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Welcome to the
EAST SUSSEX SCHOOLS TRADITIONAL
DANCE FESTIVAL

Involving up to nine schools in the Chailey Cluster of Primary Schools, this project was initially set up by John Bacon, Ditchling Morris and Plumpton Primary with the help of SEFAN in 2008.
The first Day of Dance was May 2009.


Please follow the links below to read the reports of each year's festival.

North West
                Morris
2009

Children from
 Plumpton, Chailey, Wivelsfield, and Newick Primary Schools took part in a day-long festival of Traditional Dance on April 1st at Plumpton Racecourse, ending with an evening Ceilidh at Plumpton Village Hall dancing to the Ditchling band "Unreel".

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Molly Dancing 2010

Bright costumes, maypole ribbons and the first of the summer sunshine - the perfect combination for a traditional English dance festival.

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Hobby Horse
2011

A special feature this year's Festival was for the children to find out about the different types of English hobbyhorse and then make their own to parade at the Festival.


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Maypole
2012

T
he theme for 2012 was folk song.
Two amusing songs were chosen by SEFAN Patron Shirley Collins, “Shepherd Oh Shepherd” to the tune of the Bacca-Pipes Morris jig and “Black, White, Yellow & Green” to the Black Joke Morris tune


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a green man
              made by the children 2013

Scores of “Green Men” replaced race horses at Plumpton Racecourse on Friday 17th May as Plumpton Primary School hosted their “Festival of Traditional Dance” for the 5th consecutive year in the large marquee in an enclosure.


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Barcombe Cotswold
2014

The theme this year was song, story-telling and face painting. There were activities during the morning while each school in turn rehearsed for their dance performance.

Children gathered in a circle under a tree to listen to story-teller Jamie Crawford’s enthralling Sussex stories, and peripatetic music teacher Chris Booker taught everyone the history and song of the Royal Sussex regimental march, ‘Sussex by the Sea’ which they were to perform in the afternoon.

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2015
Sadly, due to changes within the schools, it was not possible to schedule classes and a Festival for this year
Hamsley Border
2016

Hundreds of smiling face-painted children replaced racehorses at the Plumpton Racecourse on Friday 20 May 2016, as the 7th Primary Schools Traditional Dance Festival got under way. Eight of the nine primary schools in the Chailey Cluster took part, involving over 200 children from Years 3, 4, 5, and 6.

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