Wadham School student Frank Agar is taking the right steps to qualify for a Duke of Edinburgh bronze award. The 14 year old student is being helped by members of the Crewkerne Folk Dance Club and is following in the footsteps of his parents, Jacqui and Richard, who were both keen folk dancers. Having become a skilled dancer, Frank is now having lessons in the art of calling, which means telling people what to do during the sometimes complicated manoeuvres of a dance.
According to Leslye Stansfield, who is a caller at the folk dance club and leader of the Crewkerne & District U3A folk dancing group, Frank is doing a terrific job. Leslye said: “He is confident, clear in what he says and doing really well. We are delighted to see a youngster getting involved. It is like a breath of fresh air.” Leslye is working with Frank as his tutor. The folk dance club would like him to take on the job of becoming a regular caller for them. Frank said: “I’d be interested as I’m really enjoying myself.”
Crewkerne Folk Dance Club meet every Thursday from 8 pm until 10 pm at St Bartholomew’s Church Hall. At their dance meeting at the end of last month, Frank Agar called for two dances, Comical Fellow and Jamaica, which both date from the 1600’s. The latter dance music has become more widely known recently as the theme tune in the TV comedy series Upstart Crow. The Crewkerne U3A folk dancing group meet on the second and fourth Monday of the month from 2.10 pm to 4 pm at the Speedwell Hall.