Sherry Johnson is a step dancer, fiddler, choreographer, educator and researcher. Shestarted step dancing at the age of six, and her five siblings soon followed. They grew upattending fiddle and step dancing contests in Ontario, winning the Canadian Open GroupStep
Newly uploaded films and notations for the late great Sammy Bell, clog dancer from Linton, Northumberland, showing all his steps. most in long shot and closeup.
Paula Earwicker filmed clog and step dances in the 1980s on an 8mm camera. I managed to trace her and get permission to use the films of which I have good copies. I’ve uploaded the first 13 clips featuring such
AKA the Reading Cloggies. Formed in the mid 1960s the group performed regularly until the early 2000s. Known for their attention to detail each of their dances was carefully researched. Individual members also became researcher in their own right and
Superb interview with IRT member Lisa Sture describing her research into Devon stepping is published in the latest edition of Living Tradition. Access it here.
We’ve just finished uploading the main batch of video clips of the performers’ and workshop showcases from the Reading Clog Festivals from 1993 to 2002. Access via https://insteprt.co.uk/reading-day-of-dance/ Now to start work on the earlier videos! This included the 250th
Q: What is a Flett Frenzy? A: Several Instep members get together to put more of the archive material we have onto the website. A lot of it is from Tom and Joan Flett. Q: Wasn’t that finished last time?
Well, we are just about recovered from our AGM weekend! The AGM itself only takes half an hour, but we have so much more to talk about! The forms and processes are being polished for applying for, deciding, and following
Last year the IRT were able to upload the great majority of Tom Flett’s manuscript notes relating to England to the website. All that material is now indexed, cross-referenced and his informant’s identities added to the relevant page. Whew! There
Friday 21 September the EFDSS are running a course at Cecil Sharp House called ‘Keeping Folk Dancers On Their Feet’, a course written for us by Edel Quin, ex dancer with Riverdance and Dance Science Programme Leader at Chichester University.