Gittisham Folk Dance
Club - the original website!
Folk Dancing in Devon at Gittisham Village Hall (and elsewhere)
Gittisham Village Hall, Gittisham EX14 3AF (Near Honiton, East Devon)
The previous layout and colours of this website are here.
Why two websites for one small folk dance club? - here's why!
Dances in March 2020 onwards
were cancelled for a period
owing to the coronavirus pandemic. They resumed in November 2021.
Gittisham is probably one of the less safe village halls in the Covid era. It is small, situated in a low lying area and there is often little or no wind to assist ventilation.
original Gittisham Display Dance is now available online - try
it at your club, send me comments, or try to improve it!
It is really more suited to American Square dance groups who are used to teacup and beermug chains.
Many useful folk dance links are here.
Gittisham Folk Dance Club in the news - articles in STS magazine September 2015 are reproduced here.
In very bad weather dances may be cancelled because the village
can be accessed only via minor roads - please check before travelling.
Dance dates (2023/4):
Note that there is a dance weekend at the end of
September - but bad timing means that it clashes with the Exeter ceilidh.
Tthe club had hoped to attract a lot of local dancers to the Saturday evening - but most may be at Exeter!
Photos of the hall from Google Streetview. Photos of some of bands who play at Gittisham.
There are times when your feet may leave the ground (both at the same time) or you may feel that the world is rotating a little faster than usual. But don't worry, these things don't happen to newcomers. In past years we had an open fire in cold weather, but we got smoked out once too often. These photos are many years old - but they do show 'the good old days'!
You can check the date and time of most folk events in Devon.
Basic folk dance moves are explained here.
Once you are reasonably competent you may wish to attend the regular Willand Thursday or Saturday dances. Willand has the best dance hall in the area.
There are also occasional folk dances in Exeter, including contra dance and Exeter ceilidhs.
There is also a small local club at Sidford, near Sidmouth.
Dance instruction for newcomers (groups of 8 ideally) is now available locally at venues and at times to suit you! Click here for details.
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