"Steps in Time" are a junior folk / historic dance side based in North Dorset, mostly made up of girls between the ages of 4 and 14, although a number of boys have joined the group of the years. We have an ongoing aim to keep local traditions alive by passing them on to the next generation & sharing them with the wider community so as not to be lost.
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. Some have featured in adaptations of Jane Austen books, some mentioned / recorded by Thomas Hardy. 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 (Europe's largest cultural festival). 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.
In 2019 we were proud to be awarded the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS), the MBE for volunteer groups. We are members of Open Morris and EFDSS (the governing body for Folk dance). We are also members of the International Dance Council (UNESCO),