Sibby began calling in Hampshire, having become a popular figure on the local folk scene through his appearances at folk song clubs and his regular programmes on BBC Radio Solent. He was soon to be seen at many festivals, including Sidmouth.
Then he moved to Essex and work commitments led to a temporary retirement from folk dancing…until the Bursledon Village Band asked him to call at their 20th birthday celebration. The bug bit. Sibby returned to calling, and within a few years became just as busy as ever. Now his bookings send him all over the country and abroad. He has also returned to the festival circuit: Sidmouth, Broadstairs, Whitby, Chippenham, Eastbourne, Bideford and others. For a while, he was also the Dance Teacher of the Leigh-on-Sea Caledonian Dancers. From 2015 to 2018, Sibby ran CPRS (Castle Point Running Set) – a series of workshops for invited dancers.
His repertoire ranges from barn dance through celidh to club level and advanced – including playford, contra, Scottish and originals. His 30th book of dances was released in 2018. Sibby is an avid collector of dances, and has over 15,000 notations in his database. His own dances are an eclectic mix of styles.
Sibby is also an accomplished ballroom dancer and has been awarded the gold medal in both ballroom & latin-american categories by IDTA (International Dance Teachers’ Association). Anne & Sibby are also accomplished in modern sequence dancing; they attend Hamptons Sports & Leisure club in Chelmsford most friday afternoons.
Whatever the occasion, Sibby adds humour and originality to the favourite standards of the folk dance world.