English Country Dancing (Folk dancing) in the UK. Links to some of the webpages on this site.
Revised 12 March 2017.

Please pass on this page to all your folk dance contacts.  The link is   seered.co.uk/links.htm

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The coverage of folk dance topics on this website is extensive but in several different sections. This is primarily owing to the fact that they were written for diverse purposes over a period of 15 years.

This page should enable you to navigate to the most popular pages more easily. I started out writing my 'dance diary' for 2016 with the idea of showing just how much fun could be experienced in local folk dance clubs - however, owing to various vendettas that opened up during the year it became rather more extensive. It was originally intended to be all positive!

As a result of the vendettas, I now intend to write a book on my 20 years in folk dancing - details at the top of this page.

If liberty means anything at all it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear. George Orwell. Proposed Preface to Animal Farm.

New for 2017:

Dance Diary pages

Dance diary 2016 highlights - this was viewed over 150 times in the two weeks before I started to send out notifications of its existence - so someone must have been passing it around. Thank you! First published late February 2017.

The month by month 2016 dance diary pages have been viewed far less - but it's early days and I didn't expect many people to plough through them. Most viewed by far (over 50 hits in the first two weeks) is the April diary owing probably to its coverage of the Eastbourne International Folk Dance Festival and disputes with the directors, Robin James and Maureen and Graham Knight.

The 2017 diary has already proved popular as has the page covering feminism and the views of Camille Paglia on how women should be taught to deal with men.

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Folk Club pages: aspects of running a small folk dance club

My views on what is wrong with folk dance clubs (and a few ways to halt their decline) is argued here - perhaps at too much length. I may split it into smaller more readable pages. Nevertheless it seems to be becoming very popular to view. It comprises some history of both English and Irish folk dance clubs. Some legal aspects of banning people from events are covered here - the page has not been as popular initially as I had hoped, but it is still early days.

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Set and Turn Single.

The STS section will eventually comprise most of the articles and letters that I wrote over a period of five years for Set and Turn Single folk dance magazine.

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Other pages:

The linked CPS pages are highly relevant to folk dance clubs. The topic of 'unsafe' convictions for sex offences is of increasing concern, including in the legal profession. Major high profile police investigations in the UK have proven to be an expensive shambles - yet the merry-go-round continues owing arguably to a feminist and politically correct obsession with seeing as many men as possible convicted, and irrespective of their guilt. If you don't believe this - read the summary and all of the links provided.

Reviews of a few folk dance festivals. This needs to be read by folk festival organisers, especially those at Towersey, but I doubt it will be.

Amongst the older pages are:

Folk dance moves - a glossary of moves and a few diagrams, including a lot on teacup chains and double teacup chains. These have been popular via Google for many years, gaining often many hundreds of hits per month.

The original Gittisham Folk Dance Club website - historically hits were around 80 to 100 per month, now they are over 100, owing perhaps to the controversy surrounding disputes with committee members.

Comprehensive coverage of the Sidmouth Folk Festival (FolkWeek) - going back 15 years. This is a major section of the website.

One of the most popular pages is my 'Newcomers Guide' to FolkWeek.

The original folk dance clubs information page with useful external links for events in and around Devon.

Please pass on this page to all your folk dance contacts.  The link is   seered.co.uk/links.htm

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