you would like to hear a band please look at our Useful Links page for further details. The “caller” is a person who will choose and teach each dance and liaise with the band for suitable music.

We are a band/caller2020-05-10T15:55:48+01:00

If you are in a band or are a caller and would like to be considered for booking, please contact us. The venue has 4 x 13amp power sockets within 4m of the band area. The club hasn’t a sound desk but bands are welcome to bring their own.

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