Research published into English Social Folk Dance

“Barn Dances, Ceilidhs, and Country Dancing in England 1945-2020: An Examination of Non-Specialist English Social Folk Dance” by Chloe Elizabeth Middleton-Metcalfe

This is a PhD thesis that may be of interest to Folk Campers and the wider Folk community. Chloe has attended Folk Camps in the past, and has carried out extensive research into the experience of occasional or novice dancers, at social events, rather than more formal or performance led events.

It attempts to answer: ‘why do people hold English social folk dances?’. It also covers how dances were taught at 30 recent dance events.

For those of us that enjoy dancing for its own sake, or play music or call at such events, this is an interesting read.

You can read the whole PhD Thesis here.