Eastbourne International Folkdance Festival 2018

New for 2018

2018 New Festival Callers Showcase

Eastbourne Festival believes that it is important to attract new callers to the festival circuit, so each year experienced club callers who have not called at a festival before are offered the opportunity to call in the main hall at St Catherines with one of our top *bands and festival dancers.
The callers prepare 6-8 dances, including one of workshop standard, and have 30 minutes to show us what they can do. We collate feedback, and hope that we can help them progress into festival calling for EIFF and other festivals.
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MC Mike Courthold with Mollie & Ali


2018 New Festival Callers Showcase Denise

Denise DevonaldDenise Devonald fell in love with folk dancing from the very first night at Staplers in Hitchin, nearly 10 years ago. She now calls a wide range of dances from Playford to Modern ECD to squares and contras at Staplers and other clubs in Herts and Beds.
Denise says "what's important to me is that they are a good match of dance and music. I aim to share dances and music that I like in order to give people an evening of enjoyable, varied and interesting dancing - and a few hours' escape from the stresses of daily life."

2018 New Festival Callers Showcase Louise

louise siddonsI have been dancing since the early 2000s, and calling at various clubs around the USA since 2008. Born in London, I spend summers (and sometimes more) in the UK.
I love calling for a wide variety of audiences, and I’m particularly interested in helping dancers reach their own next level of dance skill and enjoyment.
As a caller and a dancer, I’m always trying to do precisely that myself — which is why I’m eager to be a part of the New Festival Callers Showcase this spring.

2018 New Festival Callers Showcase Megan

Megan WilsonI began dancing in Boston, USA, about ten years ago, and have been calling Playford, modern ECD, and contra dances since 2016. I have called for various groups in the States and am excited to make my UK debut at the Callers Showcase.
I love all the facets of folk dance: sometimes it's full of intricate geometric beauty, with multiple moving parts and precise footwork, and other times it's radically inclusive and focused on fun. Every dance has a history, and as dancers, we continue to write that history by participating in the folk tradition.
As a caller, I hope to inspire more people to keep the dance alive, with responsibility and joy in equal measure.

2018 New Festival Callers Showcase Nicola

nicola scottNicola first started dancing The Gay Gordons at the age of six at home in the kitchen, and has been hooked ever since! She continued dancing Scottish at university and having achieved the RSCDS Teaching Certificate in 2011, she now teaches the weekly Scottish Country Dancing classes in Birmingham, taking particular delight in seeing new dancers become confident and take joy in their dancing.

Nicola has also made forays into dance devising, and RSCDS Book 50 included her dance 'A Trip to Applecross'.

As well as Scottish, Nicola calls regularly for American contra and ceilidh dances in the West Midlands area, and enjoys introducing Scottish dances to other local folk dance clubs.

This will be her first experience of EIFF and she is looking forward to working with new people and joining dancers from all over the world for a great weekend.

2018 New Festival Callers Showcase Spikey

Spikey JonathanJonathan Griffiths
Actually what I really love is being a dancer. I love finding new dances and then sharing them with others. And I love the sense of shared achievement at the end of a complicated (yet fun) dance when it’s all worked. I hope I can make the fun infectious, so everyone leaves on a high.

Festival Sponsors

The Directors are very grateful to:

Beckenham FDG for their sponsorship of Sunday evening's American dance with Lisa Greenleaf and ECDB

SIFD (Society for International Folk Dance) for sponsoring Cloudburst

The Early Dance Circle for sponsoring Passamezzo

To find out how you, or your FDC can support an evening dance or daytime workshop, please contact Maureen using This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Scarletts Dance Shoe Shop

red shoesScarletts Dancewear of Eastbourne hopes to bring shoes for you to buy on Friday evening this year. 

Brian is always very helpful, so look at the selection available on their website www.felixdancewear.co.uk or ring 01323 645547 

Many people have admired Maureen's lovely shoes in red and in gold.  She bought them from Scarletts! 
An American dancer liked them so much that she ordered some while here in the autumn and Brian posted them to her USA address by return!  How's that for service?

Tea Dance Bubbles


I am an entertainer and my greatest joy is to send people away with a big smile on their face whether I have been singing, calling dances or a mixture of both. I entered the Dance Club scene about 7 years ago after mentioning to a caller friend that I’d like more calling experience. The Dance Clubs showed me a whole new range of dance styles and I realised I had been missing out on quite a lot, so I borrowed and bought books and found lots of different dances to call. I thoroughly enjoy dancing and singing , and love working with different bands who all play different styles.  Calling at festivals will be ‘the icing on the cake’,
something I’ve dreamt of doing for a long time, and something I’m hoping I am now good enough to achieve.

Tea Dance Amy Burton

amy Burton

I enjoy calling because I like to see the dancers having a good time. I am a young caller and I'd like to become a festival caller as I can bring new ideas to the dance floor. I find pleasure in writing my own dances and seeing them be put into action. I want everyone to get involved with dancing, and have written a dance for wheelchair users.
I call: modern, (singing) squares, contras, at barn dances and local clubs. I like to be involved with the dance and dancers when I call.

Tea Dance Host John Green

John GreenJohn has a long connection with EIFF and has been a Director for four years. Away from the festival, he runs the Northampton ceilidhs, and we are delighted that he is hosting Sunday afternoon's Tea Dance.

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