With help from the English Folk Dance and Song Society, children and young people can learn the traditions of folk music Cecil Sharp House in London. On the 17th & 18th February, during half term, 6-9 year olds can have Fun With Folk Dance. Between 10am-12.30pm on both days, children will learn morris dancing with hankies, sticks, and a few traditional folk songs. They will give a final performance to their parents at the end of the second day.
Older children can go one step further by taking an afternoon course between 2pm-4.30pm on the same day. Get Your Folk On! Juniors is aimed at 9-11 year olds, and will teach singing, dancing, and music. No previous experience with instruments are required.
Both courses cost £15 or £12 concessions; they are designed to encourage physical confidence, creativity, and fun using props. For £30, children 12-18 years old can Get Their Folk On too. The next course is scheduled for the 19th-21st February, and is designed for improvers and advanced musicians (although no previous experience in folk music is required). Learning is done by ear, and participants will work together to form a folk band with playing, singing, and clog dancing. The course will end with an informal family concert.