19 Whistley Road, Potterne, Devizes, Wiltshire, SN10 5QY
Office: 01380 726597
Bob : 07714 550990
There is also a great link to Wiltshirefolkdance website which will have their latest details in.Here you will find contacts to many of the dance groups and events that are happening in the county and beyond. (Thanks to Doug, Ann, Geoff & Meg.)
Please contact us if your side's details are missing or incorrect - or if you don't wish them to appear.
There are similarities between both of these types of Dance but some explanation may help to determine what you are looking for.
What is "Social Dance" ?
Itís a general term
that covers a wide variety of dancing styles. We like the term "social"
because it generally describes the people who participate in this style
of dance very well - they really are a sociable lot!
Here are a few types of dance that can be found at just about any of the listed clubs: English Country Dances, Playford, Fallibroome, Apted, Hornpipes, Jigs, Reels, Polkas, Waltzes, Strathspeys, American, Square Dances, Contra Dances, Patter Calls, Singing Calls, Scandinavian, Eastern European, Israeli, Irish, Scottish, Welsh ... and that's just a few.
The "Social" dance scene in Wiltshire is widespread across the county with a large number of people attending clubs, and events every week throughout the year. These clubs can be found in the lists below.
Social Dance, as we call it, was superbly represented by the former Wiltshuire Folk Association that also produced a quarterly diary listing which kept members and interested parties informed. This news and diary item will be continued under the watchful eye andof Doug May and Geoff Elwell and reproduced and disseminated as usual.
We will produce this too in our web pages and assist in our listings as much as possible.Please check on club news, artists pages and this page regularly for updates
This is "Social"
dance with attitude and a fair bit more energetic to boot !
The word Ceilidh is defined in the dictionary as "Cei+lidh ('keili) n (esp. in Scotland & Ireland) an informal gathering of Folk music, singing, dancing and storytelling. [C19 from Gaelic]". But things have moved on a bit since those days and a Ceilidh is now more of a very upbeat series of dances with a band with at least one set of drums and a good smattering of electronic instruments. Not for the weak & feeble this one but great fun to join in or even watch. Some Wiltshire based ceilidh bands can be found in our performers section.
|Dance clubs (last updated 17th August 2009)|
|Devizes & Calne|
Scout Hall, Southbroom Road
|Shrewton Methodist Hall||every Monday||Mrs B Matthews
|Chippenham & Malmesbury|
|Chippenham United Reformed Church Hall||1st & 3rd Tuesdays||
|Marshfield||2nd & 4th Tuesdays||Aurea Hart
Swindon & Wootton Bassett
|Wroughton Infants School||every Wednesday||
Marlborough & Pewsey
|Marlborough Scottish||Check with contact||Mrs Jennifer Parker01672 515151|
Salisbury & Amesbury
|Amesbury Methodist Hall (Scots)||every Thursday||
|Salisbury (Early Dance)||Sunday Monthly||D Cruikshank
|St Martin's School, Shady Bower||every Tuesday in term time||David Tullis
Roman Road Methodist Church
|every Monday||Anne Follet01747
Derek 01980 862344 or Rodney 01722 327393
|Salisbury Scottish||Check with contact||Chris Austen01722 339755|
Tisbury & Warminster
|Westbury Leigh Church Hall||every other Thursday||Eileen Dredge
Westbury Leigh Church Hall
|Thursday, Monthly||Peter Swann
|Codford Village Hall (Scots)||every Tuesday||Will Collins,
|Warminster Scottish||Check with contact||Mrs Aline Fry01985 841054|
Trowbridge & Bradford-on-Avon
|White Horse Contra||various dates||website|
Margarets Barn Dance Club
Riverside Club, Melksham
|2nd & 4th Wednesdays||
|Holt Village Hall||1st Saturday (Oct-May)||Malcolm Mace
|Batheaston Contra||1st Sunday Monthly||Ann O Bryan01225 858886|
|Trowbridge Scottish||Check with contact||Mr J Tindall01225 754825|
Melksham & Corsham
|Melksham Riverside Club||Every Monday||Christine Gale
|3rd Saturdays (Oct to Mar)||
Meg Elewell 01225 703650
|Corsham ScottishCommunity Centre||Every Monday||
Derek Laister01225 702190
|Trail Blazers Squares,Church Hall||Tuesdays||
Malcolm Mace 01666837214
|Dance House Ceilidhs Ellendune Centre, Wroughton||Sadly this main venue in Wiltshire for Ceilidh Dance has now closed.||But see their website for latest news.|
|www.setandturnsingle.org.uk/ online magazine|
Dancing Master, 1651-1728"
An Illustrated Compendium by Robert M. Keller.
Very interesting reading!