Traditional folk music, dance and customs - Harrogate, North Yorkshire - Chas Marshall's Website
Highside Folk Dance Club was started in the village of Kirkby Malzeard in 2002 by Andrew and Angela Bodey, soon moving to Grantley and then to Galphay and later to Grewelthorpe for club meetings. As from 15 September 2017 we are located at Littlethorpe Village Hall.
Highside has been responsible for many hours of enjoyable dancing, with new musical talent developed and new callers encouraged. There have been workshops and days of dance with visiting callers to take us in new directions. Recently we've had joint dances with both Heatherdene and Knaresborough clubs, and we've enjoyed a light-hearted Christmas Ceilidh with Sibby, a well-known caller from Essex. We hope to go on developing links with other clubs and trying out new ideas.
Littlethorpe Village Hall has a lot going for it, with a sprung wooden floor, a well-equipped kitchen and plentiful parking. It's also close to Ripon, with easy access from the A61, Ripon by-pass. As we start settling into this new venue we will probably be concentrating for our club evenings on local bands and callers, and also good recorded music. We hope local people will be tempted to join us. We always welcome new members whether or not they have experience of our interesting and varied type of dancing.
Autumn 2018 programme
Highside Folk Dance Club and Knaresborough Country Dance Club - Joint Ventures
These two dance groups share a joint venture of dances in Ripon held on a Saturday night, every couple of months. See here for more details.
Sunday Occasional group
All folk dancers who would like to try something a little more unusual are invited to come to this occasional group. Any callers who would like to try something enjoyable but a bit different are invited to bring their own instructions and music and have a go. The session takes place at Littlethorpe Village Hall, HG4 3LG, 2.30 to 5.30 with a break for refreshments, which are included in the cost of £2.50. The group meets on the third Sunday in "odd" numbered months.
Sunday November 18th 2018. A special meeting: RUNNING SET. An opportunity to learn more about this unique form of dancing, with Les Barclay calling. 2.30 to 5.30 at Littlethorpe Village Hall. Only £2.50 including refreshments. Come along with or without a partner - dancing will be in four-couple sets to be made up informally on the day.
Here are the dates for 2019:
20th January, 17th March, 19th May, 21st July, 15th September and 17th November.