Stepdance & Broomdance

VIRTUAL DARTMOOR STEP DANCE COMPETITION 2020 (click for info)

Dartmoor Step Dance

The step dance competition is one of the main traditions associated with the festival. Dancers step on a 15 inch square board showing their different steps to try and outstep the previous dancer until a final champion is decided upon. The thing that is so unique about this type of stepdance is that anyone can take part. We run a workshop in the morning that teaches people the basic steps and the order they need to be danced in, so by the end of the hour most people are able to enter the competition if they wish. We have a junior and senior championship , so adults you don't have to worry about being outstepped by your children.  It is recommended that you wear a shoe with a hard sole if you want to enter the competition, as this will make a louder and clearer sound on the board.

EXCITING NEWS. Folk music charity Traditional Arts Support in the Community (TASC) receives National Lottery funding to carry out research into the traditional step dancing of Dartmoor. This project has been a huge success. If you have any memories of Dartmoor Stepdancing, or photos / videos we'd love to hear from you. Drop us a line via the Contact page. For details click here to visit the project website

Advanced Dartmoor Step Dance

If you enjoyed the Saturday morning workshop and would like to climb to the next step of the ladder then come along and join our stepdance tutors.  They will be teaching a variety of steps from Les Rice and Bob Cann plus a few of their own specialities.  It doesn't matter if you didn't attend Saturdays workshop although being comfortable with the basics maybe to your advantage.

Dartmoor Broom Dance

As the title suggests this is dancing with a broom, or rather over a broom.  If you would like to learn how to do this why not go to the workshop which is for adults and children, although the competition is for primary school aged children only.  Another tradition to Dartmoor, this dance is lots of fun for you all to try. 

 

Previous Step Dance and Broom Dance Winners:

 

STEP DANCE

JUNIOR STEP DANCE

BROOM DANCE

 

 

 

 

2020 (virtual festival)

Mark Cotgrove

Stanley Frangleton

Eleanor Pearce

2019

Alice Knight

Ed Selwood

Stephanie Lowe

2018

Jenny Read

Ruth Frangleton

Stanley Frangleton

2017

Matt Norman

Alice Knight

Edward Selwood

2016

Jenny Read

Christabel White

Evelyn Hansell

2016

Matt Norman

Molly Marvin

Molly Welsh

2014

Jason Rice

Matthew Stoner

Izzy Rowlands

2013

Lisa Sture

Laura Bazeley

Albert Hansell

2012

Jenny Read

Molly Marvin

Molly Marvin

2011

Matt Norman

Matthew Stoner

Emilia Bazeley

2010

Jason Rice

Matthew Stoner

Elsa Frangleton

2009

Nina Hansell

Katie Ritchmond

Beth Frangleton

2008

Matt Norman

Zoe Davies

Laura Bazeley

2007

Lisa Sture

Zoe Davies

Tess Bettison

2006

Nina Hansell

Maddy Vallance

John Aylen

2005

Sarah Crofts

Zoe Davies

Emily Boother

2004

Jenny Read

Mary Huxham

Hugh Clark

2003

Alice Jones

Mary Huxham

Isobel Weaver

2002

Jenny Read

Rosie Ritchie

Madeleine Weaver

2001

Jason Rice

Rosie Ritchie

Georgina Riches

2000

Simon Ritchie

Rosie Ritchie

Megan Pillar

1999

Ellie Downes

William Ritchie

Annabel Clark

1998

Simon Ritchie

Unknown?

Jess Pillar

1997

Ellie Downes

Genivieve Steele

Genivieve Steele

1996

Janna Sanders

Kimberly Moses

Richard De Salis

1995

Simon Ritchie

No Competition

Stacey Pinder

1994

Sarah Clibbens

Sarah Clibbens

Kimberly Meardon

1993

Rachel Hitchcock

Russell Hitchcock

Owen Bennett

1992

Russell Hitchcock

Russell Hitchcock

Sally Baldwin

1991

Tanya Ryder

Woody Landsman

Lucy Irlam

1990

Tanya Ryder

 

 

1989

Simon Ritchie

 

 

1988

Helen Leese

 

 

1987

Helen Leese

 

 

1986

Helen Leese

 

 

1985

Lisa Sture

 

 

1984

Lisa Sture

 

 

1983

 

 

 

1982

 

 

 

1981

 

 

 

1980

 

 

 

1979

 

 

 

1978