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!

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This is the ORIGINAL webpage giving information on Gittisham Folk Dance Club.

For ten years this page was the club's only web presence: it remains a small part of the folk dance section of my website.

It is kept up to date with details of future dances and other events.

It also links to a new section of my website outlining a decade of experience in helping to run a small dance club.

Some of this new material should be helpful to anyone proposing to set up and run any type of small club in the UK.

Misgivings about Gittisham's dance weekend in Paignton in June 2017 are here and here.
It was the last time this unsuitable hotel was used!

Despite not being a 'natural born dancer' I have become quite proficient. My dance diary for 2016 shows how much fun and exercise can be had week to week for a few hundred pounds a year.

Highlights of my dance year in 2016 are here - see if they encourage you to take up the hobby!

Since taking up dancing over 10 years ago I estimate I have danced about 30,000 times and with hundreds of different women.

Dance weekends in Paignton June 2016/7

Dance teaching sessions - my proposals.

Teaching how to swing - ask me for a lesson!

Maps for Gittisham (main club venue)

Map for Combe Raleigh (occasionally)

"No Proxy Parents" - Dance Instruction!

Gittisham 2020 dance dates : smart phone users can download the programmes shown below as jpg images.

Dances in March 2020 onwards have been cancelled for a period owing to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Data on bands and callers etc on each Wednesday for 2020 are shown above as jpg images.

Dances start at 8 pm and finish at 10.15 pm (sometimes 10.30 pm in summer) with a break for tea and biscuits

There is usually live music with a variety of well known local bands.

You don't need to bring a partner.

Entrance has been increased to 4.00 (more for non-members.)
The reasons for this are centred on falling attendance and poor decisions by 'the committee'.

Membership is 2 per annum (Jan to Dec).

Please note that in line with 'child protection' initiatives and legislation,
no-one under the age of 18 can be admitted, except with a parent or responsible adult.

              One of Gittisham's Pixie mid-winter dances was in 2018 - in Broadclyst.       

You can view the 2016 poster here

In 2016, 95% of the waste produced by the bring and share meal was recycled - details here.
Over 100 people attended, yielding a profit of about 250. All proceeds from the raffle were given to charity.

The Saturday dance scheduled for 21 March 2020, again at Broadclyst
has been cancelled owing to the virus issue!

The 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 hall
can be accessed only via minor roads - please check before travelling.

Photos of the hall from Google Streetview.   Photos of some of bands who play at Gittisham.

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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.

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 (but dances now cancelled until further notice owing to virus outbreak).

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