(For really up-to-date news find FISY on Facebook.)
On 20 September 2014 Folk In South Yorkshire moved to a new website with a more modern, vibrant and easier-to-read look that is simpler and more convenient to navigate and contains lots of extra features, with more frequent updates.
For the time being general information will continue to appear on this page, and the downloadable Dance at a glance PDF file lists all the dances until the end of March 2015.
If you have been a regular visitor to this old site and have bookmarked any of the pages, you should find that you are either redirected automatically to the equivalent new page, or will find a clickable hyperlink to take you there.
Pocket-sized A5 C-fold programme cards are available on the door at all dances, while stocks last. If you fancy your origami skills and would like to make your own version, download the two Portable Document Format files below (you may need to install Adobe Acrobat Reader to do this) and print them back-to-back onto a single A4 sheet (the files comprise two copies per sheet, so you will have a spare leaflet for a friend!).
(Please note that these two files will not be updated to accommodate any changes that may occur during the course of the semester.)
Folk in South Yorkshire (FISY) is the umbrella organisation representing the various social folk dance groups, mainly in Sheffield, Rotherham and Doncaster.
We do folk dances from the 17th century up to newly composed dances, including the type of dance seen in "Pride and Prejudice", and American Squares and Contras. If you have been to a Barn Dance or Ceilidh, you will recognise some of the movements but there will be a wider range of styles and music.
We have groups who meet at Psalter Lane, Mosborough, Braithwell, Kirk Sandall, Burncross and Deepcar. Our Saturday night dances are held at Psalter Lane, Grenoside, Deepcar and Wadsley.
There are groups or classes who meet on a weekly, fortnightly or monthly basis and there are more details about these on the Classes & Groups page. Some of the groups also run Saturday night dances, usually with recorded music. FISY puts on three Day of Dance events each year with a guest band and caller, each providing two afternoon workshops and an evening dance.
You don't have to become a member or pay a subscription. Just come along and pay for the classes or events that you attend. The first session is often free! You also do not have to attend every session - just come when you want to.
Dress code is casual, so just wear something comfortable, that you can move easily in. We recommend flattish shoes.
Although some of our dancers come as couples, many also come alone, so there is no need to bring a partner unless you want to. No prior knowledge of dancing is needed. There will be a caller to explain the dance movements and call them while the dance is in progress.
Families are welcome, but we recommend that children should be 6 or over.
We hope you will enjoy it - we certainly do - but the only way to find out for sure is to give it a try. If you would like more information, e-mail Eileen (phone: 01909 481772), Anne (phone: 0114 249 3253), or Sonia/Brian (phone: 0114 288 4046), or browse our Dance Diary or Facebook pages.
About the EFDSS
Folk In South Yorkshire was formerly known as EFDSS South Yorkshire District. A few years ago all the EFDSS districts adopted less formal names. FISY represents the dance clubs in the South Yorkshire area that are affiliated to the EFDSS, and our officers are elected in October each year at the AGM which is held in Sheffield.
However, there is no need to be an EFDSS member to attend either the regular or special dances organised by FISY, and you will not be required to join as a condition of admission.
The EFDSS is the English Folk Dance and Song Society, whose headquarters are at Cecil Sharp House in Regents Park, London. There is an EFDSS website where events are listed week-by-week. You can find on a road map from www.streetmap.co.uk. Or enter the postcode NW1 7AY into your satellite navigation system and off you go.
About FISY On Line
In September 2014 Folk In South Yorkshire moved to a new website at www.fisy-folk.org.uk with a more modern, vibrant and easier-to-read look that is simpler and more convenient to navigate and contains lots of extra features, with more frequent updates.
The website contains listings of all the dances organised by the EFDSS affiliates at Psalter Lane, Grenoside, Deepcar, Wadsley and Worksop for the current semester (September to February or March to July). There are pages listing all the venues where the dances are held, including addresses and links to web-based street maps. Also listed are the classes and groups that meet regularly in the area and all the resident and guest callers and musicians that have appeared recently at the dances. Finally there is a page of links to other web sites concerned with folk dancing.
For details of anything relating to Folk In South Yorkshire please e-mail Anne Welch.
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Compiled by Alan Pemberton
Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England