Sidford Folk Dance Club (founded in 1961!)

This page was updated in March 2020.

Folk dancing to recorded or live music Tuesday evenings at Sidford Social Hall, typically September to May each year.

Please note there is no dancing until further notice owing to the covid 19 virus outbreak.

Some of the most logical discussion of the covid 19 virus and risk factors is in these links: as a scientist I recommend them!

Interesting comparisons of attack rate and mortality rate compared with flu, where population has some immunity already.

Also the discussion of personal risk vs. societal risk. Very clearly set out.

One of the most impressive talks I have listened to on this subject.

Also one on wet markets in China (less impressive, more journalistic, includes Thailand).


sidford image.jpg (100772 bytes) Sidford Social Hall can comfortably accommodate  60 to 70 dancers.

The hall is situated near to the traffic lights at the junction of the A3052 and A375 at Sidford, on the outskirts of Sidmouth.

There is adequate on-street parking. Access is either down Drakes Ave or Warrens Mead, as shown.

We would welcome lots of new members for 2020!

Why not give it a try?

Dance instruction is available! You don't need a partner - you can just turn up.

The ages of our dancers are typically 50 to 70 but all ages are welcome.

Dance evenings start at 8pm and end at 10.15pm.

WB01512_.gif (115 bytes) You can download the 2020 programme below as a jpg image. WB01511_.gif (114 bytes)

However, please note there is no dancing until further notice owing to the virus outbreak.

Also, an 80th birthday party for Hilary Chase, scheduled for 4 July 2020 has been postponed, probably until 2021.

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The cost is currently 4.00 per evening (5.00 non-members) - including tea and biscuits.

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Christmas Dance 2019.

Our band for the evening was the ever popular Fresh Aire from Somerset. Jane Thomas called the dances.

Pictures from 2014 and 2016 are here (including one of Jane Thomas)

You can check the date and time of most folk events in Devon (click on 'diary dates' and use the calendar provided).

Basic folk dance moves are explained here.

Once you are reasonably competent you will feel at home at the regular Willand Thursday or Saturday dances and at the Exeter ceilidhs held out at Kenn.

Many other useful folk dance links are here .

Enquiries for Sidford Folk Dance Club: please telephone Helen on (01395) 514161 or Val on (01395) 568336.

WB01512_.gif (115 bytes) We would welcome new members of all ages - as noted above, you don't need to come with a partner and we have experienced dancers who will help you. Some of us could also introduce you to American Square dance - held in nearby Newton Poppleford. Again, the Square Dance club would welcome complete novices as well as experienced dancers - please phone Val (as above). As for what to wear for any informal dance event, here is some advice. WB01511_.gif (114 bytes)

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