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Highside Folk Dance Club

A friendly club for all ages and all abilities.
First, Third and any Fifth Fridays in the month.
Littlethorpe Village Hall, HG4 3LG
8 to 10pm.

Adults £3, Children free.
For further details contact Ian and Dorothy Griffin on 01423 341982
or email

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 2019 programme

Date Caller and Band
Friday 6 September Tony Whitehead
Friday 20 September Janet Barclay
Friday 4 October Trevor Monson
Friday 18 October Paula Green with Blind Panic
Friday 1 November Tony Whitehead
Friday 15 November Terry Sugden
Friday 29 November Tony Whitehead with Stray Chords
Friday 6 December Don Mason with Blind Panic
Friday 20 December Paula Green (party night)


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. 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.

Paul Gavens will be the MC on Sunday 19th May.  You are invited to call a dance that you enjoy and can show to others; please bring your own calling instructions and music.

Here are the dates for 2019:

20th January, 17th March, 19th May, 21st July, 15th September and 17th November.

Dancing at Grewelthorpe Village Hall

Littlethorpe Village Hall

Some photographs from the 2016 Christmas Ceilidh: