Join this great team for a light hearted week of Scottish and English folk dance. Workshops each morning, with afternoons free for you to explore the sights this lovely area has to offer, or to relax and enjoy the Manor and grounds. Dances every night including a Scottish Ball and a Costume Playford Ball, so bring costumes if you have them!!
“I particularly enjoyed the lighthearted approach to learning new dances and the fun we had putting them into practice…or trying!! Both tutors were exceptional in that they were serious in intent but are very skilled in the repartee that helps make learning a very positive experience. The setting is charming and very relaxing and there is so much to see and explore in the area….but of course the main focus was the dancing and this was great.” Participant
Who’s it For?
All dancers welcome; you might have experience in Scottish dance, in English country dance, in Playford, all three, or non at all! There will be opportunities to try both English and Scottish styles of dance, or to focus on one if you prefer.
Ray Goodswen has been dancing and calling in the West Country for about 35 years. He is essentially a dancer with an enthusiasm to share his experience with others. He enjoys calling all types of dances from Playford to American contras. The hard work that is needed to dance well is made to feel easy and fun under his humorous but firm guidance and instruction. He strives to keep dancing alive and available to all dancers who want to extend their knowledge and pleasure of traditional dance.
Kathy Lawmon is an experienced and accomplished teacher (and dancer!) of Scottish Country Dancing and Highland Dancing, and leader of the Southsea Reel Club.
Stradivarious are Rod & Francis Stradling joined by Poppy Weatherall, to create music that you just have to dance to! Their repertoire covers all styles of English and Scottish dancing and a range of other types of dance. All are active dancers so they know what they like, and aim to provide an enthusiastic performance for dancers.