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Frances Oates

Frances started folk dancing as a teenager and danced all over Cornwall. She began calling a few years later. Since then she has called for barn dances, christening so, weddings, wakes as well as at dance clubs, festivals and residential weekends at home and abroad. She is the resident caller at Illogan FDC and also calls at Truro FDC on a rota basis as well as travelling further afield to call at dance clubs out of county. She enjoys dancing and calling English/Playford and American styles. She firmly believes that dancing should be fun and that it is the best form of exercise, both mentally and physically. She organises the N. Devon Westfolk weekend at Paignton. She has a long association with Halsway Manor, the residential centre for folk arts, and was the Minutes Secretary to the Board of Directors for ten years.

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