About Us

Friends of English Dance is a passionate community dedicated to the preservation, encouragement, and promotion of English country dance. With a shared love for this timeless tradition, our organisation strives to connect dancers, callers, organisers, and musicians, fostering a vibrant community that embraces the beauty and joy of English country dance.

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Our Story

Friends of English Dance was born out of a desire to actively promote and support the art of English country dance. We recognised the need to unite enthusiasts, both seasoned dancers and newcomers, to ensure the longevity and vitality of this beloved dance form. With a rich history steeped in tradition, English country dance has the power to bring people together, transcending generations and creating lasting memories.

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide a central hub where dancers, callers, organisers, and musicians can access valuable resources, find events, and connect with like-minded individuals who share their passion for English country dance. Through our online directory, we aim to make it easier for dancers to discover local clubs, festivals, and workshops, fostering a sense of community and encouraging new dancers to join in the fun.

Building Connections

We believe that dance has the power to bring people together, fostering connections and friendships that transcend boundaries. By providing a platform for collaboration, knowledge sharing, and celebration, Friends of English Dance aims to create a stronger, more connected English country dance community. Through our events, workshops, and resources, we strive to inspire creativity, encourage learning, and promote inclusivity within the dance community.


Friends of English Dance is powered by a team of dedicated volunteers who generously share their time, expertise, and love for the dance. We are grateful for their commitment to preserving and nurturing this living tradition. Their unwavering dedication allows us to create a supportive and welcoming environment where everyone can explore, learn, and grow in their English country dance journey.


Chair: Judith De Witt

Treasurer: Louise Siddons

Secretary: Bernie Culkin

Committee Members: Mollie Koenigsberger, Malcolm Sturges, Liam Binley

Join Us

Whether you are a seasoned dancer, a passionate caller, an enthusiastic organiser, or a talented musician, we invite you to join our community. Together, let’s celebrate the beauty of English country dance, share our knowledge, and inspire others to embrace this rich cultural heritage. Connect with us, explore our resources, attend our events, and be part of the Friends of English Dance movement.

We are excited to embark on this journey with you as we continue to nurture the spirit of English country dance and ensure its legacy for future generations.