French and European Dance in Norwich

Forthcoming Events




October, Wednesday 5th Dave Shepherd The Canary Social Club
November, Wednesday 2nd Club Night The Canary Social Club
December, Wednesday 7th Christmas Party with Bof! The Canary Social Club

Christmas Bal 2015 


20th Birthday Bash 

Christmas Bal with Paul James 2015 Dancing at the Canary Club with Bof! Dancing at our 20th Birthday Bash

About Us

Pied à Terre was formed in 1996 by a group of musicians and dancers who wanted to play, listen and dance to traditional French music in Norwich. Since then, the group has held monthly sessions, see below for details. The music includes tunes for couple dances such as schottisches, waltzes and mazurkas, bourrées (generally danced with a partner in a line) and circle dances such as the Circassian Circle and Chapeloise, the former is probably familiar to most English Ceilidh dancers. Traditional French instruments include accordions, bagpipes and hurdy gurdies and these, as well as fiddles, recorders, clarinets, guitars and percussion instruments are all played at Pied à Terre. We are keen to encourage other forms of European dance and currently include some Breton and Swedish styles in our repertoire. For more information: To be added to our email list:



Beginners welcome, no partner needed. Please let us know if you would like to teach dance on Club Nights or have any special requests.


The Canary Social Club,  104 Thorpe Road, Norwich, Norfolk NR1 1RT

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See the musicians page , which has some tunes to help your practice, if you are interested in playing at Pied à Terre. 

Two of our Musicians: Vicky and Anthony at Leiston 2011


First Wednesday of each month, except August.


Musicians and dancers in the Bishop's Garden in support of Amnesty, May 2011. Photo Brian Leach

Forthcoming Events

October, Wednesday 5th,  Dave Shepherd

Dave Shepherd

Dave Shepherd is best known as the fiddler in Blowzabella and over the years has developed a distinctive style. Several of Dave’s compositions have become standards both here and in Europe. Dave is well known as a teacher of traditional dance and fiddle in the UK and abroad. As well as playing in Blowzabella he has played in a duo with Becky Price (Boldwood), currently plays with Belgian accordion player Simon Gielen, and more recently has begun researching the English dance tradition and formed a duo with diatonic accordionist Anna Pack to present dance workshops and play for dancing.

  • 7:30 - 8:30   Musicians' workshop with Dave Shepherd
  • 8:45 - 11:00 Dance tuition with Dave Shepherd followed by a mini bal.
  • £7, £6 concessions and musicians, U16 free

November, Wednesday 2nd, Club Night

  • 7:30 - 8:30   Musicians' workshop (free)
  • 8:45 - 11:00 Dancing with the Pied à Terre band and tuition by club members
  • £5, £4 concessions, U16 free

December, Wednesday 7th, Christmas Party with Bof !

More details to be added.


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