Folk Dance Club

Bournemouth Folk Dance Club is a happy & friendly group of around 40 members who enjoy an evening of dancing & socialising.

The Club meets at the Annunciation Church Hall in Bournemouth. It has a superbly sprung dance floor that encourages us all to get onto the floor & enjoy the dance.

We dance a wide variety of dances, from the old rustic country type - Barn Dances, through the `Pride & Prejudice` style of courtly dances (Regency & Playford dances), & the Scottish style of dances, to new modern day American Squares & Contra dances & new English style dances. There is a wealth of old folk dances: being re-interpreted by experienced historians; & new folk dances and tunes being created. New creations come in all types of styles: historical English, more squares and contra dances & unusual configurations.  We will give any English, American or Scottish folk dance a go!

We encourage all. New members to dance, experienced members to try out their calling skills, & anyone wishing to play in a band. We even have some members who create their own dances.

Anyone is welcome to come & join us every Monday, from 7:30pm to 10:00pm - see the Findus page for where. See the Programme page for what's on - when we're open, & who's calling each week.

Do come along – stay for 1 week (your first visit is free), two weeks, or maybe stay a lifetime if you find the exercise, dancing and company are for you.

We dance in anyway we each feel the music – walking, skipping or step-hopping!  Recorded music is generally used with many modern renditions of the old tunes and most delightful new ones.  We walk through each dance to start with, and then the moves are called during the dance. Thus: members of all abilities enjoy dancing together.  Experienced dancers often assist when & where necessary.

We hold some special occasion dances: our first Day of Dance, held in April this year, was very well received, & next year there is a similar dance organised. There is also a Summer Dance, which we arrange jointly with the Salisbury Folk Dance Club. Details of these dances can be found on our Special Dances page.