Teaching

“Thanks again for such good fun at Beginners Clog at Whitby. You truly inspired us with the sheer joy of the dance.’

‘I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed your workshops at Whitby. They were superb. Your teaching was really easy to follow, although my legs still haven’t got themselves round the seagulls….. I liked the way that you made it fun but didn’t let us slide into sloppy out of time stepping. Your enthusiasm for dancing really showed and was infectious.’

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Toby is a very experienced teacher who has taught widely, both in the UK and internationally. His teaching aims to be fun and to stimulate an open and expressive approach to the dance. He teaches regularly at festivals and is available for workshops and private classes.

See Schedule for details of forthcoming workshops

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Toby teaches step clog dance classes at all levels from absolute beginners to advanced. His approach focusses on style and individual interpretation balanced with solid technique.

Toby teaches a range of traditional styles in various rhythms and specialises in the Lakeland Hornpipes for which he is best known and of which he is a past champion.

Social Stepping – Lakeland Style

Lakeland Social Stepping is a different take on Lakeland (Westmorland) step (clog) dancing which Toby has developed as a way of making English step dancing accessible to all. It can be danced in hard shoes as well as clogs and can be done in many different social contexts for example at folk music sessions or during social dances and ceilidhs.

The steps are relatively simple and there are no set ‘routines’ – once you have the basics you just get up and jam, alone or with others, to the music.

Social step dancing like this is a great English tradition which has been largely eclipsed by more formal clog dancing, but we know that people used to step dance socially all over the country, including in the Lakes.