David Ashworth calls at clubs and dances throughout Essex and, at least, northeast London. He remains a committed dancer and is a member of a Morris team. David was, until recently, secretary of the Essex Folk Association and is the author of the dance, All Saints.
Thomas Bending calls English folk dances at clubs and events around England and the United States when he isn't dancing, leading Monday Musicians at Cecil Sharp House, playing with the band, Momentum, or building mathematical constructions you can admire on Facebook.
Chris and Suzanne Harper
Denise 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 and Modern ECD to squares and contras at Staplers and other clubs in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire. She participated in the New Festival Callers' Showcase at EIFF in 2018 and will call at Chippfolk next year. Denise says that what is important to her is the match of a good dance with good music. She 'aim[s] 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'.
Brenda Godrich started dancing as a youngster in the Beginners Class with Douglas Kennedy, who was Cecil Sharps's right hand man and leader of EFDSS after Sharp's death. She ended up leading the class until the end of July 2017, and taught and inspired most of the dancers of the Camden English Folk Dance Club. As a member of the Whirligigs demonstration team led by Marjorie Fennessy, she was one of the dancers Pat Shaw used to trial some of his dances.
Peter Leedham is a backbone of the Winchmore Hill FDC and calls at clubs and dances in North London and its borders. He is proud of his role in preserving the Cyril Jones English Country Dance Music Collection, which has been catalogued for the benefit of the ECD community.
Louise Siddons A longtime dancer, Louise has been calling English Country Dance in USA. for the past decade. She will call at
Eastbourne International Folk Dance Festival 2018,
with Colin Hume, will launch the Friends of Cecil Sharp House 'Playford: Past, Present & Future' programme in July.
Louise was awarded the Country Dance & Song Society's Judson/Foster Fund Award in 2016.
Megan Wilson Megan began dancing in Boston, USA, about ten years ago, and calls Playford, modern ECD, and contra dances for various groups in the States. She participated in the Callers Showcase at the Eastbourne International Folk Festival in 2018. Megan loves the different 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. As a caller, she hopes to inspire more people to keep the tradition alive, with responsibility and joy in equal measure.