Stepping On: A Conference On Stepping In Dance




The British Isles have a rich history of step dancing of many forms and in many contexts some of which are relatively well known and others largely lost. It is a history which goes back many centuries and links with traditions in other parts of the world. The aim of the conference is to further our knowledge and understanding, and to stimulate debate. The conference will be of interest to practitioners, researchers and all who are interested in the diversity of traditional dance in the British Isles.

We intend to present a mixture of papers, demonstrations, workshops, round table discussions and posters. Potential topics include:
Local/regional step dance traditions
Stepping in social dances
Stepping in other dances such as sword, rapper and morris
Stepping on the stage
The twentieth century clog revival
Music and stepping
Contemporary issues in step dance revival
Histories of stepping in dance
The role of the dancing masters
International links e.g. through migration
Experience from traditions in other countries which can illuminate the experience in the British Isles

More information will be available at:

For further information and to discuss ideas for conference proposals please contact Toby Bennett via

Conference partners: Historical Dance Society, English Folk Dance and Song Society, Instep Research Team and Dance Department, University of Roehampton.

Conference committee: Anne Daye (HDS), Peter Barnard (HDS), Katy Spicer (EFDSS), Laura Smyth (EFDSS), Toby Bennett (Instep), Prof. Theresa Buckland (Roehampton), Michael Heaney

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