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Stepping On: A conference on stepping in dance across the British Isles and beyond

  • Start date: 16th Nov 2019
  • End date: 17th Nov 2019
  • Cecil Sharp House
  • Organiser: EFDSS, HDS, Instep Research Team, University of Roehampton
  • Website

“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 are inviting submissions of papers, demonstrations, workshops, round table discussions and posters. Potential topics include (but are not limited to):

-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
-Competitions
-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

For further information, to discuss ideas or to submit a paper, please email Toby Bennett via steppingconference@efdss.org. Please include an abstract of your paper or description of your contribution (150-500 words) and a short biography. A panel will evaluate the proposals and we hope to notify applicants by the end of May.”