Stepping

History

Stepdancing has a long history. Today we see it mainly as a competition between dancers, but it was much more commonly to be found as part of a social gathering. It also has a strong following within the gypsy community. The roots of the tradition more . . . 

 

 

Shoes

For many years tap shoes - flat shoes with small steel plates fixed to the soles to make a sound - were used. But there's an older tradition of dancing in hob-nailed boots that have a sound all of their own, and other shoes with hard soles can also be used. To get suitable shoes more ...

Boards

Dancing on a board has become the standard way of dancing, ensuring that the dancer remains on the spot.  Boards are 15" for the South Zeal Championships, but elsewhere 18" boards are in use. You can make your own board more . . 

Dance Notation

The videos on this page are one way of getting started. You can also find contact details for teachers elsewhere on this site or by getting in touch with us. You might instead want to look at the dance notation which indicates more . . .

LEARN TO STEP

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BOB CANN STEPS
LES RICE BASIC STEPS
LES'S ADVANCED STEPS
OTHER STEPS
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Funded By: TASC, Dartmoor Folk Music, Heritage Lottery Fund
Information on this website was compiled by the Taking Steps Project carried out by TASC in partnership with Dartmoor Folk Festival. It was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund with additional contributions from The Dartmoor Trust and Sarah Croft, in memory of Doug Adams