|Sibby (Rob Sibthorpe) 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. In 2015, Sibby began regular workshops in RUNNING SET - see CPRS
Sibby's repertoire ranges from barn dance through celidh to club level and advanced – including playford, contra, Scottish and originals. His 26th book of dances was released in 2016. Sibby is an avid collector of dances, and has over 14,000 notations in his database. His own dances (in excess of 200) 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) video clips