May Heydays at Evesham:
Caller Training

Eastbourne International Folk Festival had a strong commitment to Caller Training, and we are pleased to continue this tradition.
Good new callers are hard to find, and we want to give them every encouragement!


Here's the 2024 description:

Kathryn and David WrightThe Callers' sessions will again be run by Kathryn and David Wright.

They are aimed at:

The content of the sessions will depend to a great extent of the levels of experience of those attending so, ahead of the festival weekend, we ask participants to pre-register by contacting Mecki and giving some information about themselves to assist in the planning of the workshops.

All of the sessions are potentially of interest to dancers who are at the receiving end of calling and we will certainly welcome dancers to the second and, particularly, third sessions to be guinea pigs for callers to practice on.

Gendered terms will be used in the workshops, although emphasis will be placed on strategies to make calling clear and supportive.

Could those who are planning to participate in the Callers' Workshop Sessions register their interest to Kathryn and David before 1st March, giving a brief indication of their level of calling experience?  This will assist in the planning of the sessions and also give an indication of the number taking part in the practical calling session.  Guidance on the choice of dances to call will be circulated to participants in early March.

Although those who wish to call will need to pre-register, others will be welcome to attend.

Kathryn and David can be contacted at You must enable JavaScript to see this email address.


The Caller's Round will be led by Andrew Swaine.

This is your chance to ask questions about any aspect of calling, discuss, even disagree, in a friendly and supportive atmosphere.

Andrew is experienced at calling American, Playford-style and Ceilidh.  He will encourage you to express your ideas and maybe air the problems you face as a caller.