"Steps in Time" are a junior folk dance side based in North Dorset, mostly made up of girls between the ages of 4 and 14, although more boys have joined the group. We perform mainly traditional English / Dorset folk dances from the 17th & 18th century but also some medieval & Welsh dances; these include step, garland and ribbon. We also perform mummers plays throughout the year including, St. George and the Dragon. We have performed at a variety of venues from local fetes to international festivals, from an abbey to woods for the BBC, as well as representing England and Dorset at the Europeade. Our main costume is in a Regency style inspired by Jane Austen and consists of white over-dresses with a coloured under-dress, for the medieval dances our dresses are of crushed velvet in various colours. We meet weekly, split into 3 classes and are taught by unpaid volunteers. We hope you find this site of interest and please feel free to contact us if you require any more details.
NatWest community Force
We took part in this NatWest competition (thanks Emma for the info). The country was split in regions with the top 3 projects in each region with the highest votes wining £6000. Many thanks to everyone who voted and helped us be one of our regions winners.
We are now with Localgiving.com so we can accept online donations. This is a not-for-profit organisation that helping small, local charities and community groups reach more supporters, raise more money and reach more people. To support us with a donation please go to www.localgiving.com . Many thanks.
Olympics - London 2012
Steps in Time were lucky enough to perform at the Olympics and the Paralympics. We were spectator entertainment, which meant that, during the two days there, we performed at several venues around the Olympic Park. It was an absolutley amazing experience including being interviewed for the BBC). The atmosphere was tremendous and our performances went down really well (The entertainment organiser said we had the largest crowd he had seen). A great, once in a lifetime opportunity. Thanks to those that made it possible.
We were really luck to be able to attend the 2012 Europeade in Padua, Italy.With help from The Royal Society of St. George, the ATM (Anonymouse Travelling Market), William Williams, Iwerne Minster shop and its customers, as well as a sponsored dance, St George's day supper and jumble sale, amongst others, we rasised the necessary money to go. The event was a huge success and we are now hoping to attend in 2014 when it will be held in Poland.
The Europeade is the largest festival of European folk culture. It is held in a different European country each year (though yet to be hosted in the UK). First held in 1964 it was the idea of Mon de Copper and Robert Muller-Kox.
The Europeade provides an environment where everyone can view each others traditional culture while demonstrating their own. Each year during the 5 days of the festival thousands of people from across Europe come together to dress in traditional costume, sing, dance, make music and both meet old friends and make new ones. With approx 5000 participants from over 20 countries England was NOT represented in 2007, 2009 and 2011and only by us in 2006, 2008, 2010 & 2012. A BIG Thank You to all those who supported us (see the Europeade page for more info about the trip).
We are very grateful to all those who have helped with funding previously. In the passed we have obtained funding from The Douglas Kennedy Fund, The Royal Society of St. George, Cranborne Chase & West Wiltshire AONB, ICM (Insitute of Comercial Management), the ATM (Anonymouse Travelling Market), Ethos Financial Management, various individuals and local organisations such as Young Farmers, Rotary clubs and village committees. Anyone who would like to help us with funds in the future, please get in touch with us. See contacts page for details.
If you use Amazon please use the link at the bottom of the contents page (or click here). This will not cost you any extra but Amazon will give us a percentage for anything you buy (when using the link).
Local Heritage Initiative
Steps in Time where awarded a grant from the Local Heritage Initiative to record our year in Dorset(2007). This provided a record of some of our dances, music, drama and performances. A DVD/booklet has been produced which will be supplied to schools, libraries and traditional archives. As part of this we ran number of workshops to pass on our skills to others. These workshops were run from the 21st - 23rd Feb 2007 and based at Springhead, Fontmell Magna and were for Adults and Children. Click here a detailed schedule.